ARMA Launches New Website

Homeowners and professionals seeking asphalt roofing help can find guidance and technical information easier now that the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has launched its revamped website.

Asphaltroofing.org has many new design features, including improved functionality and enhanced content that boosts usability and user-friendliness. ARMA’s sleek, new modern website provides:

  • Improvements to navigation and ease of searching
  • A simplified front page to better direct visitors to relevant information
  • Two main entry points for homeowners and professionals
  • A redesigned contractor awards submissions page that saves when visitors exit out
  • A more streamlined bookstore, which is categorized by eBook, Print-On-Demand and Print
  • Enhanced ease of mobile viewing
  • An updated photo gallery that provides entry point into ARMA member company websites
  • The consolidation of informational roofing resources, videos and materials

“The ARMA website is popular with both homeowners and roofing professionals because we are able to provide them with guidance and education on asphalt roofing systems in one easy-to-use place,” said Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “Whether it’s homeowner tips for choosing the right type of asphalt shingle for their home or providing resource materials to commercial building owners or professionals on installing and maintaining their commercial roofing system, ARMA is the industry authority.”

The website’s main page will primarily feature three main points of entry, the Guide for ProfessionalsGuide for Homeownersand the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Studies (QARC) awards, making navigation to points of interest and relevant information easier and faster.

Visitors to the ARMA website can also find educational resources and publications for installation, application and other technical matters. In addition, links to ARMA’s LinkedInYouTube and Facebook pages provide visitors additional resources to stay up-to-date on news regarding asphalt roofing.

For more information visit www.asphaltroofing.org

 

Striking Asphalt Shingle Roof Tops the Restored Music Hall in Cincinnati

Originally designed by Samuel Hannaford in the 19th Century, the Music Hall first opened its doors in 1878. The Music Hall Revitalization Company coordinated the restoration of the 139-year old Cincinnati landmark, which just reopened to the public Oct. 6, 2017.
Photos: CertainTeed

The Cincinnati Music Hall is considered one of the largest and most beautiful concert halls and theaters in the world. It has played host to iconic performances and events for more than a century, from the 1880 Democratic National Convention to performances that helped shape the American arts scene.

A vision and product of 19th century architect Samuel Hannaford, Music Hall—as it’s known across the Queen City—first opened its doors to the public in 1878. Yet the doors on the 225,000-square-foot facility have been closed since May 2016 to allow for a complex interior and exterior restoration effort that would propel the aging building into the modern era while also preserving its beautifully unique characteristics.

The Charge

Restoring the beauty of Hannaford’s showpiece was more than a simple facelift. According to the Music Hall Revitalization Company, the nonprofit coordinating and leading the renovation, engineers investigating the building discovered structural deterioration beyond what one would expect in a 139-year old building, and recommended actions secure the Music Hall’s long-term viability.

The $135 million Music Hall renovation began in the spring of 2016, with the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) overseeing construction. Following a rigorous request for proposals, 3CDC chose Imbus Roofing to install the new roof.

The Music Hall has been traditionally adorned with high-end shingles, and Grand Manor luxury asphalt shingles from CertainTeed were chosen to replicate the slate aesthetic and stand up to the elements. Photos: CertainTeed

Principal Daniel Imbus and his team were more than up to the task. Not only had Imbus Roofing performed the bulk of the roofing work at Music Hall over the past few decades, they have a rich legacy in the greater Cincinnati area. Among the other high-profile projects with connections to Imbus roofing are the Proctor & Gamble Twin Towers, the Walnut Hills Copper Dome, Paul Brown Stadium and the original Riverfront Stadium.

The team at Imbus worked closely with 3CDC, PWWG Architects and local distributor Midwest Roofing Supply to nail the aesthetic and capture the original essence of Music Hall.

“The roof replacement was a big part of the project, not only for protecting all the interiors that were being restored or replaced, but for the overall look of the building,” Imbus explains. “With the older building and the amount of other work being performed, just getting around the building and scheduling work around other trades such as painting, masonry, HVAC, etc., required a lot of planning.”

The Installation

Imbus partnered with Seth Dorn, branch manager at Midwest Roofing Supply, to find the appropriate materials to for the front towers, Corbett Tower, and Opera House portions of the roof. According to Dorn, the Music Hall has been traditionally adorned with high-end shingles, so they chose Grand Manor luxury asphalt shingles from CertainTeed to replicate the slate aesthetic and endure the wind, rain, snow and other elements typical to Cincinnati. To recreate the distinctive striped pattern of the roof, crews installed approximately 600 squares of Grand Manor shingles in two colors, Stonegate Gray and Brownstone.

