Polyglass USA Celebrates 25 Years of Roofing, Waterproofing Materials Production

Polyglass USA Inc. is celebrating 25 years of producing roofing and waterproofing materials for the North American roofing industry. Polyglass will commemorate this milestone with its customers throughout 2017.

Polyglass is a manufacturer of modified bitumen roof membranes, elastomeric roof coatings and underlayments. Founded in the early 1950s by roofing contractors in northern Italy, Polyglass established its first manufacturing plant in the 1960s serving roofing contractors across Europe. The company grew and expanded operations into the U.S. in 1992 with its first location in Fernley, Nev. By 2006, Polyglass had grown to three US facilities with the addition of plants in Pennsylvania and Florida.

In 2008, Polyglass was acquired by Mapei, a global manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and construction materials for the building industry. Since the acquistion, Polyglass has added a manufacturing location in Arizona, with an additional facility in Texas slated to be operational at the end of 2017. The Polyglass manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001:2008 certified and strategically located to serve its customers.

“Celebrating 25 years of successfully developing and producing roofing solutions that has helped transform the roofing industry would not be possible without our committed employees,” says CEO Natalino Zanchetta. “With a focus on quality, Polyglass has developed solutions for use in every climate and we continue to innovate to meet the changing needs of our customers.”

Since developing its first compound formula decades ago, Polyglass has added hundreds of products that extend the roof-life cycle, help manage building energy loads and enhance building aesthetics. With the launch of patented ADESO Technology, Polyglass provided a way to install modified bitumen membranes. Polyglass also developed patented CURE Technology, a thin film technology applied to membranes during the manufacturing process to increase reflectivity, durability, stain and UV resistance, granule retention and energy efficiency.

As part of its commitment to customers, Polyglass offers continuing education through Polyschool, a two-day training program that teaches best practices in the installation of Polyglass’ commercial and residential products. Polyglass has also developed a customer loyalty program with its Q Rewards program – rewarding its customers for their Polyglass product purchases.

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.

Firestone Acquires Provider of Waterproofing, Spray Foam Insulation Solutions

Firestone Building Products Company LLC (Firestone) has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Gaco Western (Gaco), a provider of waterproofing and spray foam insulation solutions for a variety of commercial and residential applications. The acquisition strengthens Firestone’s leadership in commercial roofing and offers positions in residential and commercial building products, reinforcing its commitment to be a leader in the building envelope solution. Firestone Building Products is part of Bridgestone Americas, the largest subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., a tire and rubber company.

“This acquisition supports our strategic plan to penetrate adjacent product segments,” says Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. “Adding Gaco’s product portfolio will expand our offering, broaden our customer base, and reaffirm our commitment to being a total solutions provider. We are now also in a position to better capitalize on the demand for liquid coating products and are excited about the opportunity to unearth the value that exists in the combination of the two businesses.”

Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be completed before the end of the first quarter 2017, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Founded in 1955, Gaco is privately-owned and headquartered in Seattle. With brands including GacoFlex, GacoRoofFoam and GacoWallFoam, the company produces silicone polyurethanes, epoxies and acrylic liquid coatings for roofs; decking and waterproofing products that protect pedestrian surfaces, concrete, metal and plywood; and open- and closed-cell foam products which protect and insulate buildings. All Gaco products are made at its manufacturing, research and development facility in Waukesha, Wis.

The combination will allow Firestone to provide customers with additional products for their roofing needs. By delivering a repair product at a competitive price point, Gaco’s portfolio of silicone and acrylic liquid coatings offers an alternative for situations when full roof tear-off and rebuild are not an available solution. For contractors, these products allow for less labor-intensive installation, reducing costs. Additionally, the transaction enables Firestone to offer its customers access to Gaco’s waterproofing solutions.

Firestone is a leader within the roofing industry and has a vision for the broader building envelope, combining service, product, and innovation, with a substantial distribution platform. We are excited at the prospects of joining Firestone as it allows us to continue to drive R&D, deliver products to our customers, and offer additional career opportunities to our employees,” says Peter Davis, Gaco chairman and CEO.

Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance Announces Excellence Award Winners

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced the winners of the 12th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards. Winners of the industry awards program represent stand out contractors and projects in the Spray Polyurethane Foam sector in both roofing and insulation, as well as in specialty applications. Awards were announced at the awards luncheon held at the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.
 
“Each year the Industry Excellence Awards allow us to recognize our industry’s contractors and projects,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA). “This year’s entries set the bar in best practices with the contractors showcased helping to set a tone of excellence in the application of spray polyurethane foam.”
 
The awards program recognizes projects in five categories including: Residential Wall; Commercial Wall; SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet; SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet; Specialty Applications, a category formerly known as Tanks & Vessels & Others.
 
