SPRI to Canvass BPT-1 Fastener and Stress Plate Standard

SPRI, the association representing sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry, announced that it is partnering with FM Approvals to create a new standard which will allow the roofing industry to perform comparative small scale testing of roofing fasteners and/or stress plates through board stock materials, such as insulations, cover boards, etc. The proposed standard will be canvassed for approval as an American National Standard.

SPRI/FM BPT-1 will allow various comparative tests for new or different board stock materials, fasteners plates, etc. The proposed standard is based on the FM Approvals existing small-scale test procedure for Plate-Insulation Board Pull Through.

Those wishing to participate in the canvassing process should contact SPRI at info@spri.org.

For more information, visit www.spri.org

New Stainless Steel Bi-Metal Screws

Concealor 304 Stainless Steel Bi-Metal Screws from Triangle Fastener Corporation are manufactured from304 stainless steel for superior corrosion resistance and exceptional ductility. According to the company, the buttress thread increases pullout loads and resistance to back-out compared to ordinary roofing screws. The screws are TRI-SEAL top-coated to improve tapping and reduce thread roll-over and feature a #2 square recess for optimal stability during installation. The screws attach to metal, wood, and concrete. They can drill and tap up to 16-gauge steel, and the buttress thread is specified in many metal roofing systems to attach SSR clips over rigid insulation into metal deck.

For more information, visit www.trianglefastener.com

The Top 5 Issues in Metal Roof Installation

Metal roofs offer a number of benefits for both homeowners and roofing contractors. Installation problems, however, can cause functional or aesthetic issues that can result in problems, delays and unhappy clients. Following are the five most common roof installation issues and how to solve them.

1. Metal Shavings Causing Rust Streaks

Installing a metal roof requires drilling through the aluminum or steel roof panels to attach them to the substrate. The process creates metal shavings, especially at rivet holes along the ridge cap or when drilling through multiple layers of roof panels.

These metal panels show evidence of rust stains caused by metal shavings. Photos: Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing

Those tiny shards of metal can cause rust and stains on the roof, as well as corrosion that shortens the lifespan of the roof. The more layers of metal a crew has to drill through, the more shavings will be produced.

“Shavings are no problem when removed quickly,” says Paul Hope, field service technician for Gulf Coast Supply. “It is when they are left behind that they become an issue.”

“When metal shavings sit on the roof for a week to a month they start to corrode,” Hope says. “That corrosion leads to staining of your panels, and that staining leads to unhappy homeowners.”

Roofers should get in the habit of either sweeping or blowing metal shavings off of the roof at the end of the workday, according to Hope.

2. Improperly Installed Underlayment

Underlayment has to be carefully measured and lapped to avoid moisture infiltration into the building envelope. Local building codes specify lap coverage guidelines and slip sheet placement for underlayment installation.

Underlayment must be carefully measured and installed correctly to prevent moisture infiltration. The underlayment shown here is not lapped correctly.

Underlayment is designed to act as a secondary water barrier in case rain makes it past the metal roof. Some of the most common causes of water intrusion are fastener failure, wind-driven rain in extreme storms, or metal-to-metal connections with no sealant.

Avoiding underlayment issues is easy to do if the crew follows installation instructions and code requirements. If underlayment is not installed correctly, however, replacement costs can be expensive and involve removing the metal roof, replacing the roof substrate and installing new underlayment.

3. Over-Tightened and Under-Tightened Fasteners

Proper fastener installation is critical to the efficiency of a roof system. Because fasteners penetrate the metal roof, underlayment and roof deck, they can allow for water infiltration into an otherwise waterproofed roof.

Over-tightened screws compress the washer too much and can cause water to pool. Under-tightened screws will not hold panels securely and can cause premature wear of fasteners and panels.

During the installation, screws must be straight and tight to perform as intended. Fasteners that are not installed straight do not form a proper seal. And even when they are straight, over-tightening the screw compresses the washer too much, forms “dimples” in the metal panel and causes water pooling that can then infiltrate the attic.

