Firestone Building Products Recognizes Firms With 2016 Partner in Quality Award

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC recognizes 133 firms with the 2016 Partner in Quality Award. The sought-after annual award honors Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors for their high-level craftsmanship and quality-focused skill set required to achieve superior roofing installations.

Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors are required to complete extensive product installation training. They must also meet Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) criteria. QIR measures each contractor’s performance based on the number of warranty repair incidences per million square feet.

As a testament to their expertise, Partner in Quality Award winners’ projects are backed by the Firestone Building Products Red Shield Warranty. Depending on the commercial roofing system, terms of the warranty can range from five years to 30 years. To qualify, winners must:
•Install a minimum of eight warranted roofs in 2014 and 2015, and four warranted roofs per year for each of the prior three years
•Maintain at least 1 million square feet of Firestone Building Products roofs under warranty
•Achieve an annual Firestone Building Products QIR of 1.0 or less

Winners are also able to participate in the Firestone Building Products Community Service Program, which makes them eligible for a $1,000 annual credit to donate labor and materials for roofing projects in their respective communities.

“At Firestone Building Products, we hold our valued partners to a high standard,” said Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. “The Partner in Quality Award is reserved for those who achieve the highest levels of roofing quality. We certainly recognize what it means to go above and beyond and look forward each year to honoring these talented, hardworking contractors with the praise they deserve.”

Please visit the Firestone Building Products website for a complete listing of Partner in Quality Award winners: http://firestonebpco.com/content/uploads/2016/05/2016-Partner-in-Quality-Program-Winners.pdf

Roof Assembly Passes Severe Hail Classification

Gaco Western announces their roof assembly passes Severe Hail classification by FM Approvals. The GacoRoofFoam F2733 spray applied polyurethane foam coated with GacoFlex S2100 Cleanable Solvent-free Silicone Coating assembly was tested to meet: hail, wind uplift, corrosion, foot traffic, leakage resistance and accelerated weathering performance. Gaco’s is the only reflective silicone assembly to receive the Severe Hail classification. In addition, this assembly has the highest recycled content in the industry.

Building owners and design professionals are looking for a durable roofing solution. Gaco Western’s R & D team rose to the challenge to develop a system that stands alone and achieves a durability and toughness rating that eclipses other offerings in the reflective silicone coating market. The cleanability factor of GacoFlex S2100 adds to the longevity of this system as it maintains higher whiteness and solar reflectivity than other silicones.

FM Approvals certification is valuable to consumers because it means they can be confident they are getting a tested roof assembly, not a collection of products and parts that may or may not perform to expected levels. Severe Hail classification takes it a step further to give you confidence that Gaco Western offers a solution with strength and endurance.

Chuck Skalski, VP of Sales, GacoFlex commented, “Gaco is pleased to be providing our industry an FM Approved assembly that has been proven to withstand the most hail episodes. This is another testament to our commitment to innovation and providing solutions that last for many years.”

SOPREMA Acquires Chem Link

SOPREMA, a manufacturer of roofing, waterproofing, wall protection and civil engineering solutions, announces the acquisition of Chem Link, a manufacturer of high-performance, environmentally friendly adhesives, sealants and coatings.

Chem Link will operate as a subsidiary and it will be business as usual for their customers and for the markets they serve. The joining of companies accelerates access to more technology, products and innovation for existing and new complementary markets.

“We’re proud to be welcoming Chem Link into our company, helping SOPREMA further our commitment to providing environmentally friendly innovations that drive our industry forward,” says Tim Kersey, vice president and general manager, SOPREMA USA. “Adding Chem Link is an opportunity for us to provide greater value for all our customers, suppliers and employees.”

“Chem Link’s business principles and core values align extremely well with SOPREMA’s, and being a part of the SOPREMA Group will provide additional resources to assist the company in attaining its fullest potential,” says Phil Georgeau, founder.

GAF Wins Women’s Choice Award

GAF has earned the 2016 Women’s Choice Award based on recommendations from its female customers in a customer satisfaction survey conducted by WomenCertified Inc. using the company’s customer database.

For a fourth consecutive year, GAF received this award based on excellent survey scores, including the vast majority of customers rating the experience and overall quality of GAF as “extremely satisfied.” In fact, 100 percent of the female customers polled said they would definitely recommend GAF to their family and friends.

“The Women’s Choice Award’s mission is to identify which brands are most recommended by women,” says Delia Passi, CEO and founder. “By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, brands like GAF signify their commitment to empower women to make smart buying choices. GAF truly takes ownership of its customer experience.”

“GAF is truly honored to receive the Women’s Choice Award for the fourth year in a row. We are proud that our female customers recognize our ongoing commitment to providing products and tools that women trust and recommend,” states Emily Videtto, vice president of residential marketing and new product development at GAF.

Female consumers represent a driving economic powerhouse, controlling 65 percent, or approximately $20 trillion annually, in global spending and more than 80 percent of U.S. spending, according to the Harvard Business Review and the Continuum’s Women and Children Research Group. Coupling that with a recent Nielsen report on global trust in advertising, which stated that 92 percent of consumers trust recommendations from people they know over any other form of advertising, reveals the significance of being an America’s Most Recommended brand by women.

