Innovative Roofing Insulation Appeals to Owners, Architects

Because Rich-E-Board roofing insulation is light and easy to install, it lowers the cost of delivery and handling and can reduce labor costs by more than half.

Because Rich-E-Board roofing insulation is light and easy to install, it lowers the cost of delivery and handling and can reduce labor costs by more than half.

It’s exceptionally thin and easy to install. It delivers an R-value of 50 to commercial, industrial and government buildings. Now, Rich-E-Board, the innovative new roofing insulation, is enjoying a groundswell of interest from building
owners, contractors and architects seeking to drive down construction costs and boost energy efficiency.

Rich-E-Board recently received a patent for its proprietary Vacuum Insulated Panel—two polymeric foam cover boards that sandwich the panel—and the adhesive ribbons that bind the boards and panel together. This ultra-thin insulation offers a certified alternative to a huge commercial roofing market—billions of square feet in construction every year—challenged with
meeting stringent standards for energy efficiency.

While conventional insulation requires a thickness of 15 inches to reach an R-value of 50, Rich-E-Board achieves the same result at just 1.5 inches thick. Rich-E-Board can be installed on most roof deck types, including ballasted roof systems, and can support all conventional low-slope roof systems.

Rich-E-Board’s design delivers significant advantages:

  • Lower energy bills: Achieving an R-value of 50 can cut a building’s heating and cooling costs by 8 to 10 percent, according to the GSA.
  • Simpler retrofits: Rich-E-Board enables retrofitted structures to achieve required R-values in less time, with fewer materials, and without costly and destructive building modifications.
  • Reduced construction costs: Because Rich-E-Board is light and easy to install, it lowers the cost of delivery and handling and can reduce labor costs by more than half.
  • Design flexibility: With its slim profile— especially compared with multi-layer insulation— Rich-E-Board saves space, expanding the design options for architects.

Rich-E-Board is also fireproof and water and mold resistant, notes Joanne Collins, president and CEO of R-50 Systems, maker of Rich-EBoard. “Our team focused on creating a game-changing alternative,” Collins says. “Rich-E-Board fills a significant
void in the marketplace by providing an insulation system capable of meeting today’s tougher energy standards.”

Success in the Field

Rich-E-Board has made a successful transition from the drawing board to the marketplace. Owners and architects have taken advantage of the insulation’s slim profile and high R-value on several building projects.

At a government building in Chicago, for example, owners chose to install 3,600 square-feet of Rich-E-Board as part of a roof retrofit aimed at lowering lifetime energy costs. Rich-E-Board’s slim profile also cut construction costs by more than $20,000 by streamlining design and installation.

At the Cohen Courthouse in Camden, N.J., Rich-E-Board was selected for the roof retrofit, eliminating the need for expensive building modifications that would have been required for conventional insulation. The decision lowered the project cost by $200,000.

Earlier this year, Rich-E-Board was awarded a patent for its design. More recently, the insulation earned its first LEED 4 designation.

“We’re seeing a huge increase in Rich-E-Board as the roofing market learns more about the benefits it brings to the commercial roofing,” Collins says. “This product fills a significant void by providing an insulation system capable
of meeting today’s tougher energy standards.”

Collins notes that, in addition to the $5 billion annual market for commercial roofing, Rich-E-Board can be used in walls and other building applications. Rich-E-Board is 99 percent recyclable and made entirely in the U.S.

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The Beer That Saved My Life

Did I ever tell you about the beer that saved my life?

One day, the freezer motor in my refrigerator started to make a horrendous shrieking sound. I opened the freezer door, grabbed a pound of frozen ground round, and threw it at the back wall of the freezer. The noise stopped. Problem solved.

Unfortunately, the shrieking episodes continued and became more and more frequent. When I began dating Patti, the lovely woman who later became my wife, she was not impressed. “What are you going to do about that?” she said, hooking a thumb at my musical freezer. “What do you mean?” I replied. “I’m just never going to thaw that ground round.”

I knew that wasn’t a good long-term answer, but a new refrigerator was just not in my budget. However, Patti did some research and found out that a new freezer motor was relatively inexpensive and easy to install.

After purchasing the motor, I pulled out the refrigerator to install it. The galley kitchen was tight, so I had to reach around the refrigerator blindly to unplug it. I removed the back panel of the freezer and took out the old motor without too much difficulty. It was thirsty work, and remembered I had some beer in the refrigerator that would still be cold. I opened the door to pull one out, and realized with alarm that the refrigerator light was on. The unit was still plugged in!

