CertainTeed and HOVER Announce Partnership

CertainTeed announced its partnership with HOVER, the platform that generates accurate, interactive 3-D models of any property. CertainTeed product lines are now available on the HOVER platform.

Many exterior contractors are already using HOVER to receive interactive 3-D models and detailed exterior measurements of properties. This allows them to save time on measuring, creating an estimate and closing new business. Thanks to the partnership, contractors who work with CertainTeed roofing and siding products can now use HOVER’s design features to quickly show homeowners what CertainTeed products and colors will look like on their home.

“This partnership was put in place to help contractors better engage their customers and generate more business,” said Jay Butch, Director of Contractor Programs for CertainTeed Roofing. “By showing property owners what CertainTeed products and colors would look like on their actual home, contractors can help homeowners better visualize the finished project.”

“HOVER works for nearly any home, generating accurate wall measurements from just a few photos taken with the app,” said Matt Gibson, Director, Vinyl and Marketing Communications for CertainTeed Siding.

“HOVER allows contractors to work efficiently by removing the guesswork of visualizing different product options on the 3D model of a customer’s home. In addition to the interactive 3D model, HOVER will also provide contractors with detailed exterior measurements needed to quote an installation of a roof or siding using CertainTeed’s product offering,” explained Derek Halliday, vice president of product at HOVER.

CertainTeed roofing and siding product lines are now available on the HOVER platform, which can be downloaded from the App Store or the Google Play Store. First-time users will receive 30 days to try out the platform, and $125 in HOVER cash to get started.

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com and hover.to.

Core Contractors Inc.’s Alan Baird Awarded The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ 2018 Best of the Best Award

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced Alan Baird, foreman of Core Contractors Inc., Denver, as the recipient of the Best of the Best Award. Baird was announced as the award winner at the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA’s) 131th Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

The Best of the Best Award, which is co-sponsored by Professional Roofing magazine and OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass., is awarded each year to one of the recipients of the Alliance’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards program, which recognizes and honors outstanding roofing workers from various U.S. regions.

Baird also was a 2018 MVP Award winner for outstanding on the job performance and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

“He is a shining example of what the true bar of excellence is within his company and within his community,” said Josh Kelly, vice president and general manager of OMG Roofing Products, when announcing Baird as Best of the Best. “He constantly impresses his managers and peers through self-driven educational training, hard work, a positive attitude, public service, and a heart of pure gold.”

As the 2017-18 Best of the Best Award winner, Baird will be featured in Professional Roofing’s April 2018 issue.

For more information about the MVP Awards program or next year’s nominations, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

Challenging Wintertime Installation Completed on Tight Schedule

Roofing work on the 250,000-square-foot expansion of Chicago Premium Outlets was completed in five months under challenging weather conditions. Photos: Johns Manville

The Chicago Premium Outlets 250,000-square-foot expansion includes 30 new or expanded stores, two new restaurants, 2,200 additional parking spaces, public art, outdoor fireplaces and a large pond. According to Mike Reynolds, senior project manager for Olsson Roofing Company Inc., headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, “Chicago Premium Outlets is more of a pedestrian mall since the expansion.”

Located approximately 40 minutes from downtown Chicago, the complex now features more than 170 stores including Adidas, Coach, Nike, kate spade new york, Movado Company Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Bradley, and Restoration Hardware. The reflecting pond is an inviting rest stop for shoppers, and it includes a play area and a pier-like pavilion with tables, chairs and umbrellas. To support the expansion, Olsson Roofing Company, the roofing contractor on the project, selected a TPO roofing system manufactured by Johns Manville.

A Challenging Installation

The project team faced two pressing challenges: weather and an aggressive timeline. The roofing-installation time frame fell between January and May, so the majority of the work needed to be completed during the coldest time of year. “We had our work cut out for us,” Reynolds says.

Photos: Johns Manville

The second challenge was the schedule. “The Olsson Roofing team worked several Saturdays and overtime to get the project finished as quickly as possible,” notes Reynolds. “We even heated the inside of the buildings to melt the snow on the roof and shoveled areas to make room for the product on the roof.”

Olsson Roofing chose to install the roof system using the RhinoBond induction welding attachment system from OMG Roofing Products. “We knew that RhinoBond would contribute to a successful installation of the TPO since we were dealing with below-freezing temperatures for most of the first 90 days,” Reynolds says.

Photos: Johns Manville

The 60-mil TPO was installed over two layers of ENRGY 3 roof insulation (one layer was 2 inches thick and the 2.5 inches). The majority of the roof surface features white TPO, but some EPDM was also used. “Olsson Roofing also used JM EPDM for the parapet walls since rubber is more flexible and quicker to install in cold weather and on vertical surfaces. They appreciated the ability to mix the systems and keep the project moving forward during cold-weather installation,” says JM sales representative Jason Conley. “With such a tight deadline, it was great to have the versatility of two excellent products — the durable 60-mil JM TPO and the flexibility of the JM EPDM, which provided just the right solution for our customer.”


Architect/Specifier: FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati, Ohio, www.frch.com
General Contractor: Graycor Inc., Oakbrook Terrace, Illionis, www.graycor.com
Roofing Contractor: Olsson Roofing Company Inc., Aurora, Illinois, www.olssonroofing.com


Insulation: ENRGY 3, Johns Manville, www.JM.com
Membrane: 60-mil TPO in White, Tan and Light Grey, Johns Manville
Attachment System: RhinoBond, OMG Roofing Products, www.OMGroofing.com

Landmark Venue Renovated with PPG Coating Wins MCA Chairman’s Award

PPG announced that the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, which features PPG DURABRITE coating, has won a Chairman’s Award for design excellence from the Metal Construction Association (MCA).