Passi comments on how the Women’s Choice Award serves as a competitive differentiator in today’s cluttered marketplace: “When a woman is willing to recommend a brand or service to others, it means that business has earned her loyalty. Those are the businesses we wish to recognize for their efforts and commitment to the No. 1 consumer—women.”

“We are pleased to salute GAF for its focus on excellence, a commitment that is recognized by women consumers nationwide,” says Passi.

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance Recognizes CertainTeed Insulation Products

Thanks to an accreditation awarded by the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance Professional Certification Program (SPFA PCP), contractors can be confident that CertainTeed operates using the industry’s best practices for world-class spray foam insulation products, technical knowledge and training. CertainTeed is one of the first supplier companies in the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry to meet the rigorous demands of the respected professional organization’s certification program.

“We believe excellence in manufacturing the highest quality spray polyurethane foam products is just part of the equation,” says Ken Forsythe, manager of product marketing for CertainTeed Insulation. “Education and proper installation of building materials have always been top priorities with CertainTeed. SPF insulation is one of the more technical products to master, and our SPFA PCP supplier accreditation shows our dedication to partnering with building professionals well after the product leaves the factory.”

The SPFA PCP is an internationally recognized program built for those involved in the installation of spray polyurethane foam. Covering roofing and insulation applications, the program advocates industry best practices and safety. The new SPF Supplier Company Accreditation category is designed to increase the scope of the program, to include additional organizations and individuals which are key to the SPF supply chain, and to provide further distinction for those companies that invest in their people and customers.

The standards-driven program is ISO 17024 compliant and was developed by committees of industry stakeholders in collaboration with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in addition to other federal agencies and external stakeholders. It is offered both domestically and internationally.

“This prestigious achievement signifies CertainTeed’s adherence and commitment to the SPF industry’s best practices,” says Kelly Cook Marcavage, certification director for SPFA PCP. “It is an honor to work with such a dedicated company who shares our demand for the highest of standards and utmost professionalism.”

As part of the accreditation process, select CertainTeed personnel were required to become certified as SPF Insulation Supplier Representatives through the SPFA PCP. Criteria also included supplier offered training programs for contractors and best practices/risk management program verification.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Is Accepting Nominations for MVP Award Program

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it is accepting nominations for its 2015-16 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 16th year, the MVP Program honors a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. The Best of the Best winner also is featured in an article in Professional Roofing.

The MVP Program recognizes leadership in the field. Roofing contractor firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Criteria by which nominees will be evaluated include outstanding on-the-job performance, on-the-job safety performance, contributions to a team effort, community service and volunteerism, and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 20, 2015.

MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA‘s 129th Annual Convention in Orlando; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2016 International Roofing Expo; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception where winners and their companies will be formally honored; a $100 American Express gift card; recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter and on The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress website; and recognition in a press release sent to local media and industry trade press.

Visit the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Most Valuable Player Awards Web page for more information or to submit a nomination, or contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director at 800-323-9545, ext. 7513. Entry forms may be downloaded online and mailed to The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress MVP Awards Program, c/o National Roofing Contractors Association, Attn: Bennett Judson, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018-5607.

H&F Manufacturing’s PVC Panels Are FM Approved

H&F Manufacturing Corp.’s PHASE-2 PVC panels have been FM approved.

H&F Manufacturing Corp.’s PHASE-2 PVC panels have been FM approved.

Industrial and commercial companies around the world rely on products that are FM Approved and specification tested to protect their properties from loss. The FM APPROVED mark, which is backed by scientific research and testing, ensures that the product conforms to high-quality industry standards.

Since 1992, H&F Manufacturing Corp.’s PHASE-2 PVC panels have been FM approved for “unlimited wall height and a Class I certification, not requiring automatic sprinkler protection.” In addition, the PHASE-2 PVC panels earn a non-combustible flame spread rating of 12.

Mainly used for siding, roofing and louver panels, PHASE-2 PVC panels provide unique and versatile solutions for a vast array of industrial and commercial applications.

GAF Receives Awards for High-quality Products

GAF announces that it was voted No. 1 in “Quality Ratings” and as the “Brand Used the Most” in the 2015 BUILDER Brand Use Study in the category of “Roofing: Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles.” This marks the 9th year out of the past 10 that the company has topped the rankings for highest quality.

“The Builder Brand Use Survey is an annual benchmark that provides extensive insight across the largest spectrum of products used by today’s builders,” notes Paul Tourbaf, group president of Hanley Wood‘s Residential New Construction division. In addition to providing brand familiarity and product use data, the study also captures the market sentiment when it comes to what’s driving product consideration and buying decisions. “There is a clear connection in the 2014 results that highlights a potent combination of product performance and features ahead of cost which drove decisions in the past,” adds Tourbaf. “Innovative brands like GAF that are committed to demonstrating continual advances in design and durability while they communicate unique attributes of their brand will continue gain builder attention and market share.”

