Self-Adhering Modified Bitumen Membrane Offers High Reflectivity, Ease of Installation

Polyfresko G SAPolyfresko G SA is a highly reflective, granular surfaced APP modified bitumen roofing membrane meant for self-adhering applications. The product is manufactured by Polyglass using the company’s patented ADESO dual-compound self-adhesive technology. Polyfresko G SA features patented FASTLap for granule-free roll ends, as well as SEALLap, a factory-applied adhesive treatment at the membrane overlap for easy installation. Polyfresko G SA has a highly reflective granular surface and features patent-pending CURE Technology-a thin film that is applied during the manufacturing process resulting in a roof surface resistant to granule loss and discoloration. Bright white, Polyfresko G SA membrane has shown after accelerated weathering that it maintains its reflectivity and white appearance. The membrane is also constructed with a high-performance polyester reinforcement providing exceptional tensile strength and dimensional stability.

Patented Synthetic Roofing Shingles Offer Class IV Impact Rating

F-Wave Premium Synthetic ShinglesF-Wave Revia synthetic roofing shingles are patented, premium non-asphaltic shingles designed to be granule free with a single-piece construction. According to the manufacturer, the product is made from a proprietary blend of commercial-grade materials, offering high tear strength and UV resistance.

Revia shingles are durable and built to perform with a Class IV impact rating, 130-mph wind rating and Class A Fire Resistance. Easy to install and available in three classic profiles, Revia shingles are created with a colorization process designed to ensure beautiful curb appeal. Measuring 14 inches by 39 3/8 inches with a 6-inch exposure (60 shingles per square), it installs faster than traditional asphalt laminate shingles and synthetic roofing tiles.

Owens Corning Roofing Announces Accelerate Sweepstakes Winner

Chris Amiot (left) of Advantage Construction Inc. was awarded the grand prize of a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe in Owens Corning’s 2017 Accelerate Sweepstakes.

Chris Amiot (left) of Advantage Construction Inc. was awarded the Grand Prize of a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe in Owens Corning’s 2017 Accelerate Sweepstakes.

Owens Corning Roofing announced the Grand Prize winner of the Accelerate Sweepstakes during the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Las Vegas. Chris Amiot, owner of Advantage Construction Inc. in East Bethel, Minn., was awarded the grand prize of a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe, a trip for two to IRE and a $25,000 cash prize. The grand prize package is valued at $84,700.

Launched in April 2016, the Accelerate Sweepstakes was created by Owens Corning as a platform to rally Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network members around a year-long initiative designed to increase awareness of the company’s roofing products while boosting contractor network momentum, optimizing efficiency and leveraging distribution channels.

Throughout the Sweepstakes, Owens Corning ran monthly promotions featuring discounts and rebates tied to various roofing products. Contractors submitted invoices to enter for a chance to win quarterly prizes as well as the grand prize. Prizes reflected a racing theme and included racing sunglasses, coolers, tablets, a racing-themed office chair and passes to attend a one-day racing school. The Corvette was parked in the Owens Corning booth during IRE along with signage congratulating Amiot on taking home the Grand Prize.

“As the Accelerate Sweepstakes rallied contractors throughout the U.S., their enthusiasm became contagious,” says Jason Lewinski, Owens Corning Roofing Contract Network Leader. “The 2016 Accelerate Sweepstakes finished with more than 146,000 entries submitted by our contractor members. We are excited to see how the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network will respond to this year’s Accelerate Sweepstakes with new and exciting changes and prizes.”

While 2017 marks the first time Owens Corning has awarded a Corvette at IRE, it is not the first time the Toledo-based roofing manufacturer has used the iconic American car in its marketing and sponsorship activities. In 1968, Owens Corning sponsored two racing Corvettes in the Sports Car Club of America events. After winning the Central Division Championship, Owens Corning leveraged the sponsorship to promote its fiberglass-reinforced composite materials that offered the automotive market the strength of steel without the weight.

