RCMA Members Apply Roof Coatings for ECA EnergyFit Program

Twenty-three members of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) volunteered to apply reflective cool roof coatings on 18 low-income row homes on the 1200 block of West Seltzer Street in North Philadelphia to support the Energy Coordinating Agency’s (ECA) EnergyFit Philly program.

Under a hot sun and high humidity, volunteers climbed up 32 foot ladders to apply reflective cool roof coatings under the guidance and support of ECA’s staff and contractors. Working on houses on both sides of the street, every roof received the first coating in about three hours.

Cooling down with iced water, volunteers listened to remarks by City Council President, Darrell Clarke – who thanked each volunteer personally – while acknowledging the good work by ECA and noting how energy conservation helps residents save money. The Director of Sustainability, Christine Knapp, drew attention to our prolonged heat wave and focused on the value of cool roof coatings to reduce air conditioning use. Finally, Darlene Pope, “the city’s best block captain,” gave the final remarks of the day. Gracious and thankful, and an advocate for clean energy, Darlene thanked the volunteers from RCMA for helping to make this day possible.

ECA’s EnergyFit Philly program preserves affordable housing by repairing, and providing energy retrofits to low income homes in poor condition. It is an innovative approach to the prevention of homelessness by preserving and stabilizing affordable housing that is currently ineligible for energy conservation programs due to roof leaks and other home repair needs. Applying roof coatings on these homes reduces the cooling load and extends the service life of the roofs.

Roof coatings are designed for protecting and extending the service life of roof assemblies for new construction and more commonly, existing roof coverings. Reflective roof coatings extend the life of the roof by reducing heat transfer into the building, decreasing thermal shock, and helping to mitigate leaks.

Roof coatings reflect visible light as well as infrared and ultraviolet radiation, causing roof surface temperature to drop by up to 55°F and decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building on hot days. Lower roof temperatures in turn help to reduce cooling costs for buildings with air conditioning units and reduce interior temperatures and relative humidity in buildings with or without cooling units. A building owner can experience an energy savings of up to 15% after using a reflective roof coating, according to information from the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Program. When reflective roof coatings are used on a significant portion of a city’s roofs, they will also reduce the urban heat island effect, essentially cooling the entire city.

Several RCMA roof coatings manufacturer and supplier members have donated their products for use in this project, or volunteered their time to apply coatings to a block of low income row homes on West Seltzer Street. The RCMA is partnering with ECA on this project as part of its biennial industry conference, the International Roof Coatings Conference.

New Polymer Roof Options Receive CRRC Approval

Four new DaVinci EcoBlend options are approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home or commercial structure.

Four new DaVinci EcoBlend options are approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home or commercial structure.

DaVinci Roofscapes, a leader in polymer roof colors, launches four new DaVinci EcoBlend options approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home or commercial structure. The new color blends all meet Title 24 requirements for California.

Newly introduced color blends for EcoBlend polymer shake and slate roofs include:
– Tahoe-EcoBlend: Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe and Medium Tahoe blend
– Mountain-EcoBlend: Light Mountain, Medium Mountain and Dark Mountain blend
– Brownstone-EcoBlend: Light Brown, Dark Stone and Dark Tan blend
– Slate Gray-EcoBlend: Slate Gray

EcoBlend color blends previously accessible from DaVinci Roofscapes that meet the stringent requirements to receive ENERGY STAR designations and still available from the company include:
– Weathered Gray-EcoBlend: Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray and Dark Weathered Gray blend
– Castle Gray-EcoBlend: Light Gray, Medium Gray and Dark Gray

Four new color blends for EcoBlend polymer shake and slate roofs include Tahoe, Mountain, Brownstone, and Slate Gray.

Four new color blends for EcoBlend polymer shake and slate roofs include Tahoe, Mountain, Brownstone, and Slate Gray.

Created in 1998, the Cool Roof Rating Council develops accurate and credible methods for evaluating and labeling the solar reflectance and thermal emittance (radiative properties) of roofing products. The company shares this information with architects, specifiers, builders and all other interested parties.

The experienced team members at DaVinci Roofscapes develop and manufacture polymer roof systems with an authentic look and superior performance. DaVinci leads the industry in selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company’s products have a limited lifetime warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All DaVinci roofing products are proudly made in America where the company is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Roofing Contractors, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council.

AIA is Offering Continuing Education Credits

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is offering architects providing ENERGY STAR certification pro bono verification services up to 8 Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) continuing education credits.

