Carlisle Acquires Drexel Metals

Carlisle Companies Inc. announced the acquisition of Drexel Metals Inc., a provider of architectural standing seam metal roofing systems for commercial, institutional and residential applications.
With annual sales of approximately $50 million and 65 employees, Drexel Metals is headquartered in Louisville, Ky., and has facilities in Maryland, Pa., Colorado and Florida from which it serves more than 700 customers. Drexel designs and fabricates metal roofing systems for both residential and non-residential applications. Drexel both fabricates its products in its facilities and offers distributors and installers a field fabrication program backed by the company’s premium brand, marketing support, training, testing and warranties.
The business will operate as a unit within Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM), a manufacturer of a complete range of roofing and waterproofing products for commercial and industrial buildings, including single-ply roofing, rigid foam insulations, below-grade waterproofing and air/vapor barrier systems.
“Drexel Metals provides Carlisle Construction Materials a complementary addition to its range of roofing products and systems as well as access to new end markets and sales channels, said D. Christian “Chris” Koch, Carlisle’s president and chief executive officer. “Drexel provides an excellent foundation for additional growth investment in a growing roofing products sector. This acquisition is consistent with CCM’s strategy of expanding into premium products for the building envelope in attractive growth sectors. We are very pleased to welcome the Drexel Metals team to Carlisle.”

METALCON Announces Plans for MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games

METALCON announces plans for the Metal Construction Association’s (MCA) metal roofing championship games to take place during its show on Oct. 26 and 27 at the Baltimore Convention Center. 
            
The international event for the metal construction industry will capture construction professionals from metal roofing contractors nationwide to compete for cash prizes in a number of challenges known as Battle Stars over Baltimore, in recognition of our star-spangled banner birthplace. 
            
In this two-day competition, five teams with two contestants each compete to split a $400 cash award in each of the challenges, or $2,500 in total each day.  In addition, a grand prize of $500 will be awarded daily to the team who has accumulated the most points collectively from the five challenges. This represents a total of $5,000 to be awarded over the course of the competition. 
            
The Battles with each of their sponsoring MCA Members are:
 
1:00 p.m., Game 1:  Screw Gun Battle, sponsored by Triangle Fastener Corp.
Contestants install 24 self-drilling screws spaced four inches apart into eight-foot long steel purlins mounted on an eight-by-eight foot steel framework platform. 
 
2:00 p.m., Game 2: Hug a Roof Battle, sponsored by Roof Hugger Inc. 
Contestants install 40 lineal feet of factory-notched, zee-shaped sub-purlins on a mock-up existing ribbed metal roof paneled frame.  These games are designed to demonstrate that with the right techniques, tools and products, metal roofing can be accurately installed.   
 
3:00 p.m., Game 3: Standing Seam Battle, sponsored by New Tech Machinery and Drexel Metals
Contestant teams install six each, 16-inch wide metal roof panels over factory-notched sub-purlins.  
 
4:00 p.m., Game 4: Seam It Up Battle, sponsored by D.I. Roof Seamers
Contestants operate a standing seam roof seamer over 16-inch wide metal roof panel seams.  
                                                                                                    
5:00 p.m., Game 5: Let It Snow Battle, sponsored by S-5!
Contestants must install a mechanically attached snow retention system onto 16-inch metal roof panels.  
 
Each battle takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete.  Fastest time and accuracy are the two winning factors.  Judging the competition are members of the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association
 
“The MCA Games Task Force has worked hard to make this a challenging event,” said games organizer, Mark James of the MCA and Roof Hugger Inc. 
 
METALCON attendees interested in forming a team for Battle Stars over Baltimore, can pre-register by contacting the games organizer at mjames@roofhugger.com

Drexel Metals Sponsors Valentine Basketball Camps

Robbie Valentine instructs campers during the annual Valentine Basketball Camps in Louisville.

Robbie Valentine instructs campers during the annual Valentine Basketball Camps in Louisville.

Taking advantage of an opportunity to give back to its hometown Louisville community, Drexel Metals is a sponsor for the Valentine Basketball Camps, scheduled for four week-long sessions this summer.