Suddenly I wasn’t very thirsty any more. I realized that I had unplugged the microwave instead of the refrigerator. I was lucky not to have been shocked. It probably wouldn’t have been fatal, but I guess it possibly might have been, and it makes a better story to tell it that way. In any event, after unplugging the unit, I was able to complete the repair. We thawed the ground round and cooked up some hamburgers that night to celebrate.

What does this have to do with roofing? Unfortunately, too much. Many building owners think of their roofs much like I thought of my refrigerator. It is the job of roofing professionals to educate them so they can avoid these common mistakes:

  • Out of sight, out of mind: Roofs are often overlooked by building owners unless a problem crops up. But that’s often too late. Routine maintenance can be the key to spotting minor problems before they become major ones. It can also be a necessary component of the warranty.
  • Using stopgap measures: If a problem does crop up, owners might try to repair it themselves and cause more harm than good. As the roof becomes a platform for not only HVAC equipment but solar arrays, cell towers and satellite dishes, damage to the roof becomes more and more likely.
  • Not consulting a professional: Roofs face potential damage from extreme weather, debris, foot traffic, and a host of other problems. To get the most out of their investment, building owners need expert advice. Planning ahead can make budgeting a future repair or roof replacement much easier.
  • If you are a roofing professional with clients who might not be getting the most out of their roofing assets, stop by and talk to them about the benefits of a roof inspection or a maintenance program. Invite them out for a beer to talk it over. Of course, drinking alcoholic beverages on the job is never advisable under any circumstances, but a beer after work never hurt anyone. Who knows, it just might save someone’s life.

    Laminated Cover Board Features Foam Insulation

    ShieldBase 180 Laminated Cover Board provides a 2-in-1 composite layer cover board solution for commercial roofing applications.

    ShieldBase 180 Laminated Cover Board provides a 2-in-1 composite layer cover board solution for commercial roofing applications.

    IKO ShieldBase 180 Laminated Cover Board provides a 2-in-1 composite layer cover board solution offering versatility for commercial roofing applications.

    ShieldBase 180 is a composite of 1/2-inch high compressive IKOTherm CoverShield polyiso insulation that is factory laminated to a 180-gram polyester reinforced SBS modified bitumen base sheet.

    The CoverShield layer of the product features a foam insulation with thermal properties, which offers insulation protection and an R-value of 2.5.

    The dual selvage, self-adhering edges of the product allow for easy joining of the base to the adjacent ShieldBase 180 boards.

    It can be applied as a mechanically fastened system, offering a fastening pattern of 18-inch on-center to reduce material and labor. Additionally, ShieldBase 180 Cover Board may be adhered with IKO Millennium Adhesive or fully adhered with hot asphalt.

    IKO provides a full suite of asphalt low slope roofing systems and accessories, including built-up roofing (BUR), cold applied, heat welded, self adhered and more. In addition, IKO offers building envelope and bridge deck and waterproofing membrane systems and accessories, along with wall insulation and air/vapor barrier systems.

    For more information on ShieldBase 180 and details on IKO’s commercial roofing system solutions, visit the website.

    Marathon Roofing Products Celebrates 50 Years

    Marathon Roofing Products and owner Tod Cislo are celebrating a milestone of 50 years in business. Marathon Roofing Products is a manufacturer and distributor of commercial roof drains, vents, equipment, and accessories. They are committed to providing architects, specifiers, and contractors with products, competitive prices, and quality customer service.

    Marathon was started in 1967 as a manufacturing facility of copper drains in Buffalo, N.Y., with an emphasis on growing their customer base and line of products. Since those beginnings, Marathon has expanded to its new facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., and now includes a second company called MRP Supports, which sells pedestal support products throughout the U.S., Canada, and countries abroad.

    Marathon’s long-time employees work hard to ensure that they will continue to give the service that customers have been used to for all of these years. Marathon’s innovation, relationships with their customers, and their reputation for service will foster continued growth for the future.

    Insulation Alternative Receives Patent

    Rich-E-Board provides an insulation alternative for the commercial roofing market.

    Rich-E-Board provides an insulation alternative for the commercial roofing market.

    Rich-E-Board is an insulated composite panel system created by R-50 Systems to provide an insulation alternative for the commercial roofing market. While conventional insulation requires a thickness of 15 inches to reach an R-value of 50, Rich-E-Board achieves the same result at just 1 1/2-inches thick. Rich-E-Board can be installed on most roof deck types and can support all conventional low-slope roof systems. The product recently received a patent for its proprietary Vacuum Insulated Panel—two polymeric foam cover boards that sandwich the panel—and the adhesive ribbons that bind the boards and panel together. Rich-E-Board is cut-to-spec and lightweight, as well as mold and fire resistant.