AIA, Public Architecture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have partnered to connect building owners seeking ENERGY STAR certification with licensed professionals willing to provide the pro bono services.

The continuing education credits AIA is offering architects represents a major proportion of their annual requirement for continuing professional licensure! Engineers in licensure states with continuing education requirements may also be eligible to take advantage.

Licensed professionals can further use this opportunity to:
•Build relationships and name recognition with nonprofit building owners and managers.
•Receive national recognition through a listing on the ENERGY STAR Licensed Professional Directory.
•Earn eligibility for ENERGY STAR SPP partnership for your company.
•Help an organization of your choice by performing a visible public service.
•Help reduce carbon emissions in buildings.
•Build a marketable skill verifying ENERGY STAR certification applications.

HOW:
1. View a no-cost, on-demand ENERGY STAR recorded training provided by EPA about how to verify an application. Complete a short quiz.
2. Use these instructions to find a project and validate one or more ENERGY STAR certification applications on a pro bono basis.
3. Secure a letter from the building owner confirming the pro bono work.
4. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov/probono

Solar-reflective Shingle Line Adds New Colors

Malarkey Roofing Products has made additions to its Ecoasis solar-reflective shingle line to meet growing market needs.

Malarkey Roofing Products has made additions to its Ecoasis solar-reflective shingle line to meet growing market needs.

Malarkey Roofing Products has made additions to its Ecoasis solar-reflective shingle line to meet growing market needs. The line now includes three levels of products: Ecoasis Premium, Ecoasis Sol and the new Ecoasis Costa. Ecoasis Costa shingles come in four colors that were inspired by popular traditional shingle colors and updated to meet reflectance requirements of the California Energy Code, Title 24, Part 6. Ecoasis Premium and Ecoasis Sol meet California Energy Code and ENERGY STAR requirements. Ecoasis Premium also features Flexor polymer-modified asphalt technology for granule adhesion, flexibility and impact resistance.

How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

The greatest challenge for anyone responsible for any physical asset is how to keep it operating properly. The key is finding qualified maintenance providers to solve problems that are beyond our own abilities. With the advent of the Internet, our options are limitless. If we need a doctor, we Google the type of doctor we need and get a list of options. The same can be said for all other types of goods and services. But with more options, are we really getting more quality from these numerous choices?

Unfortunately, people and companies can make any claim on the Internet and, as long as they don’t slander anybody else, it’s perfectly legal. I get emails every day claiming to have a cure for cancer, obesity, hemorrhoids, etc., and all I have to do is log on to the website, enter my credit card number and the “cure” will be sent to my house within 72 hours.

Everyone knows this is a hoax, right? Yet more and more of these websites keep popping up every day. Clearly someone is falling for these frauds or there wouldn’t be any! But I digress. The topic of this article is “how to choose a roofing contractor”, not “how not to get ripped off using the Internet.”

Preliminary Questions

Consequently, if I have a roof leak, the first thing I will do is conduct a web search for roofing contractors in my area. I will probably look for ones located closest to my facility. I will call the company and say something like: “I have a roof leak. Do you fix those?” The contractor will probably say, “Yes, I can fix leaks.” I will then say: “Great! When can you be here?” And the rest is, as they say, history. Hopefully, the contractor I selected is licensed, bonded, insured and competent. As you can see, I didn’t ask any of those questions, so I really don’t know. But he must be good; he was listed on the Internet!

If he’s not licensed, there is probably a pretty good reason why he isn’t—he’s not a real contractor, just kind of a handyman. If he’s not bonded and there is a problem with the work he performs and he refuses to fix his mistakes, I will have no recourse to take legal action because he doesn’t have a bonding company backing his work. If he isn’t insured and he falls off my roof, he can sue me personally for causing him bodily injury.

Before any contractor comes out to your facility, make sure the company is licensed, bonded and insured. Always ask for the license number, bonding company name and number, and personal liability insurance policy number. Once you get this information, verify these numbers and providers. I once had a contractor give me his license number only to find out the number was made up! If the information checks out, set up an appointment for the contractor to evaluate your problem. Don’t set the appointment and then check out the company’s qualifications. If a roofer comes out, climbs on your roof and falls off without liability insurance, you are on the hook paying for “Mr. FastRoofs Inc.’s” medical bills or worse: he sues you for not having fall protection on your roof—not that you should know what that is—and rest assured you will pay his medical and legal bills!