“We were thrilled with the participation that Chris Amiot and contractors have demonstrated for the Accelerate Sweepstakes,” said Lewinski. “And we congratulate Chris on winning the 2017 Accelerate Sweepstakes.”

GE Performance Coatings Adds Wolfe to Increase Support for Roofing Industry

GE Performance Coatings recently welcomed Fred Wolfe as Applications Development Engineer, Commercial Roofing. This new position renews the commitment and level of service GE offers the roofing industry.

With GE, Wolfe will support the GE Enduris 100 percent silicone roof coating product line
while collaborating with the contractor base in North America and providing on-site project and technical assistance. His role represents an increased investment in this segment of
GE solutions.

Wolfe brings more than 20 years of experience in roof coating, manufacturing, installation and consultation. A NACE certified Coating Inspector, he has overseen the specification, development and application of millions of square feet of acrylic, urethane, silicone and other roofing solutions.

“Wolfe is a nationally-recognized roof and protective coating expert, with extensive knowledge of the application and quality control processes,” says Peter Friedli, Marketing Manager at GE. “His invaluable perspective and technical experience will push our products and business further.”

“My career has centered around developing innovative answers that help organizations protect the beauty and performance of their buildings,” says Wolfe. “GE is a proven leader
in this space, and I am eager to begin partnering with our customers. Please get
in touch—I’m here to help you succeed.”

Wolfe’s previous experience includes growing an organization’s roof coating division into
a multimillion dollar business, and principal ownership of a roofing consultancy and installation company.

Wolfe can be reached vie email at Fred.Wolfe@momentive.com or by calling 919-428-8823.

Fred Wolfe

Fred Wolfe

2017 International Roofing Expo Sets Attendance Record in Las Vegas

According to show management, the 2017 International Roofing Expo (IRE) was the largest show in its 62-year history, with a record crowd on hand to tour the sold-out show floor. The event took place March 1-3 in Las Vegas, and the annual trade show and conference drew a total attendance of 11,273 roofing construction professionals.
 
“This was an amazing show to find leading-edge products, high-level education and numerous networking opportunities,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE show director. “The show floor square footage was up 9 percent over last year, exhibiting companies were up 3 percent, and total attendance was up 19 percent, making this our largest, most attended show in the 62-year history.”
 
In attendance were representatives from roofing and construction companies including CentiMark, Tecta America, Baker Roofing Co., Nations Roof, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Best Contracting Services, Empire Roofing, and Titan Roofing. First time registrants made up 43 percent of all attendees. 
 
Attendees came from all 50 states, with the heavy representation from Texas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana. The largest number of international attendees came from Canada, Mexico, Japan, Belgium, South Korea and Australia.
 

NRCA booth at 2017 IRE

The 2017 IRE set a new attendance record, and booths on the show floor were busy, including that of the NRCA, the show’s official sponsor.

“The IRE was by far the most attended and exciting, good vibe show I have ever attended,” said Michelle Draucker of Commercial Roofers Inc. “The sessions were educational, surprising and entertaining. The expo floor was filled with great energy. This was the best IRE show to date.”  
 
“This is my second trip to the IRE and it gets better each time,” said Torben Begines of Cobra BEC Inc. “The opportunity to network and see new products firsthand and be able to ask questions regarding them is invaluable.”
 

Exhibit Hall

Exhibitors were pleased with the number of leads and inquiries generated during the show, according to show management. “The IRE 2017 was incredible,” said Jonathan L. Rider, CSI, of D.I. Roof Seamers. “I have not witnessed quality leads and such high attendance at the show since before 2008.”
 
“This year’s show surpassed our expectations. The number of attendees was high, as was the level of excitement and positivity about the year ahead,” said Rob Heselbarth of Petersen Aluminum. “We enjoyed strengthening relationships with our existing customers, and talking with potential customers about doing business moving forward.”
 
