Trust in a Partner

By day, my husband Bart is an ag lender, loaning money to farmers for land, equipment and livestock. By night, he co-owns a sports bar in the lake town in which we live. When we got engaged, he joked about the roles I would soon be playing in his business. I laughed then, but once we moved in together and were married, I more consistently heard about the stressors he was experiencing in the bar business. Obviously, I wanted to take some of this stress off of him and, consequently, have been helping publicize the bar’s events for the past 10 weeks.

I’m no marketer, but I’ve been sharing knowledge from my career in magazines. I’ve started weekly meetings with the owners and managers, which has helped everyone’s communication. I’ve expanded the bar’s social media presence. And I’ve brought in one of my own trusted partners, a graphic designer who now is creating fliers, promos and coupons for the bar. At this point, I’m not sure whether my efforts truly are making a difference—though the bar has been packed the past few weekends—but I do know my husband is grateful to have me more involved.

Relying on trusted partners also can have a positive effect on your roofing business. For example, Pete Mazzuca III, co-founder, executive vice president and sales manager for Cal-Vintage Roofing of Northern California, Sacramento, explains his partnership with Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Ygrene Energy Fund in “Business Sense”. Through the partnership, Mazzuca’s roofing company now can offer customers YgreneWorks PACE financing for energy-efficiency and resiliency upgrades, including roofing, on their homes or businesses. Ygrene considers the equity in the property, not the personal credit of the owner, unlocking finance doors for entire groups of customers. Consequently, the partnership with Ygrene Energy Fund has increased Mazzuca’s business by 20 percent.

Trusting a partner’s expertise can ensure roofing projects meet a building owner’s needs while being cost-effective. In our “Cover Story”, Atlanta-based Diamond Roofing Co., which has its own sheet-metal shop, opted to partner with a supplier to source prefabricated edge metal for the roofing project at Gordon Hospital, Calhoun, Ga. The prefabricated edge metal had been formally tested to meet or exceed the FM 1-105 criterion required by hospital officials. In addition, by ordering the large volume of edge metal the hospital project needed, Diamond Roofing saved time and labor costs.

Last but not least, Thomas W. Hutchinson, AIA, FRCI, RRC, CSI, RRP, principal of Hutchinson Design Group Ltd., Barrington, Ill., and a member of Roofing’s editorial advisory board, often regales us with stories from his in-the-field experiences. In “From the Hutchinson Files”, Hutch explains how to be a better partner when communicating and coordinating between trades—in this case, plumbing, steel and roof design during implementation of roof drains according to new energy code requirements. Because—as Hutch will tell you—it’s not enough to just be a partner and provide generic details; you should be the best partner you can be and really think through roof system design.

Prefabricated Edge Metal Helps Shape Unique Roofs on a Georgia Hospital

To expand its services and make it easier for patients and visitors to navigate its facility, Gordon Hospital, Calhoun, Ga., underwent a $37 million expansion. The project added 59,000 square feet of hospital space, renovated 11,500 square feet of space, and created a new patient tower entrance to separate inpatient and outpatient service entrances. The various aspects of the project included 11 different roof areas, so the project’s general contractor, the Atlanta office of Birmingham, Ala.-based Brasfield & Gorrie, brought Atlanta’s Diamond Roofing Co. into the project during concept design.

The architects designed all the curves and unique walls to make the campus beyond ordinary and give the hospital a certain appeal.

The architects designed all the curves and unique walls to make the campus beyond ordinary and give the hospital a certain appeal.

“The hospital addition and renovation was still just a sketch and a narrative, and we worked together to understand the owner’s needs and architect’s intent,” says Dave Mossige, Diamond Roofing’s president. “Roofing systems have be- come very complex over the years and it really does take a roofing specialist to navigate the numerous options and decide the best roofing systems for the project.”

Having the roofing contractor onboard from inception also helped with staging. When it became apparent that two canopies between the new and existing buildings would pose significant challenges with materials’ access, the team was able to plan ahead and stock-pile materials near the area months pri- or to needing them.