Once you have determined a certain level of legitimacy, you should also check what other types of certifications the contractor has attained. I would determine whether he or she belongs to the Better Business Bureau. This is no guarantee that these companies won’t have problems, but it does show a willingness to be responsible once the work has been completed. Also, determine whether the company belongs to trade associations. A roofing contractor should be “a member in good standing” and belong to the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association or one of its affiliates.

Don’t assume just because a company says it belongs to a trade association it does. I once dealt with a painting contractor that listed on its website belonging to the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, Maryland Heights, Mo. I called the trade association and learned the contractor did not belong at all! In other words, if a contractor makes a claim, make a call and check it out—no matter what!

The Proposal

Once you have properly vetted your prospective contractor, call him and describe your problem in the most basic terms. Most people want to solve the problem themselves and then just have the contractor effect the change.

Customers often will call and say: “I have a lot of problems on my roof. Can you come out and give me a quote for a new roof?” I am sure many of you are reading this and are completely incredulous this happens but, be honest, it’s human nature to not want to seem ignorant. As a matter of fact, I find those with the most experience are quickest to opine on their problems when they really don’t have a clue as to what’s wrong with their roof.

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Clay and Concrete Roof Tiles Offered in More ‘Cool’ Colors

Boral Roofing LLC now offers a complete listing of 50 colors on ENERGY STAR and 150 tile colors on the Cool Roof Rating Council.

Boral Roofing LLC now offers a complete listing of 50 colors on ENERGY STAR and 150 tile colors on the Cool Roof Rating Council.

Boral Roofing LLC now offers a complete listing of 50 colors on ENERGY STAR and 150 tile colors on the Cool Roof Rating Council. Boral Roofing Cool Roof Colors are available across multiple profiles to complement a spectrum of architectural styles. According to CRRC, Boral Roofing Clay and Concrete Cool Roof Tiles reflect up to 75 percent of the sun’s solar energy. Boral Roofing Cool Roof Colors are covered under an exclusive and limited product warranty, offering peace-of-mind to homeowners in a long roof lifespan.

Roof Restoration Coating System Is an Alternative to Complete Roof Replacement

The Metacrylics Roof Restoration System is an alternative to a complete roof replacement and tear-off.

The Metacrylics Roof Restoration System is an alternative to a complete roof replacement and tear-off.

The Metacrylics Roof Restoration System is an alternative to a complete roof replacement and tear-off. It provides adhesion to a variety of existing roof systems to form a monolithic, waterproofing membrane, protecting your roof system from further weathering, UV deterioration, moisture, wind and thermal shock—elements that reduce the life of a roof system. The results is a seamless, reflective, economical solution providing many benefits, including a CRRC and ENERGY STAR system that exceeds all Title 24 requirements.

Benefits:

  • Saves energy
  • Environmentally friendly
  • No tear-off
  • Reduces heat transfer
  • Keeps building cool
  • Withstands ponding
  • Low-cost maintenance
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Super adhesion to a variety of surfaces
  • VOC compliant
  • Sprayer or roller applied
  • Chemical and fire resistant
  • Excellent wind resistance

Metacrylics 3-Second Acrylic is in the final stage of development and will be available this summer. It can be sprayed to any mil thickness in a single pass because of its instant set time.

The 3-Second Acrylic is a two-part, water-based, non-flammable, non-solvent, low-VOC product that has excellent adhesion and very low perms.

Premium Stone-coated Metal Roofing Lasts 50 Years or More

Allmet Roofing by Headwaters is a premium stone-coated metal roofing system sold through distribution. It delivers the rugged durability and strength of metal roofing while providing the handsome look of wood shake, genuine slate, Spanish tile and shingle roofing. And Allmet Roofing continues looking great year after year, for half a century or more.

Made from 3/16 Galvalume-coated metal, Allmet systems won’t rot, crack, warp or break.

Made from 3/16 Galvalume-coated metal, Allmet systems won’t rot, crack, warp or break.


An Allmet metal roof may cost a bit more to install, but the expense will be offset by lower repair and replacement costs. Allmet stone-coated metal roofing is light in weight and among the safest roofs in seismic regions. When installed as designed, this dry under-deck roof system eliminates the need for moisture barriers. Made from 3/16 Galvalume-coated metal, Allmet systems won’t rot, crack, warp or break. They’re energy efficient and offer protection against snow, ice, winds and hail. Allmet stone-coated metal roofing also is non-combustible, earning a coveted Class A Fire Rating.

Allmet is offered in an array of styles that attractively complement any home:

Allmet stone-coated metal roofing also is non-combustible, earning a coveted Class A Fire Rating.