Of the 476 exhibiting companies, 88 companies were first-time exhibitors, including Freudenberg Performance Materials, F-Wave, HAL Industries, MIFAB RoofGuard, Rhino Linings Corp., RoofSnap and Roser – Stone Coated Steel, just to name a few.
 
“We are a new company and this was our first time to participate in IRE,” said Ivona Mollberg of Green Link, Inc. “We were pleasantly surprised by the traffic at our booth and came away with more leads than we anticipated.”
 
“The International Roofing Expo was an excellent event,” said Holly Anderson of Wood’s Powr-Grip. “The attendance surpassed expectations and gave us the opportunity to present our products to a broad but relevant audience.”
 
“The show was a phenomenal success for us,” said Daron Akins of OmniMax Roofing, Inc. “With hundreds visiting our booth, we could not have asked for better!”

“The International Roofing Expo continues to expand our business on an international level. Great investment exhibiting at this expo, and relationship building opportunities are endless,” said Eric Velliquette of Lakeside Construction Fasteners. “The IRE brings large and small companies together impacting the metal roofing industry around the world.”
 
“The show flow at the IRE was filled with tremendous energy this year,” said Reid Ribble, CEO of NRCA, the shows official sponsor, who had a 2,000-square foot booth at the event, and hosted the NRCA Annual Convention in conjunction with IRE. “NRCA was able to engage with an unbelievable amount of roofing professionals, and all were extremely positive not only about the success of this year’s show, but about the overall future of the roofing industry.”
 

Educational Conference and Special Events

In addition to the show floor’s buying and selling activity, the show’s educational conference offered 44 educational sessions addressing a multitude of industry issues. Conference attendance increased 39 percent over last year.
 
“The seminars and demonstrations blew me away, and I came away with new information and ideas that I have already started to implement in my day to day routine,” said Mike Mitchell of Pioneer Roofing Co. “This new information will be invaluable to my performance going forward.”

“Attending the IRE is extremely motivating even for a small contractor in Canada,” said Kevin McArthur of McKay Sheet Metal & Roofing. “What I learn covers the cost of my trip every year.”

On the show floor, attendees found new products and ideas at the Business & Technology Pavilion with 40 booths, the Metal Marketplace that featured 49 booths, the Product Showcase with 24 products, and the Exhibitor Product Clinics from Equipter, OMG and Soprema.
 
Education was available on the show floor through The Roofing Institute, the GAF Education Center and exhibitor-presented seminars.
 
Attendees had the opportunity to find new products and meet new exhibitors by participating in the Booth Scavenger Hunt. Jorge Abreu of JNT Developers was the winner of $1,500 after his name was drawn from a pool of attendees who visited each of the five sponsors.
 
The event also allowed attendees to give back to the Las Vegas community. A pre-show Community Service Day took place on Feb. 28, and 45 attendees and exhibitors enthusiastically volunteered to help renovate the homes of two families in need.
 
Other special events included an emotional Keynote Address by Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman, the opening night Welcome Party at LIGHT Nightclub, and the National Women in Roofing (NWIR) Reception. Outdoor events included the SRS Extreme Tailgate, a Trailer Crane Demo by Lifting Equipment Solutions and a booth by Roser – Stone Coated Steel.
 

Save the Date for 2018

The 2018 IRE will be held February 6-8, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Housing reservations can be made online beginning in May and online attendee registration will open in September.
 
The International Roofing Expo is part of Informa’s Global Exhibitions Division. For information about the IRE, please visit www.TheRoofingExpo.com or call (972) 536-6415 or (800) 684-5761.

Johns Manville Announces Leadership Changes

Johns Manville recently announced that Tommy Knappich, Vice President of Sales for Roofing Systems, has been promoted to General Manager of Building Insulation in JM’s Insulation Systems business. The company named Jennifer Ford-Smith as its new Director of Sales for Roofing Systems.
 