GETTING THINGS LEVEL

Because this was a fast-track project, 10 to 15 crew members worked across multiple roof areas. “All the other trades come in behind us once we have the roof ready, so getting the roof area dried-in was key to the schedule,” Mossige says. “That’s why we chose a more durable two-ply modified bitumen rather than a single-ply system for the roofing. Disturbances that happened to the base while the trades were working off the roofs could be quickly and easily repaired before we applied the cap sheet.”

The roofing areas added up to 25,400 square feet of space, including the main roof, penthouse and various other canopies. The main roof on the new addition was unique because it was divided into two portions: one with a steel deck and another with a concrete deck for future vertical expansion. The concrete deck was 5-inches higher than the steel deck.

To make the steel deck meet the thickness of the adjacent concrete deck for a level roof, Diamond Roofing’s team mechanically fastened 5 inches of polyisocyanurate insulation on the steel and then installed a 1/4-inch-per-foot-total tapered ISO system. The team then applied a cover board to increase the system’s wind rating and provide better adhesion of the base ply. The tapered system and cover board were set in ribbons of low-rise foam adhesive. The next layer was an SBS modified bitumen as a cold-process adhesive and then a fire-rated granular cap sheet, also set in a cold-process adhesive.

Although Diamond Roofing has a sheet-metal shop in which team members fabricate edge metal, it worked with a supplier to source prefabricated edge metal that had been formally tested to meet or exceed the hospital's required FM 1-105 criterion.

Although Diamond Roofing has a sheet-metal shop in which team members fabricate edge metal, it worked with a supplier to source prefabricated edge metal that had been formally tested to meet or exceed the hospital’s required FM 1-105 criterion.

PRECISE EDGE METAL

Although Diamond Roofing has a sheet-metal shop in which team members fabricate edge metal, most of the roofing firm’s product is equivalent to a wind rating of FM 1-60 and FM 1-90. FM approval ratings apply to uplift pressures in pounds per square foot. Hospitals are constructed to stricter standards, however, and officials at Gordon Hospital wanted to ensure an FM 1-105 approval rating. Diamond Roofing worked with a supplier to source prefabricated edge metal that had been formally tested to meet or exceed the FM 1-105 criterion.

The ability to order the sheer volume of edge metal needed also saved time on the project. “We had over 2,500 lineal feet of edge metal on this project. That would’ve taken us three weeks to fabricate,” Mossige explains. “In addition, the highly unique specifications of the edge metal needed for the project made it more cost-effective for us to outsource it.”

The edge metal needed to be a heavy gauge of 0.063 prefinished aluminum with a protective Kynar 500 resin-based coating. The architects also wanted welded mitered corners. In certain places on the roofs, unusual radiuses and slopes—occasionally joining with straight coping at offset angles—meant some inside and outside miters had to be exactingly produced for odd angles like 104 and 140 degrees.

For example, on one parapet, two different elevations come together at a corner, making precision critical for the manufacturer and installer. “When you are dealing with preformed metal, you have to be precise,” Mossige notes, “but when you’re doing a raised, offset miter, you have to be perfect.”

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Apply Adhesives with Ergonomically Designed Cart

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PaceCart 3, a robust application system for applying OlyBond500 Adhesives packaged with patented Bag-in-Box technology.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PaceCart 3, a robust application system for applying OlyBond500 Adhesives packaged with patented Bag-in-Box technology.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PaceCart 3, a robust application system for applying OlyBond500 Adhesives packaged with patented Bag-in-Box technology. The PaceCart 3 includes an ergonomically designed, easy-to-use dispensing manifold for applying two-part low-rise adhesives. The manifold does not require greasing, so it simplifies start-up and shut-down procedures. PaceCart 3 also features two pumps designed for use with high-viscosity liquids. A color-coded adhesive tray helps prevent cross contamination of Part 1 and Part 2 adhesive components, and an easy-to-read voltage meter helps identify power input. PaceCart 3 has been outfitted with a shelf designed to hold a portable generator for improved mobility on large projects (generator not included).

