Spray Polyurethane Foam Locks a Roof into Place

Lapolla Industries Inc. has made available FOAM-LOK 2800-4G Spray Polyurethane Foam for roofing.

Lapolla Industries Inc. has made available FOAM-LOK 2800-4G Spray Polyurethane Foam for roofing.

Lapolla Industries Inc. has made available FOAM-LOK 2800-4G Spray Polyurethane Foam for roofing. The fourth-generation SPF eliminates ozone depletion potential and reduces global warming potential. The rigid, closed-cell SPF may be applied over most new or retrofit roofing substrates. FOAM-LOK locks every portion of the roof into place, creating a monolithic membrane and eliminating the need for mechanical fasteners. The product seals the envelope, which minimizes the escape of conditioned air and dramatically reduces the structure’s energy consumption for heating and cooling, in turn reducing energy costs over the life of the roof. The low-maintenance material also resists wind uplift and acts as a waterproofing solution.

The Roofing Industry Seeks to Protect Buildings from Storms

I used to love storms. I was never one to cower at the sound of thunder. I often found storms a good excuse to turn off the TV and lights, open the blinds and marvel at the sheer power of nature. If you read my January/February “Raise the Roof”, however, you know I have had a love-hate relationship with rain since moving in with my husband (we married in August 2015). I found myself awake on rainy nights, counting the seconds between pumps of our sump
pump. If less than 20 seconds passed, I knew the basement was flooding and dreaded the morning’s cleanup. (I work from home and my office is in the basement.)

In March, a waterproofing company spent two days installing its patented drain- age system and a new sump pump inside our basement. We monitored the system throughout the month of April, which was rainy, to ensure there were no leaks in the system. It worked like a charm! During April, we also hired contractors to create my new home office, a guestroom and walk-in closet within the basement. So far, we have new windows, lighting and insulation; the contractors are finishing up drywall and ceiling installation as I type.

I know what it’s like when you can’t trust your house to weather a storm. There’s nothing worse than feeling powerless, and seeing your belongings destroyed is gut-wrenching. As the nation braces against another summer of intense weather, it’s comforting to know the construction industry—specifically roofing—is researching and innovating to protect people’s homes and businesses from Mother Nature’s wrath.

For example, in “Business Sense”, Jared O. Blum, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, writes about initiatives to improve the resiliency of our building stock and infrastructure through codes, standards and proactive design.

The Clinton, Ohio-based Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues Inc., better known as RICOWI, recently sent 30 researchers to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex after an April hailstorm. According to Joan Cook, RICOWI’s executive director, the 10 teams of three inspected 3 million square feet of low and steep-slope roofing during the investigation. The teams’ findings will result in a report to help the industry better understand what causes roofs to perform or fail in severe hail events, leading to overall improvements in roof system durability. Learn how RICOWI mobilizes and studies roofs in “Special Report”.

There are many other stories within this issue about roof systems working along- side other building components to create durable, sustainable and energy-efficient buildings. Humans have a long history of innovating and evolving to meet the needs of their current situation. I have no doubt that in my lifetime our buildings will be built to withstand nearly any catastrophic event. Meanwhile, I’m happy to report we received 4 1/2 inches of rain in three hours last week and our basement remained bone dry. Thanks to innovations in basement waterproofing, I may start to enjoy storms just a bit again!

MiaSole and General Membrane Announce Partnership Agreement

General Membrane SpA, the premiere Italian provider of bitumen, synthetic and metal roof waterproofing membranes, and MiaSolé have entered a strategic partnership agreement. General Membrane will integrate the MiaSolé flexible thin-film CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide) FLEX module—the thin-film lightweight flexible module with an aperture efficiency rating of up to 17%—into their new General Solar PV FLEX, an innovative solution for the waterproofing sector. General Solar PV Flex is composed of MiaSolè flexible modules adhered to a General Membrane bituminous or synthetic waterproofing layer. General Solar PV FLEX becomes an integral part of the roof and offers the double benefit of waterproofing and generation of electricity, and can be used on new and existing flat or sloping roofs as well as roofs with variable geometry, such as curves.

