Elastomeric Coating Line Offers High Reflectivity

Duro-Last introduces its line of Duro-Shield Coatings and MaterialsDuro-Last introduces its line of Duro-Shield Coatings and Materials, available in Duro-Shield 20, Duro-Shield 10 and Duro-Shield 5. Duro-Shield Roof Coatings are 100 percent elastomeric acrylic with a white finish that reflects the sun’s rays, which can lower heat buildup and reduce utility costs. Duro-Shield 20 offers 35 mils of coverage when dry and a 20-year limited warranty. Duro-Shield 10 features 24 mils of coverage when dry and a 10-year limited warranty. Duro-Shield 5 offers 20 mils of coverage when dry and a five-year limited warranty. Additional products in the Duro-Shield line include Duro-Shield Primer, Duro-Shield Brush Grade Mastic and Polyester Reinforcement Fabric.

Duro-Last Single-Ply Roofing Membranes Earn Platinum Certification

Duro-Last announces that it has achieved platinum certification under the NSF American National Standard for Sustainable Roofing Membranes, NSF/ANSI 347. Certified by UL, this standard represents that Duro-Last manufactures a product that is third-party verified as sustainable, durable, and high performing. The certification applies to 40, 50 and 60 mil, white, tan, gray and dark gray as well as 50 mil terra cotta Duro-Last membranes.
 
“Duro-Last was excited to have most of our membrane product lines certified by this third-party standard,” says Jason Tunney, executive vice president and general counsel of Duro-Last. “But we wanted to take it to the next level and achieve the highest rating possible.”
 
NSF/ANSI 347 was written by NSF International and, according to their website, is based on life-cycle assessment principles. NSF/ANSI 347 employs a point system to evaluate roofing membranes against established prerequisite requirements, performance criteria and quantifiable metrics in five key areas:

  • Product design
  • Product manufacturing
  • Membrane durability
  • Corporate governance
  • Innovation

 
Obtaining this certification will help the Duro-Last membrane meet the market demand for products that comply with green building standards like the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes. Product specifiers and purchasers are under pressure to find products that meet their sustainability criteria, and having the NSF 347 certification can give them the peace of mind of specifying a third-party verified product.
 
This certification is one more step in Duro-Last’s commitment to sustainability and transparency, coming after the announcement of the publication of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Duro-Tuff, Duro-Fleece and Duro-Last EV membranes. To read more about Duro-Last’s sustainability efforts, visit here.
 
“There’s talk in the roofing industry about being ‘green’ and sustainable,” says Katie Chapman, Duro-Last corporate sustainability specialist. “At Duro-Last we want to help people make informed decisions when purchasing roofing products.”
 
For more information regarding Duro-Last’s sustainability initiatives contact Katie Chapman at (800)248-0280 or kchapman@duro-last.com.

Duro-Last Announces Contractor of the Year

Duro-Last Inc. held its 33rd annual National Sales Seminar in Palm Desert, Calif., earlier this year. During Duro-Last’s annual awards night reception, it honored Duro-Last Platinum Contractor Parsons Commercial Roofing Inc. of Waco, Texas, as Contractor of the Year for 2015.

This year marks the 10th consecutive year Parsons has earned the Contractor of the Year Award—a record for a Duro-Last contractor. In 2015, Parsons surpassed $6.9 million in Duro-Last sales. This level of sales also earned Parsons the John R. Burt Award, which honors contractors who achieve more than $4 million in sales.

For the first time, Duro-Last Project Awards were awarded. This category-specific competition honored Duro-Last contractors who completed outstanding projects in the below categories. Award winners and categories include:

  • Project of the Year
    • Contractor: Gage Roofing & Constructors of S. Houston, Texas
    • Project: Alvin Junior High School, Alvin, Texas
  • Custom Prefabrication
    • Contractor: Harrison Roofing Co. Inc. of San Angelo, Texas
    • Project: City of San Angelo Foster Communications Coliseum, San Angelo, Texas
  • Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky
    • Contractor: Nasi Roofing LLC of Minocqua, Wis.
    • Project: Rapid River Public Schools, Rapid River, Mich.
  • Metal Roofing
    • Contractor: CustomCraft Roofing of Cedar Grove, Wis.
    • Project: Detached Garage, Cedar Grove, Wis.
  • Sustainability
    • Contractor: Texas Roof Systems of Odessa, Texas
    • Project: Hobby Lobby, Waco, Texas
  • Specialty Roofing
    • Contractor: Overhead Inc. Toledo, Ohio
    • Project: Betco Inc., Bowling Green, Ohio

This year’s Sales Seminar’s theme was “Best in Class,” so there was a big focus on education and providing Duro-Last contractors the tools they need to succeed. Breakout sessions hosted by Duro-Last employees and industry experts discussed topics such as Sales 101, Sustainability, Installation Tips and Financial Planning. Introductory courses on Duro-Last’s new Corporate App and Digital Storefront were also available. Fun was had at the annual Awards Banquet and finale party, which had a superhero or “Duro-Con” theme.

