New Insulation Board Contains No Halogenated Compounds

GAF introduces a new non-halogen polyisocyanurate insulation: EnergyGuard NH Polyiso Insulation Board. According to the company, GAF is the first roofing manufacturer to offer a full line of Red List Free roofing assemblies across their asphaltic and single-ply product lines.

The development of EnergyGuard NH Polyiso Insulation Board demonstrates the GAF commitment to providing architects, contractors, and building owners with affordable products that help them meet their sustainable and environmental design goals, by offering products that do not contain halogenated compounds.

As with their current EnergyGuard Polyiso Insulation, this product line offers high insulating values to help save on energy costs and is available in a variety of thicknesses. Because of its lightweight, this material is easy to handle on the jobsite and installs fast. Easy cutting in the field provides the installer with simple fabricating on the roof deck.

For more information, visit www.gaf.com.

GAF Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced GAF, Parsippany, N.J., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In early 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice Initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“There is unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“GAF is proud to the join NRCA’s One Voice initiative to increase awareness of the issues affecting the roofing industry, and to drive for sustainable change,” said GAF President Jim Schnepper.

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

Roofing Companies Form Asphalt Underlayment Council

Four roofing companies—Carlisle, Gardner-Gibson, Maryland Paper and Mid-States Asphalt—have formed the Asphalt Underlayment Council (AUC), a new industry association developed to cultivate the long-term success of underlayment products for building envelope applications for both residential and commercial structures.

This new group’s Interim Executive Council was instrumental in identifying the need for an industry council that supports the standardization of underlayment product quality, performance and integrity. Current AUC members include Owens Corning, Polyglass USA, Mule-Hide Manufacturing, GMC Roofing & Building Paper, GAP Roofing, Warrior Roofing Manufacturing and GAF

“With the introduction of new types of roofing underlayment products, it was felt that an industry group was needed to monitor, administer and contribute to product standards,” noted AUC Executive Director Michelle Miller.

Because standards and requirements for roof repair, reroofing, roof recovering and replacement often lack clarification within the definition of underlayment, AUC’s inaugural technical committee will focus on code classifications and industry regulations.

“The pathways to code compliance vary depending on the product type,” said John Woestman, AUC’s technical director. “The continuous influx of newly designed products and ever-evolving regulations requires a strong knowledge base with deep understanding of the codes prevalent in this industry.”

Bringing regulatory issues to light through educational initiatives and industry outreach will be accomplished through raising awareness and advocacy. AUC will actively assist in the development of building codes to ensure the high performance of roofing systems in the future.

“We will work directly with installers and contractors who may not be aware of the various product categories that are occurring in the underlayment industry,” said Robert Almon, AUC Interim Executive Council member. “Understanding the nuances of underlayment as well as discerning codes and comprehending code compliance are vital. With our combined historical experience, AUC is in a prime position to ensure all the issues surrounding underlayment are addressed through a range of resources from an engaged council, committees and membership to a vibrant website that will be launched soon, growing media outreach, literature development and ongoing educational opportunities.”

The group welcomes roofing underlayment firms to join AUC to work to make these important initiatives viable and sustainable. To learn more about the Asphalt Underlayment Council or to ask about membership, email info@aucunderlaymentcouncil.org or call (847) 686-2243.

PetersenDean Selects GAF as Preferred Manufacturer of Cool Shingles

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar announced it has formed a relationship with GAF to help supply PetersenDean consumers in all of its seven operating states with shingles that can be used to comply with Title 24 cool roof requirements. PetersenDean is headquartered in Fremont, Calif.

“We selected GAF because they own an expansive network of manufacturing facilities and produce quality products that make the company a leader in the industry,” said Gary Liardon, president of US Consumer Division, PetersenDean. “With all of GAF’s plants based in the U.S., we are providing our customers with quality products and supporting American jobs. They also produce the popular shingle colors that our customers like and offer comprehensive warranties. We are proud to partner with such an innovative and dependable manufacturer.”

GAF is the only roofing manufacturer to earn the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval on its products. The company recently introduced its Timberline HD Reflector Series Shingles, which can be used to comply with Title 24 cool roof requirements. Additionally, GAF offers its Timberline HD Reflector Series Shingles in a large selection of colors with comprehensive warranties.

“At GAF, we are committed to working with the best contractors in the industry,” said Todd Tarchalski, West area vice president of sales at GAF. “We couldn’t be more excited to work with PetersenDean, one of America’s largest and most trusted roofing and solar companies.”