OMG Roofing Products Publishes Brochure about Its Solar Attachment Products

New literature about OMG Roofing Products’ full line of solar attachment products is available. OMG Roofing offers several products for solar applications, including the OMG PowerGrip and OMG PowerGrip Plus roof mount systems for ballasted and rail-based solar racks, OMG PipeGuard rooftop pipe supports for solar conduits and pipes, and OMG EverSeal Roof Repair Tape, as well as a variety of OMG Fasteners. For a copy of the Solar Attachment brochure visit OMG Roofing Products’ website.

OMG Roofing Products Releases Video on Installing Thermoplastic Single-ply Membranes

OMG Roofing Products has unveiled a video showcasing how easy it is to install thermoplastic single-ply membranes on standing-seam metal recover projects using the RhinoBond induction welding system.

OMG Roofing Products has unveiled a video showcasing how easy it is to install thermoplastic single-ply membranes on standing-seam metal recover projects using the RhinoBond induction welding system.

OMG Roofing Products has unveiled a video showcasing how easy it is to install thermoplastic single-ply membranes on standing-seam metal recover projects using the RhinoBond induction welding system. The video offers a step-by-step demonstration of the application and highlights the ways the RhinoBond System eliminates the traditional hassles of this type of application, including the following:

  • No special width membrane needed.
  • No membrane to install between purlins.
  • No penetrations of the new membrane.
  • No excess membrane buried in the laps.
  • No membrane orientation issues.
  • No fastener jacking.

Watch the RhinoBond standing seam video.

Vent Stack Extenders Are Rebranded

OMG Roofing Products’ line of Tubos vent stack extenders now come with an OMG Red insert splice sleeve.

OMG Roofing Products’ line of Tubos vent stack extenders now come with an OMG Red insert splice sleeve.

OMG Roofing Products’ line of Tubos vent stack extenders now come with an OMG Red insert splice sleeve. A critical component of each Tubos unit is the integral 6-inch splice sleeve that is inserted into the existing vent stack. It is this sleeve that prevents water from getting into the existing roofing system. Tubos are used to extend rooftop plumbing vent stacks. Often when reroofing a commercial building the additional insulation takes the existing vent stack out of compliance with the International Building Code, which specifies how tall vent stacks must be over the surface of the roof. OMG Tubos are compatible with 2-, 3- and 4-inch-diameter plumbing vent stacks, typically installed in less than five minutes and compatible with all commercial roof systems. Each Tubos unit is 28-inches long and can be cut to extend two vent stacks.

OMG Roofing Products Has Logged More than 2.4 Million Safe Miles

OMG Roofing Products has announced that the company’s sales force logged more than 920,000 “safe” miles during 2014. Through its “Think Safe Drive Safe” program, the company defines “safe” miles as those without accidents, citations or call-ins.

The Think Safe Drive Safe program was instituted in 2010, and requires all participants including the company’s international sales representatives to successfully complete two online training modules—a Defensive Driving Course and a Distracted Driving Course—and sign a “Safe Driving Promise” indicating their commitment to complying with the company established performance requirements.

“OMG’s number one priority is the health and safety of our employees,” says Matt Fuller, environmental health and safety manager for the company. “Highways have become increasingly dangerous and represent an area of high risk to our field sales teams, and their primary responsibility while on the road is the safe operation of those vehicles. The safe driving program includes policies regarding seatbelt use, safe speed, distracted driving and driving while impaired. We’re pleased with the results of this program and also with the focus that it brings each and every day to our team on the road.”

Since the program was first established, the existing sales force has logged more than 2.4 million safe miles.

CentiMark’s Scott Luck: A Leader on the Roof

CentiMark Corp. is proud of its 2,500-plus crewmembers, foremen and superintendents. Their jobs are unique: to install quality roof systems, maintain a safe work environment, communicate with customers and co-workers, and meet and exceed customers’ expectations for their reroofing projects.

This year, CentiMark’s Scott Luck, production foreman, Canonsburg, Pa., was recognized by the roofing industry for his 22 years’ experience, excellence in roofing, and knowledge of first aid and roof safety.

