Utility Mounting System for Metal Roofs

S-5! introduces the universal GripperFix utility system for standing seam, exposed-fastened, and trapezoidal metal roof profiles. Mount almost anything with this safe and cost-effective system that uses only struts, S-5! clamps or brackets and tabs. Install HVAC, satellite dishes, inverters, conduit, communication equipment, service walkways, light fixtures, and more without using improper materials that can compromise both the equipment and the integrity of the roof itself. Using concrete blocks for ballast is unsafe and causes destructive corrosion. According to the manufacturer, this all-aluminum and stainless system will last the life of the roof.

For more information, visit www.S-5.com

Morin Names Sales Manager for Texas and Oklahoma

Eric Ramirez joined Morin in Texas earlier in 2019, appointed to the position of Regional Sales Manager for the West, South Central Territory at Morin; he is responsible for Texas and Oklahoma. According to the company, Ramirez has already added value to the team by leveraging his prior single-element metal roof and wall experience, including consultative sales and architectural specification development. 

As the primary point of contact for sales in Texas and Oklahoma, Ramirez is responsible for growing sales in the market by supporting the company’s current customers and identifying new opportunities for its unique integrated architectural line of roof and wall products. He enjoys developing differentiated specifications and design ideas and can now leverage his architectural and technical knowledge using an expanded palette of panels. Ramirez resides in Fort Worth, Texas, and can be reached at ericr@morincorp.com or via phone direct at (682) 225-9020.

For more information, visit www.morincorp.com

ATAS Introduces New AIA Continuing Education Course on Metal Roofing

A new AIA approved course, “Metal Roofing: History, Material, and Application,” is now available from ATAS International Inc. The learning objectives for the course include:

  • Observe and recognize the history of metal roofing and the different types of metal used
  • Explain the manufacturing process and the importance of finish coatings
  • Describe the differences between low slope roof systems and steep slope roof systems
  • Understand the environmental benefits, sustainable technology and the features of metal roofing

A total of nine AIA approved courses are now offered by ATAS, three of which can also be taken online. All are approved for health, safety, and welfare (HSW) learning units by the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System. 

The three courses available online are:

  • Demystifying Rain Screen Systems Utilizing Metal Wall Panels 
  • Metal Roofing: History, Material, and Application 
  • Sustainable Building Envelopes

Three of ATAS’ courses are also approved by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), including the Sustainable Building Envelopes course available online. All three of the online courses, in addition to the six others, are available as in-person live learning sessions. As a registered AIA Continuing Education Passport Provider for many years, ATAS can also offer continuing education credit for two live plant tours: a facility which manufactures building envelope components from metal, and a metal coil coating facility.

Lee Ann M. Slattery, ATAS’ Sales Support Manager, stated, “We are pleased to add to our course offering, and to provide continuing education in a variety of ways. ATAS understands that online learning opportunities are desirable, in addition to live learning sessions. We will continue to offer all nine of our courses in-person for those located across the country who are seeking to bring education into their firms.”

All of ATAS International’s continuing education courses can be found at https://www.atas.com/education.

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Offers Comprehensive Metal Roofing Course

To help support the booming demand for qualified metal roofing installers and providers, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering an extension course this winter entitled “Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc).”  

Held Dec. 5-6, 2019, early registration is now open at https://epd.wisc.edu/course/metal-roofing-systems/. A special $150 discount off of tuition for members of the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) also is available using code S-5DIS.

For contractors, construction and renovation businesses, and others looking to build their expertise in the metal roofing industry, this course is designed to be among the most comprehensive available. It covers fundamental principles and advanced topics in both low-slope and steep-slope metal roofing systems and focuses on a wide breadth of essential topics, such as commonly-specified materials and coatings, typical seam profiles, attachment techniques, sealants, flashings, underlayment, snow retention, re-roofing concerns, and design details.

“Demand for metal roofing is outstripping the supply of experienced, qualified installers and providers. That makes it an excellent time to capitalize on the metal roofing business opportunity,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director, the leading nonprofit trade association representing the industry in the U.S. and Canada. “Comprehensive educational resources like these are key for the industry’s continued growth and expansion.”

“Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc)” is suitable for anyone involved in metal roofing design, manufacturing, construction, maintenance, repair and re-roofing, or those looking to enter the field. Course participants can earn Continuing Education Units (CEU), Professional Development Hours (PDH) and AIA Learning Unit Health, Safety and Welfare (LU/HSW) credits.

For more information and to register for “Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc)”, visit https://epd.wisc.edu/course/metal-roofing-systems/. To learn more about the MRA and membership benefits for trades involved in the metal roofing industry, visit www.metalroofing.com

Underlayment Designed Metal Roofing Is Suitable For Any Roof Material, Climate

Boral Roofing offers its MetalSeal Underlayment, a high-temperature self-adhered underlayment designed especially for metal roofing but suitable for any roof material in any climate. A high-performance waterproofing material, Boral MetalSeal underlayment provides all-season durable protection, protecting the structure against wind, rain, snow and ice dams by bonding to the base sheet or directly to the roof deck and self-sealing around every fastener penetration. According to the company, Boral MetalSeal is easy to install and eliminates the need for an excessive number of nails, reducing installation time and cost. Great surface traction also enables safer, faster and easier installation for the entire roof. The high-strength woven polyester surface remains intact under high foot traffic and provides UV resistance up to six months.

