Roofers’ Advantage Products Issued Patents on Asphalt Shingle Innovations

Roofers’ Advantage Products, LLC (RAP) has been granted its third patent in the line of patents titled, “Layout Starter and Field Shingle for Sloped Asphalt Roofing.” After its creation in 2013, RAP has quickly grown its intellectual property portfolio, adding numerous patented and patent pending roofing products.

These recent patents grant layout marks placed on starter shingles, starter rolls, and the front of back of field shingles. According to the manufacturer, using such marks placed on shingles eliminates the use of a tape measure, simplifies the roofing process and ensures uniformity while reducing the number of tools that need to be brought up to the roof. In general, the starter shingle or starter roll becomes the tape measure, and marks on the front or back of shingles aid in accurate cutting of books and shingle placement, while providing for patented nail placement.

“As roofers by trade, we are well aware of the day-to-day needs of roofers in the field,” said RAP inventor Benjamin Folkersen. “When we approach a contract, we look at ways to make the work easier for the men and women doing the work. I would like to invite you to look at our video, which has been produced without a shingle manufacturer in place. You’ll get the idea.”

“These ideas come from collaborating with my 28- year-old son, who runs our largest crew and after a decade in the trenches we have become a tight team,” said RAP manager and founder Jon Folkersen. “After recently attending our first IRE, we have been bolstered by the positive response from the shingle manufacturing community -”. 

RAP is seeking a strategic alliance with one or several shingle manufacturers who are looking for a truly revolutionary line of asphalt shingles. Benjamin Folkersen goes on to say, “Once in a generation, a market changing invention comes from the field, and that time is now.”  

For more information, call (603) 522-5200 or visit www.roofersadvantage.com.

Update: U.S. District Court Finds for S-5! in Patent Infringement Case

The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut upheld the claims of S-5! in its patent infringement lawsuit against Ace Clamp/PMC. The court found that PMC directly infringed S-5!’s patent and the court orderedthat PMC be permanently enjoined from making, using, offering for sale, or selling in the United States the ColorSnap system and replacement parts until S-5!’s patent expires. 

For more details about this action and decision, visit www.S-5.comor https://www.s-5.com/news/s-5-prevails-over-ace-clamp-pmc-finding-of-infringement/.

PrimeSource Receives Patent on Premium Grip-Rite ShingleLayment

PrimeSource Building Products recently was awarded a U.S. patent for its innovative design of a synthetic underlayment called ShingleLayment, the only synthetic underlayment in the market designed to protect your roof and look like a shingled rooftop during construction.

“Homeowners don’t want to be looking out at a sea of blue tarps or product logos covering unfinished roofs during a construction project,” said Peter Barrego, VP of Global Sourcing. “We decided to create an effective synthetic underlayment that also looks good.”

According to Barrego, synthetic underlayments have quickly become industry standard, replacing petroleum-laden asphalt roofing felt, known commonly as tar paper. But these products feature brand logos or bright colors. ShingleLayment is available in an exclusive patented shingle print pattern, making it the only AC 188 listed underlayment that gives the appearance of a finished roof while a home is under construction or under repair.

In addition to improving the look of a project provides immediate roof deck protection and a long-lasting secondary water-shedding layer ShingleLayment is made of tough UV-treated woven polypropylene and has a high tensile strength that resists wind blow-off and can resist the sun’s harmful rays for up to 180 days. Combine these features with a non-skid walking surface and you have the ultimate roofing underlayment, according to the company.

“PrimeSource is always looking for innovative products to add to our portfolio,” said Building Materials Group Manager Andy Spyhalski. “We know we are a key supplier and we want to respond to our customers’ needs and give them innovative choices.”

ShingleLayment® is available in three weight classes: lightweight ShingleLayment® LWE; mid-weight ShingleLayment-15 Pro; and heavyweight ShingleLayment Premium.

According to the manufacturer, all ShingleLayment styles are third-party tested to ICC AC 188, Florida Statewide Building Code and are backed by PrimeSource’s limited warranty.

For more information, please visit www.PrimeSourceBP.com.

Snow Retention Manufacturer Receives New Patent

PMC Industries announced that the United States Patent Office issued a patent for the company’s snow-retention product, the AceClamp Color Snap, on December 26, 2017. Alan Wasley, CEO of PMC Industries, the parent company of AceClamp, stated, “Our design approach is completely new and addresses many of the pain points that professional roofers struggle with most in the field, most notably of which are the lengthy setup times and labor costs roofers experience when installing competitive products.”

The Color Snap product ships to roofers with fully assembled, ready-to-install components and snap-in ice clips. Color Snap is available for either standing seam metal roofing or membrane roofing with a variant of the product known as Color Snap-M. According to AceClamp, both varieties offer greater installation flexibility, are easier to install, and help to reduce labor costs by minimizing preparatory tasks.

“We aimed to reduce setup, installation times and labor costs significantly, and we’ve had an overwhelming response from our clients on just how cost-saving the Color Snap product can be,” said Wasley. “We’re happy to let roofers, architects, and engineers know that Color Snap is now available for delivery and that they can count on AceClamp® to continue producing innovative solutions and clever products for the greater roofing industry.”

For more information, visit www.AceClamp.com.