The Top Products of 2023: Innovative Solutions Take the Spotlight

16-Foot-Wide TPO

Carlisle SynTec Systems introduced Carlisle’s 16-foot Sure-Weld TPO, which boosts productivity on adhered and induction welded roofs by cutting down on the number of rolls needed and dramatically reducing the number of seams on the roof.

Insulated Metal Panel for Wall Applications

All Weather Insulated Panels (AWIP) expanded its wall panel product line with the DM44 Mesa Panel. The DM44 utilizes a planked 44-inch-wide profile and is available in 2-inch through 8-inch and lengths of eight to 50 feet for interior applications.

Premium Laminate Shingles

GAF re-engineered Timberline UHD — Ultra High Definition — shingles as Timberline UHDZ shingles. In addition to GAF’s patent-pending Dual Shadow Line, which creates beautiful sunset shadows all day long, all Timberline UHDZ shingles now include features seen in Timberline HDZ, like the innovative LayerLock technology and StrikeZone nailing area, making them easier and faster to install.

Insulation Adhesive in Small Canister Kits

OMG Roofing Products added the OlyBond500 Small Canister Kit as an innovative extension to the OlyBond500 lineup of insulation adhesives. Offering up to 10 squares of coverage, the compact pressurized canisters offer easy transport and fast setup with no additional equipment needed.

Paint Pen for Metal Panels

Petersen introduced the PAC-CLAD Paint Pen, a convenient way to quickly, neatly and effectively touch up scratches and other damage to the PAC-CLAD finish. Applying PAC-CLAD touch-up paint protects the metal substrate and returns a building’s architectural metal façade to its intended appearance. The paint pens contain .28 ounces of PAC-CLAD paint.

Barrel Tile Metal Roofing

ProVia expanded the company’s roofing lineup with the addition of Barrel Tile Metal Roofing, which offers homeowners the stylish look of authentic Spanish clay tile and the strength, longevity, and performance of steel. The 26-gauge metal roofing system is galvanized on both sides and fortified with a GalvaTec coating. It has a Class 4 impact rating and Class A fire rating.

Modular Metal Benders

Malco Products, SBC, introduced its new professional-grade Metal Benders by Malco. They have the ability to form 0-degree to 100-degree bends on straight or curved panels of any length on the jobsite. Narrow bearing stance models follow curved panels easily or form straight bends when needed, and wide bearing stance models provide more control for straighter bends.

Self-Adhered Roofing Underlayment

GCP added new enhancements to its Grace Select self-adhered roofing underlayment, including superior adhesion at low temperatures and UV exposure up to 90 days. The smooth surface underlayment is composed of a rubberized asphalt adhesive laminated to a strong, slip-resistant film. It self-seals around nails for a strong defense against the elements.

Roof Truss Support System

FastenMaster, a division of OMG, Inc., introduced TrussBRACE, a faster and safer alternative to temporary wood-based supports used to install roof trusses. The innovative steel roof truss support provides both lateral and diagonal restraint in one brace, allowing framers to set, space and brace roof trusses in one easy step.

Metal Roof Repair and Patch Mastic

Novagard’s NovaFlex Metal Roof Repair & Patch Mastic is a tough, yet flexible, mastic and roof sealer designed for repairs to metal panels, metal roof systems, gutters, and other metal structures. It fully cures into a translucent, rubber-like solid in as little as 48 hours, providing immediate waterproofing for short-term, long-term, and emergency repairs.

Modular Wall Panel Series

ATAS International added another profile to its concealed fastener wall panel offering. The Design Wall Reveal is a modular wall panel series designed as a drained and back ventilated (D/BV) assembly. This puts an air gap and drainage plane between the panel system and structural wall, allowing wind-driven rain or moisture to escape the building envelope without entering the building. The panels are offered in various widths, depths, and lengths.

High Light Transmission Architectural Fabric

DuPont and Seaman Corporation launched Shelter-Rite High Light Transmission architectural fabric using transparent Tedlar PVF film. The product is ideal for structures that require natural light, including sports arenas, event venues and greenhouses. Transparent UV-blocking Tedlar film is designed to preserve the life and aesthetics of architectural fabric structures even in extremely harsh environments.

Low-Rise SPF Adhesive

SOPREMA unveiled its latest highly sustainable roofing product, DUOTACK SPF HFO Adhesive. The two-component, low-rise spray polyurethane foam (SPF) adhesive now features a hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blowing agent, making it significantly better for the environment while also enhancing its performance for adhering fleece-back membranes, insulation and cover boards.