According to the manufacturer, Boral MetalSeal offers a 30-year limited warranty and may be installed in freezing or hot summer temperatures alike, ensuring the job is completed without weather-induced delay. MetalSeal meets or exceeds all National and Florida building code requirements and is rated up to 260 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes in 216-square-foot rolls for a net two squares.

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Sheffield Metals Offers New Color Visualizer

Sheffield Metals International (SMI) announced the launch of its new and improved Color Visualizer. The user-friendly tool allows home or property owners, contractors, architects, manufacturers, and other members of the industry to create detailed digital mock-ups of their projects. 

Users can choose from one of the sample pictures provided in the tool, or they can upload a photo of their actual home or property. From there, they can select between a wide variety of Sheffield Metals’ product options, including seam types, profiles, thicknesses, and colors, and apply each one to the defined metal roof, wall, and trim areas of the photo. 

Not only does the Color Visualizer protect a consumer’s investment, but it provides a realistic representation of the finished project. “We heard feedback from customers and others within the industry that they wanted a more advanced and interactive styling tool beyond small paint samples and color cards,” said Adam Mazzella, Vice President of Sheffield Metals. “With the new Color Visualizer, you can get a much clearer idea of what the roof, wall, or trim will look like as a specific color, rather than just imagining the result.” 

Users have the option to save, download, share, and print their project choices to help when comparing amongst different styles. Plus, unlike other color visualizing services, the Sheffield Metals Color Visualizer is entirely free to use. 

For more information and a walk-through tutorial, visit https://www.sheffieldmetals.com/Resources/Color-Visualizer.

Boral Roofing Introduces Boral Steel Line

Boral Roofing LLC, announced the introduction of Boral Steel, its rebranded stone-coated steel product line emphasizing durability and performance. According to the company, the launch of Boral Steel adds another key roofing material category to Boral Roofing, a manufacturer of sustainable clay and concrete roof tile systems and retrofit metal roofing solutions as well. 

“The introduction of Boral Steel is significant as it expands Boral Roofing’s product line with a suite of stone-coated steel offerings that are lightweight and ideal for both retrofit and new construction,” said Pete Croft, brand manager – Steel with Boral Roofing. “Boral Roofing is now well-suited to serve the remodel marketplace in addition to the ground-up development sector.”

The launch of Boral Steel is one key culmination of the high-profile 2017 Headwaters acquisition during which Boral Roofing acquired steel roofing market leaders Gerard and Metro (among other roofing entities) and consolidated the companies’ highest-performing and most popular steel roofing system options. With the official launch of Boral Steel, Boral Roofing now offers stone-coated steel roofing systems in five unique profiles including: PINE-CREST Shake, a roofing product engineered to mimic the look of hand-split wood shake while offering the durability that only stone coated steel provides; BARREL-VAULT Tile, resembling the authentic look of Spanish Tile; GRANITE-RIDGE Shingle, a low-profile shingle panel; PACIFIC Tile, offering a Mediterranean tile aesthetic; and COTTAGE Shingle, a double-course high-profile shingle with raised and lower sections that create a classic cottage look.

“With these profile options, customers are able to complement numerous architectural styles while ensuring maximum curb appeal, durability and weather resiliency.” Croft said. “All of Boral Steel’s products are Class 4 rated for Hail Impact Resistance, offer a Class A Fire Rating (when using designated accompanying underlay materials), and are Hurricane Performance Rated with Miami Dade County HVHZ Approval – the most stringent hurricane resistance standard in the country.”

“In addition to energy efficiency, which these systems rate well in, resiliency and storm resistance are top-of-mind among roofing customers,” added Croft. “All of these stone coated steel profiles perform exceptionally well against hail, fire, wind and ice damming, and these attributes are key selling points for this product line.”

Boral Steel is now available to customers across the United States. 

For more information, visit www.BoralRoof.com

MRA Offers Free Resilient Housing Guide for U.S. and Canadian Homeowners

With climate extremes, natural disasters and severe weather affecting homeowners in greater numbers throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Metal Roofing Alliance has partnered with Green Builder Media to offer an extensive Resilient Housing Guide. The free guide includes in-depth tips and information for owners of new and existing properties to help their homes withstand nature’s fury.

With the worst-case scenarios in mind, the 47-page guide covers a listing of flood resistant materials, tips for earthquake readiness, information on wind and wildfire resistance, common building flaws and solutions, structural innovations and considerations, ways to increase a home’s resiliency and more. The Resilient Housing Guide can be downloaded for free at the MRA website.

