Ridge Vent Provides Continuous Airflow

Benjamin Obdyke Inc.'s Shark Vent XLP

Benjamin Obdyke Inc.’s Shark Vent XLP

Benjamin Obdyke Inc. has introduced its Shark Vent XLP, an externally baffled shingle-over-roof ridge vent available in 25-foot rolls. Shark Vent effectively extracts heat and moisture from residential attics by providing continuous airflow along the attic ridge, the hottest part of the attic. Its sine-wave-shaped internal and external baffles with 1/8-inchwide vent holes protect attics from rain, snow and insect infiltration. For extreme weather areas, Shark Vent also comes in a filtered option (Xtra).

Add a Glazed Natural Ventilator to the Roof

Colt Group</a>'s Firelight glazed natural ventilator

Colt Group’s Firelight glazed natural ventilator

Colt Group‘s Firelight glazed natural ventilator installs easily in a glass atrium or directly onto the roof of a building. This dual-purpose product provides buildings with day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire. Firelight is available in single- or double-leaf design and with control options for automated climate control in a building. This innovative product is now available from The Bilco Company in all North American markets.

Naturally ventilated buildings are generally less expensive to construct and maintain than those that are mechanically ventilated alone. They offer a lower environmental impact through reduced energy demand, which results in lower emissions of carbon dioxide and other combustion products. Further, the addition of fresh air and natural daylight creates a more pleasant, productive, and healthy working environment for building occupants.

Firelight glazed natural ventilators are designed for high aerodynamic, acoustic and thermal performance. The product provides ventilation for most kinds of industrial and commercial buildings and is particularly suited for installation into atriums and glazing systems.

The Firelight is available in several standard designs, each offering a unique appearance and performance to meet the design requirements of any building. Models are available in single or double-leaf construction that can be specified with a powder coat finish to complement or blend into any roof exterior. The product features a thermally broken design to minimize heat loss for reduced carbon emissions into the environment and maximum energy efficiency.

In addition to the standard manual operation, the Firelight can be specified for electric or pneumatic operation and set to open and close as required for proper mixed mode ventilation. With a small initial investment, these systems can provide a highly energy-efficient solution to maintain a good internal climate, low humidity levels and extremely low running and maintenance costs. In addition to climate control, the Firelight control options allow the product to be used as a smoke control system in an emergency situation. These systems save lives by providing smoke-free escape and access routes for building occupants and improving visibility to aid firefighting efforts. They also protect building contents from smoke damage and reduce the overall risk of damage to the building.

Firelight glazed natural ventilators are custom-fabricated to meet virtually any size or building ventilation requirements. Products feature aluminum construction and are available with a number of cover and finish options.

Gibraltar Industries Acquires U.S. Sunlight Corp.

Gibraltar Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of products for building and industrial markets, has acquired U.S. Sunlight Corp., a supplier of solar-powered ventilation products. The acquisition complements Gibraltar’s Air Vent Inc. product offering and customer base in the residential new construction and home-remodeling markets. The addition also brings innovative, energy-saving solar technology.

“We are excited about the addition of U.S. Sunlight to our family of businesses,” says Chuck Jerasa, president of Gibraltar’s Storage and Ventilation business unit. “U.S. Sunlight brings a robust pipeline of cutting edge solar-powered ventilation, lighting and air quality products which will enhance our Air Vent product line and bring immediate value to our customers.”

“Adding this solar ventilation product line will strengthen our position within the growing energy conservation segment of the building materials market space,” adds Gibraltar Chairman and CEO Brian Lipke. “It provides us with access to innovative technology for future product designs and opportunities to grow the business through marketing of additional products to current and prospective Gibraltar customers.”

To ensure a smooth transition and the same outstanding service, the existing management team of U.S. Sunlight will be staying on with the company post acquisition.

New Roofing Ventilation Products

CertainTeed Intake Vent

CertainTeed Intake Vent

Strengthening its position as a one-stop-shop for complete roof solutions, CertainTeed announces the introduction of seven new roofing ventilation products. Part of the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System, the new product line includes CertainTeed Ridge Vent, CertainTeed Rolled Ridge Vent and CertainTeed Intake Vent.

CertainTeed Ridge Vent is available in 7, 9 and 12 inches with filtered and unfiltered options. Each ridge vent is made of high quality co-polymer to remain sturdy, nailable and flexible. Reinforced ribs provide greater stability and rigidity, imprinted slot guides ensure proper slot width, and nail holes and nail lines enable easy, mistake-free installation. The product line also includes a Class A fire-rated vent.

CertainTeed Rolled Ridge Vent, also available in filtered and unfiltered, is designed for use in roof pitches from 3/12 to 12/12. The product features a unique, virtually invisible profile that installs fast.

CertainTeed Intake Vent is easily installed on a shingled roof with or without overhangs, and can be used to supplement existing soffit or undereave vents. Internal baffles, drainage system and weather filter provide three levels of weather protection. The intake vent allows air to flow into the attic and helps prevent heat build-up and ice dams.

The new ventilation products feature proven, effective technology for shingle roofs in all climates and come with a lifetime limited warranty and five-year SureStart Protection.

The products are designed with an external baffle to deflect wind and weather over the vent, creating low pressure above the vent to pull air out of the attic. Each vent comes in a black finish to blend with a variety of shingle colors and create a clean, uncluttered roofline. All provide excellent weather protection and prevent premature deterioration of roofing materials by continuously moving air year-round to improve interior comfort.