The Top 40 Products of 2022

The following roundup features the Top 40 products of the past year, as chosen by the readers of Roofing. The products were selected based on reader response to our monthly e-newsletter and website, If you have a new product you’d like us to consider for a future edition of the magazine, please email Editor-in-Chief Chris King at [email protected].

Solar Roof System

GAF Energy launched Timberline Solar, a system that incorporates the world’s first nailable solar shingle, the Timberline Solar Energy Shingle (ES). Timberline Solar is designed to be reliable, durable, cost-effective, easy to install, and aesthetically superior. The ES boasts a depth of less than a quarter inch and integrates with traditional shingles to create a sleek and attractive look.

Weather Barrier System

Georgia-Pacific’s ForceField Weather Barrier System is an integrated weather-resistive barrier (WRB) sheathing system for sloped roofs and walls that simplifies construction and helps to dry in multi-family and residential structures faster than traditional systems. The system is comprised of the integrated WRB sheathing panels and compatible wall and roof tape accessories.

Composite Slate

DaVinci Roofscapes, a division of Westlake Royal Building Products, introduced a cost-effective single-width composite slate roofing tile: Province Slate, a 12-inch-wide tile with a fixed 8-inch exposure. Modeled after actual slate, the tiles have a natural, non-repeating beauty that complements a variety of home styles. The Class A fire-rated and Class 4 impact-rated tiles resist severe weather, high winds, insects, algae and fungus growth.

Flat Panel Solar Cradle for Platform Hoist

Safety Hoist Company designed the Flat Panel Solar Cradle to help transport flat panels more efficiently. Users can safely and securely lift decking materials, solar panels, plywood, drywall, windows, and siding with the push of a button. Designed to be unloaded directly onto the roof work surface, the flat panel attachment allows workers to safely stand away from the roof edge while unloading materials.

Patented Diamond-Shaped Asphalt Shingle

PABCO Roofing Products offers the patented Cascade Signature Cut Shingles. This distinctive line of asphalt shingles features a diamond-shaped design that’s a perfect choice for historical homes.

Thermally Broken Smoke Vent

The BILCO Company’s thermally broken smoke vent features an innovative frame and cover design to minimize heat transfer and the effects of condensation while providing superior energy efficiency. It is designed with an element of low conductivity integrated between interior and exterior surfaces of the cover and frame to reduce temperature transfer.

Thermal Insulating and Reflective Underlayment

Boral Roofing LLC, a division of Westlake Royal Building Products, offers Sol-R-Skin BLUE roofing underlayment, a thermal insulating and reflective solution that provides protection from the elements while enhancing energy-saving capabilities. The product is UV resistant, offers Class A rated fire resistance, and boasts an anti-glare coating in cool blue.

Stainless Steel Retrofit Roof Drains

Poseidon Stainless Steel retrofit roof drains from Marathon Roofing Products feature a body constructed of 16-gauge Type 304 stainless steel, as well as a Type 316 stainless steel clamping ring, strainer and dome. The stainless steel clamping ring has 48 scallops to maximize drainage. The drains are available in sizes of 3 inches, 4 inches, 5 inches and 6 inches.

Solar Module Skirt

S-5! introduced an addition to its PVKIT direct-attach solar solution for metal roofs. Paired with the PVKIT, the PVKONCEAL module skirt conceals the front face of the solar PV array, protecting all mechanical and electrical components underneath, as well as creating an attractive, clean finished look.

Cap Nail System for Fastening Underlayment

National Nail’s Stinger announced that NailPac collated cap nails for roofing underlayment meet requirements for Florida Product Approval (FL35349) under the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation and have previously met the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) Fortified Roof program standards.

Self-Supporting Skylight

Engineered to be self-supporting and to span large openings, the SKYGARD 3700 skylight system from EXTECH is well suited to both new construction and renovation applications in industrial buildings. SKYGARD 3700 skylights can be adapted to many configurations, including vertical walls.

High-Temperature Elastomeric Coating

Specifically formulated for hot, dry climates, Polyglass USA’s PolyBrite 47 extends the life cycle of new and existing roof systems by protecting them from the ultraviolet rays and other weather conditions. PolyBrite 47 has an initial solar reflectance of 0.87, an initial SRI of 110, and an initial thermal emittance of 0.9. Its highly reflective properties keep the roof surface cool, resulting in reduced building energy cost in high-temperate conditions.

Automatic Roof Welding Machine

The UNIROOF 700 automatic roof welding machine, developed at Leister Technologies AG in Switzerland, is designed to effortlessly weld thermoplastic membranes on flat and inclined roofs (up to 30 degrees). It features Leister Quality System (LQS), the advanced technology that gives contractors complete control of key welding parameters (speed, temperature and air volume) while documenting the welding process as an auto-generated data report.

Water Drainage Systems

The design of PAC-CLAD PAC-Tite Water Drainage Systems from Petersen, which include gutters, downspouts and scuppers, improves performance while complementing a building’s aesthetic qualities. Custom engineering promotes ease of installation and helps the drainage systems withstand harsh environments. Petersen’s PAC-Tite Water Drainage Systems line includes gutters that are not only Factory Mutual-approved, but ANSI/SPRI GT-1 compliant as well.

Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifeline

FallTech’s FT-R Class 2 Leading Edge 30-Foot Self-Retracting Lifeline was engineered for those who require the optimal balance of compliance, safety, and worker efficiency when working at height. Due its innovative design, this SRL is optimized for the most efficient and reliable walking-working speeds, resulting in minimized nuisance lockup. The FT-R is ANSI Z359.14-2021 Class 2 compliant.

Shingles Enhanced With Time-Release Algae-Fighting Technology

GAF enhanced its Timberline HDZ shingles with the addition of proprietary time-release algae-fighting technology. The only time-release product of its kind is now standard on many of the shingles offered in GAF’s residential product line, including ridge cap and visible starter strip shingles. GAF offers a 25-year StainGuard Plus Algae Protection Limited Warranty against blue-green algae discoloration on many of the company’s most popular products. The warranty is available only on products sold in packages bearing the StainGuard Plus logo.

Stainless Steel Adjustable Drain Guard

Marathon Roofing Products’ innovative 10-inch Stainless Steel Adjustable Drain Guard adjusts to most residential and commercial roof drains, eliminating the expense of maintaining an extensive inventory of strainer sizes. It installs quickly and easily without any tools. The drain guard fits drain outlets from 3 inches to 8 inches.

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Base Sheets for Steep-Slope Systems

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. introduced two base sheets for use in steep-slope roofing systems. Shur-Gard #40 Base Sheet is constructed of superior-quality felt that is saturated with asphalt, coated on both sides with weathering-grade coating asphalt, and covered on top with mineral surface fines to prevent sticking in the roll. F/G Base Sheet is made of an inorganic fiberglass mat that has been coated on both sides with a weathering-grade oxidized asphalt blend and surfaced with granular fines to prevent sticking in the roll.

Safety Caps and Straps for Pipe Supports

Green Link changed the composition of its straps and caps from urethane to injection molded glass-reinforced nylon, while still retaining the striking “safety yellow” color. Straps are designed for Heavy Pipe while a cap design was developed for Lite Pipe Supports. The Heavy Pipe KnuckleHead strap secures a 2-1/2-inch nominal pipe. The Lite Pipe Support cap is designed to secure a single 1-inch nominal pipe or two 1/2-inch nominal pipes.

White, Reflective Coatings

Bitec, Inc. now offers four distinct premium Imper-Sol coating lines, adding rubber and silicone products to its existing elastomeric coatings. The new high-performance coatings — Imper-Sol SI Silicone, Imper-Sol EB All-in-One, Imper-Sol AC Acrylics, and Imper-Sol EB EP — offer excellent waterproofing and UV resistance and can be applied over multiple types of roof substrates. The single-component coatings can be applied by brush, roller, or spray.

Low-Profile Safety Helmet

The low-profile Type II safety helmet from Malta Dynamics ensures the protection of workers from impacts that occur from the side or rear as well as the top of the helmet, meeting all ANSI Z89.1-2014 Type II Class C standards. The low-profile design with six-point suspension system sits lower and gently conforms to the head, which increases comfort while providing better coverage from impacts.

Synthetic Underlayment

Westlake Royal Building Products introduced SwiftGuard, a synthetic roofing underlayment for steel, tile, shingle and shake roofing. The underlayment benefits from an innovative, patented nail gasketing technology, which helps ensure roofing systems are better able to withstand the elements in all climates and seasons. Because of this technology, along with the product’s UV and thermal stability, SwiftGuard may be left uncovered and exposed to the elements for up to six months without degradation.

Terracotta Façade Systems

IMETCO added TAJO natural clay-based cladding to its ventilated façade options, offering sustainability, energy efficiency, and the beauty of earth-made materials to facilities. The terracotta cladding from IMETCO and Favemanc is a versatile panel system with a wide variety of profiles, dimensions, colors, textures, and natural and glazed finishes for virtually limitless design options.

Continuous Air Barrier and Smart Vapor Retarder

CertainTeed’s MemBrain Continuous Air Barrier & Smart Vapor Retarder remains tight in the winter when humidity is low to prevent moisture from entering the wall cavity, while increasing permeability in the summer to let moisture escape. Unlike traditional polyethylene vapor retarders that may actually trap moisture, MemBrain helps keep walls dry all year-round, significantly lowering the health and structural risks associated with moisture and mold.

Fluid-Applied Membrane System

Garland’s newest fluid-applied membrane system, Cool-Sil, extends the life of aging single-ply, modified bitumen and metal roofs. This liquid rubber membrane significantly enhances watertight performance and eliminates the need for a full replacement, saving facility managers and building owners time and money while also reducing environmental impact. Cool-Sil provides ponding water resistance, excellent UV protection and is an easy-to-install one-part product.

Pre-Assembled Natural Slate Roofing System

The CUPA Group’s READYSLATE is a pre-assembled natural slate roofing system. The modules are composed of six high-quality, hand-quarried natural slates, mounted on a waterproofing bituminous membrane.