Robbie Valentine, a member of the 1986 University of Louisville men’s national championship team, has been conducting the basketball camps for kids ages 6-16 for more than 30 years. Some of the guests who will be dropping by during the camps include former Louisville coach Denny Crum, 1986 Louisville team members Milt Wagner and Chris West and 1980 Louisville national championship teammates Tony Branch and Wiley Brown.

“We’ve been doing the camps for over 31 years and this will be our first year at the KFC Yum Center here in Louisville,” Valentine says. “And it’s not just about basketball. It’s about the kids making better decisions in their lives and maybe getting a job at Drexel Metals someday.”

Other local sponsors include Papa John’s and Vision Works.

“This was an opportunity for us to be involved with a program that does so much for our kids and families here in Louisville,” says Brian Partyka, president of Drexel Metals. “Robbie is an inspiration and he’s been doing great work for a long time. He’s got a lot of fans here in Kentucky. If you know anything about the state of Kentucky, there is a passion for the game of basketball, horses, bourbon and a special pride in being from the Bluegrass State. There is nothing better than to help kids in and around the communities where Drexel Metals has locations. This year Drexel Metals sponsored 40 kids that were required to maintain good grades and had parent engagement that otherwise would not have been able to afford or attend Robbie’s basketball camp. We’re excited to be a part of the program for Louisville youth.”

Drexel Metals ARM Program Offers Metal Roofing Contractors Support

Metal roofing contractors can expect all the support they need to make life better from the Drexel Metals Association of Regional Manufacturers (DM-ARM) program. Contractors who are part of DM-ARM can offer their customers metal roofing systems that are fully tested and engineered. Contractors are installing a system with a Never Worry Warranty that certifies manufacturing as well as the installed metal roofing system.

“Our ARM members are great at installing even the most complicated metal roofing systems,” says Brian Partyka, president of Drexel Metals. “What they get from membership is a system backed by testing and engineering; they have access to technical support, on-site training and machine maintenance. These are just some of the things we are dedicated to help with.”

Drexel Metals offers its ARM members custom shop drawings, code compliant systems, technical support, on-site training, machine maintenance and a quality assurance program. ARM metal roofing contractors can offer custom or standard trim, as well as curved roofing panels. A popular component to the ARM program is the company’s Metal Roofing on Demand, delivering standard material within days. Other benefits of ARM membership include help with improving a website or building a new company site and assistance with marketing.

Event Details for MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games

Celebrating its 3rd Annual metal roofing challenges to be held at Metalcon October 26 and 27 in Baltimore, MD, the MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games Task Force finalizes event details.

This year, there will be five challenges each day under the appropriately named theme; “Battle Stars Over Baltimore” in recognition of our Star Spangled Banner birthplace. Each day, 5 teams with 2 contestants each will compete to split a $500 cash award in each of the challenges, or $2,500 total each day. In addition to these cash awards, there will be a Grand Prize each day of $500 to the team that has accumulated the most points collectively from the 5 challenges. This represents a total of $6,000 being awarded over the course of the two-day competition.

The Challenges with each of their sponsoring MCA Members are as follows:

1. The Triangle Fastener Corporation “Screw Gun Challenge”, where contestants install a series of self-drilling fasteners into a structural zee-shaped purlin member. Fastest time, alignment and properly seated fasteners will determine the winning team.

2. The Roof Hugger Inc. “Hug A Roof Challenge”, where contestants will install 40 lineal feet of factory-notched zee-shaped sub-purlins on a mock-up existing ribbed metal roof paneled frame. Fastest time, properly seated fasteners and sub-purlin alignment will determine the winning team.

3. The New Tech Machinery with Drexel Metals “Standing Seam Challenge”, where contestants will install 6 each 16-inch wide metal roof panels over the factory-notched sub-purlins. Fastest time, correct clip attachment and properly seated panel seams will determine the winning team.

4. The D.I. Roof Seamers “Seam It Up Challenge”, where contestants will operate a standing seam roof seamer over the 16-inch wide metal roof panel seams. Fastest time and properly seamed panels will determine the winning team.

5. The S-5! “Let it Snow Challenge”, where contestants will install S-5! ColorGard® snow retention onto the 16-inch metal roof panels. Fastest time, properly seated fasteners and ColorGard® alignment will determine the winning team.