The roof’s distinctive striped pattern was recreated with 600 squares of Grand Manor shingles in two colors, Stonegate Gray and Brownstone. Photos: CertainTeed

“We serviced Imbus Roofing with all potential materials for the project,” Dorn notes. “In addition to the shingles, we supplied DiamondDeck and WinterGuard underlayments from CertainTeed to further enforce weather protection.”

A large part of the roof replacement was the Main Hall, which sits above lower sections of the building and has a steep slope. To perform this installation, the Imbus Roofing team had to build scaffolding along the full gutter lines to provide safe and secure roof access and work platforms.

“With the steep slope of the roof, the shingles are an integral part of the exterior look of this historic building,” says Imbus. “It’s an introduction to the amazing interior renovation and exterior restoration.”

The Reopening

The project, more than seven years in the making, was completed on Oct. 1, 2017. The doors officially re-opened on Oct. 6 to kick off a weekend of events that included an opening night gala, a community Open House, and a pair of concerts featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

“It looks awesome,” reflects Dorn. “We will spotlight this job for all of our contractors and customers.”

“We had a great experience with this project,” Imbus adds. “It was a quick schedule with a lot of work to a signature building of Cincinnati. It is great being a part of a successful project that I think will impress everyone in the community.”

TEAM

Developer: Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), Cincinnati, 3CDC.org
Architect: PWWG Architects, Pittsburgh, PWWGgarch.com
Project Coordinator: Music Hall Revitalization Company, Cincinnati, Musichallcincinnati.org
Construction Manager: Messer Construction, Cincinnati, Messer.com
Roofing Contractor: Imbus Roofing, Wilder, Kentucky, Imbusroofing.com
Local Distributor: Midwest Roofing Supply, Cincinnati, Midwestroofingsupply.com

MATERIALS

Steep-Slope Roof System: Grand Manor luxury asphalt shingles, CertainTeed, CertainTeed.com
Underlayments: DiamondDeck and WinterGuard, CertainTeed

OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to Dec. 15

To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on Aug. 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to Dec. 15, 2017.

OSHA’s final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses sets Dec. 15, 2017, as the date for compliance (a two-week extension from the Dec. 1, 2017, compliance date in the proposed rule). The rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information they are already required to keep under existing OSHA regulations.

Unless an employer is under federal jurisdiction, the following OSHA-approved State Plans have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically: California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Establishments in these states are not currently required to submit their summary data through the ITA. Similarly, state and local government establishments in Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, and New York are not currently required to submit their data through the ITA.

OSHA is currently reviewing the other provisions of its final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, and intends to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to reconsider, revise, or remove portions of that rule in 2018.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Seven Teams to Compete in the Alliance’s Construction Management Student Competition

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress will host seven teams from undergraduate universities across the United States to compete in its fourth annual Construction Management Student Competition. This is the largest group to compete in the hallmark competition that promotes careers in construction management and will culminate with presentations at NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention and the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans.

The competition is part of an educational partnership with schools of construction management: McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville., Florida; Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama; Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia; and University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the Alliance’s 2018 Construction Management Student Competition fosters an environment that is meant to bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among the students; and foster team spirit as students rise to meet the challenge.

Teams participating in the competition have been presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Each team is required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. All teams must strive to find a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable margin. For this project, it is important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge and illustrate a company team is prepared to undertake the project.

Oral presentations will take place Feb. 7 from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m. during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention and the 2018 International Roofing Expo at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The winning teams will be announced during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 7.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513, or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net

ATAS Celebrates Graduates from the Manufacturing Leadership Institute, Sales Pro Boot Camp

ATAS International Inc. announced that two of its employees graduated from the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) Manufacturing Leadership Institute (MLI) certificate program earlier this year. The class included more than 20 other area manufacturing professionals.

“MRC has been developing strategic leaders and promoting growth and innovation since 2006 when we recognized the need for executive training. Since we partnered with the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University to establish this top-line certificate program, MLI has become one of our signature offerings,” said Jack E. Pfunder, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Resource Center.

MLI educates the region’s current and up-and-coming leaders in all aspects of strategic leadership to strengthen their company’s competitiveness, drive growth, and create sustainable business models. Over the course of five months, the curriculum consists of 11 intense days of 12 program topics on growth and innovation led by eight industry experts with real world experience and exceptional teaching skills. The MRC has graduated more than 200 participants from over 80 companies through the MLI, including 11 employees from ATAS.

Patrick Reinhart, Process Engineering Technician at ATAS International, is a graduate of the MLI program this year. He stated, “Attending MLI provided me with a great opportunity to learn about a number of important skills and principles that help support a successful and profitable manufacturing environment. Being able to interact with individuals from a diverse range of companies was also a very helpful way to learn about various methods and systems that could be implemented at ATAS.”