The winners and runners up of the 12th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards include:

  • Elite Insulation & PolyPro LLC for the Blakemore Estate with supplier Lapolla Industries Inc. (WINNER – Residential Wall Foam)
  • Polyseal and the Mertarvik Sled House with supplier SWD Urethane (Runner up – Residential Wall Foam)
  • West Roofing Systems Inc. for the HyCAL Gibraltar Facility Rehabilitation with supplier Premium Spray Products, an Accella brand (WINNER – Commercial Wall Foam)
  • Tri-County Insulation dba Boss Insulation for the Zinke Dairy Inc. with supplier Lapolla Industries Inc. (Runner up – Commercial Wall Foam)
  • Wedge Roofing for The Mission Church with supplier Premium Spray Products, an Accella brand (WINNER – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)
  • West Roofing Systems Inc. for The Leader Building with supplier Accella and Progressive Materials (Runner up – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)
  • Puff Inc. for JFK High School with supplier Covestro (WINNER – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)
  • Insulation Solutions for Food Processing and Cold Storage Building with supplier Covestro (Runner up – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)
  • Elite Insulation & PolyPro LLC for West Main Street Bridge with supplier Lapolla Industries Inc. (WINNER – Specialty Applications)
  • Divine Energy Solutions for Turtle Back Zoo Giraffe House Exhibit with supplier Lapolla Industries Inc. (Runner up – Specialty Applications)

 
“This year’s award entries brought in a number of innovative projects and applications,” says John Achille, president of the SPFA. “While we are limited in the number of awards we are able to bestow, this year saw no shortage of projects and work completed by contractors.”
 
The prestigious awards ceremony is one of many offerings at the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo. This year’s agenda included onsite exams and training for the SPFA’s Professional Certification Program; a keynote address by author and Emmy Award winner Steve Thomas of PBS’ “This Old House” fame, who is also a current spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity; a 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall showcasing booth displays from over 80 industry organizations, manufacturers, contractors, equipment providers, and many others; a three-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; a general session with Sam Rashkin, chief architect, Building Technologies Office highlighting the Department of Energy’s Net Zero Initiatives; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated dedication to the betterment of the organization and industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; an entertainment filled Close-Out Reception and Networking Party.
 
Attendance for the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo exceeded 1,200 individuals representing the complete Spray Polyurethane Foam industry and value chain, as well as the general public.
 
To inquire about event sponsorship for the 2018 event, please contact Michele Riesenberg at Michele@sprayfoam.org. Additional event information is available here.

ASTM Standard Seeks to Reduce Roofing Materials in Landfills

A new ASTM International standard will help reduce the amount of used roofing materials that go to landfills. ASTM’s Committee on Roofing and Waterproofing (D08) developed the standard, which is available as D8013-16, “Standard Guide for Establishing a Recycle Program for Roof Coverings Roofing Membrane and Shingle Materials”.

According to ASTM member Joseph Schwetz of Canton, Mass.-based Sika Sarnafil Inc., the new guide will help building owners who want to minimize their environmental impact by eliminating waste during roof replacement. The standard will help them and their contractors compare the costs for disposal versus recycling.

In addition, manufacturers will use the standard to determine whether recycled roofing materials could be a cost-effective ingredient in creating new roofing products.

To purchase standards, visit the ASTM website and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations at (877)909-ASTM or sales@astm.org. ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member here.

Mobile App Displays Spanish Roofing Installation Instructions

CertainTeed Corp. has updated its Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM) mobile app to now display residential roofing installation instructions in Spanish. The SAM app, currently available for iOS and Android mobile devices, provides contractors with the official manufacturer installation instructions and reference videos for CertainTeed’s steep-slope roofing products, as well as information about safety, roof tear-off, shingle underlayments and installing shingles on specially shaped roofs. Users can easily change the language version by swiping a button located on the app’s home screen.

Metal Roofing Line Adds New Colors

EDCO Products introduces five additional colors to its Infiniti Roofing line, metal roofing that features multi-tone layering, permanent thermal-fused texture and Whisper Quiet technology.

EDCO Products introduces five additional colors to its Infiniti Roofing line, metal roofing that features multi-tone layering, permanent thermal-fused texture and Whisper Quiet technology.

EDCO Products has introduced five additional colors to its Infiniti Roofing line, metal roofing that features multi-tone layering, permanent thermal-fused texture and Whisper Quiet technology. The new solid colors include Granite Gray and Chestnut Brown. The new enhanced colors are Aged Bronze Enhanced, Granite Gray Enhanced and Chestnut Brown Enhanced. The colors are supported with a full line of color-coordinated accessories.

Atlas Roofing Launches New Blog

Atlas Roofing has announced the launch of its new blog, “Asphalt Life,” a showcase for information of interest to roofing contractors and the customers they serve.