Judging will be provided by: The Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA).

$500 Game Challenge Award Sponsors are as follows:

AKZO Nobel
ATAS International
Atlas Bolt & Screw
Bradbury Co. Inc.
Chicago Metal Supply
Designbuildwithmetal.com
Englert Inc.
NovaFlex/Novagard Solutions Inc.
Petersen Aluminum/PAC Clad
SFS Intec
Valspar
If interested in signing up your team to compete in the competition, contact any of the Sponsoring MCA Members as follows:

1. Triangle Fastener Corp, Randy Allen at rallen@trianglefastener.com

2. Roof Hugger, Inc., Mark James at mjames@roofhugger.com

3. New Tech Machinery with Drexel Metal, John DeBerard at john@newtechmachinery.com

4. D.I. Roof Seamers, Jonathan Rider at jonathan@dimetalworks.com

5. S-5!, Shawn Haddock at shaddock@s-5.com

Other questions about the Games can be directed to Mark James at 214-213-1070

Drexel Metals Releases Product Guide

Drexel Metals has released its 2016 Product Guide, complete with updated technical information, product test and warranty information, color chart options and a complete list of products and services offered by the company.

Drexel Metals has released its 2016 Product Guide, complete with updated technical information, product test and warranty information, color chart options and a complete list of products and services offered by the company.

Drexel Metals has released its 2016 Product Guide, complete with updated technical information, product test and warranty information, color chart options and a complete list of products and services offered by the company.

Drexel Metals’ 2016 Product Guide also features a section on the company’s ARM (Association of Regional Manufacturers), the coast-to-coast network of certified metal roofing manufacturers producing Drexel Metals panels locally and “on demand,” eliminating the need for lead times.

A Watertight Warranty Convinces HOA to Select Standing-seam Metal Roofing

When you know you can do a good job and you know you’re working with good products, you don’t mind being held accountable. On Top Roofing of Park City, Utah, recently completed a demanding roofing project and supplied the homeowners association with a watertight warranty.

With a strict spec from the consultant and a watertight warranty to back up the work, a standing-seam metal roofing system installed by On Top Roofing was selected for Cache Condos

With a strict spec from the consultant and a watertight warranty to back up the work, a standing-seam metal roofing system installed by On Top Roofing was selected for Cache Condos.

Homeowners associations, or HOAs, have been known to provide challenges to roofers, especially metal roofing installers. The only thing more daunting than an uneducated HOA board is an HOA board that was forced to learn about roofing. The HOA board at the Cache Condos in Park City knows roofing.

The original roof on the condos was a cedar shake that lasted more than 20 years, but a little more than five years ago, it was starting to fail. The board elected to go with a corrugated metal roof with a rusty look.

“In the five years they had that corrugated roof, they had more trouble with leaks than they did in 20 years with the shake roof,” says Jeremy Russell of On Top Roofing. “It was a bad install by a company no longer in business. So they hired a consultant—a consultant who insisted that all details be installed to specification. That’s what we do.”

First, the consultant and the board had to be re-sold on metal roofing for the Cache Condos. The rusty 7/8-inch corrugated metal roof installed just five years ago was installed with exposed fasteners, was rusting in flashing areas and leaking in the laps when snow built up on the roof. With a strict spec from the consultant and a watertight warranty from Drexel Metals to back up the work, a standing-seam metal roofing system installed by On Top Roofing was selected.

“One of the requirements was we had to inject the seams with butyl,” Russell says. “So we purchased a Hot Melt [Technologies] system. It was a huge investment, but we were happy to do it. It was something we’ve wanted to do and this project got us to take that step.

“We received plenty of support from Drexel, putting everything together to meet the requirements of the consultant,” he adds. “We worked out all the details to spec and added some of our own that were above spec.”

One requirement was to use no exposed fasteners. That meant employing stainless-steel material in many of the details: skylights, chimneys, roof to wall flashings. “We etched it, primed it and painted it with automotive paint to match,” Russell notes. “It took more time, but it will not leak.”

One requirement was to avoid exposed fasteners, which meant employing stainless-steel material in many of the details: skylights, chimneys, roof to wall flashings.