This relationship helps meet two important goals for PetersenDean, which installs about 2,000 solar and roof systems each month nationally: providing PetersenDean customers with quality, innovative roofing materials and supporting American jobs.

“We made a decision at PetersenDean to only source our products from manufacturing facilities in North America,” said Jim Petersen, president and CEO of PetersenDean Roofing & Solar. “That’s why we chose to utilize GAF, which owns multiple manufacturing facilities across the nation. We can help customers lower their electric bills, help the environment, and help the economy.”

GAF to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Pennsylvania 

GAF’s facility in New Columbia, Pa., is latest in the more than $2 billion investment GAF has contributed to the roofing industry over the last 10 years. Photo: GAF.

GAF’s facility in New Columbia, Pa., is latest in the more than $2 billion investment GAF has contributed to the roofing industry over the last 10 years. Photo: GAF.

GAF announced that it will open a manufacturing plant in New Columbia, Pa., about 20 miles south of Williamsport. Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, the new 34-acre facility will create more than 40 skilled manufacturing and office jobs in Pennsylvania and will serve as a regional training facility for contractors and roofing industry professionals. The plant will manufacture thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply membrane for commercial roofing applications and Cobra brand injection molding components for residential roofing systems. 

“We are proud to further our commitment to the roofing industry through this investment in New Columbia and to create new, skilled manufacturing jobs right here in the U.S.,” said Jim Schnepper, president of GAF. 

“This new plant will expand our production capabilities, allowing us to meet the needs of our customers with best-in-class solutions. Our innovative training programs will help new employees build critical competencies,” said Dick Nowak, chief operating officer of GAF.
 
The opening of the New Columbia plant will mark an expansion of the GAF footprint, which currently includes a network of 30 manufacturing facilities and more than 3,400 total employees nationwide. GAF already has a presence in Pennsylvania through its Myerstown asphaltic shingle plant. 

“The New Columbia plant opening will provide high-quality job opportunities to dozens of Pennsylvanians,” said Carroll Diefenbach, chairman of the board of supervisors for White Deer Township. “We are thankful that GAF is committed to supporting our community and strengthening the manufacturing industry in The Keystone State.” 

The New Columbia plant will create more than 40 jobs, adding to the GAF U.S. manufacturing base of more than 2,300 people.

The New Columbia plant will create more than 40 jobs, adding to the GAF U.S. manufacturing base of more than 2,300 people.

GAF will produce EverGuard TPO products for commercial roofing at the new location. In addition to TPO products, the plant will manufacture injection molding components for residential roofing systems, including Cobra Rigid Vent 3, Cobra Snow Country, and Cobra Snow Country Advanced Attic Exhaust Vents. 

As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to offering professional education programs to the roofing industry, the plant will be designated as a GAF Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence (CARE) regional training facility. Through its CARE program, GAF offers hands-on training to contractors and other roofing industry professionals in the region, equipping them with the latest skills and installation techniques. To date, more than 230,000 roofing professionals have participated in CARE training programs. 

Dallas Roofing Contractor Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Repair and Replace Roofs for Deserving Homeowners

Chris Zazo, CEO of Aspenmark Roofing & Solar, Dallas, established the non-profit Roof Angels, which repairs and/or replaces up to 30 roofs per year through Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program.

Chris Zazo, CEO of Aspenmark Roofing & Solar, Dallas, established the non-profit Roof Angels, which repairs and/or replaces up to 30 roofs per year through Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program.

Chris Zazo is a CEO who sees opportunity everywhere. When he needed a corporate gift idea to give to hail-restoration customers of his commercial roofing business, Dallas-based Aspenmark Roofing & Solar, he established Hailstone Vineyards in Napa Valley, Calif., and now makes his own cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.

While considering how to differentiate Aspenmark Roofing & Solar from its competitors in a market that has no licensing, Zazo embraced community service. “I wanted to find a way to better our industry and really take the sting off the title of ‘roofing contractor,’” he says. “We were getting asked every year by this charity and that organization to support their causes‚ which we were happy to do. Then we got involved doing the new-build roofs for Dallas Habitat for Humanity and really rallied around that organization.”

To differentiate his firm’s charitable work from its for-profit work, Zazo officially established the non-profit Roof Angels in 2013, but he couldn’t quiet his entrepreneurial spirit. He wondered how he could involve the entire roofing industry in community service. “I really wanted to put together a program for the industry,” he explains. “I wanted to get the manufacturers and distributors involved, get our employees involved and create a model in which if we took it to a national organization it could be replicated anywhere in the United States. I dug a little further and found out Habitat has a program called A Brush with Kindness, which is perfect for this idea.”