    IKO Launches Redesigned Commercial Roofing Website

    IKO recently launched a redesigned commercial website to provide digital access to its full suite of commercial roofing, building envelope, and bridge, deck and waterproofing systems. The site, hosted at www.iko.com/comm, is specifically designed around the needs of architects, specifiers and roofing consultants. To learn what these industry professionals desired in a site layout, IKO surveyed them about website usability and accessibility. Participants shared that they wanted product and technical information that could easily be found in just a few clicks. They also wanted the ability to access the site across multiple devices, including desktop, tablet or mobile.

    “Commercial roofing professionals and consultants need to be able to find information on roofing systems quickly — whether on the job site or at the office,” says Jeff Williams, brand director, IKO North America. “We know their time is valuable, and we wanted to create a design that would not only be visually appealing, but also easy to navigate and function to fit their needs.”

    The revamped commercial website serves as a hub for all of IKO’s asphalt low slope roofing systems and accessories, including built-up roofing (BUR), cold applied, heat welded, self adhered and more. Users can also find information on IKO’s building envelope and bridge deck and waterproofing membrane systems and accessories, along with wall insulation and air/vapour barrier systems.

    “One of the differentiating qualities of IKO’s commercial roofing program is that we provide a systems solution with a full suite of roofing and building envelope products engineered to work together, not just individual components,” says Akif Amin, VP of Commercial Division, IKO North America. “We have architects, consultants and specifiers covered with site design that makes it easy to find, navigate and spec commercial roof system and building envelope solutions.”

    In addition to details on all IKO commercial systems, website visitors can also access technical information like application guides, draft specifications and product data sheets, as well as training and education opportunities, among others.

    For more information and to see the new commercial website, visit www.iko.com/comm.

    OMG Roofing Products Hires Staff in Europe

    Michael “Mick” Steeples of Oxford, England is responsible for sales activities for OMG Roofing Products in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.

    Michael “Mick” Steeples of Oxford, England is responsible for sales activities for OMG Roofing Products in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.

    To support its growing international business, OMG Roofing Products has hired Michael Steeples in Europe.

    In the newly created position, Michael “Mick” Steeples of Oxford, England is responsible for all sales activities for OMG Roofing in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. He will report to Lennard Spirig, Europe market manager.

    Michael comes to OMG with nearly 20 years of relevant experience in the construction and commercial roofing industries. Most recently he was a key account manager with SFS Intec. Earlier he held various sales and technical positions with Solartec Ireland, SFS Intec as well as Profile Cladding Systems. He holds a degree in Supervisory Studies from Leicester Polytechnic.

    “As OMG continues to grow and expand outside of North America, it is important that we add the resources necessary to serve our customers in local markets,” says Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing for the company. “OMG’s goal is to deliver sales support, and it’s important that we invest in this area as we expand into new geographies. This new position will help us to meet that goal.”

    Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG Roofing Products is a global supplier of commercial roofing products including specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, roof drains, pipe supports, roof repair tape as well as productivity tools such as RhinoBond. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance.

    B&M Roofing Marks 70 Years of Service in Colorado

    B&M Roofing, a Colorado-owned company, will mark 70 years of service to Front Range residential and commercial clients starting this month.

    Since 1947, B&M Roofing has put its commitment to excellence at the forefront of every project it handles. As a founding member of the Roofing Alliance for Progress and an advocate for on-site safety, B&M Roofing has made it a priority to steer the industry. From commercial projects such as the Denver Coliseum and Coors field to residential construction and emergency repair.

    “We’ve been fortunate to be able to balance our long-range vision against commercial and residential divisions,” Brad Taylor, vice president says. “Everything works together to allow us to provide every customer the benefit of our experience.”

    Founded in Fort Collins in 1947 as a single-truck operation, B&M Roofing has grown to provide service to thousands of customers a year. Emphasizing customer service and safety on every project, B&M Roofing understands its 70-year tradition of excellence was built one roof at a time, and strives to continue to build on that tradition with every project it completes in 2017.

    GAF Education Center Debuts at 2017 IRE

    The GAF Education Center will debut at the 2017 International Roofing Expo (IRE) , offering attendees a curriculum of eight condensed classes dedicated exclusively to roofing industry education, not product pitches.
     
    Through eight, 45-minute sessions in the GAF Education Center, trainers will teach roofing industry strategies that will help attendees build skills, think critically and arm them with practical solutions to work smarter.
     
    “The addition of the GAF Education Center adds another component to the line-up of show floor activities and educational offerings,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, show director of the IRE. “These roofing industry educational courses will be beneficial to all attendees who want to gain knowledge and excel in their businesses.”
     
