Solar Roofing System Delivers More Wattage

CertainTeed Corp.’s Apollo II solar roofing system has been upgraded to 60-watt monocrystalline integrated photovoltaic panels.

CertainTeed Corp.’s Apollo II solar roofing system has been upgraded to 60-watt monocrystalline integrated photovoltaic panels.

CertainTeed Corp.’s Apollo II solar roofing system has been upgraded to 60-watt monocrystalline integrated photovoltaic panels. The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or installed as a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles. Each 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation. The product also features an open space under the modules to allow for easy electrical wiring. Water channels and raised fastener locations further improve waterproofing of the roof system.

CertainTeed Recognizes Remodeler Project of the Quarter

CertainTeed Corp. recently recognized Rogers Development Corp., Babylon, N.Y., with the Remodeler Project of the Quarter award for exemplary craftsmanship in a recent residential remodeling project.

The Remodeler Project of the Quarter is an opportunity for remodelers using multiple CertainTeed products to receive recognition for outstanding renovations. The six-month, complete exterior residential remodel featured Landmark roofing shingles in Moire Black, Cedar Impressions Shake (Gable Wall) in Charcoal Grey and white Restoration Millwork exterior trim.

“Our main focus with this project was the exterior of the 1900s home, which needed a complete overhaul. The façade was deteriorating and we wanted to give the historic Babylon home dimension and curb appeal. For an undeniably durable product with a timeless look, we always direct our customers to CertainTeed products,” said Ken Rogers, owner of Rogers Development. “Our goal with this renovation was for the house to catch your eye as you pass through the village. The home owner is exceptionally pleased with the finished product, as are we.”

“We are proud to congratulate Rogers Development Corporation on their award-winning project performance, along with their strong commitment to homeowner happiness,” said John Violante, manager, residential builder and remodeler programs at CertainTeed. “Rogers Development has been a loyal CertainTeed customer for over a decade and we are pleased to showcase their dedication to customer service and professional, high-quality work by awarding them the Remodeler Project of the Quarter.”

Rogers Development Corporation provides quality home-improvement and new development services to Long Island residents. Established in 1980, Rogers Development Corporation is family-owned and operated and equipped with a staff of professional carpenters. For more information call (631) 376-0665 or visit www.rogersdevelopmentcorp.com.

The Remodeler Project of the Quarter award is an opportunity for remodelers using multiple CertainTeed products to win cash and promote their business. Projects can be submitted on www.certainteedrewards.com, by simply providing basic product information and images. Submissions are posted on CertainTeed’s Facebook page where followers can vote on their favorite.

The award is part of the CertainTeed Building Solutions program that celebrates local, active remodelers who demonstrate excellence in workmanship and creativity using multiple CertainTeed products.

CertainTeed Webisode Delves into Integrity Roof System

The fifth installment in the CertainTeed 2013 Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Video Contest webisode series delves into the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System, designed to provide optimum performance regardless of weather conditions. The system consists of WinterGuard and DiamondDeck underlayments that offer long-term roof protection in conjunction with SwiftStart starter shingles and CedarCrest hip and ridge shingle caps.

Starring the Bielfelt family of Mentor, Ohio, the webisode details the family’s quest for a new roof to complement the natural appeal of the century-old home. The homeowners selected CertainTeed Landmark Pro Max Def Weathered Wood shingles to create the perfect look of multi-dimensional visual appeal and beautiful shadows. CertainTeed’s Max Def colors tout a richer mixture of surface granules that enhance the dimensional quality of the shingles and lead to a brighter, more vibrant appearance.

CertainTeed 5-Star Green and Master Shingle Applicator contractor, RJK Construction Co., of Willoughby, Ohio, completed the installation of the durable shingles, which will protect the home for years to come.

Grand prize winner of the $75,000 exterior makeover contest, the Bielfelts, are the subject of a series of CertainTeed Living Spaces webisodes documenting the renovation of their 100-year-old home. The series follows the family, along with CertainTeed 5-Star Green, 5-Star Fence and Master Shingle Applicator contractors, from the planning stages of the renovation through its completion.

In the last webisode, RJK Construction Co. installed WinterGuard and DiamondDeck roofing underlayment, as well as CertaWrap, CertaTape and CertaFlash housewrap products to ensure a water- and wind-tight barrier to protect the century-old home’s original structure.