Under-tightened screws won’t hold the roof panel securely and can cause premature wear of both the fastener and panel.

4. Inadequate Onsite Storage Arrangements

Roofing materials should be delivered in a particular sequence, close to the time roofers will need them. The longer roofing materials, such as panels, are stored on site, the more prone they will be to damage from the elements or construction-site mishaps.

Improper storage of roofing panels at the jobsite can lead to damaged and corrosion.

Workers should pay attention to where and how materials are stored. Are they out of the way of vehicles? Are they on a flat surface? Are they elevated on one end to allow for drainage of rainwater?

Standing water, especially on unpainted panels, can cause wet storage stains or what is known as “white rust.” Sand, dirt and debris can also damage metal panels, causing permanent stains before they are ever installed on a roof.

5. Delays Due to Worker Injury

Safety is crucial on any jobsite but especially when installing a metal roof. Injury and accident prevention should be the primary duty of crew chiefs and workers alike. Accidents can not only send workers to the hospital, they can affect scheduling and job productivity as well.

“Medical bills, downtime, and loss of skilled laborers for extended periods of recovery can take place,” Hope says. “It is the responsibility of every individual to properly protect themselves from day to day.”

Proper safety equipment is essential. Gloves and Kevlar sleeves can help roofers protect themselves from cuts.

Falls are the most common potential metal roofing injury. Workers should use harnesses when on the roof and in any other fall-risk situations. Someone on the crew also needs to maintain the condition of the safety equipment. “Nicks in the harness can jeopardize your entire fall system,” Hope says.

Cuts caused by the sharp edges of the metal panels are also a hazard. Gloves and Kevlar cut sleeves can help roofers protect themselves.

Less common threats include electrocution and burns. Electricity, whether from a live current or lightning, can travel through the metal. Rubber shoes and gloves can protect roofers from potentially fatal shocks. Burns are less common, but in hot climates, the sun can heat metal enough to cause an injury. Workers can protect themselves with gloves and protective clothing.

Taking care to address these five common metal roofing installation issues can result in a smoother, more effective process, fewer problems and more satisfied clients.

About the author: Jared Pearce is the technical services manager at Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing. The son of a general contractor, Pearce has been around the construction industry his whole life. He is also a native Floridian and a Coast Guard veteran. Gulf Coast Supply has been a trusted choice for metal roof products throughout the Southeast for more than two decades. Through its Contractor’s Advantage program, Gulf Coast offers both classroom and hands-on seminars to help fill the industry’s need for qualified roofers. For more information, visit www.GulfCoastSupply.com.

High-Performance Screw Fasteners Designed for Stone Coated Steel Roofing Tile

Boral Roofing LLC launches its official line of high-performance Screw Fasteners for use with Stone Coated Steel Roofing Tile. The comprehensive line of screw options is designed for durability and ease of installation. Weather resistant and designed for use in any climate, the best-in-class fasteners have all been performance tested.

According to the manufacturer, All Boral Steel screws are covered with L3 Dura Protec, a corrosion-resistant coating, and panel screw heads are colored to blend with roofing panels and trim. All Boral Steel screws have a finely detailed 0.25-inch Hex Washer Head (HWH), as well as a combination of a sharp T-17 self-tapping point along with H-Low high and low threads to ensure they drive quickly through the multiple layers of steel panels and into the wood decking and battens for fast, easy installation. By using screws to secure the stone coated steel roof panels and accessories, repairs and retrofits with solar, skylights and other roof upgrades in the future are made easier, according to the company.

“This line of screws is the culmination of in-depth company research into various fastener materials and technologies and represents the best options available for use with Stone Coated Steel Roofing,” said Pete Croft, brand manager of steel roofing for Boral Roofing.