    “Our focus is education and we have assembled speakers who are experts in their field,” says Paul Bromfield, CMO at GAF. “We want to provide practical learning that helps our customers to build their business.”
     
    Beginning on March 1, classes include “The Importance of a Roofing System,” “Commercial Roof Maintenance,” “Common Sense Approaches to Reducing Condensation Problems Associated with Reflective Roofing on Western Wood Framed Decks,” and “Impact Resistance – What the Hail is Happening?” 
     
    Concluding on March 2, classes include, “Impacting In-Home Selling with Technology,” “Home Design from a Worldwide Perspective,” “Redesign Your Business by Starting Over: Start With a Blank Sheet and Redesign for Positive Impact,” and “Thriving on Alphabet Soup: How to Benefit From the New Age of Green Rating Systems.”
     
    Classes are free with all registration packages. Seating is available for up to 55 people on a first-come, first-served basis. For specific class times, descriptions and speakers, visit here.
     
    “The addition of the GAF Education Center reinforces the International Roofing Expo as a partner in education for roofing contractors,” says Reid Ribble, CEO of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I encourage our members to attend these free classes designed to foster knowledge through idea-sharing.”  
     
    Taking place March 1-3, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the show will offer roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

    Two Commercial Installations Are Honored with ARMA’s QARC Awards

    Advanced Roofing Inc. installed two new roofs at a luxury retired-living community in Palm Beach Gardens. These projects were Silver Award winners in ARMA’s 2016 QARC Awards.

    Advanced Roofing Inc. installed two new roofs at a luxury retired-living community in Palm Beach Gardens. These projects were Silver Award winners in ARMA’s 2016 QARC Awards.

    Commercial roofs are the workhorses of a building system. They endure wind, rain, hail and foot traffic while serving as an important line of defense between the outside world and a building’s occupants. If inhabitants never consider the roof over their heads, it means the roof system is doing its job well.

    The Washington, D.C.-based Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) showcases these hardworking but rarely celebrated systems in its annual Quality Asphalt Roofing Case- study (QARC) Awards program. Each year, the organization seeks the top asphalt roofing projects in North America that demonstrate durability and high performance, as well as beauty. The QARC awards honor a Gold, Silver and Bronze winning project that illustrates the benefits of asphalt roofing.

    The Silver Winner of ARMA’s 2016 QARC Awards is a prime example of what a commercial roofing system must stand up to while remaining water-resistant and durable. Advanced Roofing Inc. (ARI), which has service areas throughout much of Florida, was hired to install two new roofs at a luxury retired-living community in Palm Beach Gardens. These reroofs were completed in 2015 and were submitted to ARMA’s awards program.

    The two buildings in this community were originally built in the 1990s and were found to have numerous issues that demanded immediate attention when new management reviewed the property. The area’s hot climate requires many air-conditioning units on the roof that frequently have to be serviced. This aspect of a commercial roof can be overlooked by building owners but has a significant impact on its service life and performance. Because HVAC units and related equipment are heavy and may require frequent maintenance that brings extensive foot traffic, they can cause a roof system to deteriorate faster than normal. That was the case with the existing roofs in this living community.

    Toward the end of the roofs’ service lives, temporary fixes, like patching and coatings, were made. These regular repairs only increased the operational budget while the core issues remained unresolved. According to Jessica Kornahrens, project manager at ARI, “The existing roofing system was at risk of a failure that could potentially close the building and leave its elderly residents without a home.”

    ARI was hired by the new building owner and property manager to tear off the existing roofs of these two buildings and install an asphalt roofing system on each. Because of the significant durability required by the new roofs, the roofing contractor chose a high-performance three-ply modified bitumen asphalt roofing system.

    The two buildings in the retirement facility were still occupied during the reroof project, creating an additional challenge during installation, but the work came in on schedule and within budget.

    The two buildings in the retirement facility were still occupied during the reroof project, creating an additional challenge during installation, but the work came in on schedule and within budget.


    “We knew that this type of redundant, multi-layered system would protect these buildings long-term despite the high foot traffic and heavy equipment they have to stand up to while also meeting the project budget,” Kornahrens says. “This particular system also has a Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance with testing and approvals for Florida’s high-velocity hurricane zone.”

    Between foot traffic and harsh weather, the contractors knew this asphalt roofing system was up to the task.

    Challenging Installation

    Before they could begin the project, ARI had to first stop the existing leaks in the first 45,900-square-foot building and the second 51,000-square-foot building, followed by a tear-off of the roof system down to the light- weight concrete. ARI fastened the modified anchor sheet with twin-lock fasteners directly into the lightweight insulated concrete deck and then torch applied an interply and fire-retardant granulated cap sheet.

    Photos: Smith Aerial Photography

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