To view all of the webisodes, music videos and video entries from the 2013 $75,000 Exterior Living Spaces® Home Makeover, visit the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Shingle Applicator’s Manual Available as a Mobile App

CertainTeed has released a mobile app for its roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM).

CertainTeed has released a mobile app for its roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM).

CertainTeed has released a mobile app for its roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM). Available via the Google Play Store, the iTunes Store and the CertainTeed MyEDGE website, the app is a practical, forward-thinking tool that brings the company’s robust roofing installation guide to roofing professionals’ mobile devices for use whenever, wherever they need it. CertainTeed is the only roofing manufacturer to offer this type of digital service.

The user-friendly app offers quick reference to detailed installation instructions and helpful product videos the company’s entire shingle product line, including three-tab, Patriot, Landmark, Hatteras, Presidential, Independence, Highland Slate, Grand Manor, and Carriage House. The education-based app is formatted for use on the iPhone, iPad and all Android devices.

To search for the app, users simply type “CertainTeed” into the Google Play or iTunes search field and look for CertainTeed Roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual. Once the app is downloaded, it is ready for use, and navigation of the tool is easy. A drop-down menu is prominently displayed on the app’s homepage that allows users to find brief product-specific instructional videos, how-to procedures for fastening shingles on low- and steep-slope roofs, instructions on the preferred methods of installation and much more.

The Roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual app is a complementary tool to the popular CertainTeed SAM, which is the industry’s most comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to steep-slope roofing installation. It features application instructions for all CertainTeed shingle products as well as important guidelines for workmanship. Roofing contractors use it as a training tool, reference guide, and sales aid.

New CertainTeed Webisode Highlights Attic Ventilation

CertainTeed’s fourth webisode in the 2013 Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Video Contest, featuring the Bielfelt family of Mentor, Ohio, dives deep into the importance of superior weather-resistance and proper ventilation as part of a healthy whole-home system.

CertainTeed 5-Star Green and Master Shingle Applicator contractor, RJK Construction Co., of Willoughby, Ohio, installs Winterguard and DiamondDeck roofing underlayment as well as CertaWrap, CertaTape andCertaFlash housewrap products in the webisode to create a water- and wind-tight barrier to protect the century-old home’s original structure.

Grand prize winner of the $75,000 exterior makeover contest, the Bielfelts are the subject of a series of CertainTeed Living Spaces webisodes documenting the renovation of their 100-year-old home. The series follows the family, along with local contractors, from the planning stages of the renovation through its completion.

In the first few webisodes, the homeowner selected multiple products, including Cedar Impressions and Monogram siding, Restoration Millwork trim, EverNew decking and railing, Bufftech fence and Landmark Pro roofing. The homeowner also utilized the CurbAppeal iPad app, ColorCoach virtual swatch book and ColorView design tool, which allows homeowners to visualize how products will look on their home.

To view all of the webisodes, music videos and video entries from the 2013 $75,000 Exterior Living Spaces Home Makeover, visit the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook page or YouTube channel.

CertainTeed Launches Academy of Continuing Education

Strengthening its long-standing reputation as a leading resource for Building Knowledge, CertainTeed Corp. has launched the Academy of Continuing Education, a new dynamic resource for professional training and technical information created to inform and inspire. The academy features the industry’s most extensive and engaging collection of Continuing Education Unit courses and provides access to unparalleled applied building science expertise through CertainTeed’s subject matter experts and live events.

“For nearly 20 years, CertainTeed has been educating architects and design professionals on the latest trends, building and product innovations,” said Jill Betters, manager, commercial and architectural programs for CertainTeed Corporation. “The Academy of Continuing Education takes education delivery to a whole new level by making it easy and efficient for busy professionals who need more dynamic ways of learning in their ever-changing professions.”

Developed in conjunction with McGraw Hill Construction, the Academy of Continuing Education features intuitive navigation of the company’s CEU courses, helping to establish a clear connection between current industry topics and relevant products and solutions from CertainTeed. The courses are designed by experts with hand-on experience to address the ever-changing issues faced by today’s building professionals. A few of the most recent courses cover topics including “Understanding and Improving Indoor Air Quality,” “Understanding LEED 2009 vs. LEED Version 4: Driving Transparency in the Marketplace,” and “Creating Superior Acoustic Environments in Schools with Evidence-Based Design.”

