OMG RhinoBond Projects Are Being Completed Across Europe

OMG Roofing’s RhinoBond System has left marks across Europe with more than 125 completed projects and more in the pipeline. Collectively, these projects represent more than 300,000 square meters (3.2 million square feet) of single-ply roofing.

“In last two years, the RhinoBond System has started to take off across Europe, as more roofing contractors have seen the roof performance benefits that the system can offer,” states Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing for OMG Roofing Products. “We have completed projects across Europe and we are expanding to new countries in the region, most recently, into South East Europe.”

RhinoBond is a method for installing thermoplastic and now also clean EPDM membrane. The system consists of a stand-up induction welding tool and magnetic cooling clamps. Contractors install roofing insulation using fasteners and specially coated plates designed specifically for the type of membrane being installed – PVC, TPO or Clean EPDM. Each plate is then bonded to the roof membrane installed over the top with the RhinoBond plate welding tool. The result is a roofing system that can provide wind performance with fewer fasteners, fewer membrane seams and zero penetrations of the new membrane.

The RhinoBond System is approved for use in Europe by many roof system providers, including Bauder, Carlisle/Hertalan, Danosa, Fatra, FDT, Firestone, GAF, IcoPal, IKO, Renolit, Sika, Siplast, and Soprema/Flag.

Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG Roofing Products is a supplier of commercial roofing products including specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, roof drains, pipe supports, emergency 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. For additional information, please contact OMG Roofing Products at (413)789-0252 or visit the OMG Roofing website.

Tool Makes Curved, Straight Cuts in Flat or Corrugated Steel

The KL-2030 Long Neck Electric Nibbler provides contractors flexibility for making straight and curved cuts in flat or corrugated steel.

The KL-2030 Long Neck Electric Nibbler provides contractors flexibility for making straight and curved cuts in flat or corrugated steel.

Kett Tool’s KL-2030 Long Neck Electric Nibbler provides contractors flexibility for making straight and curved cuts in flat or corrugated steel. The tool’s elongated neck and one-handed maneuverability allow clean and burr-free cuts. The KL-2030 features a 4-amp, 2500 rpm straight handle electric motor to cut 18-gauge cold rolled mild steel and most grades of stainless steel (up to 20 gauge). The long neck allows easy cutting of corrugated sheet and flat sheet at more than 80 inches per minute. Weighing 4 1/2 pounds, the nibbler creates a 1/4-inch-wide cut and has a cutting radius of 1 1/2 inches.

MCA Reports Top Drivers in the Construction Industry

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has released a report identifying the top 11 drivers in the nonresidential construction industry. The report, based on data analysis, surveys, and interviews with industry leaders, was prepared by FMI, a management consulting and investment banking firm dedicated to engineering and construction, infrastructure, and the built environment. The top trends in the industry trends were identified as follows:

  • Talent Shortages and Management Succession Challenges
    At the height of the recession, 30 percent of the commercial construction industry lost their jobs causing a lack of skilled workers as business picks up. The need to recruit and retain employees is key to attract the next-generation of millennials to the construction business.
  • Use of New Technologies
    With more prefabrication and modularization, use of robotics and 3-D printing, construction is becoming more standardized and computerized. BIM models are playing a role in all aspects of the construction process.
  • Productivity Improvements Needed for Profitability
    While use of BIM, prefabrication, modularization and green construction are necessary in construction manufacturing, at the contractor level, technology and planning are paramount to being profitable.
  • Changes in Construction Delivery Systems
    A slow shift is being seen from the traditional design-bid-build or hard-bid approach to more collaborative or alternative delivery methods that were gaining popularity before the recession.
  • Owner Transition
    As baby boomer leaders are getting to retirement age, the industry is facing a change in ownership among 50 percent of construction firms.
  • International Debt Problems
    Although the U.S. has experienced a resurgent economy, European countries like Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal are struggling. After years of growth, China is also experiencing a slowdown in its economy, threatening the savings and investments made in the last few years.
  • Forming Partnerships with Customers
    A more customer-centric orientation is returning. Manufacturers and suppliers must match their marketing and delivery methods to the needs of the contractor and become partners in the process.
  • Healthier Companies
    In order to survive the recession, companies had to get to positive cash flow (or at least neutral) in the new demand reality of the 2009-2011 period. This focus on efficiency created reduced cost structures.
  • Growth Through Acquisition
    The demand for attractive building product companies to purchase is high. Industry stakeholders are looking to realize overhead efficiencies and maximize nontraditional margin enhancements (risk management, technology, self-perform). Those companies realizing profitability in this way are positioned to prosper as the construction market improves.
  • Consolidation
    On the manufacturing distribution side, 2015 was a year of company consolidation. Market conditions led to unprecedented merger activity among large players. Today, a seller can receive what the company deems a fair price, while a buyer feels there is still enough business ahead to make a return on the investment.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Activity Benefit Buyers & Sellers
    Pace and scale of activity are both up with both strategic and financial buyers. With demand high and the supply of attractive companies low, one would expect prices to increase, and they have.