Boral Steel’s high-grade carbon screws are corrosion tested to 1,000 hours of Salt Spray (ASTM B117). Boral Steel also offers Stainless Steel Panel screws, which have been tested to 1,500 hours of Salt Spray. These come with black coating on the head and shaft to easily identify them.Every box of panel screws contains a nut driver to ensure easy installation. Each nut driver includes a pre-set magnet.

For additional information on the screw collection, visit https://www.boralroof.com/wp-content/uploads/boral-resource/BoralScrews-0719.pdf. For more information about Boral Roofing, visit www.BoralRoof.com.

Triangle Fastener Releases Two Updated Product Catalogs

Triangle Fastener Corporation announced the release of two new versions of the company’s catalogs, Cladding and Interior. Each catalog is market-specific and provides extensive information on a wide variety of available fasteners, sealants, tools, programs, and technical support. They conveniently outline various brands, sizes, and materials, making it easy to find the exact products needed for specific applications, including hard-to-find items. 

The catalogs are also a reliable source for information on screws, rivets, sealants, flashing, anchors, pins, bolts, bits, power tools, fall protection, abrasives, saw blades, tie wires, contractor supplies, installation tips, technical data, and much more.

Cladding Catalog

  • Metal Roofing
  • Metal Building
  • Post Frame

Interior Catalog

  • Drywall
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical 

For more information, visit www.trianglefastener.com

New Line of Fasteners Designed for Extreme Environments

The new 40-year Ply-Lo Extreme line of fasteners from East Coast Fasteners is designed for extreme environments. Ply-Lo Extreme was successfully tested in accordance to ASTM B117 for more than 3,000 hours of salt spray. With all the features of the original Ply-Lo fastener, the Ply-Lo Extreme is available in #10, #12 and #14, with a 40-year warranty. Ply-Lo #12 is designed to secure metal panels in place and prevent separation in extreme environments. Ply-Lo #14 is designed for use on larger buildings and as replacements in extreme environments. All Ply-Lo Extreme fasteners are tested internally and by a third party. Also new is the Ply-Lo #10 Extended fastener, the fastener that built the post-frame industry. Ply-Low #10 Extended, with a 12-year warranty, was successfully tested in accordance to ASTM B117 for a true 1,000 hours of salt spray.

For more information, visit www.plyco.com.

Fasteners Designed to Attach Sheeting over Rigid Insulation

Triangle Fastener Corporation expands their line of BLAZER Drill Screws with new sizes designed to attach metal panels over rigid insulation. These unique screws have two different threads with a gap in between that eliminates jacking of the panel during installation.

Features and benefits:

  • A special ¼-14 “high thread” under the screw’s head secures the metal panel tightly against the head for optimal seal
  • Unique unthreaded section eliminates the “jacking” of the panel during installation, improving the drilling and tapping performance
  • BLAZER 3 drill point for fast penetration with less effort
  • Lengths: 1-7/8-inch, 2-3/8-inch, 3-1/4-inch and 4-inch
  • TRI-SEAL 1,000-hours salt spray coating provides over 20-times more corrosion protection than screws with commercial zinc plated
  • Available with a zinc alloy cap or stainless steel cap providing corrosion resistance in harsh environments

For more information, visit www.trianglefastener.com.

OMG Inc. Restructures to Drive Innovation and Continued Growth

OMG Inc. has announced plans to implement a new corporate structure to position the company for continued growth. As part of this transition, OMG will create several small, more agile business units within two existing divisions. Each business unit will be fully responsible for executing strategy as well as profit and loss. The leaders of the business units will report to senior vice presidents responsible for setting overall strategy for long-term growth.

“The new organizational structure encourages product innovation within each business unit, which we believe will stimulate growth and enable us to better meet the changing needs of our customers and the markets we serve. It also creates opportunities for individual employee development and strengthens our leadership bench, both critical to our continued success,” said Hubert McGovern, president and CEO.