The site goes live on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

“Our goal is to provide content that touches on topics a contractor might encounter during day-to-day business operations, as well as articles that are interesting to read,” says Stan Bastek, director of Marketing and Sales Development/Shingles and Underlayment Division. “’Asphalt Life’ is dedicated to all aspects of the roofing lifestyle, from workdays to weekends.”

Helping contractors build a successful business is a component of “Asphalt Life”. Articles cover topics such as the Scotchgard Protector sales training program and updated OSHA reporting requirements and offer tips that can help roofing contractors manage the ebbs and flows of business, outperform the competition and strengthen customer relationships. Other casual and entertaining reading includes the best place to see minor league baseball games; how one roofing firm participated in a Habitat for Humanity blitz build; and all the happenings at the Atlas Roadshows and events occurring across the country. “Asphalt Life” contains plenty of information for owners as well, such as tips for picking a roofing contractor and preparing your fireplace for the winter season.

“’Asphalt Life’ speaks to what roofers need for work as well as activities they enjoy off the clock,” says Corey Thrush, co-owner with his father of Thrush and Son Complete Home Improvement in Brookville, Ohio. “I urge my fellow contractors to check out the site. It’s full of articles that we can use in our businesses. I especially liked the piece about how to find the best nail gun.”

“’Asphalt Life’ also is a resource we can share with potential clients and on our social media. Sharing helps us get our name out and keeps people coming back for more information.”

“Asphalt Life” can be viewed on desktop and laptop computers as well as tablets and mobile phones. Readers are encouraged to comment on the articles as well as share via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

“We’re excited about ‘Asphalt Life’,” Bastek says, “and look forward to sharing a range of content with our contractors and the general public. This is also the first time our readers will have the chance to comment and we are eager to hear their feedback.”

TAMKO Enhances Roofing Marketing Material

It’s a new year and at TAMKO Building Products Inc. it’s a new image for its roofing products. The company has enhanced all of its roofing marketing material. The refreshed pieces include new product photos, samples and revised product literature, portions of which will be available on the company’s newly designed web site, www.TAMKO.com, set to go live in the first quarter of 2017.

The new marketing material provides a fresh perspective, representing TAMKO’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement. TAMKO’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Stephen McNally, says, “The new material presents attention to the styles and variety of available color options for TAMKO’s roofing products with an appeal to the consumer side of the industry.”
            
TAMKO’s marketing materials feature lifestyle photography to highlight the interaction and benefits that owners may experience with TAMKO roofing products. Additionally, they provide TAMKO’s sales team with material for engaging with customers.
 
“These improved selling tools are assets that reveal the beauty of our roofing products with the extra benefit of adding to the support of our sales efforts,” says McNally.

DaVinci Roofscapes Lowers Price of Roofing Products

Efficiencies at its Kansas facility in 2016 has permitted DaVinci Roofscapes to lower pricing on the company’s roofing products. Price reductions went into effect during the fourth quarter of 2016 and range from 11 percent to 16 percent on several of the company’s synthetic shake and slate product lines.
           
“Adding more workers and line equipment at our plant along with other advances have enabled us to leverage our operational efficiencies and pass the savings on to our distributors,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO for DaVinci Roofscapes. “We’re going outside of the box by sharing our cost savings to make our composite roofing products even more accessible to roofers and owners across the country.”
           
“We’re conscious of what the market is telling us versus what our competitors are doing. For us, it’s all about advancing the growth of our customer’s business.”
           
“When DaVinci started manufacturing synthetic roofing tiles about two decades ago they were considered specialty products. Now, thanks to technological advancements our slate and shake tiles are seen more as main stream products. This means we’re very comfortable competing against products like slate, real cedar, asphalt and other materials. From an aesthetic, performance and cost standpoint synthetic roofing products are competitive.”
           
“Most importantly, we’ve heard from distributors, roofers and builders that our products are becoming preferred to the natural roofing products. People want the expected look of shake and slate, but they want the benefits that a manmade product offers. We’ve achieved that goal by creating realistic-looking products with additional features.”
           
New molds allowed DaVinci to enhance the look of all of its slate profiles in 2016. The thicker profiles replicate the quarried look of slate at a cost less than natural slate. Thanks to recent price reductions, pricing for the company’s Bellaforté Shake tiles falls below pricing of many real cedar shingles, but with the added benefit of resistance to fire, splitting, curling, mold and algae.
           
The team members at DaVinci Roofscapes develop and manufacture polymer slate and shake roofing systems with an authentic look and performance. DaVinci offers a selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company’s products have a limited lifetime warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All DaVinci roofing products are made in America where the company is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Roofing Contractors, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council.