Another fun event, the annual Dick Jozwiak Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted 104 players and 28 teams this year. Winners were Wendell Olson, Jeff Strain, Zach Cross and Rodney Castilleja.

“Every year we work hard to fill the Duro-Last Sales Seminar with as much relevant and helpful information as we can while also making it fun,” says Duro-Last Chairman of the Board Jack Burt. “We know it is something our contractors look forward to and we never let them down.”

Duro-Last Achieves Gold Certification for All Membrane Product Lines

Duro-Last has achieved gold certification for all membrane product lines under the NSF American National Standard for Sustainable Roofing Membranes – NSF/ANSI 347. Certified by UL, this standard represents that Duro-Last manufactures a product that is third-party verified as sustainable, durable and high performing. The certification applies to Duro-Tuff, Duro-Fleece and Duro-Last EV membranes, in addition to Duro-Last membrane, which was certified in 2015.

With the certification of these four product lines, Duro-Last has the most roofing membrane product lines certified in the industry—furthering the company’s commitment to sustainability and transparency.

“Duro-Last believes in the importance of sustainability,” says Jason Tunney, Duro-Last’s executive vice president and general counsel. “These third-party certifications confirm what we already know about our products.”

Duro-Last has worked with UL for many years on product testing, including the UL 790 Spread of Flame Test, UL 1256 Direct to Deck (insulation) and the UL 2218 Hail Impact Test. As the sustainability business division of UL, a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for 120 years, UL Environment works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations.

NSF/ANSI 347 was developed by the NSF National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS) through a consensus-based public process with a multi-stakeholder group of participants and, according to their website, is based on life-cycle assessment principles. NSF/ANSI 347 employs an easy-to-use point system to evaluate roofing membrane products against established prerequisite requirements, performance criteria and quantifiable metrics in five key areas:

  • Product design
  • Product manufacturing
  • Membrane durability
  • Corporate governance
  • Innovation

Obtaining this certification will help Duro-Last’s membranes meet the market demand for products that comply with green building standards and codes like the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Product specifiers and purchasers are under pressure to find products that meet their sustainability criteria, and having the NSF/ANSI 347 certification can give them the peace of mind of specifying a third-party verified product.

Duro-Last has also published environmental product declarations (EPDs) for Duro-Tuff, Duro-Fleece and Duro-Last EV membranes. This is in addition to the previously published EPD for Duro-Last membrane—the first product-specific PVC EPD in the North American roofing industry.

Certified by NSF International, the Duro-Last EPD reports environmental impact data, which assists building contractors, architects and designers in making more informed purchasing decisions. EPDs are increasingly used across many industries to enable product manufacturers to bring transparent environmental data to customers.

“Duro-Last is proud to publish product-specific EPDs for PVC roofing,” Tunney says. “We have always known that the Duro-Last Roofing System is a durable, flexible, serviceable and recyclable product, and now these EPDs can give building owners and specifiers peace of mind.”

Duro-Last Completes PVC Extruder

Duro-Last Inc. announced the completion of a PVC extruder located in its Saginaw, Mich. manufacturing facility.

The announcement was made by Duro-Last CEO Tom Saeli and Mildred Burt, wife of founder John R. Burt, during a company-wide meeting. This investment comes as part of Duro-Last’s commitment to continue to manufacture high-quality roofing systems.

“Duro-Last has been a manufacturer of PVC roofing systems since our inception in 1978. We have built a new PVC sheet extruder to allow us to handle increased demand for our products,” says Saeli. “We are enthusiastic about making this investment here in Saginaw and believe that investing in technologically advanced manufacturing in the U.S. is the right thing to do.”

Duro-Last is the material of choice for high-quality, low-slope roofing. Our PVC roofing membranes are durable, serviceable, flame-resistant, highly flexible and recyclable. Duro-Last manufactures and sells complete PVC roofing systems with a broad range of products to satisfy all types of low-slope roof requirements. Duro-Last has manufacturing operations in Michigan, Mississippi, Texas, Iowa, and Oregon, and distribution centers in New York and Ontario.

The Honest Roofing Industry

I attended the recent International Roofing Expo where I was reminded of what I love about the roofing industry. The people are so real! Manufacturers and contractors alike shared with me how their businesses are doing, the mistakes they made this past year, their plans for the coming years and how they really feel about where business is headed. I must say this was one of the most optimistic shows I have attended in quite awhile. (Read a post-show wrap-up about IRE in “New & Notable”.) Everyone I spoke to during the show was positive and full of energy for what’s to come—a welcome change from previous years when the construction industry struggled.

Gaining perspectives like these is a huge reason we structured the magazine as we have. Our tagline, “The Industry’s Voice”, is meant to clarify what types of articles you’ll find within the issue: Our authors are part of this industry and are willing to be honest with you—their peers—about their successes and failures in the hopes that you’ll learn from them just as you would if you were networking at IRE or another industry event.