All CEU courses available through the Academy are accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and many are certified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), giving professionals the credits they need and the product and system knowledge to specify smarter. And the online academy helps users easily organize and keep track of their completed courses and earned credits.

Online content is accessible 24/7 via multiple platforms and devices, giving users the ability to choose how and when they want to learn—whether by attending scheduled seminars or taking an online self-guided course. In addition to the Academy of Continuing Education, CertainTeed also connects with architects through in-person learning opportunities at national trade shows, architect symposiums and plant tours.

“Years of building science and construction expertise make CertainTeed an acknowledged leader in educating building professionals, and sharing what we know is an essential part of our company purpose,” said Eric Nilsson, vice president of corporate marketing for CertainTeed Corporation. “The launch of the Academy of Continuing Education takes CertainTeed to the next level in being a trusted and innovative resource for up-to-date, unbiased information that helps architects put sound building principles to work for their clients, and for their business.”

CertainTeed Makes Multi-year Commitment to Homes for Our Troops

CertainTeed Corp. has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation to enable them to rebuild their lives. The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company’s contribution of roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the U.S. ensures that the homeowners will enjoy a lifetime of indoor comfort and sustainable performance.

“Having corporate partners like CertainTeed is essential to our mission of helping our nation’s most severely injured veterans regain their freedom and independence through the gift of a new home,” said Bill Ivey, Executive Director, at Homes for Our Troops. “It’s an honor to help these heroes rebuild their lives, and CertainTeed’s involvement ensures our homes are built using only the best materials and finest craftsmanship available, and will stand the test of time.”

The 1-story homes feature an open floor plan, going beyond ADA compliance, with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. The homes may also include specialized items including lift systems, keyless door entry and voice activation controls. Each home is constructed by teams of skilled laborers on site to build, paint and landscape.

Each home will be outfitted with a complete CertainTeed Integrity Roof System, comprised of underlayments, shingles, accessory products and ventilation all working together to provide optimum performance. Asphalt shingle choices will include the durable Landmark 30-year color-blended line of shingles with the widest array of colors and backed by an industry-leading, limited lifetime warranty.

CertainTeed is also providing complete interior wall systems for the homes, including Sustainable Insulation fiberglass batts and a variety of high-performance wallboard. Sustainable Insulation is made from recycled and renewable content, including a plant-based binder, and contains no formaldehydes, dyes, acrylics or unnecessary fire-retardant chemicals. For areas of the home prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, the team will install M2Tech Moisture & Mold Resistant gypsum board and Diamondback GlasRoc tile backer. CertainTeed Type X gypsum board, which offers a one-hour fire rating, will be used in the garage and mechanical room, and each home¹s attic will be insulated with InsulSafe SP premium blowing wool.

A typical home takes five to seven months to build and costs an average of $430,000. The organization has built more than 166 such homes for wounded service members since 2004.

CertainTeed Opens Warehouse in First Phase of Midwest Production and Distribution Site

CertainTeed Corp. has commemorated the opening of a new state-of-the-art 150,000 square-foot roofing product warehouse, located 60 miles west of St. Louis in Jonesburg, Mo. The warehouse is the first phase of a planned $100 million complex set to open in 2016, which will serve as the Midwestern production and distribution site for all of the company’s high-performance roofing products, optimally servicing Central U.S. customers.

The baseball-themed open house event, “Rounding Third and Heading for Home,” allowed guests, including contractors, architects, distributors and local dignitaries, an opportunity to participate in educational seminars, product demonstrations and tours of the new facility.

“Opening this spectacular new warehouse on schedule is a testament to our firm commitment to the St. Louis community, as well as the graciousness of state and local officials,: says Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Roofing. “Our company was founded over a century ago in St. Louis, and we’re proud to say we’re well on our way to having another home base in the area, which will guarantee efficient, local order delivery.”

Construction is already underway for the 60,000 square-foot manufacturing facility that will produce CertainTeed’s highly popular Landmark roofing shingles. When complete, the facility will serve as the production and distribution site for residential roofing shingles, bringing approximately 100 new permanent, local jobs to the community over the next few years, along with an estimated 400 ancillary local jobs in trucking, welding and maintenance services.