Non-Destructive Moisture Meter

Kett’s HI520-02 portable moisture meter can instantly, non-destructively check a roof for water intrusion. The device can measure through shingles, deep into sublayers, to evaluate roof sheathing for moisture to assess the extent of water damage quickly and efficiently.

Snow Retention Bracket for IMP Roofs

S-5! introduced its SnoBracket attachment for mounting snow retention systems to insulated metal panel (IMP) roofs. Created specifically for trapezoidal-ribbed IMPs, it comes in two sizes: SnoBracket TB and SnoBracket RB, fitting to popular rib profile dimensioning.

Clear Flashing Grade Silicone

Progressive Materials announced its Flashing Grade silicone is now available in clear. This heavy-duty silicone is designed for use on flashing prep, seam prep, or repairing cracks on commercial roofs. It works in tandem with PM’s translucent skylight silicone or works as a great utility coating that can be used on any colored surface to preserve the appearance.

Perforated Coil Anodized Aluminum

Lorin Industries offered coil anodized aluminum for perforated aluminum projects in architectural and construction applications. The cost-effective coil anodizing process, pioneered by Lorin, protects the aluminum while also improving its aesthetic properties and durability.

Composite Deck Screws

Altenloh, Brinck & Co. U.S. launched SPAX composite deck screws, which are engineered with an undercut head to prevent mushrooming and provide a clean finish into PVC, capstock and composite deck boards. They come in seven colors to match common composite deck board shades.

16-Foot-Wide TPO Rolls

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. offered 16-foot-wide TPO rolls. Ideally suited to larger roofs without many penetrations or obstructions, the wider rolls mean fewer rolls to handle, fewer seams to weld and quality-check, and less waste to dispose of. The 16-foot rolls are available in White in 45-mil, 60-mil and 80-mil thicknesses.

Downspout Filters Capture Nails and Debris

The Catch-All company introduced NAIL CATCH downspout filters, which help protect homeowners from nails and debris. Made from patented hydrophobic material, the filters are installed over customers’ downspouts to prevent nails and debris from washing onto driveways and landscaping after rain events. When full, homeowners simply dispose of the full filters.

Multi-Use Striated Metal Panel

Modern-Rib from McElroy Metal combines the economics of an exposed fastener panel along with major ribs that simulate the aesthetics of standing seam panels. The panel adds beauty and sophisticated styling to residential roofs and post-frame structures with a 3/4-inch rib. It is available in Silicone Modified Polyester as well as PVDF/Kynar 500 coatings.

Shingles Featuring Cool Roof Technology

Pinnacle Sun shingles from Atlas are manufactured with 3M Cool Roof Technology that reflects solar heat away from the roof, lowering indoor air temperatures. Ideal for regions with year-round cooling needs, Pinnacle Sun shingles also feature 3M Smog-reducing granules, 3M Scotchgard Protector, and 130 mph wind resistance.

Horizontal Lifeline System

FlashCo unveiled the Total Grip horizontal lifeline system, which allows the user to remain connected throughout the entire system without the need to disconnect and reconnect. The modular design enables multiple setup options for different applications, all using the same base plates. Total Grip can be installed on virtually deck type or system, and the base plates are attached to the roof with minimal intervention.

Gutter Meets ANSI/SPRI GT-1 Standard

MTL Holdings introduced the XL Gutter, which is available through both Metal-Era and Hickman Edge Systems. The XL Gutter is the largest gutter available — up to 14 inches — that is engineered and tested to meet the requirements of the ANSI/SPRI GT-1 Standard for Gutter Systems Used with Low-Slope Roofs. and

Pre-Fabricated Drain Sump and Integrated Retrofit Drain

OMG Roofing Products introduced the OMG ReadySump RetroDrain as an innovative extension to the OlyFlow lineup of retrofit roof drains. It combines a prefabricated drain sump and integrated OMG retrofit drain in one easy-to-install product.

High-Build Acrylic Elastomeric Roof Coating

Gaco, part of the Holcim Building Envelope portfolio of brands, introduced the GacoFlex A48 acrylic roof coating. It can be applied up to 80 wet mils (5 gallons/SQ) in a single-pass application. A fast-cure acrylic elastomeric roof coating, GacoFlex A48 offers a long roof life, upgraded visual appeal, strong adhesion, high tensile strength and excellent reflectivity.