The MiaSolé FLEX module has several features that make it ideal for General Membrane’s waterproof membranes. In addition to its high efficiency rating, the low weight of the module (<2.9kg/m2) allows installation on roofs that cannot support the weight of traditional glass solar panels. The peel-and-stick application allows the FLEX module to be fully integrated into the membrane, conforming to curved surfaces and offering superior resistance to wind. “We are proud of this partnership agreement between our company and MiaSolé that is in accordance with the mission of General Membrane SpA. The role of the roof is changing and modern waterproofing systems must meet, through innovation, the new functions of the roof, ensuring durability. The partnership with MiaSolé and its innovative Flex modules allows us to continue in our proposal of BIPV systems and our commitment towards the environmental solutions”, said Maurizio Codognotto, president and CEO of General Membrane SpA. “The MiaSolé module helps General Membrane create solutions for today’s challenges integrating solar power generation into buildings,” says Anil Vijayendran, vice president of Product Sales and Marketing at MiaSolé. “We are pleased with this partnership with General Membrane, a company that has proven its commitment towards the environment by installing more than 45MW of solar since 2007. Working with General Membrane highlights our commitment to expand the solar energy ecosystem with this integrated General Solar PV FLEX waterproofing membrane”. “This partnership agreement with General Membrane is an example on how the MiaSolé flex module can be used to create unique solutions preserving the integrity of the roof and rewards the choice of Hanergy to invest in flexible CIGS technologies. We are proud of this partnership with General Membrane, a company that already proved its commitment towards the environment installing, since 2007, more than 45MW of solar”, said Li Ming, CEO of Hanergy Europe, MiaSolé’s sales partner in Europe.

Edge Adhesives Launches Brand Specializing in Waterproofing and Building Products

Edge Adhesives, a manufacturer of specialty materials and an innovator behind multiple waterproofing products, roof coatings and window flashing tapes, launches a brand: Plioseal. This move comes after the acquisition and integration of several other sealant, adhesive and coatings companies over recent years.

The Plioseal brand now represents a combined 150 years of building and waterproofing expertise. This market knowledge and history in conjunction with Edge Adhesive’s corporate philosophy of market development through product innovation and design, makes Plioseal the choice premium building and waterproofing brand.

“Plioseal is an exciting and critical new step for Edge Adhesives. We are launching one of the most innovative and diversified brands in the market,” comments Edge Adhesives President Edward Klavin. “Many of the products being offered under the Plioseal brand will be the first opportunity the market has to purchase manufacturer direct. In some cases, we are launching new products that will be exclusively sold through Plioseal. With committed product development and strategic corporate acquisition, we are positioning Plioseal as the brand to look to for smart solutions for the residential, commercial and metal building construction markets.”

Sealoflex Appoints National Sales Manager

Sealoflex announces that David Bell has been appointed to the position of national sales manager. Bell has been involved in the roofing and waterproofing industry for more than 30 years. He began his career with S F Products in Memphis, Tenn., a roofing distributor and manufacturer’s representative. Bell was most recently with Siplast, where he served as a district sales manager. In his role at Sealoflex, he will be responsible for Sealoflex sales in North America.

Sealoflex Waterproofing Systems are liquid-applied, tough, seamless membranes that protect against moisture intrusion, resist environmental contaminants, and offer color and surfacing options for roofs, decks and walls. Safe and easy to apply, these proven systems have been the choice of contractors and building owners since 1977.

Congress Associates Announces Sales Representative Agreement with Karnak Corp.

Congress Associates announces a new independent sales representative agreement with Karnak Corp. Congress Associates will be responsible for product representation in all of the New England states including Connecticut and the Albany, N.Y., market. The company has represented coating and restoration systems for numerous years and is pleased to align itself with Karnak reflective and fire retardant coatings.

“Karnak has been long known for quality coating products and offers a line of high end restoration and waterproofing systems,” says John Massengill, Congress Associates president. “We are constantly looking to improve our service offerings by aligning ourselves with manufacturers at the forefront of product development. Karnak is the perfect addition to our roofing and waterproofing services offered. Our customers further benefit from innovative solutions provided by trusted sources in the industry to best protect their assets.”

Karnak manufactures a complete line of reflective coatings, cements and sealants for roofing, waterproofing and maintenance. Karnak is the premier manufacturer of Energy Star labeled coatings. All products are tested for fire resistance and wind uplift, approved by UL, FM, certified to comply with ASTM specifications and are CRRC listed. The company’s Energy Star labeled coatings qualify for LEED points as part of LEED Certified buildings.

Moisture, water intrusion and reducing energy consumption are a concern for all building owners and property managers. Karnak Kanopy reflective roof and maintenance coatings reduce roof surface temperature by preventing heat absorption, extend the life of the roof and reduce building operating costs. These coatings lessen the heat island effect, benefiting the environment.

Elastomeric Waterproofing Acrylic Seals Wood and Concrete Decks

DECK GUARDIAN from Nationwide Coatings

DECK GUARDIAN from Nationwide Coatings

DECK GUARDIAN from Nationwide Coatings is an elastomeric waterproofing acrylic, insulating ceramic, high build, wood and concrete deck-over coating. It is a high technology waterborne formulation of elastomeric and 100 percent acrylic resin resulting in a flexible, yet tough and
durable, aesthetically pleasing deck surface.