Aluminum Slant Back Vent

Atlas Roofing’s HighPoint AL 50 all-aluminum vents are designed to extend roof and shingle life with a one-piece base and throat that is durable and weathertight. HighPoint AL 50 includes fixed louvers and an 8-inch throat with a 50-square-inch NFA to maximize airflow. It works on roof pitches 3/12 through 8/12.

SPF for Commercial Roofing Repairs

ICP Group’s APOC Armor Flash-SPF is a convenient new high-density spray polyurethane foam (SPF) solution for roofing professionals. Armor Flash-SPF is ideal for common roofing patches and repairs, filling gaps and cracks of various sizes to reduce irksome air leaks and thermal breaks. It’s ideally suited for roofing repairs or any application where regular foot traffic is expected and where a high-compressive-strength foam is required.

Glass Mat Roof Board

National Gypsum Company’s DEXcell FA VSH Glass Mat Roof Board provides a solution for buildings in geographic areas prone to very severe hail (VSH) damage. It has a reinforced gypsum panel with enhanced moisture-resistant gypsum core and heavy-duty coated glass mat facers. DEXcell FA VSH protects is extremely durable and approved for use in adhered and mechanically attached single-ply and multi-ply assemblies meeting FM Very Severe Hail Classification.

Eco-Friendly, Biodegradable Roof Cleaner

Properly prepare your roof prior to any roof coating product with Roof Protect from EPDM Coatings. This eco-friendly, biodegradable cleaner is designed to complement the company’s Liquid Butyl Rubber coating products. Roof Protect emulsifies contaminants and provides improved surface adhesion by effectively removing oil, grease, mildew and dirt from the roof membrane.

Modular Wall System

The new PAC-CLAD Modular AL wall panel system from Petersen empowers architects and designers to create unique metal cladding surfaces using panels of various sizes and depths and in multiple colors. Designers can choose standard panel dimensions or can define dimensions and depths to create truly unique and eye-catching patterns with panels of varying sizes and depths.

High-Temperature Underlayments

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. introduced four self-adhering underlayments designed for use in high-temperature applications. Shur-Gard MU Force HT and Shur-Gard MU Ultra HT are for use in metal roofing systems. Shur-Gard TU Force HT and Shur-Gard TU Ultra HT are for use in steep-slope adhesive-bonded and mechanically attached concrete and clay tile roofing systems. All four SBS polymer-modified underlayments enhance crew efficiency and safety with their slip-resistant surfaces, wide installation windows, and ability to withstand exposure to ultraviolet light.

Cordless Pneumatic Stapler

SENCO’s first-ever cordless stapler, the F-LXP, is designed to feel and performs like a true pneumatic stapler, with no hose or compressor required. The F-LXP shoots 18-gauge L-wire staples with a 1/4-inch crown. Ideal for insulation, soundproofing, sheathing, underlayment, siding, and soffits.

Electrical Conduit Clamp

S-5! introduced an electrical conduit clamp for metal roofs. The CanDuit clamp secures and supports electrical conduit, cable trays, gas piping, condensate lines, chases, and other round-shaped objects to metal roofs, in combination with any S-5! clamp or bracket. Made from electro-zinc coated steel, the CanDuit clamp features two halves that clamp around the pipe or conduit with an EPDM liner pad that protects against abrasion.

High-Performance Videoscope

Teledyne FLIR introduced the FLIR VS80 high-performance videoscope series. The VS80 is outfitted with a 1024 × 600 high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen display and is available for purchase in seven different kits with the option to purchase waterproof, ultra-slim probes that can be swapped in and out within seconds.

All-Weather Silicone Mastic

Tropical Roofing Products, Inc.’s Rx Roof Repair is a direct-bond, permanent patch and repair product that delivers an almost immediate watertight fix in just one step. The no-mix, ready to use silicone fibered mastic provides high tensile strength and is UV stable.

Synthetic Pavers

Brava Roof Tile launched Aspire by Brava, a line of synthetic pavers made from recycled plastic and tires recently acquired from Azek. The high-performance pavers can be used in both ground and roof applications. The pavers are made with up to 95 percent post-consumer recycled rubber and plastics removed from the waste stream. Multiple colors are available.

Compact Table Saw

SawStop’s new 10-inch Compact Table Saw (CTS) is a robust benchtop saw built for the rigors of the jobsite. The foundation of the Compact Table Saw is SawStop’s contact detection technology, which detects when skin comes in contact with the blade and stops and drops the blade in less than 5 milliseconds.

Architectural Plate Panel

ATAS International introduced Omawall PL with EVO, a new aluminum plate system that joins the company’s ever-expanding concealed fastener wall panel product offering. Omawall PL is manufactured in .10 thick aluminum. EVO is a patented panel extrusion attachment developed by Carter Architectural. Panels can be installed in horizontal or vertical orientation.

Elastomeric Seam Sealer

Nationwide Protective Coatings expanded its roof coating lineup to include PERMASEAM, a 100% acrylic, nylon and fiberglass fibered elastomeric quick seam sealer. It provides long-lasting protection from water and weathering for most surfaces and improves the protection of known failure points on most roofs, the seams. This eco-friendly, water-based sealer has excellent penetration and adhesion on most substrates.

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