Although the homes chosen for restoration are usually small, Zazo says they often have extensive damage and four or five layers of shingles.

Although the homes chosen for restoration are usually small, Zazo says they often have extensive damage and four or five layers of shingles.

A Brush with Kindness is Habitat for Humanity’s home-repair program for owners who are struggling to maintain their homes. The program seeks $10,000 donations to support one family’s home repairs. “When we found out about this program, we jumped in and asked, ‘What if we [Aspenmark Roofing & Solar] took the roof off of your hands?’” Zazo recalls. “The roof is usually about 50 to 70 percent of the budget for the home repairs, so, without it in the budget, A Brush with Kindness could do much more to a deserving family’s home. I reached out to GAF to see if they’d donate the shingles. I called SRS Distribution to see if they’d donate the accessory items and delivery. Then all we had to do was raise money for the labor. We proposed this model to Habitat and they said, ‘We love it. When can you start?’”

FUNDRAISING

A Brush with Kindness’ representatives asked Roof Angels and its partners, Parsippany, N.J.-based GAF and McKinney, Texas-based SRS Distribution, to repair and/or replace up to 30 roofs per year. In the beginning, Zazo hadn’t thought through the fundraising part of Roof Angels, so he was often paying his crews for these roof installations out of his own pocket. He started holding Happy Hours and other small events in which he could quickly raise a few thousand dollars.

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DRG and GAF Launch App to Manage Reviews

Diversity Resources Group (DRG) and GAF have launched pulseM, an app that allows contractors to obtain and manage reviews from customers and employees. It is available to GAF Master Elite, Certified, Master, Master Select, and Premium Coating System Contractors across the U.S. and Canada. The technology allows customers to leave reviews via speech or text in a 30- to 45-second mobile phone survey. Positive reviews can be posted to social media channels while negative reviews are sent directly to owners. Additionally, pulseM offers a gamified employee accountability solution, providing companies a real-time window into employee performance. For more information about DRG, visit here. GAF factory-certified contractors can contact their local territory manager for information on accessing pulseM.

RCMA Presents Industry Awards, Names Two New Board Members

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) hosted more than 100 industry attendees at its 2017 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. The association recognized a number of its members for their exceptional contributions to the roof coatings industry and elected two new individuals to its board of directors.

RCMA’s Martin A. Davis Award, the highest honor bestowed by the RCMA, is presented annually to an individual, selected by his or her fellow RCMA members, who has exemplified outstanding service and made significant contributions to the roof coatings industry. The first Martin A. Davis Award was presented in 1985. The award was designed to honor and serve in memory of Davis, a visionary founding member of the RCMA who served both the Association and industry with distinction and exceptional service.

RCMA awarded Greg Hlavaty, general manager at Western Colloid, the Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award for 2016. Hlavaty has been an active member of RCMA, serving on the board of directors and contributing his industry expertise to RCMA’s committees and task forces. The award was presented by fellow RCMA board member Helene Hardy Pierce, GAF, who recognized Hlavaty’s efforts in facilitating RCMA’s merger with the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI). “Throughout Greg’s time with the RCMA, he has been a passionate advocate for the Association’s growth and development, and his efforts on behalf of the RCMA-RRCI merger have strengthened the outlook for our industry,” Pierce commented.

RCMA awarded its James “Tim” Nelligan Industry Statesman Award to Matt Lendzinski, field marketing manager at the Dow Chemical Company. Lendzinski is the 10th recipient of the award, a discretionary distinction only designated when deemed appropriate. Industry Statesman Award recipients are honored for outstanding interest and activism in promoting the roof coatings industry and exemplary efforts to achieve significant advancements through the implementation of new technical programming, regulatory or governmental affairs incentives, research activities, technical publications, and RCMA and industry involvement.

Lendzinski serves as the co-chair of the RCMA Communications, Membership, and Education Committee, and has been an invaluable resource for numerous activities and projects undertaken by the association. “Matt is a well-deserved honoree, and has been instrumental in the growth of RCMA’s membership and the development of its communications, educational, and outreach programs,” commented Jim Kirby, RCMA Executive Director.

RCMA presented its Emerging Leader Award to Ryan Blad, national sales manager at 838 Coatings. First awarded in 2016, it serves to recognize an individual, less than 35 years of age or in the industry less than 3 years, who is making strides toward becoming a leader in the roof coatings industry, and who serves as a role model for his or her industry peers. Blad currently serves on the RCMA board of directors and is a co-chair of the RCMA Technical Affairs Committee, and has been consistently active in the development of the association’s technical and research programs.

