SFS intec Receives FM Approvals Certificate for Induction Welding System

SFS intec received an FM Approvals Class 4470 Certificate of Compliance from FM Approvals for isoweld.

SFS intec received an FM Approvals Class 4470 Certificate of Compliance from FM Approvals for its induction welding system, isoweld.

SFS intec, Wyomissing, Pa., has recently received an FM Approvals Class 4470 Certificate of Compliance from FM Approvals, part of FM Global, for isoweld. isoweld is SFS intec’s induction welding system. This certificate approves use of isoweld for attachment of thermoplastic single-ply membranes (PVC and TPO) within roofing systems offered by several single-ply membrane original equipment manufacturers (OEMS).

PVC Sleeve Fits over Existing Copper, Cast Iron and Irregular or Damaged Pipe Surfaces

When used with the Ultimate Pipe Flashing, the EasySleeve from Lifetime Tool & Building Products provides a lifetime solution.

When used with the Ultimate Pipe Flashing, the EasySleeve from Lifetime Tool & Building Products provides a lifetime solution.

The EasySleeve from Lifetime Tool & Building Products is a black PVC sleeve that makes it possible to have pipe flashing components available on site to deal with almost any and all pipe penetrations, including those that are damaged, worn or irregular-sized. When used with the Ultimate Pipe Flashing, the EasySleeve provides a lifetime solution.

From failed flashing to unsightly pipes, the EasySleeve provides a solution in three easy steps:

  • 1. Cut off hub.
  • 2. Cut to length.
  • 3. Install Ultimate Pipe Flashing.

GAF Plans to Open PVC Manufacturing Line in Cedar City, Utah

GAF announced plans to open a PVC manufacturing line at its commercial roofing plant in Cedar City, Utah. The line, which GAF expects to become operational as early as mid-2016, will transform the Cedar City operation into a full-service manufacturer and supplier of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply membranes, as well as polyisocyanurate (ISO) insulation.

GAF also announced that it is actively considering locations for an additional plant in the eastern U.S. that will manufacture PVC, TPO and ISO. Known for its flexibility, ease of application and chemical resistance, PVC remains a single-ply solution among commercial roofing contractors.

“The Cedar City PVC line will strengthen GAF’s position as a full-service supplier of PVC, TPO and ISO. By manufacturing all three products at Cedar City and soon on the east coast, we will deliver economies of scale to our operations and quality service to our customers. This investment demonstrates our continued commitment to growth and leadership in the low-slope roofing market,” says Bob Tafaro, president and CEO of GAF.

“GAF is poised to leverage our track record of innovation and operational excellence. We’re ready to bring to the PVC market the same ingenuity and manufacturing expertise that have helped us to manufacture best-in-class TPO products.”

PVC Liner Panels Are Easy to Clean and Install

AG-TUF and AG-TUF UV corrugated PVC liner panels from H&F Manufacturing Corp.

AG-TUF and AG-TUF UV corrugated PVC liner panels from H&F Manufacturing Corp.

AG-TUF and AG-TUF UV corrugated PVC liner panels from H&F Manufacturing Corp. are fire-retardant and provide efficient cladding of structures, offering many benefits for all types of agricultural and industrial applications.

AG-TUF and AG-TUF UV can be used in applications ranging from hog barns to dairy sheds, from poultry houses to wineries.

AG-TUF and AG-TUF UV panels are also ideal for interior applications such as car/truck wash liners, and commercial/residential garages. The panels withstand harsh treatment from chemicals, impacts from livestock and farm equipment, and are easy to clean and install.

AG-TUF UV panels are ideal for exterior applications where a heavier panel with all the same characteristics as the standard AG-TUF panel are required, but with added UV protection.

PVC Resembles Metal Roofing

SOPREMA Inc. has developed SENTINEL PVC, a high-performance roof membrane.

SOPREMA Inc. has developed SENTINEL PVC, a high-performance roof membrane.


SOPREMA Inc. has developed SENTINEL PVC, a high-performance roof membrane that is manufactured using processes that provide rooftop performance, including SOPREMA’s Acrylic Shield surfacing. SENTINEL integrates silver and copper metallic powder in its Silver Art and Copper Art products, providing enhanced aesthetic appearance and weathering capabilities that are identical to metal roofs. The PVC is chemical-resistant, making it well suited for buildings that are prone to grease and oil exposure or factories with exhausts on the roof. SENTINEL PVC is also fire- and wind-rated by Underwriters Laboratories and FM Approvals.

Palram Americas Opens New Logistics Center in Pennsylvania

Palram Americas, a manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, has announced the completion of an 80,000-square-foot logistics center positioned directly next door to its Americas headquarters in Weisenberg Township, Kutztown, Pa.

“We did run into some issues due to the harsh winter of 2013, resulting in a delayed opening,” states John Seiffert, vice president of Business Development for Palram Americas. “However, now that the building is operational, we are confident this dedicated logistics center will greatly increase our delivery capabilities and result in greater customer satisfaction.”

The building is a $5 million dollar construction project with two phases. Phase one consisted of this logistics center and includes an additional 80,000 square feet of outside storage space. An additional 80,000-square-foot building will be constructed during phase two and will be built in the near future. The general contractor for the project was Serfass Construction of Allentown, Pa.