These trends are expected to play a role in shaping the nonresidential construction industry in the coming years and are part of considerations as companies make their plans. The full report is available to MCA members at

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) promotes and expands the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology and education. MCA members include metal roof and wall panel manufacturers. Trade associations serving the metal construction industry partnered with MCA in this study. The participants are The American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI), The Aluminum Association (AA), Metal Roofing Alliance, National Frame Builders Association (NFBA), and the National Coil Coaters Association (NCCA).

OMG Roofing Launches Webpage Designed To Provide System Resources

OMG Roofing Products of Agawam, Mass. has launched a new webpage designed to provide RhinoBond users with access to system resources that they may need while on the jobsite.

The web page,, includes access to the RhinoBond operating manual and the RhinoBond Best Practice tip sheet, both are provided in English and Spanish. In addition, six videos are accessible from the site, including three videos about the system, wind performance and use over standing seam metal roofs, and three “how to” videos covering start-up requirements, tool calibration and magnet rotation.

RhinoBond, designed for use with thermoplastic PVC and TPO roofing systems, uses induction welding technology to bond the membrane directly to coated plates that are used to secure the insulation to the deck, all without penetrating the roofing membrane. The result is a roofing system with wind performance that requires up to 50 percent fewer fasteners and plates and up to 30 percent fewer membrane seams to weld on the roof.

“Roofers have a challenge of keeping crew-members up-to-date when it comes to training and best practices,” said David Allor, RhinoBond product manager for OMG Roofing Products. “Therefore we’ve made the information available from anywhere by going to the website, or by scanning a QR Code that is displayed on a yellow sticker on the inside of the RhinoBond tool case.”

Roofing contractors who want to add yellow reminder stickers to the inside of their existing RhinoBond tool cases, should contact their local OMG Field Service Representative or order stickers directly at the website.

For additional information, please contact OMG Roofing Products at (800) 633-3800 or visit or

Porous Pave Inc. Celebrates Environmental Milestone

When Greenbuild convenes in Los Angeles, Porous Pave Inc. will celebrate an environmental milestone by surpassing 7.5 million pounds of recycled rubber used in manufacturing its permeable paving material. An eco-friendly green building product made in the U.S.A., Porous Pave is a paving material consisting of recycled rubber, chipped granite aggregate and a liquid binder. The shredding and processing of discarded tires produces the 1/8-1/4-inch chips of recycled rubber incorporated into Porous Pave.

“Topping 7.5 million pounds of recycled rubber is an achievement for the environment,” said Dave Ouwinga, president, Porous Pave Inc. “For us it also signifies the continued confidence of builders, landscape architects and contractors to request, specify and install Porous Pave for a range of public, commercial and residential applications of permeable paving.”

Porous Pave retains stormwater on site, decreasing the volume and velocity of runoff into storm drains and storm sewers. While the porosity of permeable pavers is limited to only the joints between them, the entire surface of Porous Pave is porous. It is engineered with up 29 percent total void space. Water drains through it at a tested permeability rate of 5,800 to 6,300 gallons of water per hour per square foot.

Porous Pave is slip resistant and resilient. It will not freeze, heave, crack or crumble. A pour in place material that can express any hardscape or landscape plan, Porous Pave offers design versatility and application flexibility. Porous Pave is available in a variety of colors.

Work Order Software Saves Contractors Time

The Work Order tool offers templates that can be customized.

The Work Order tool offers templates that can be customized.

Scope Technologies has announced its debut of Work Order tool for ProDocs.

Now contractors can transfer real-time aerial measurement report data into real-time work orders in a few clicks, all on the ProDocs platform. Designed to be paired with Scope Technologies’ takeoff reports, the tool will shorten restoration and new construction contractors’ project timelines. As with Estimates, Work Order introduces a level of customization including line items based on materials, conversions and manufacturers. Templates that can be tailored to feature company logo and color schematics are also a highlight. Additionally, the tool Order communicates with contractors’ distribution channels and talks with retailers for added convenience, saving the contractor time.

With construction starts up 15% in 2015 and projected to increase another 6% in 2016, industry-wide trends indicate contractors are evaluating their strategies and streamlining processes to propel their businesses ahead of competitors. Check out ProDocs Work Order Tool here.

Atlas Roofing’s Roadshow Aims to Strengthen Business Skills

Atlas Roofing is on the road, connecting with contractors in six major markets across the country to help them strengthen business skills.

“We want to help contractors stand out in a crowded market and close more jobs,” Stan Bastek, director of marketing and sales development/shingles and underlayment division, said of the 2016 Roadshow. “We’ve got some differentiating products, some marketing programs and ideas. Most of those ideas came from doing events like this and talking to roofing contractors and listening to what we can do to help their businesses.”