In addition to the Jonesburg facility, CertainTeed operates 10 asphalt shingle plants, one low-slope commercial roofing facility and three stand-alone granule production plants throughout the U.S. ‹ which includes the world’s largest roofing plant in Oxford, N.C.

CertainTeed Launches Second Webisode Featuring Facebook Home Makeover Contest Winner

CertainTeed launched its second webisode in the 2013 Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Video Contest featuring the Bielfelt family of Mentor, Ohio. In this webisode, the family is empowered by CertainTeed’s digital design and color tools, allowing them to take a more active role in designing their home’s exterior makeover.

Using the CurbAppeal iPad app, ColorCoach virtual swatch book and ColorView home visualization design tool, the family takes you along as they view and try on roofing, siding and trim color and profile options, and see them applied to a photo of their own home before installation. This, along with guidance from their 5-Star Green and Master Shingle Applicator contractor, RJK Construction Co., of Willoughby, Ohio, helped them choose a winning combination of products to create a vibrant exterior.

Grand prize winner of the $75,000 exterior makeover contest, the Bielfelts are the subject of a series of CertainTeed Living Spaces webisodes documenting the renovation of their 100-year-old home. The series follows the family, along with CertainTeed 5-Star Green, 5-Star Fence and Master Shingle Applicator contractors, from the planning stages of the renovation through its completion. In the first two webisodes, the homeowner selected multiple products, including Cedar Impressions and Monogram siding, Restoration Millwork trim, EverNew decking and railing, Bufftech fence and Landmark Pro roofing.

This summer, yet another lucky homeowner will be eligible to receive $75,000 worth of exterior building products, including installation. To enter the contest, homeowners need to round up their cast of kin, show off their acting talents and upload their most entertaining 30- to 90-second video to the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook page. Videos should creatively explain why the home needs a makeover using CertainTeed¹s expansive selection of polymer, insulated and vinyl siding, roofing, housewrap, decking, railing, fence and trim. Find more information and complete contest details.

CertainTeed offers Freedom of Choice through its portfolio of roofing, long-lasting polymer, insulated and vinyl siding as well as fence, railing, decking and exterior trim. CertainTeed offers the advantage of using exterior products from a single source that are designed to mix-and-match with each other and feature authentic textures, versatile styles and rich color combinations, for a beautifully coordinated look. As the result of a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, CertainTeed is the first manufacturer to issue and publish third-party validated life cycle assessments (LCA) for its vinyl and trim product lines.

CertainTeed Rolls Out New Incentives for Roofing Contractors

CertainTeed is taking incentives to new heights by rolling out its most lucrative rebate program ever to its roofing contractor partners. This year, the newest value-added benefits of working with the CertainTeed portfolio of quality roofing products and extended warranty programs include thousands of dollars in cash rebates and all expense paid trips.

“We highly value our customer relationships and are committed to providing them with exceptional products,” says Jay Butch, director of contractor programs and promotions for CertainTeed Roofing. “The new incentive programs are just one way we show gratitude for our continued partnership and for playing such an important role in ensuring mutual business growth.”

This year, CertainTeed greatly expands upon last year’s successful Contractor’s Edge promotion, allowing contractors in North America who utilize SureStart Plus warranties the chance be one of the 27 winners of cash prizes. The Top Gun movie-themed contest will award nine first place winners $10,000, nine second place winners $8,000 and nine third place winners $7,000. All winners will also receive an all expense paid trip to attend the annual CertainTeed five-day conference at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina in San Diego.

New rebates are also available through the “Show Me the Money with No Limits” promotion for contractors who purchase CertainTeed products, such as Landmark Solaris, Landmark Pro, Presidential, Highland Slate, Grand Manor and more, including select CertainTeed accessories and new ventilation products.

Qualifying low-slope lines include CoolStar, Black Diamond Base and Flintlastic commercial roofing products. Rebates range from $1 to $4 per square/roll and are loaded onto a CertainTeed Visa debit card. Gold and Silver Star Contractors will also be eligible for an extra $1 per roll rebate for qualifying products.

In addition, Gold and Silver Star Contractors specifically focused on commercial projects also have the opportunity to earn incentives with the ³No Dollar Limit² promotion. For each 250 squares of eligible warranties registered, contractors will receive a $500 Visa debit card rebate.

Contractors interested in learning more about these and other CertainTeed contractor programs can contact their local territory manager or visit CertainTeed’s website.