It can expand and contract with porous wood, yet is durable and hard enough to accommodate deck traffic. The product effectively penetrates, seals, waterproofs and protects new wood and aged wood while resisting moisture penetration, and subsequent rotting and decay, thus protecting against cracking, splitting and warping of wood.

DECK GUARDIAN can fill dimensionally unstable cracks up to 1/4 inch. It has excellent mildew resistance and possesses ultraviolet resisting trans-oxides and cerium nano-particles plus light stabilizing tinuvins that slow down the damaging effects of the sun’s U.V. rays. It protects and beautifies wood surfaces and can be tinted to most any color. Longevity and wear is relative to the amount of foot traffic to which the product is subjected. Periodic recoating of high traffic areas may be necessary.

DECK GUARDIAN has a sand pumice mixture additive called DECK GUARDIAN SKID-TEX that can be added prior to coating to create a beautiful texture finish with excellent anti-skid properties. The amount of DECK GUARDIAN SKID-TEX can be adjusted to be a light texture or heavy texture depending on desired preference. DECK GUARDIAN is ideal for waterproofing and restoration of damaged decks and patios instead of total replacement.

Restore Smooth, Mineral Asphalt and Metal Roofs with New Restoration Systems

Garland’s new Revitalizer restoration systems

Garland’s new Revitalizer restoration systems

Garland’s new Revitalizer restoration systems are easy to apply, cost-effective solutions designed to restore the wearing surfaces of smooth or mineral asphalt and metal roofs to better than the original. The multi-purpose, asphaltic, liquid waterproofing membranes effectively adhere to a variety of roof coatings, providing an additional 80 to 112 wet mils of waterproofing protection and helping to extend the life of the system.

The cold-process, low odor formulation of Revitalizer allows projects to proceed without disruption to the building’s operations and occupants. It also eliminates the need for kettles, heat sources and bulky rooftop equipment, making it extremely fast and simple to install. When combined with Garland’s Grip Polyester Firm reinforcement fabric, the Revitalizer system provides exceptional tensile strength and elongation. When using Revitalizer Metal, combine with Garland’s Grip Polyester Soft. The system easily conforms to surface irregularities and accommodates building movement without leaking, cracking, blistering or ridging.

The Garland Co. Inc. is one of the worldwide leaders of quality, high-performance roofing and building envelope solutions for the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For over 100 years, Garland has continually developed unique product and service offerings that have raised the bar of performance while exceeding the individual needs of customers throughout the world. Today, our network of over 200 local building envelope professionals is ideally positioned throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to provide quality building envelope solutions for single and multi-property facilities. The Garland Company Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.

MFM Building Products Releases Underlayment Brochure

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, recently issued a Roofing Underlayment Systems brochure which outlines the company’s full complement of steep-slope, self-adhering underlayment products.

The brochure highlights each of MFM’s underlayment categories which include granulated, polymer film, high temperature and shingle starter products. Each MFM underlayment is self-adhering and self-sealing around fasteners, come with a split release liner for easy valley application, and can be used as a flashing material around exterior penetrations. Complete technical information, product specifications and roll photos are included in the brochure.

To request a FREE copy of the brochure or any product sample, visit the company’s website.

Underlayment Co-Branding Program Gives Roofers Better Visibility

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, recently announced an Underlayment Co-Branding Program to help customers gain better market visibility. Customers who have helped launch the program have seen increased brand awareness with contractors, builders, sub-contractors and the general public.

The MFM Co-Branding Program includes the company’s two lines of High Temperature Underlayments: MFM Wind & Water Seal and Ultra HT Wind & Water Seal. The Program consists of a custom print die with the customer’s logo and contact information, customized Technical Data Sheet and special carton stickers. Since it is a Co-Branded Program, MFM carries the warranty and all product is shipped in MFM cartons.

MFM Wind & Water Seal and Ultra HT Wind & Water Seal are self-adhering, polymer film surface underlayments laminated to a high temperature adhesive system rated to 250°F. Each is designed for use under most roofing systems, including metal roofing panels where high heat is generated. Roll size is 36” x 67’ (2 Sq.). MFM Wind & Water Seal is 40 mils and Ultra HT is 45 mils thickness.

According to Tony Reis, MFM Sales & Marketing Director, “There is a commitment needed from the customer, but does not include a premium on the product price. This is a great opportunity for the distributor to explore a new marketing vehicle with their customers. We have been pleased with the response so far.”