In this year’s sessions, participants can discover:
• How to become a 3M Scotchgard Specialist.
• How HP Shingle Technology saves time and money.
• How Atlas shingles compare to other brands.
• How Atlas Class 4 Impact Resistant Shingles and premium underlayment can benefit any application.
• How Atlas shingles featuring Scotchgard Protector can help land more jobs.
• 10 tips to boost your social impact.

Residential contractors can learn about the latest in shingle and roofing system innovations from Atlas. Rounding out the event are FREE professional headshots and a game show that encourages everyone to get involved – plus great giveaways and roadshow-themed prizes.

Atlas Roadshows are half-day sessions open to contractors, their employees and distributors. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Interactive Tablet App Provides Information to Strengthen Structures Against Natural Disasters

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app gives information to strengthen homes against natural disasters.

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app gives information to strengthen homes against natural disasters.

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and Munich Re, US launches an interactive tablet app to help builders, contractors, architects and homeowners design and build structures in the face of increasing severe weather events.

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app is available for free download from the iTunes Store.  It walks homeowners, contractors and architects through the steps for strengthening homes. The information includes videos, animations and technical specifications for retrofitting or building single family homes.

Information in the app is taken from IBHS’ FORTIFIED Home program, which provides a set of building standards for homes in high-risk areas, such as in the plains and coastal states.

Industrial Skylights With Capped System Meet Code Requirements

ICC-ES Evaluation Reports provide a basis for using or approving industrial skylights in construction projects.

ICC-ES Evaluation Reports provide a basis for using or approving industrial skylights in construction projects.

Using ICC-ES code compliant industrial skylights is an effective way to insure performance and rooftop safety for any roof or re-roofing project.
What sets an industrial skylight apart from other skylights? SKYCO Skylights believes using quality material and innovative designs when building natural lighting products is going to continue to set them apart from other manufacturers.
The skylight manufacturer commits to building its industrial skylights with a capped system, polycarbonate dome and proprietary wave design to ensure performance and durability. Capped industrial skylight systems are known for eliminating the common cracking that occurs in the domes of a capless system.
Code compliance for skylight manufacturers is an important accreditation to achieve. When specifying a skylight for construction or re-roofing it’s paramount for the architects and roofers/contractors to be sure they are using code compliant skylight models.
It is important that if the skylight is not a capped system then issues of code compliance come into play. Currently, there are no registered capless units that comply with ICC code requirements. In some cases, capless units have been misrepresented as ICC-ES listed when they in fact aren’t. A simple process to ensure compliance is requesting the ESR Number (SKYCO Skylights ESR is 3837) and conducting a google search. The skylight details should align with all the features listed to that number.
Industrial Skylights, manufactured by SKYCO Skylights have an evaluation report ESR#3837 from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), providing evidence that SKYCO Skylights industrial skylight, as a curb mounted, self-flashing and with a Vortex louvered curb, meets code requirements. Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using or approving industrial skylights in construction projects under the International Building Code (IBC).

Roofinox Displays Its Line of Stainless Steel Roofing Products to Contractors and Architects

Roofinox displays its line of stainless steel roofing products to contractors and architects attending the Moon in June Machinery Show in Lynchburg, Va. The annual exposition is specifically developed to showcase the latest advancements in roofing machinery and materials by N.B. Handy Company, HVAC equipment and supplies.

“We appreciate Roofinox’s participation in this year’s event,” says Paul Seufer, general manager of the N.B. Handy Machinery Group. “Our goal is to spotlight sheet metal fabrication machinery and materials available in the marketplace. This includes the interactive display of services in an environment where customers can experience processes and benefits first-hand. Roofinox’s stainless steel roofing products offer forming characteristics that run through our equipment.”

“It is a privilege to work alongside N.B. Handy,” says Dave Rowe, vice president at Roofinox America. “This event provides a wonderful opportunity for building professionals to interact with experts, ask questions and actually witness how our products work with their equipment under in-field conditions.”

Roofinox provides a range of tin-plated (Terne) products designed to offer sustainability and corrosion-resistance for wall-cladding, flashing, rainware, interior design and virtually all forms of roofing applications. Roofinox Tin-plated (Terne) is specifically developed and manufactured for roll forming and fabricating.

Developed to withstand climatic conditions found in Central Europe, the Roofinox Stainless Steel product line is ideal for applications ranging from rural, urban and light industrial areas to historic and commercial sites and coastal environments. With ongoing exposure to the elements, Roofinox Tin-plated (Terne’s) surface will develop an elegant matt grey patina finish over time.

A substitute for lead-coated copper, zinc/tin-zinc coated copper, Terne-coated materials, galvalume and lead, Roofinox Tin-plated (Terne) is available in coil or sheet. Materials can be ordered by themselves so customers can do their own forming or prefabricated by a Roofinox distributor.