TAMKO Makes Donation to Red Cross to Aid Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

TAMKO Building Products Inc. has proudly donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with their Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding area. TAMKO presented the funds at the Joplin, Mo., Red Cross office on Sept. 6.

“Thanks to generous partners like TAMKO, the American Red Cross is there, providing food, shelter and comfort to people affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Stacy Burks, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southern Missouri.  “We have deployed over a dozen local [Joplin-area] volunteers.  They join more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers who will continue to support families as they begin to recover and rebuild.” 

In the past, TAMKO has donated to the Red Cross to assist with disaster recovery from tornadoes that ravaged areas where TAMKO operates, including a deadly EF-5 tornado in 2011 that struck the town of Joplin, where TAMKO is headquartered. 

TAMKO’s President and CEO David Humphreys said, “The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are heartbreaking. TAMKO and its employees have witnessed firsthand what the American Red Cross can do to help in these types of disaster situations. We make this donation in the spirit of kindness that Houston and its neighbors so desperately need now.”
 
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TAMKO Now Produces Heritage IR Shingles in Phillipsburg, Kan.

TAMKO Building Products has begun production of its popular Heritage IR shingles at its Phillipsburg, Kan., manufacturing facility.

“It’s exciting for us at Phillipsburg to be producing Heritage IR,” said Travis Moore, general manufacturing manager at TAMKO Phillipsburg. “We are pleased to help provide additional distribution options for TAMKO customers.”

Reinforced construction enables the Heritage IR shingles to meet the UL 2218 Class 4 impact resistance rating at the time of manufacture. The UL 2218 Class 4 impact resistance test involves dropping a 2-inch steel ball onto a shingle from a height of 20 feet. Other shingles may crack or rupture during the test. Heritage IR shingles on the other hand, have met the test requirements for withstanding the impact.

“Heritage IR from Phillipsburg will be distributed throughout the U.S.,” said TAMKO’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Stephen McNally. “We’re excited that we will be able to ship orders from Phillipsburg.”

Heritage IR shingles feature the same natural beauty that has made the Heritage series such a popular choice among homeowners. Naturally deep shadow lines portray the look of real wood shakes, and six attractive color choices enable owners to find the perfect complement to their home. The colors include Olde English Pewter, Rustic Black, Harvest Gold, Thunderstorm Grey, Natural Timber and Weathered Wood.

All Heritage shingles come with a Better-Than-“Lifetime” Limited Warranty, offering more upfront protection, which covers both material replacement and labor costs. See TAMKO’s limited warranty for complete details.

TAMKO Develops App for Its Pro Certified Contractors

TAMKO Building Products' app developed especially to meet the needs of TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors

TAMKO Building Products’ app developed especially to meet the needs of TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors

TAMKO Building Products announces the availability of an app developed especially to meet the needs of TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors. The TAMKO Pro App for iPad helps demonstrate the many advantages of hiring and working with TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors.

The TAMKO Pro App offers interactive presentations, photo galleries and detailed Limited Warranty information to help give customers peace of mind to help TAMKO Pros close the sale. Features of the TAMKO Pro app include:

    • Highlights the benefits of the TAMKO’s Mastercraft Limited Warranty Enhancement, exclusively offered by TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors
    • “Why a Pro?” presentation demonstrates the many advantages of hiring a TAMKO Pro
    • Ability to upload custom project photos to display during presentation
    • Field Notes section offers the opportunity to take photos during an inspection, add notes regarding roof areas that may need special attention, and then email the photos and notes directly to the customer
    • Features in-depth Limited Warranty and product information

The app is available for free download from the App Store on iPad. It can be found by searching for TAMKO in the store search bar or under the Lifestyle category.

Preview Shingle Roofing Colors and Styles on a Home

TAMKO unveils a redesigned StyleSelect Color and Style Selector.

TAMKO unveils a redesigned StyleSelect Color and Style Selector.

TAMKO unveils a redesigned StyleSelect Color and Style Selector. The redesign empowers homeowners and builders to preview different colors and styles on sample homes or a home of their choosing.

Previously, the web application only provided users a gallery of sample homes so that they could preview TAMKO shingles on a home that was similar in style and color to their own. Now homeowners and builders can upload a photo of any home and visualize TAMKO’s entire line of residential shingles, including laminated asphalt, 3-tab strip and metal shingles. By using photos of their own home to view the different shingle styles, customers can make an informed decision on which shingles best complement their home’s exterior look. The new rendering engine is mobile and tablet-friendly, which enables the user to design from a desktop or on-the-go.

Users create their home project by uploading a photo, then setting scale by measuring a landmark such as a door height. The user will then draw a mask by tracing the outline of their roof which sets a perspective. The process is repeated for each surface of the roof. A guided tutorial provides step-by-step instructions for users.