This new logistics center is just the latest building block of growth for the company. Palram opened its polycarbonate plant in Kutztown in 2000 and, over the ensuing years, built two large additions to this original plant. In 2007, Palram constructed an entire PVC manufacturing facility at the site. The logistics center, completed in November 2014, is now fully operational.

Adhesive Delivers Long-lasting Bond

HydroBond Water-Based PVC Bonding Adhesive from Mule-Hide Products

HydroBond Water-Based PVC Bonding Adhesive from Mule-Hide Products

HydroBond Water-Based PVC Bonding Adhesive from Mule-Hide Products delivers a high-strength, long-lasting bond while giving contractors the convenience and time savings of a one-sided, wet lay-in application. The adhesive is formulated to bond PVC membranes to a variety of porous and non-porous substrates. It can be used on clean, dry horizontal surfaces with slopes of up to 2:12 and as a contact adhesive in applications with steeper slopes or in vertical applications. The adhesive can be applied using a medium-nap roller or 3,000-psi sprayer.

Roofing Manufacturers and Contractors Embrace Recycling

In the early 2000s, as the green-building movement reached its tipping point, the roofing industry’s contributions to sustainability focused on increasing energy efficiency, improving long-term durability and addressing the heat-island effect. In the years since, significant strides have been made in all three of these areas for commercial and residential buildings.

In recent years, increasing attention has been given to the benefits and challenges of recycling roofing materials at the end of their useful life. This is no trivial task: Owens Corning estimates asphalt shingles alone comprise up to 5 percent of building-related landfill waste. This doesn’t take into account other roofing materials, including EPDM, thermoplastic PVC and metal.

Not surprisingly, rising removal costs, coupled with the growing demand in some areas of the country to legislate landfill content, are putting pressure on contractors and building owners to seek alternatives to traditional roof construction scrap and tear-off disposal methods.

In response, greater numbers of roofing manufacturers and contractors are driving strategies to avoid the landfill. A general review of emerging trends across the roofing industry suggests manufacturers and contractors increasingly are turning to recycling to steer these materials from the waste stream.

Steel is the most recycled material in building construction today. PHOTO: STEEL RECYCLING INSTITUTE

Steel is the most recycled material in building construction today. PHOTO: STEEL RECYCLING INSTITUTE

METAL

Metal roofing’s sustainable attributes are significant. Industry experts cite its ability to improve a building’s energy efficiency, and metal today contains anywhere from 25 to 95 percent recycled material.

On its website, the Chicago-based Metal Construction Association (MCA) encourages installing metal roofing directly over an existing roof, thus eliminating the need to dispose of the original materials. But when an older metal roof or new-construction debris must be removed from a site, contractors and owners in most regions of the country can quickly identify scrap yards that take metal.

“Steel is the most recycled material in building construction today,” says MCA Technical Director Scott Kriner. “There’s an infrastructure that supports it, and metal in general is virtually 100 percent recyclable.” Kriner notes MCA supports recycling as part of the metal industry’s overall commitment to environmental sustainability and transparency in business.

PVC

PVC has been used in roofing systems since the 1960s, and the post-consumer recycling of roof membranes began in North America in 1999—a nice symmetry when one considers roofs in terms of 30-year life cycles.

In general terms, the recycling of PVC roofing is a relatively straightforward process. The material is sliced into long strips, rolled up, lifted off the roof and transported to a recycling center. Recyclers run the PVC through a conveyor system, where fasteners and other metal objects are removed.

Initially, the recovered membrane was ground into powder for reuse in molded roof walkway pads. More recently, some manufacturers have been incorporating a granulated form into new PVC roofing membranes, exclusively on the backside to avoid aesthetic issues with color variations. The first installations of membrane produced with post-consumer recycled composition occurred in the mid-1990s. So far, its field performance has matched that of PVC roofing produced with virgin raw materials.

The Vinyl Institute, Alexandria, Va., says close to 1 billion pounds of vinyl are recycled at the postindustrial level yearly. “The vinyl industry has a history of supporting recycling,” the institute reports on its website, “and this effort continues as companies, alone and through their trade associations, expand existing programs and explore new opportunities to recover vinyl products at the end of their useful life.”

EPDM

Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer is used extensively on low-slope commercial buildings. Yet even this durable synthetic rubber membrane must eventually be replaced, and today recycling is a viable option.

The removal process generally involves power-vacuuming off the stone ballast, where present, to expose the EPDM membrane below. The membrane can then be cut into manageable squares, which are folded and stacked on pallets, loaded onto a truck and transported for recycling. The recycler grinds it into crumbs or powder, depending on the end use. A growing number of recycling centers nationwide now handles EPDM.

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Palram Americas Announces New Website

Palram Americas, a manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC product lines, is pleased to announce a new website design. This new design, which is more closely aligned with the global corporate website, includes many new features. Users will experience new advanced product search tools, more streamlined product information, and may also delve deeper into technical information, including a new installation video for Palram’s corrugated DIY products.

“Palram is a diverse company with products in many different markets, creating a challenge to fully serve each of those markets within a single website,” stated Stan Schultz, Director of Marketing at Palram Americas. “This new design ensures a more user-friendly experience for all of our customers across all markets. Furthermore, our new development platform will allow us to more easily add new features and web-based tools in the future.”

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.