One requirement was to avoid exposed fasteners, which meant employing stainless-steel material in many of the details: skylights, chimneys, roof to wall flashings.

More than 33,500 square feet of 22-gauge Galvalume 1 3/4-inch snap-lock standing-seam panels—all formed onsite—were installed by Russell’s crew. The roofing panels, rollformed on one of On Top Roofing’s two New Tech Machinery rollformers, were PVDF-painted in Medium Bronze. The project took about eight months to complete and On Top Roofing wrapped up in November 2014.

“We issued the warranty in December 2014,” says Frank Oswald, warranty inspector for Drexel Metals. “I’d say Jeremy went above and beyond what a typical installer would have done on this project. I was at this site on three different occasions because this project was really under a microscope. Ultimately, we’re quite satisfied with the work and the install.”

App Allows Owners to Visualize Metal Roof Before Investment

The Drexel Metals App provides those selecting a Drexel Metals roof the ability to see what their property will look like prior to making the investment in the company’s metal roof system.

The Drexel Metals App provides those selecting a Drexel Metals roof the ability to see what their property will look like prior to making the investment in the company’s metal roof system.

The Drexel Metals App, available in the iTunes Store, provides those selecting a Drexel Metals roof the ability to see what their property will look like prior to making the investment in the company’s metal roof system. The iPad App is interactive and user friendly and designed to help roofing contractors sell product. For more information, go to iTunes and search Drexel Metals.

Brochure from Drexel Metals Offers Watertight Solutions for Perimeter Edge Systems

Engineered Commercial Roof Edge Systems, a brochure from Drexel Metals, offers architects and contractors an array of watertight solutions for specifying and installing perimeter edge systems.

Engineered Commercial Roof Edge Systems, a brochure from Drexel Metals, offers architects and contractors an array of watertight solutions for specifying and installing perimeter edge systems.

Engineered Commercial Roof Edge Systems, a brochure from Drexel Metals, offers architects and contractors an array of watertight solutions for specifying and installing perimeter edge systems.

“Roof edge systems typically represent only about one percent of a building’s overall cost,” says Brian Partyka, Drexel Metals’ executive vice president of business development. “Yet the importance of a properly designed roof edge system cannot be underestimated or ignored, as 60 percent of all roof warranty claims are attributed to metal edge failures.”

Drexel Metals has applied its expertise in the details of metal roofing to produce low-slope roof edge systems, or ES-1 Rated Roof Edge Systems. ES-1 is a reference for those who design, specify, fabricate or install low slope roof edges and it’s based upon information in ASCE 7-02 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

In Engineered Commercial Roof Edge Systems, Drexel Metals offers solutions for five coping solutions, two fascia cover designs, three gravel stop details and two solutions for drip edges. The brochure also has two methods for gutter specification and installation.

Drexel Metals Signs on as a Member of the Metal Roofing Alliance

Drexel Metals has joined marketing forces with other metal roofing manufacturers by signing on as a member of the Metal Roofing Alliance.

The MRA was formed with the goal of educating residential consumers about the styles and benefits of metal roofing. The membership is made up of metal roofing manufacturers and installers who are eligible to receive customer leads from MRA website.

“The Metal Roofing Alliance has done great work, getting the word out about metal roofing for residential applications,” says Brian Partyka, executive vice president of business development at Drexel Metals. “The MRA marketing plan has been very effective in helping metal become a more acceptable choice for homeowners when they need to replace their failing asphalt shingles. When people are educated on the benefits, it’s easy for them to see that metal is the better choice.”

Partyka, who was also voted to the MRA board of directors, says Drexel Metals’ DM-ARM (Drexel Metals Association of Regional Manufacturers) members will benefit from the MRA lead program.

“We’re excited Drexel Metals has joined the Metal Roofing Alliance,” says Bill Hippard, MRA’s executive director. “The MRA can certainly benefit from the input of the experts at Drexel Metals in guiding the MRA moving forward. Drexel Metals is now a part of our multi-million dollar campaign to increase the residential metal roofing market in 2015 and beyond. We currently have 15 manufacturer members and I hope to bring that to 20 by the end of the year.”