For homeowners or builders who don’t have the time to do-it-yourself, a team of experts will mask their photo for $15. Turnaround time is typically one business day. For convenience, users can create an account to view saved work at any time. Projects can be shared with others via email or social media sites such as Twitter and Pinterest. The StyleSelect Color and Style Selector is available online or on the TAMKO ShingleStyles app for iPad.

Continuous Ridge Vent Can Be Attached with a Nail Gun

TAMKO's QuickVent

TAMKO’s QuickVent

TAMKO Building Products is introducing QuickVent, a nail gun-able continuous ridge vent designed to properly ventilate attic space when used in conjunction with soffit vents.

QuickVent is a classic style ridge vent made from nylon matrix technology. It comes with up to a 40-year Limited Warranty from TAMKO and installs with pneumatic roofing nail gun for quick and easy installation. Its innovative design provides effective shingle-over ventilation.

QuickVent is made from see-through material for easier centering over the ridge and it requires no baffles, metal connectors, end caps or special filters, simplifying the installation process. Its lightweight, easy-to-cut material eases installation and helps reduce labor and its compression-resistant design creates a stiffer nailing area.

Apps Are Made More User-friendly

TAMKO's Shingle Style App

TAMKO’s Shingle Style App

New updates have been implemented to the TAMKO Decking and Shingle Style Apps. The changes to both apps make them more user friendly and offer updated information about TAMKO’s products.

Updates to the Shingle Style App include a setting that enables users to select a region (NE, SE, SW, WS and CN) for the colors offered in their area or users can select “all shingles” if they want to view all of TAMKO’s shingle color options. In addition, multiple regional settings have been implemented under the navigation tab. When first opening the app, a regional map will pop-up which enables users to select their specific region. They can also adjust this setting from the navigation bar by clicking on the “Region” tab. Regional availability will be applied to the product lines that are not distributed nationally.

The Longest Up-front Protection Warranty section within the app has also been expanded. Now information can be viewed in a slideshow which enables users to easily navigate through content. Other updates included:

• Residential and Multi-family Warranty calculator.
• Content related to the “Find a Pro Page”.
• Addition of Heritage IR shingles and photo gallery colors.

The Decking Styles App now includes TAMKO’s EverGrain Deck Board Challenge. The challenge includes a side-by-side comparison of EverGrain Envision compression molded decking versus a competitor’s extruded decking product. Several new photos have been added to the photo gallery as well. Some of the new photos include TAMKO’s Marquee Railing systems which are available in the deck viewer and the photo gallery.

These apps are available for free download from the App Store on iPad on iTunes. They can be found by searching for TAMKO in the store search bar or under the Lifestyle category.

TAMKO Celebrates 70th Anniversary in the Building Products Industry

This year TAMKO celebrates the major accomplishment of 70 years of success in the building products industry.

The TAMKO story is one of American entrepreneurialism, resilience and the belief that there is always room for improvement. In 1944, a 69-year-old E.L. Craig sold his share of a Kansas City shingle plant and moved to Joplin, Mo., to start another roofing business. On Sept. 5, 1944, Craig renamed the new business TAMKO in honor of the five states he expected his sales territory to consist of: Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Seventy years later, Craig would be pleased. What started as one small shingle plant is now the largest privately-owned roofing manufacturer in the United States. TAMKO’s original five-state territory has grown to national distribution with 12 manufacturing facilities and 13 warehouses located across the U.S.

“This is a very important milestone for us personally and for the entire TAMKO family,” says TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys, grandson of the company’s founder. “This year we celebrate our ability to survive, grow and be profitable year after year when dozens of other roofing companies have not.”

Over the years, TAMKO has survived and thrived in the midst of economic ups and downs. Part of TAMKO adapting to changes in the building products industry was expanding its product offering to include new forms of roofing (fiberglass and metal) and other types of building materials (composite decking, railing and cements and coatings). In 1994, the company officially changed its name to TAMKO Roofing Products Inc., and in 2006, the company changed its name once more to TAMKO Building Products Inc.

In the midst of such success, what makes TAMKO so unique is how the company has maintained its focus on quality and a small-town, family-owned business culture during decades of expansion. “I know my father would be proud of what this company has become,” says TAMKO Chairman Ethelmae Humphreys, daughter of TAMKO founder. “Our success has been possible because of the contributions of individual members of the TAMKO team over the years, as well as our customers who have been loyal throughout the years. Without them, this anniversary would not be possible.”

As part of its anniversary celebration, TAMKO is producing a colorful coffee-table book detailing its history, in conjunction with author Jeff Rodengen and publisher Write Stuff Enterprises. The book will be released later this summer and feature interviews with executives, employees, retirees, industry suppliers, TAMKO customers, historians and major competitors. It will also feature hundreds of historic photos of TAMKO employees, the Craig and Humphreys families, TAMKO construction, old documents, machinery, events and products, including some from the 1800s. The book will be available for purchase by the public after its release.