According to Matt Power, the editor of the Resilient Housing Guide, a key takeaway of the guide is that both materials and process matter. If buildings are designed and assembled with extreme weather vulnerabilities in mind, they inevitably perform better when the crisis strikes.

That includes metal roofing, which offers proven performance as an exceptionally long-lasting, durable and sustainable material choice that can withstand heavy rain, snow and hail, hurricane force winds and resist wildfires, all while being energy efficient and low maintenance. Homes with metal roofs have withstood some of the worst of severe climate conditions affecting the U.S. and Canada. So much so, a proposed mandate in a Florida county hit by hurricanes even considered requiring homes to be built with metal roofs.

“Metal roofing is a big part of the story when it comes to increasing housing resiliency and better protecting homeowners,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director. “With the spring and summer remodeling and building season upon us, we’re very pleased to be able to offer this important resource for homeowners.”

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

MRA Reports Top 5 Regions Driving Demand for Residential Metal Roofing

According to the latest figures from the Metal Roofing Alliance, metal roofing is growing in popularity, especially in states that experience severe climate conditions.

The nonprofit organization, which serves to connect thousands of U.S. and Canadian residential homeowners seeking metal roofing with qualified member installers, says the top five states for interest in metal roofing are Florida, Pennsylvania, California, New York and North Carolina, with Texas close behind.

While these states represent major population hubs, they also have other factors in common: All have experienced increasingly severe weather and extreme climate conditions. From wildfires and hurricanes, to rooftop ice dams caused by polar vortex winter weather, all-season durability and performance have become top priority for homeowners in many states, especially for those looking to repair or rebuild after a climate-related disaster. Because quality metal roofing lasts 50-plus years, carries the highest Class A rating for fire protection and is strong enough to stand up to hurricane winds, hail and heavy snow, it is increasingly popular in regions where better protection against Mother Nature’s unpredictability is essential.

The latest MRA figures also suggest that local demand may be outpacing the supply of qualified metal roofing installers in some regions. In states such as California, New York and North Carolina, the high number of metal roofing leads provided by the MRA are keeping a small handful of member contractors extremely busy.

“It definitely represents a major business opportunity,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the MRA. “Typically, metal roofing is a more profitable business because these homeowners are interested in durability and ensuring top quality protection versus trying to cut corners or find the lowest price. We are actively recruiting member contractors not only in these regions, but throughout the country who can help meet the growing demand for metal roofing from homeowners.”

The MRA expects metal roofing demand to continue to rise in regions experiencing climate extremes, as well as areas where environmental awareness is high.  These areas are candidates for additional growth, given the advantages metal roofing has for being an energy efficient, recycled/recyclable material and an ideal platform for rooftop solar systems. For these reasons, MRA is forecasting growth in locations such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and a greater swath of southern states. Yet the lack of qualified metal roofing contractors remains an issue when it comes to meeting local demand.

“Frankly, extreme weather and the need for more durable, resilient building materials is an issue that impacts nearly every region,” said Ramey. “That’s driving the need for residential metal roofing into brand new territories. Just as important is making sure there are local contractors ready to meet that demand, which is why the MRA is embarking on a full-court press to recruit more qualified metal roofing contractor members.”

With the popularity of metal increasing, MRA also is helping educate homeowners about how to protect themselves against fly-by-night providers who may use unscrupulous business practices or sub-quality materials to capitalize on the growing demand. This spring, MRA plans to put out a buyers guide for homeowners providing guidance on how to choose a quality metal roof and encouraging homeowners to do their due diligence when selecting a reputable, experienced metal roofing contractor.

“There’s no doubt that choosing a quality metal roof is one of the best long-term investments you can make for your home,” said Ramey. “Our goal is to help homeowners understand the benefits and steps that go into selecting their next roof wisely.”

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

McElroy Metal Publishes E-Book on Economic Benefits of Roof Recover With Metal

When a roof has to be replaced, McElroy Metal is poised to help building owners make the best decision with the company’s new E-book. This valuable reference identifies the many long-term and cost-effective benefits of installing a metal roof. The title of the E-book is Need a New Roof? How Building Owners Reduce Cost with a Metal Roof. McElroy Metal, a family-owned manufacturer of metal roofing and wall panels for a variety of markets, has developed two symmetrical standing seam metal roofing systems that are installed more quickly and provide a long-term, high-performance solution.

The E-book was developed to help building owners understand re-roofing options and present the features and benefits of Metal-Over-Metal and Metal-Over-Shingle Recover Systems. These two symmetrical standing seam metal roofing systems represent the optimal solutions with regard to both long-term performance and cost.

McElroy Metal’s E-book, Need a New Roof? How Building Owners Reduce Cost with A Metal Roof, can be downloaded at this link: https://info.mcelroymetal.com/building-owners-reduce-cost-with-a-metal-roof.

For more information, visit https://www.mcelroymetal.com.