RCMA also presented a Special Recognition Award during its meeting to Brock Landry, Venable LLP, in acknowledgment of his exceptional service to the industry. Recently retired, Landry served as RCMA’s general counsel for numerous decades, and was well known as a valued advocate on behalf of the roof coatings industry. “Brock is recognized by his peers for his industry knowledge, expertise, and willingness to move the association forward,” commented Reed Hitchcock, RCMA senior advisor and historian.

In addition to the awards that were presented, two new members were elected to the RCMA board of directors for the 2017-2020 term. Will Lorenz, General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., and Josh Poole, Tremco Inc., were elected by the RCMA membership to sit on the Board of Directors.

Finally, Brian Anthony, vice president at the Brewer Company and outgoing RCMA board member, was recognized for his long-term service to the RCMA for his participation on the board of directors over the past 12 years.

The RCMA will next convene June 19-21, 2017 in Washington, D.C., for the association’s 2017 Summer Meeting and Legislative Day.

GAF Education Center Debuts at 2017 IRE

The GAF Education Center will debut at the 2017 International Roofing Expo (IRE) , offering attendees a curriculum of eight condensed classes dedicated exclusively to roofing industry education, not product pitches.
 
Through eight, 45-minute sessions in the GAF Education Center, trainers will teach roofing industry strategies that will help attendees build skills, think critically and arm them with practical solutions to work smarter.
 
“The addition of the GAF Education Center adds another component to the line-up of show floor activities and educational offerings,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, show director of the IRE. “These roofing industry educational courses will be beneficial to all attendees who want to gain knowledge and excel in their businesses.”
 
“Our focus is education and we have assembled speakers who are experts in their field,” says Paul Bromfield, CMO at GAF. “We want to provide practical learning that helps our customers to build their business.”
 
Beginning on March 1, classes include “The Importance of a Roofing System,” “Commercial Roof Maintenance,” “Common Sense Approaches to Reducing Condensation Problems Associated with Reflective Roofing on Western Wood Framed Decks,” and “Impact Resistance – What the Hail is Happening?” 
 
Concluding on March 2, classes include, “Impacting In-Home Selling with Technology,” “Home Design from a Worldwide Perspective,” “Redesign Your Business by Starting Over: Start With a Blank Sheet and Redesign for Positive Impact,” and “Thriving on Alphabet Soup: How to Benefit From the New Age of Green Rating Systems.”
 
Classes are free with all registration packages. Seating is available for up to 55 people on a first-come, first-served basis. For specific class times, descriptions and speakers, visit here.
 
“The addition of the GAF Education Center reinforces the International Roofing Expo as a partner in education for roofing contractors,” says Reid Ribble, CEO of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I encourage our members to attend these free classes designed to foster knowledge through idea-sharing.”  
 
Taking place March 1-3, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the show will offer roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

Solar Roof Dynamics Partners With GAF

Solar Roof Dynamics has announced its expansion into the Southern California market with the addition of six new roofing contractors into its Signature Dealer Network of vetted solar roofing installation companies.

“After successfully building out our Signature Dealer network throughout California, the company is now ready to expand nationally, thereby maintaining and solidifying our market position,” explains Aaron Nitzkin, founder and CEO of Solar Roof Dynamics. “Our goal is to bundle solar with roof installations nationwide, optimizing the warranties of both for homeowners and commercial building owners.” The company plans to enter at least five new markets during the first half of 2017, including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Texas.

“Our business has been transformed since joining Solar Roof Dynamics’ program in 2015,” states Aaron Weiss, owner of Roofmasters, a roofing contractor based in Suisun, Calif. “Through the support of the team at Solar Roof Dynamics, we now frequently sell and install solar systems at the same time that we are installing new roofs.”

Through a new relationship with GAF, Solar Roof Dynamics will help support GAF’s Solar Elite Contractors, factory-certified “Master Elite” roofing contractors integrating solar into their business.

Consumers across the country continue to have negative experiences going solar due to problems caused by solar companies that do not understand roofing. “About one out of every five residential solar systems have roofing problems caused by inexperienced solar installation companies. Problems that will often lead to roof leaks over time,” explains Nitzkin. “The best time to install solar is when a roof is being installed, and the most qualified contractor to handle this installation is a professional roofing contractor.”