“While Tommy’s contributions to Roofing Systems are too numerous to list, and he will be missed, I think we all agree that his promotion is a great and well-deserved opportunity,” says Joe Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Roofing Systems. “In that same spirit, I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Ford-Smith is our new Director of Sales, Roofing Systems. Jennifer will lead the Contractor and Distributor channels for the business. The National Account and Specifier Services organization will continue to be led by Brad Burdic.”
 
According to the company, Ford-Smith joined JM 13 years ago, and she became Director of Marketing and Single Ply Product Management for Roofing Systems in 2012. Prior to joining JM, she held various marketing positions with Hunter Douglas. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Regis University in Marketing and Communications.

“We look forward to her continued contributions to the roofing business,” Smith notes. “Jennifer and I worked closely together for many years in Roofing Systems before 2012 to strengthen our single-ply offering while protecting our bituminous heritage. We expect to build on the current momentum and look forward to a great 2017.”

Morin Names Schumacher to Serve Mid-Atlantic Region

Morin, A Kingspan Group Company, has hired Alec Schumacher as the Regional Sales Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Based in Baltimore, Schumacher will be responsible for covering Washington D.C., Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.

Schumacher brings experience working with architectural firms in the region, representing commercial window and door manufacturers. He can be reached at alecs@morincorp.com.

Morin manufactures single-element metal wall and roof panel systems in its production facilities in Bristol, Conn.; Deland, Fla.; and Fontana, Calif. According to the company, Morin has a combined production capacity of over 50 million square feet, fabricating metal panels in more than 75 different profiles. MORIN Single Element panels are 100 percent recyclable and meet the requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Morin hires Alec Schumacher

Alec Schumacher

RCMA Presents Industry Awards, Names Two New Board Members

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) hosted more than 100 industry attendees at its 2017 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. The association recognized a number of its members for their exceptional contributions to the roof coatings industry and elected two new individuals to its board of directors.

RCMA’s Martin A. Davis Award, the highest honor bestowed by the RCMA, is presented annually to an individual, selected by his or her fellow RCMA members, who has exemplified outstanding service and made significant contributions to the roof coatings industry. The first Martin A. Davis Award was presented in 1985. The award was designed to honor and serve in memory of Davis, a visionary founding member of the RCMA who served both the Association and industry with distinction and exceptional service.

RCMA awarded Greg Hlavaty, general manager at Western Colloid, the Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award for 2016. Hlavaty has been an active member of RCMA, serving on the board of directors and contributing his industry expertise to RCMA’s committees and task forces. The award was presented by fellow RCMA board member Helene Hardy Pierce, GAF, who recognized Hlavaty’s efforts in facilitating RCMA’s merger with the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI). “Throughout Greg’s time with the RCMA, he has been a passionate advocate for the Association’s growth and development, and his efforts on behalf of the RCMA-RRCI merger have strengthened the outlook for our industry,” Pierce commented.

RCMA awarded its James “Tim” Nelligan Industry Statesman Award to Matt Lendzinski, field marketing manager at the Dow Chemical Company. Lendzinski is the 10th recipient of the award, a discretionary distinction only designated when deemed appropriate. Industry Statesman Award recipients are honored for outstanding interest and activism in promoting the roof coatings industry and exemplary efforts to achieve significant advancements through the implementation of new technical programming, regulatory or governmental affairs incentives, research activities, technical publications, and RCMA and industry involvement.

Lendzinski serves as the co-chair of the RCMA Communications, Membership, and Education Committee, and has been an invaluable resource for numerous activities and projects undertaken by the association. “Matt is a well-deserved honoree, and has been instrumental in the growth of RCMA’s membership and the development of its communications, educational, and outreach programs,” commented Jim Kirby, RCMA Executive Director.