This year, CentiMark’s Scott Luck, production foreman, Canonsburg, Pa., was recognized by the roofing industry for his 22 years’ experience, excellence in roofing, and knowledge of first aid and roof safety.

This year, CentiMark’s Scott Luck, production foreman, Canonsburg, Pa., was recognized by the roofing industry for his 22 years’ experience, excellence in roofing, and knowledge of first aid and roof safety. At the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association’s 128th Annual Convention in February, Luck was one of four winners of the 15th Annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards by The Roofing Industry Alliance For Progress and the Best-of-the-Best Award winner sponsored by Professional Roofing magazine and OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass. (CentiMark’s Pedro Arguelles, foreman, Denver, and Edgar Ramirez, foreman, Lakeland, Fla., were recognized as Roofing MVP Awards finalists.)

“I am proud to have Scott represent CentiMark in the national roofing industry,” says Timothy M. Dunlap, CentiMark’s president and chief operating officer. “He has always been a hard worker, quick learner and dedicated to the job. He’s a good family man and an active volunteer in CentiMark’s charitable projects in the community.”

After starting as a laborer on the roof, Luck’s career advanced to production laborer, service assistant, service foreman and, currently, production foreman. He has an extensive technical knowledge of roofing, roofing materials and roof safety. His Canonsburg-based crews have not had a workplace injury in nine consecutive years.

Luck is trained in first aid and safety practices through CentiMark and has medical training from his previous career as a certified nursing assistant.

Utilizing those skills, Luck has saved the lives of two of his crewmembers from medical emergencies on the roof. One crewmember had a heart attack; the other had a heart attack and stroke. A quick-thinking Luck attended to them and called the local fire department for a ladder truck to help them off the roof. Both men were able to return to work after they recovered from their medical emergencies.

“I have great respect for my crewmembers. My job is to keep them safe and train them to succeed and advance at CentiMark,” Luck states. “We work well together as a team and take care of each other.”

Luck takes his crewmembers’ safety seriously. He adds: “I train new crewmembers myself because I want them to be safe on the roof and be the best they can be. I am responsible for their safety and their knowledge of roofing.”

PHOTO: CentiMark Corp.

System Attaches Equipment to TPO and PVC Membranes

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PowerGrip Plus Roof Mount System

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PowerGrip Plus Roof Mount System.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PowerGrip Plus Roof Mount System, a watertight structural attachment used to secure ballasted solar racks and other equipment to roofs covered with TPO and PVC membranes. PowerGrip Plus is designed with wind performance in mind and offers ultimate tensile strength of 2,000 pounds per foot and ultimate shear strength of 1,075 pounds per foot. A wide membrane skirt promotes easy welding in place, and the 15/8 diameter and 1/2-inch-tall mount provides a perch for securing brackets or struts.

OMG Donates PaceCart2 to Raise Money for Roofing Industry Education

OMG Roofing Products of Agawam, Mass., donated a specially decorated PaceCart2 honoring the 40th anniversary of the Western States Roofing Contractor Association (WSRCA) to the association’s annual auction, held on June 8 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. PaceCart2 is OMG’s patented application tool for applying OlyBond500 and OlyBond500 Green Insulation Adhesives. It is capable of dispensing enough OlyBond500 to cover 60 squares in an hour.

The PaceCart2 donated to the auction features a graphic commemorating WSRCA’s 40th Anniversary. Proceeds from the auction go to the Davis Memorial Foundation scholarship and grants programs. These scholarships are for children of the roofing industry and the grants are used to sponsor technical roofing seminars at colleges and universities.

“Throughout the years WSRCA has done a lot for roofers in the western region, especially regarding education for contractors and their families,” says Sam Everett, director of marketing for OMG Roofing Products. “Donating a WSRCA Anniversary-themed PaceCart2 is a fun and appropriate way to acknowledge their contributions in this area and celebrate this 40-year milestone.”

OMG Roofing Products is North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial roofing products featuring specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, drains, pipe supports, emergency repair tape, edge metal systems and productivity tools.