TPO Roofing Systems

IKO unveiled its InnoviTPO Single-Ply Roofing Systems, which are marketed throughout Canada and the eastern half of the United States. The Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) membrane systems feature a proprietary weathering formulation known as MATRIX. Offered in 100- or 200-foot rolls, the membranes are available in 45-, 60- and 80-mil thicknesses, with widths ranging from 5 to 12 feet.

Air and Water Resistive Barrier Systems

Siplast, a Standard Industries company, launched Siplast WALLcontrol Air & Water-Resistive Barrier (AWB) Systems. The AWB systems include wall membranes, critical transition membranes, and accessories that provide high-performance solutions for above-grade vertical walls — helping to create a continuous air and water-resistive barrier for commercial buildings and enabling complex transitions from roofing and waterproofing systems.

Safety Harness

Werner introduced the ProForm SP Full Body harness with SwitchPoint technology, designed for post-fall safety and rescue. It features a hip level deployment cord that puts the suspended worker into a comfortable seated position with freedom of movement for improved rescue operations.

Platform Hoist

The TranzVolt by Tie Down is a highly efficient platform hoist lift designed to lift shingles, solar panels, and other materials up to a roof or working surface quickly and safely. The kit includes a TranzVolt G2 power box and a track system that provides easy assembly and use. The TranzVolt G2 runs on two standard 20-volt rechargeable batteries.

Self-Leveling Repair Compound

Everest Systems launched ECO-LEVEL, a fast cure and extremely durable self-leveling repair compound for the elimination of ponding areas on aged flat roofs. The compound was designed in response to common building and roof complications caused by long durations of ponding water and costly measures for mitigating the problem areas.

Mobile Fall Protection Carts

Leading Edge Safety added the Saber and X-Calibur to its Mobile Fall Protection product line. The mobile fall protection carts are designed with removable weights for easy transport.

Full Brim Safety Helmet

The STUDSON SHK-1 Full-Brim safety helmet is designed to prevent traumatic brain injuries. It complies with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z89.1Type I and II safety standards, meaning it is designed to reduce force as a result of impacts to the front, back, sides, and the top of the head.

Architectural Metal Wall Panels

Architectural wall panels from Drexel Metals can enhance the appearance of a building’s facade in a variety of ways. The Facade HL series boasts seven unique profiles that are offered in a depth of 1-3/8 inches. The Facade BR series features four profiles that are 1-3/8 inches in depth, with a nominal width of 12 inches.

Eco-Friendly Adhesive for Cold-Process APP Roof Systems

Bitec’s DuraPlan EcoSet Green adhesive is an ultra-low-solvent adhesive designed specifically for cold-process APP modified bitumen roof systems with slopes up to 3:12. Its eco-friendly formula is very low odor with less than 25 g/L VOCs, and can be used to construct single or multiple plies of Bitec-approved base sheets and cap sheets or as a flood coat in cold-process applications.

Pipe Boot Flashing

The GAF Master Flow Pivot Pipe Boot Flashing features all-metal construction that fully encapsulates plumbing pipes so that there are no exposed gaskets, seals, collars, or caulk that can degrade, causing leaks and homeowner callbacks. Featuring a “ball/socket” component for simple rooftop pitch adjustment, the product is available in four sizes and four colors.

80-Mil and Fleece-Backed KEE Membranes

Duro-Last expanded its EV membrane solutions with the addition of Duro-Last EV 80 mil and Duro-Last EV Fleece. Duro-Last EV is a Ketone Ethylene Ester (KEE) containing membrane utilizing Elvaloy from Dow. Offering superior flexibility and weldability in low temperatures, Duro-Last EV is available in 50, 60 and now 80 mil thickness options. Duro-Last EV Fleece combines high-quality fleece material on the underside of the membrane.

Snow Retention System for Solar Panels

Rocky Mountain Snow Guards introduced the Drift Solar Snow Fence System. Designed specifically for snow retention below solar panel installations on shingle roofs, the 12-inch-tall, four-pipe aluminum snow retention system is suitable for both new and retrofit roof applications.

Hidden Deck Clips

The Grip-Rite Ninja Hidden Deck Clip is designed to bring strength, stability, and speed to grooved deck board installations. The patent-pending design features compression fit levers that hold the clip in place, accelerating the installation of deck boards, while serrated metal teeth hold boards securely in place.

Scaffold System for Steep-Slope Roofs

Safety Hoist Company introduced the SteepSlope Roof Scaffold. The free-floating platform system works on roofs with a pitch between 8/12 and 14/12. The lightweight system is designed to easily mount on all types of roof materials including slate, tile, asphalt, and metal (including stone-coated) without damaging the roof.

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