“With our continued focus on producing high quality products at GAF, it is a true honor to rank highest in quality with builders yet again, and to know that GAF is the brand used by them most often,” states Paul Bromfield, senior vice president of marketing and business development at GAF.

GAF maintains a focus on quality in all of its products, and incorporates its proprietary Advanced Protection Technology into all its laminated roofing shingles. This results in improved performance, including superior durability and wind resistance, while reducing the use of precious natural resources. All GAF Lifetime Shingles also pass ASTM’s two toughest wind tests—ASTM D3161 Class F 110 mph and ASTM D7158 Class H 150 mph—and carry GAF’s Lifetime limited warranty.

For more than 20 years, the BUILDER Brand Use Study has proved to be an industry resource for trends and information. This year’s study was conducted in collaboration with Farnsworth Research and represents a survey response of 1,128 builders, builder/developers and general contractors.

CertainTeed Makes Multi-year Commitment to Homes for Our Troops

CertainTeed Corp. has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation to enable them to rebuild their lives. The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company’s contribution of roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the U.S. ensures that the homeowners will enjoy a lifetime of indoor comfort and sustainable performance.

“Having corporate partners like CertainTeed is essential to our mission of helping our nation’s most severely injured veterans regain their freedom and independence through the gift of a new home,” said Bill Ivey, Executive Director, at Homes for Our Troops. “It’s an honor to help these heroes rebuild their lives, and CertainTeed’s involvement ensures our homes are built using only the best materials and finest craftsmanship available, and will stand the test of time.”

The 1-story homes feature an open floor plan, going beyond ADA compliance, with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. The homes may also include specialized items including lift systems, keyless door entry and voice activation controls. Each home is constructed by teams of skilled laborers on site to build, paint and landscape.

Each home will be outfitted with a complete CertainTeed Integrity Roof System, comprised of underlayments, shingles, accessory products and ventilation all working together to provide optimum performance. Asphalt shingle choices will include the durable Landmark 30-year color-blended line of shingles with the widest array of colors and backed by an industry-leading, limited lifetime warranty.

CertainTeed is also providing complete interior wall systems for the homes, including Sustainable Insulation fiberglass batts and a variety of high-performance wallboard. Sustainable Insulation is made from recycled and renewable content, including a plant-based binder, and contains no formaldehydes, dyes, acrylics or unnecessary fire-retardant chemicals. For areas of the home prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, the team will install M2Tech Moisture & Mold Resistant gypsum board and Diamondback GlasRoc tile backer. CertainTeed Type X gypsum board, which offers a one-hour fire rating, will be used in the garage and mechanical room, and each home¹s attic will be insulated with InsulSafe SP premium blowing wool.

A typical home takes five to seven months to build and costs an average of $430,000. The organization has built more than 166 such homes for wounded service members since 2004.

Reinvention from Carolinas Roofing to Roofing

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that all of life is reinvention. Sometimes past and future can share the same time period. New just shows up sometimes. In show business it’s easy to understand. You can’t keep coming back with the same show. Unless you get offstage you can’t make another entrance.”

Lorne Michaels, a writer best known for producing Saturday Night Live, wrote this in Vanity Fair’s October issue, which celebrated its 100th year of publishing. Michaels knows a little something about reinvention; for 38 years, SNL has consistently been among the highest-rated late-night television programs. His words jumped out at me not only because they so appropriately explain SNL’s and Vanity Fair’s long and successful histories, but also because they are fitting for this the final issue of Carolinas Roofing.

In 2014, Carolinas Roofing will be reinventing itself as a national publication—Roofing—to remain relevant to the marketplace. Since our first issue mailed in March 2010, we’ve been approached several times to bring this magazine to a broader audience. We’ve been asked to start other regional roofing publications. A couple years ago, we seriously thought about expanding and re-branding Carolinas Roofing as an East Coast roofing magazine. Each time we crunched the numbers and discussed the ideas thoroughly but realized they didn’t make sense. This past summer, we were approached again but, this time, the idea was to make the magazine a national publication. This proposal finally made sense for every aspect of our small business and met our ultimate goal of educating the roofing industry.

In addition to a new name and a broader circulation that will include roofing contractors, architects, roof consultants, building owners and facility managers, Roofing will offer more opportunities for us to keep in touch with you, the reader. We’ll be launching a dynamic website, www.roofingmagazine.com, in January that constantly will be updated with news and product information, as well as a monthly e-newsletter to keep you informed between issues of the magazine, which will continue to mail on a bimonthly schedule.

We plan to remain true to our regional roots by offering a “Regional Report” each issue that will examine climatic challenges related to roofing in various parts of the country, including the Carolinas. And we have lots of other innovative ideas to maintain your loyal readership. We hope you opt to continue receiving the magazine. Please fill out the subscription card for Roofing and scan and email it to Publisher Barrett Hahn at barrett@roofingmagazine.com or mail it to 4711 Hope Valley Road, Box 202, Durham, NC 27707. (Subscriptions will not be duplicated.)

All of us at Carolinas Roofing would like to thank you for the past four years. We credit your engagement with the magazine for its success and, ultimately, taking us to the next level. We hope to see you when the curtain opens for our second act.