In addition to the MLI graduates, Joseph Dominguez and John Fenstermacher completed MRC’s Sales Pro Boot Camp program. This is a four-day developmental program for sales and business development professionals. The training is spread out over several weeks so that sales professionals can learn a concept, apply it, and then come back and learn some more. Sales Pro training covers every aspect of the sales process.

“After completing the Manufacturers Leadership Institute last year, I was inspired to continue building upon the valuable knowledge and skills that I learned, and had asked the MRC for information on a course tailored for business development and sales professionals. Sales Pro Boot Camp was then developed as a course to cover everything involved in the sales process. Being a career Marine Corps veteran, I developed many of these skills before transitioning to the private sector, but the skills I learned, the course discussions, and the instructor’s guidance have already proven invaluable to me in my role at ATAS in the few months since completing the course,” said Dominguez, who is ATAS’ Director of Government and Military Business Development.

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

Ultra-Steep Slope Roof Poses Challenges in Historic Church Re-Roofing Project

Century Christian Church is a landmark building in Owensboro, Kentucky. Completed in 1963, the church is included on the Kentucky Historic Register and recognized for its unique architectural style.
Photos: Owens Corning

At Century Christian Church in Owensboro, Kentucky, it is not the steeple that points toward the heavens above, but rather the entire roof. The church’s 50/12 pitch roof has become one of the most distinguishing features in the local landscape.

Completed in 1963, Century Christian Church is included on the Kentucky Historic Register and recognized for its unique architectural style. In fact, the roof is so eye-catching that it has been incorporated into the church’s website message which reads, “Our roof reaches up; our hearts reach out.” The roof ascends 40 feet and is divided into four quarters or “bows,” with each symbolizing one of the four Gospels in the Bible.

In 2016, the church’s building committee realized it was time for a new roof. Located in an open field apart from other structures, the roof had been struck by lightning on several occasions. The protective cable that ran down the sides of the church as a conduit for lightning strikes had been eroded and just one section of cable was intact. The building’s location also presented airflow challenges. Storms and strong winds crossing the field had caused shingles to loosen and fly off the building.

According to Harold King, a member of the Century Christian Church building committee, the church considered several criteria when selecting All American Home Improvement, LLC in Evansville, Indiana, to complete the re-roofing project. “We wanted a reputable company who was experienced in doing steep slope work, had an excellent safety record, and had a workforce equipped to meet the needs of this labor-intensive job,” he says, adding that the

The roof ascends 40 feet and is divided into four quarters or “bows,” with each bow symbolizing one of the four Gospels in The Holy Bible. Photos: Owens Corning

company’s Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractor certification provided additional confidence. “Our Owens Corning area sales manager, John Sabbak, explained the warranty for the re-roofing project and that was very important for us in selecting the materials for the project,” King says, noting that Sabbak also stopped by at different times during the installation to check in on the progress.

A Daunting Task

What were the challenges the roofing contractor faced in tackling the project? “What wasn’t a challenge?” asked Josh Long, Western Kentucky Sales Manager at All American Home Improvement. The metal capping required to protect the building from lightening, and the scorching summer heat during the installation were just a few of the challenges. By far, however, the two most daunting challenges were the safety concerns associated with the pitch and the wind issues that challenged shingle adhesion.

To help foster safety on the steep slopes, teams were assigned to cover each of the four “bows” comprising the roof. The teams used a precisely calculated system of ladders and walkboards to safely navigate and scale the roof. “Roofers getting home to their families safely every night will always be a top priority at Owens Corning,” says Sabbak, noting that All American Home Improvement teams were outfitted with personal protection equipment and participated in advance walk-through processes to safely tackle the project.

Installation teams from All American Home Improvement participated in advance walk-throughs to ensure everyone was well versed in the safety plan. Photos: Owens Corning

The building committee at Century Christian Church also wanted to avoid the safety and aesthetic concerns associated with shingle fly-off. That’s where Owens Corning SureNail Technology and Duration Shingles came into play. Developed to provide exceptional wind resistance, the system can qualify for a 130-mph wind warranty. “The Duration shingle delivered both the performance and the warranty we needed for a job with this kind of pitch and exposure to airflow,” says Long. According to Long, the shingles were also hand sealed as required by Owens Corning for the building’s pitch. “The SureNail Technology made it easy for the teams to install the shingle correctly because the white strip in the middle of the shingle leaves no doubt as to where the nail should go and facilitated a smooth installation,” he says.

As the roofing project progressed, so did public interest. The local newspaper stopped by to capture photos of residents watching the re-roofing spectacle from lawn chairs on the church lawn. The combination of re-roofing a challenging structure, improving the aesthetics of a historic building and scaling a very steep roof made it a memorable project according to Long. “It was a very unusual project from our daily jobs, and the challenges were part of what made the project so fun,” he notes.