Within the OMG Roofing Division, the three new business units are Metal Accessories (which includes OMG EdgeSystems), Adhesives/Solar (which includes OlyBond Adhesives and OMG PowerGrip Solar Attachments), and Fasteners (which includes all roofing fasteners, as well as the RhinoBond and AccuTrac systems).

The two new business units in the FastenMaster Division are Decking (which covers all decking and trim fasteners including the Cortex Hidden Fastening and Tiger Claw Hidden Deck Clip systems, and Flex Hot Melt Adhesives) and Structural (which includes the Lok Line of structural fastening solutions as well as the PAMFast AutoFeed Screw System).

As part of the announcement, the company also announced several leadership changes. John Ashe has been promoted to senior vice president for the FastenMaster Division and will manage the new business unit leaders, the executive sales and marketing team, as well as new product development. Ashe’s team will include John McMahon, who has been promoted to vice president of the new Decking Business Unit.

An essential goal of the new structure is to drive innovation. As such, OMG has appointed two experienced business leaders to critical new roles in product development. Josh Kelly was named vice president of new product development and innovation for OMG Roofing Products, and Tim Gillis was named to the same role for FastenMaster. According to the company, both Kelly and Gillis have demonstrated a passion for product innovation throughout their careers, driving growth through new technology development and commercialization in their respective markets. They will be working in tandem with Tad Weiss, who has been named director of research and development and will focus on manufacturing technology and material science. Additionally, on the roofing side, Web Shaffer was named as vice president of the new Fastener Business Unit.

Other key changes announced include Dewey Kolvek’s promotion to senior vice president of operations, and Sarah Corrigan’s promotion to vice president of human resources and environmental, health & safety. Both are taking on additional responsibility for strengthening the shared resources that support each division and its business units.

“We are taking significant steps to make us rethink and improve the way we do business,” said McGovern. “While we continue to meet existing business demand, we will implement change strategies that create long-term value for our customers and the company.”

For more information, visit www.OMGInc.com.

Pre-Weathered Fastener Matches Corten Panels

COR-10 WOOD-X Lakeside Construction Fasteners offers the new high-strength COR-10 WOOD-X fastener, which is engineered to secure Corten metal panels into hardwood decking substrates. It is pre-weathered for exact Corten metal panel color match, eliminating the need to wait for fasteners to be painted or weathered to match. The fastener is available as a #10 in sizes from 1 inch to 3 inches, and it features an EPDM washer to ensure a sealed protective barrier. According to the manufacturer, its high-low threads and sharp T-17 cut point allows the fastener to quickly penetrate the Corten metal panel for low cost installation. The LCF COR-10 WOOD-X can be used with battery-operated screw guns including impact screw guns, notes the company.

The COR-10 WOOD-X fastener was the first-place winner of the Best New Product category at the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans.

For more information, visit www.lakeside-fasteners.com. Lakeside

PrimeSource Expands Collated Fastener Offerings With Pro-Twist

PrimeSource Building Products has announced that it will start shipping a full line of collated specialty screws under its proprietary brand Pro-Twist. “The Pro-Twist brand has been selling collated screws for 25 years, but now the demand has really gone mainstream,” said Director of Specialty Fasteners Michael McFarland. “With the focus of this product line, it was clear that our customers were looking for a collated fastener under the Pro-Twist brand that is of premium quality.”

Collated screws are commonly used to install subflooring but with recent developments, builders can now apply timesaving techniques to other materials, such as drywall

“The technology for high-speed equipment has come a long way and the prices have come down. Builders know they can save time and money,” said McFarland. “We’re in that business and now we’re adding a full line of collated fasteners for a variety of material applications to our distribution network.”
 
PrimeSource is committed to focus on products that meet the need of its customers, while providing relevant brands and building solutions within the industry.
 
“PrimeSource is always looking for ways to improve the breadth and depth of our offerings,” said Building Materials Group Manager Andy Spyhalski. “We are a key supplier to the nation’s building trades, and we want to respond to our customers’ needs and simplify their buying decisions.”