For example, in “Business Sense” you’ll hear from Iain Fergusson, owner of Highland Roofing Co., Wilmington, N.C., who recently purchased the assets of his competitor, a 133-year-old roofing contracting company with almost 30 full-time roofers. Fergusson admits he made some mistakes during the merger but, he says, “You will learn way more from one mistake than you will from 10 good decisions.”

Meanwhile, Kaney O’Neill, who overcame a spinal-cord injury that ended her military career but launched her roofing profession, shares how she perseveres in a tough business climate. In “Business Sense”, O’Neill describes how she embraces lifelong learning for herself and her employees. “No matter where you are in business, you have to keep learning and growing to persevere,” she says.

O’Neill notes her military training has helped her stay “mission focused” and committed to excellence. Seeking employees with that sort of work ethic drew Chad Muth, president of Muth & Co. Roofing, Westerville, Ohio, to the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. The program, which is covered in “Special Report”, helps veterans, active service members and their spouses transition back into the workforce through nationwide hiring fairs and an online process. Muth successfully hired and has since promoted Grant Smith, a former Marine, and hopes to hire more veterans. “We’re hoping we can … showcase what we have to offer [veterans] for the long-term future,” Muth notes.

Helping prospective employees recognize there is a long-term future in roofing is one of many goals of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, a 501(c)3 organization that was established by the National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill. In “Education”, Alison L. LaValley, CAE, NRCA’s associate executive director of Member Services, highlights the partnerships, training initiatives, technical and educational programs, and awards the Alliance funds as part of its mission. According to Tom Saeli, CEO of Duro-Last Roofing Inc., Saginaw, Mich., everyone should consider supporting the Alliance: “The organization funds important scholarships, sponsors innovative research to advance the roofing industry and partners with members from all walks of the industry who really care about what the future holds. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

Vapor Retarder, Air Barrier Contributes to Thermal and Waterproofing Performance

Duro-Last Inc. has added to its Duro-Guard product line with Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP'R, a vapor retarder and air barrier membrane.

Duro-Last Inc. has added to its Duro-Guard product line with Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R, a vapor retarder and air barrier membrane.

Duro-Last Inc. has added to its Duro-Guard product line with Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R, a vapor retarder and air barrier membrane. This product is composed of a self-adhesive SBS modified bitumen with a polyethylene facer on the top surface and a silicone release film on bottom. Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R addresses the movement of air in roof assemblies as required in the 2012 International Energy Code.

When correctly engineered into a roof assembly, it will contribute to long-lasting thermal and waterproofing performance in all climate zones for all colors including white membranes provided by Duro-Last. Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R can also be used as a temporary roof in new construction or roof tear offs. Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R can be installed on steel, plywood, gypsum, concrete board, asphalt panel or concrete deck. The addition of the Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R provides Duro-Last customers with another Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky solution.

Receive Pallets of Duro-Last ISO without Additional Freight Costs

Duro-Last Inc. announces that 11Ž2- and 2-inch thick, 4- by 8-foot Duro-Guard ISO (Polyisocyanurate) insulation is available from all Duro-Last manufacturing locations for contractors to pick up or to “fill up” a flatbed shipment. These locations include Saginaw, Mich.; Grants Pass, Ore.; Jackson, Miss.; Sigourney, Iowa; and Carrollton, Texas.

This is another cost-effective and convenient option for customers to take delivery of the most popular Duro-Guard ISO products where there is open space on a flatbed truck that is delivering a Duro-Last roof order. This means that Duro-Last customers can receive pallets of ISO without incurring any additional freight cost.

Website Provides Easier Navigation through Single-ply Roofing’s Metal Specialty Products

EXCEPTIONAL Metals has redesigned its website, exceptionalmetals.com, to help users experience the visual appeal and navigate through a user-friendly site. Featured products now have unique landing pages that contain corresponding literature and materials. Customers will benefit by the opportunity to learn about unique specialty products including the T-Edge, 2-Piece Snap-On Compression, skirted scupper and collector box.

The new website showcases EXCEPTIONAL Metals continuous drive to grow in the industry and create unique and innovative products that help contractors get on and off the roof faster. A true testament to this growth occurred in June as the company expanded manufacturing operations into Texas.

EXCEPTIONAL Metals, a division of Duro-Last Inc., manufactures high-quality metal products designed for use with any single-ply roofing system. Products include roof accessories, metal edge details, drainage systems, scuppers, collector boxes, pitch pans, custom-fabricated products, skirted vinyl-coated metal products, and standing seam roofing panels for architectural and structural applications. EXCEPTIONAL Metals is headquartered at its manufacturing facility in Saginaw, Mich., with additional fabrication locations in Carrollton, Texas; Grants Pass, Ore.; and Jackson, Miss. As a family-owned business, EXCEPTIONAL Metals is proud to be an American-made product.