TEAM

Roofing Contractor: All American Home Improvement, LLC, Evansville, Indiana, 1shingleatatime.com

MATERIALS

Steep-Slope Roof System: Duration Shingles with SureNail Technology, Owens Corning
Underlayment: ProArmor, Owens Corning

High-Performance Synthetic Underlayment Designed for Durability, Traction

CertainTeed offers RoofRunner, a high-performance synthetic roofing underlayment, bringing additional versatility to CertainTeed’s roofing product line. At just 23 pounds per 250-foot roll, RoofRunner is easy to handle, according to the company, with a high-traction surface designed for wet or dry walkability.

According to the manufacturer, RoofRunner is very durable and water resistant. The product features 90-day UV exposure and resists tearing caused by stretching, high winds and foot traffic. The underlayment is designed to firmly grip to the roof deck, providing a stable surface for builders and reducing pulling against mechanical fasteners. Its light gray surface offers a cool working environment, so those working on roofs all day have fewer worries about overheating.

RoofRunner exceeds the performance requirements of ASTM D226 and D4869, notes the company. It conforms to UL 790/ASTM E108 for Class A fire resistance, is Florida Product Control Approved, and also conforms to the ICC-ES AC188 standard. RoofRunner qualifies as a component in CertainTeed’s Integrity Roof System.

LEARN MORE

Visit: www.certainteed.com/roofing
Call: (610) 893-6002
Email: Victoria.M.Gallagher@saint-gobain.com

Owens Corning’s Roof Deployment Project Hits Milestone

Roof Deployment ProjectAs November observances celebrate military veterans and giving back, Owens Corning Roofing and members of its Platinum Contractor Network continue to team up with Habitat for Humanity to thank American heroes by donating and installing new roofs. Since launching in 2016, the Roof Deployment Project has donated new roofs to 55 military families in 22 states.

On Nov. 21, Owens Corning Roofing celebrated the completion of the 32nd Roof Deployment Project this year. Working with its partners at Habitat for Humanity and Platinum Contractor Network members, the Roof Deployment Project aims to complete several additional roof installations by year’s end.

The Roof Deployment Project brings together Owens Corning Roofing, members of its independent Platinum Contractor Network, and Habitat for Humanity to identify, honor and protect military veterans and their families. Habitat for Humanity identifies veterans who are in need of roof replacements but cannot afford the costs on their own, Owens Corning donates roofing materials, and independent Platinum Preferred Contractor members donate the installation labor.

As the Roof Deployment Project builds upon Owens Corning Roofing’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity, it has also facilitated introductions to other organizations serving veterans, such as Purple Heart Homes.

For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com/roofing.

Polyiso Insulation Contains No Halogenated Flame Retardants

VersicoVersico Roofing Systems introduces its VersiCore MP-H NH and SecurShield NH polyiso insulations. According to the manufacturer, these products provide the same performance characteristics as standard polyiso products but contain no halogenated flame retardants. VersiCore MP-H NH and SecurShield NH are Living Building Challenge “Red List Free” with Declare label and product database listing. They are also California Department of Public Health (CDPH) VOC emissions compliant and can contribute toward LEED v4 credit requirements, according to the company.

“VersiCore MP-H NH and SecurShield NH meet all the same performance characteristics of our standard polyiso products, including stringent UL and FM fire testing requirements, without the use of halogenated flame retardants,” said Chad Buhrman, Versico’s Insulation Product Manager. “These new products are Living Building Challenge ‘Red List Free’ and now provide a choice for building owners and specifiers seeking insulation products with no added halogenated flame retardants.”

VersiCore MP-H NH and SecurShield NH are manufactured in Montgomery, N.Y., on a made-to-order basis. As demand requires, additional manufacturing locations will be brought online and more products will be made available.

For more information, www.versico.com.

MFM Building Products Unveils New Corporate Website

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, launched a new corporate website. The new website is optimized for viewing on a desktop, tablet or mobile device, making the site easier to navigate when on the jobsite. The site features a “Resource Center” where all of the company’s literature, specifications, approvals and videos can be downloaded. Another site feature is a company blog, which gives contractors and distributors useful articles and installation tips on many of the company’s products.

MFM was founded in 1961 and has more than 55 years of experience in the manufacture of exterior, self-adhering waterproofing products. The product line consists of low slope roofing membranes, steep slope roofing underlayments, window and door flashing tapes, below- and above-grade waterproofing membranes, and specialized construction tapes. All products are manufactured in the USA.

For more information, visit www.mfmbp.com.