RCMA presented its Emerging Leader Award to Ryan Blad, national sales manager at 838 Coatings. First awarded in 2016, it serves to recognize an individual, less than 35 years of age or in the industry less than 3 years, who is making strides toward becoming a leader in the roof coatings industry, and who serves as a role model for his or her industry peers. Blad currently serves on the RCMA board of directors and is a co-chair of the RCMA Technical Affairs Committee, and has been consistently active in the development of the association’s technical and research programs.

RCMA also presented a Special Recognition Award during its meeting to Brock Landry, Venable LLP, in acknowledgment of his exceptional service to the industry. Recently retired, Landry served as RCMA’s general counsel for numerous decades, and was well known as a valued advocate on behalf of the roof coatings industry. “Brock is recognized by his peers for his industry knowledge, expertise, and willingness to move the association forward,” commented Reed Hitchcock, RCMA senior advisor and historian.

In addition to the awards that were presented, two new members were elected to the RCMA board of directors for the 2017-2020 term. Will Lorenz, General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., and Josh Poole, Tremco Inc., were elected by the RCMA membership to sit on the Board of Directors.

Finally, Brian Anthony, vice president at the Brewer Company and outgoing RCMA board member, was recognized for his long-term service to the RCMA for his participation on the board of directors over the past 12 years.

The RCMA will next convene June 19-21, 2017 in Washington, D.C., for the association’s 2017 Summer Meeting and Legislative Day.

Joint and Termination Sealant Designed for Large Joints, Roof Termination Bars

JTS 1 joint and termination sealant from Mule-Hide Products Co. The new JTS 1 joint and termination sealant from Mule-Hide Products Co.allows contractors to quickly and easily seal large joints and roof termination bars – including those submerged under water – with no sagging or shrinking and minimal odor. According to the manufacturer, the 100-percent solids, moisture-cure urethane sealant delivers excellent adhesion to EPDM and PVC membranes, concrete, masonry, wood, vinyl and other common building materials. Primer is required when using it on TPO membranes.
 
The joint and termination sealant is designed to offer exceptional workability for quick, easy application in both dry and wet surface applications. It has a tack-free time of just 30 minutes. The solids content of JTS 1 eliminates shrinking and sagging. The sealant can, therefore, be used to provide watertight closure of joints up to 2 inches wide and 1 inch deep.
 
JTS 1 is isocyanate-free, enabling it to be packaged in durable plastic cartridges without losing workability. Unlike cardboard tubes, the cartridges can be submerged under water to repair roof leaks, gutters and downspouts. They also better withstand the rigors of transportation, storage and jobsite conditions without becoming damaged.
 
Solvent-free JTS 1 has minimal odor. Its volatile organic compound (VOC) content of less than 10 grams per liter makes its use allowable in areas with VOC restrictions. It is available in eight colors – white, black, bronze, gray, limestone, wicker/tan and terra cotta.

RICOWI to Host Underlayment Seminar on March 17

The underlayment systems play a vital role in today’s roof designs for long-term performance. The challenges of selecting the right materials, application techniques and performance criteria can be challenging to the roofing professional. RICOWI‘s Spring Seminar, which will be held March 17, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif., will provide an in-depth look at the two styles of underlayments—organic and synthetic—that might be used in low- and steep-slope roof designs. This seminar will touch upon the product designs, product approvals and code language that address how to select and properly use these various underlayment products in roof system applications.

Underlayment Speakers
Organic Underlayment: Doug Thagard, Fontana Paper Mills
Synthetic Underlayment: Mark Strait, Synthetic Roof Underlayment Institute

When underlayments are installed as part of a roof system, they may have special requirements for how they are designed, selected and installed to meet the anticipated roof performance. To better understand the relationship of the components, the speakers will cover the various styles of roof applications that will help inform the audience of best practices from the various industry associations.

Association Speakers
Low-slope Underlayment Applications: Mike Ennis, SPRI
Steep-slope Underlayment Applications:

For more information, visit RICOWI’s website or contact Joan Cook, executive director, at (330) 671-4569.