Allmet stone-coated metal roofing also is non-combustible, earning a coveted Class A Fire Rating.

  • Granite Ridge Galvalume metal stone-coated shingles are a lightweight, tough and economical roofing backed by a lifetime warranty. This new-generation shingle is not only 67 percent lighter weight than asphalt laminates, but its raised seam joints also ensure enhanced protection against the elements.
  • Allmet Continental gives roofs the appearance of high-profile S-type concrete tiles. Yet it is lighter weight than standard cement- or clay-based tile.
  • Allmet Wood Shake melds the natural beauty of wood shake with the strength of metal roofing. This wood shake product won’t catch fire or blow off in high winds. Because many areas prohibit wood shake, stone-coated metal wood profiles are a good alternative.
  • Allmet Shadowline offers the aesthetics and dimension of natural slate and features four ENERGY STAR-rated colors among its 19 color blends.

Allmet is backed by a limited lifetime transferable warranty that covers up to 120-mph winds, 2.5-inch hailstones and fire.

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Sustainable Home Features a Metal Roof for Durability and Energy Efficiency

A Metal Sales roof system has been chosen to top an ambitious Net-Zero building. Ronda and Nigel Farrar chose to work with Metal Sales on their 3,000-square-foot home in Escondido, Calif. The home overlooks Lake Hodges and was designed to be a model for green design by utilizing commercially available green building products.

The Farrar's dream of achieving a Net-Zero energy design was realized with help from Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.

The Farrar’s dream of achieving a Net-Zero energy design was realized with help from Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.

The Farrars are the owners of the new home and its surrounding sustainable farm. The home is one of San Diego County’s first LEED Platinum homes and is ENERGY STAR qualified. Their dream of achieving a Net-Zero energy design was realized with help from Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.

“We chose a metal roof for our home because it was a sustainable material with a long life expectancy,” explains homeowner Rhonda Farrar. “Compared to other non-metal roofing materials, a metal roof is more durable and lighter, resulting in structural savings when building. Metal roofing also makes our home safer in the event of an earthquake or fire. Due to the reflectivity and energy efficiency of the metal, the roof contributes to a comfortable, energy-efficient living space.”

The home features 5,000 square feet of 24 gauge Magna-Loc standing seam roof panels in Antique Patina from Metal Sales. More than 100 panel colors from Metal Sales are listed with ENERGY STAR and improve energy efficiency by reflecting sunlight. This provides an energy savings by reducing the amount of energy needed for cooling the home. The steel panels are also 100 percent recyclable and contain a high percentage of recycled material. Each of these factors contributes to the home’s LEED Platinum certification.

"We chose a metal roof for our home because it was a sustainable material with a long life expectancy," explains homeowner Rhonda Farrar. "Compared to other non-metal roofing materials, a metal roof is more durable and lighter, resulting in structural savings when building."

“We chose a metal roof for our home because it was a sustainable material with a long life expectancy,” explains homeowner Rhonda Farrar. “Compared to other non-metal roofing materials, a metal roof is more durable and lighter, resulting in structural savings when building.”

“The longevity, reflectivity and energy-efficient qualities of a metal roof make it an ideal choice for a sustainable home,” says Drew Hubbell, owner of Hubbell & Hubbell Architects. “The cool metal roof reflects heat, reducing cooling needs and allowed for easy installation of the photovoltaic panels without penetrating the roof. The standing seam roof also fit the architectural style of the home with an antique patina finish. The simple lines of the roof fit in with the modern design of the home and complements the home’s exterior.”

The project team consisted of homeowners Rhonda and Nigel Farrar; architect Hubbell & Hubbell Architects, San Diego; general contractor Gaitaud Construction, San Diego; and roofing contractor Victor Contracting & Roofing, Escondido. For more information about the Farrar Green Home and Sustainable Farm, visit the Farrar Green Home website.

Stone-coated Metal Protects Buildings

Stone-coated metal roofing systems from Gerard.

Stone-coated metal roofing systems from Gerard.


Stone-coated metal roofing systems from Gerard, a Headwaters Roofing brand, are available in a broad array of colors—three of which are ENERGY STAR approved—and profiles, including shingle, shake and tile. Constructed of 26-gauge Galvalume steel panels, Gerard roofing systems include a Class A fire rating, a 2.5-inch hailstone warranty and a 120-mph wind warranty. Although Gerard stone-coated metal roofing systems can be installed direct to deck, the optimum energy-saving method is to install on top of a batten or counter-batten grid.