TAMKO Adds Four Shingle Colors in Southeastern United States

TAMKO ShinglesFour new shingle colors are now available for TAMKO Building Products Inc.’s customers in the southeastern United States. The colors, Rustic Brown, Grey Mist, Driftwood and Painted Desert, have been added to TAMKO’s popular Heritage laminated asphalt shingle line and are being produced out of TAMKO’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama, manufacturing facility.

Rustic Brown, Grey Mist and Driftwood are all part of TAMKO’s Classic color collection, and Painted Desert is a part of TAMKO’s innovative America’s Natural Colors collection. According to the company, Rustic Brown features several shades of deep brown, with red highlights and black lowlights to create a warm and classic exterior. Grey Mist is an ethereal combination of light to mid grey tones. Driftwood features a variety of mid-tone browns to create the illusion of deep shadowing. And finally, Painted Desert has a mid-tone golden base, with bold highlights and lowlights in shades of blue, green, red, gold and brown.

“TAMKO’s customers in the southeast U.S. can now enjoy an expanded range of our already extensive collection of beautiful shingle colors for the Heritage line,” said TAMKO Vice President of Sales and Marketing Stephen McNally.

All four of these new color options can be purchased now in the southeastern United States. For more information on product availability, visit www.tamko.com.

New Hip and Ridge Product Offers Added Thickness

TAMKO Building Products Inc. introduces its new Heritage Designer Ridge TAMKO Building Products Inc. introduces its new Heritage Designer Ridge asphalt shingle. Constructed with SBS modified bitumen technology, the high-profile ridge product is designed to add a look of polished sophistication to finish asphalt roofing projects with style, according to the manufacturer. Two layers of asphalt shingles are laminated together to produce the high-definition appearance of added dimension in the Heritage Designer Ridge, which is up to a half inch thicker than TAMKO’s standard Heritage hip and ridge product.

Vice President of Sales and Marketing Stephen McNally said, “The bold look of Heritage Designer Ridge creates a dynamic design for our customers looking to differentiate their roof project from the rest.”

The new hip and ridge product is available in complementary colors to go with TAMKO’s Heritage and Heritage Premium laminated asphalt shingle line. The product is offered in 10-inch and 8-inch overlap.

New Construction Project Tests Contractor’s Mettle

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

Independence High School in Frisco, Texas, was conceived as an impressive new construction project on a tight schedule. The standing seam metal roof of the building was a key component in the architectural planning, as it was designed to provide aesthetic appeal for the massive structure while minimizing the view of mechanical equipment for passers-by on the ground.

The roof also was comprised of several low-slope sections, which were covered with a modified bitumen system. Both the metal and modified systems contributed to the building’s energy efficiency, helping the project achieve LEED Silver status.

The roof systems were installed by the Duncanville, Texas, branch of Progressive Roofing Services. Randy Dickhaut, the company’s general manager, indicated the project was completed in approximately one year—an ambitious schedule for a job of this size. “It was a challenging new construction job,” he says. “There were a lot of logistics involved, but in general, the job went very well.

A Tale of Two Roofs

The first goal of the project was drying in the metal decking. A two-ply, hot–mopped modified bitumen system manufactured by Johns Manville was installed on 24 decks totaling approximately 195,000 square feet of low-slope roof area. The system was applied over two layers of 2 1/2-inch polyiso insulation and 1/2-inch JM Securock cover board. The system was topped with an Energy-Star rated cap sheet, DynaGlas FR CR.

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

In the nine sections where the 88,000 square feet of metal roofing was installed, two layers of 2 1/2-inch polyiso insulation were attached, along with plywood decking and self-adhering TAMKO TW Tile and Metal underlayment. The standing seam metal roof system was manufactured by McElroy Metal, and the company provided the manpower and equipment to roll form the panels on the job site. Roof panels were the company’s 22-gauge Maxima 216 panels in Weathered Galvalume. These panels were complemented by 24-gauge Flush panels on walls and soffits.

The roll former was mounted on a scissor-lift truck. The eaves of the building were approximately 36 feet off of the ground, so a sacrificial panel was used to create a bridging effect to help guide panels to the roof. “Basically, the roll former went right along with us,” Dickhaut recalls. “We would pull 30 or 40 squares of panels, then drop the machine and move to the next spot. We were able to roll the panels right off the machine and lay them in almost the exact spot they would be installed.”

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

The length of some of the panels posed a challenge, and as many as 12 crew members were needed to guide them into place for installation. In the steep-slope sections, crew members had to be tied off 100 percent of the time, so retractable lanyards were used to help keep safety lines out of the way.

The roof was mechanically seamed using a self-propelled industrial roof seamer manufactured by D.I. Roof Seamers. “We call it walking the dog,” notes Dickhaut. “One man can operate the equipment, and he just walks it every inch of every seam.”

The metal roof was designed to hide the mechanical equipment for the building, and Progressive Roofing completed work on two deep mechanical wells before the HVAC equipment was installed. “In the wells, we used McElroy’s Flush panels for the vertical surfaces and transitioned to the metal roofing,” notes Dickhaut. “In the bottom of the mechanical wells, we installed the Johns Manville modified roof and flashed the curbs.”

Rising to the Challenge

Dickhaut points to a few challenges on the job, including the length of the panels and the weather. “Overall, the job went really well,” he says. “The architects did a great job on the design, and McElroy has really good details. It was a pretty straightforward process. There was a lot of wind and rain we had to cope with. When you have a 100-foot panel that you can’t kink or scratch, it can get kind of tricky. You just have to be very careful.”

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

The Texas weather made the schedule unpredictable. “We were on that job over a year, so we caught all four seasons,” he says. “Weather had a huge impact. We dealt with extreme heat, humidity, snow, ice, mud, monsoon-type rains. Texas throws anything and everything at you.”

Whatever the conditions, Progressive Roofing was ready. “We show up locked and loaded,” Dickhaut says. “We attack it. We have seasoned veteran roofers that lead the pack. On that particular project, we had an architect, roofing consultants, an owner’s rep, and a general contractor. We would also bring in the McElroy and JM reps periodically for consultation. It’s really a team effort.”

TEAM

Architect: Corgan Associates Inc., Dallas
General Contractor: Lee Lewis Construction Inc., Dallas
Roofing Contractor: Progressive Roofing Services Inc., Duncanville, Texas

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.