Built in 1972 and once home to the NHL’s New York Islanders and the NBA’s New York Nets, the 416,000 square-foot arena is newly wrapped in a futuristic metal shell composed of 4,700 individually folded and routed brushed aluminum fins enhanced by PPG Durabrite clear fluoropolymer coating.

Based on high-performance fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) resins, PPG Durabrite coating is a direct-to-metal product specially formulated to extend and enrich the beauty of architectural metals by protecting them with a resilient, transparent clearcoat.

The aluminum fins were fabricated by Sobotec Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, using 225,000 square feet of 4-millimeter ALUCOBOND PLUS aluminum composite material from 3A Composite USA in Davidson, North Carolina.

The fins are anchored to the structure’s original concrete exterior via a custom-engineered structural attachment system by Sobotec. Using that system, Crown Corr, Inc., of Gary, Indiana, fitted the Alucobond fins into pre-fabricated metal frames and attached them to the building, which was painted black to emphasize the muted glow of the brushed aluminum.

MCA judge Mark Dewalt said he appreciated the unique approach ShoP Architects and developer Forest City Ratner took to revive the building, which likely would have been torn down if not for the firms’ innovative design solution.

“I thought it was a pretty interesting recladding – [a metal] screen wrapped around the existing building,” he explained. “It’s very dynamic, creating a lot of movement. It’s like a giant slinky.”

The annual Chairman’s Awards recognize exceptional building projects involving MCA members. The awards are based on overall appearance, the significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

For more information, visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com.

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply Reveals Winner of Cubs & Cruise Chicago Weekend Sweepstakes

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply announced Dixie Roofing as the Grand Prize Winner of the Cubs & Cruise Chicago Weekend Sweepstakes at this year’s International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans.

Dixie Roofing, with more than 30 years in business, has established an excellent reputation in the industry by providing outstanding customer service by specializing in the installation of single ply roofing systems as well as many other roofing systems in the market today. Sheet metal fabrication and standing seam roofing are also areas of expertise Dixie Roofing can provide.

“I was elated and totally caught off guard when you informed me that Dixie Roofing had won your 2017 grand prize giveaway for the Cubs & Cruise Chicago Weekend Sweepstakes” said Larry Rosin, owner of Dixie Roofing. “Thank you so much for such an awesome prize.”

The Grand Prize includes a package for four people with roundtrip airfare to Chicago, transportation, hotel for two nights, and tickets to watch the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs at legendary Wrigley Field. It also includes a private, catered yacht cruise on Lake Michigan.

The Grand Prize caused such enthusiasm, the company added a second prize (a sporting event to the winner’s hometown team) and a third prize (a Chicago-style lunch catered to your office). For a complete list of winners, visit www.metaldecksupply.com/news/.

New IKO Shingle Plant Opens Its Doors in Hillsboro, Texas

IKO has announced the official grand opening of its newest production facility in Hillsboro, Texas. Marketing Director Carol Perkins noted that local dignitaries and IKO customers will be invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour the plant during its official grand opening celebration on March 22. The new plant began producing product in late December.

The 250,000-square-foot production and warehouse facility is historic for IKO as it completes the company’s manufacturing footprint in the United States, allowing it to better serve and build upon the customer and homeowner base in the Southwest. IKO opened its first U.S. asphalt shingle plant in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1981.

According to Vice President of Sales (U.S.) Keith Lowe, the new flagship facility is a vital component of the company’s long-term strategic expansion plan as well as a significant statement on the company’s commitment to the U.S. market. “IKO has built more modern facilities and invested more in our technology in the past twenty years than anyone else in our industry,” said Lowe. “We are proud of the effort and resources that we’ve invested in better serving our U.S. customers.”

As it officially opens, the facility will employ 65 people locally, with the possibility for future expansion to meet consumer demand. The project was announced in 2015, shortly after the company opened its IKO Southeast facility in Sylacauga, Alabama. Plans are already underway for the construction of a new facility west of Toronto, Ontario, modernizing IKO’s first plant in eastern Canada, built in 1958.

For more information, visit www.iko.com.

ARMA Honors Top Asphalt Projects With QARC Awards

The QARC Gold award was presented at the International Roofing Expo in New Orleans, where Imbus Roofing received a $2,000. Pictured are Bob Gardiner, CertainTeed; Steve Sutton, Imbus Roofing; Andrew Imbus, Imbus Roofing; Tom Smith, CertainTeed and Ron Gumucio, ARMA.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) recognized a historic music hall, a home with a roof built to withstand high-wind events, and a museum dedicated to the United States’ fight for independence as 2017’s top asphalt roofing installations. ARMA’s annual Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-Study (QARC) Awards Program awarded the projects that exemplify the most beautiful, affordable and reliable asphalt roofing systems in North America.

Imbus Roofing Co. Inc. received the Gold QARC Award for its new roof installation on the 225,000 square-foot, 139-year-old Cincinnati Music Hall. The Kentucky-based contractor installed designer asphalt shingles to replicate the Music Hall’s slate tile roof, while also providing crucial durability against Cincinnati’s tough climate.

Reliant Roofing Inc. was honored with the Silver QARC Award for its completion of Topsail Residence, a 10,600-square-foot asphalt shingle roofing system designed to endure high-wind events in Ponte Vedra, Florida. This high-performance roofing system not only provided the homeowners with a durable option, but also a visually stunning roof for years to come.

The Bronze QARC Award was given to Thomas Company Inc. of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, for its low-

slope installation on Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution. Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the project featured a high-quality modified bitumen roof membrane to prevent water penetration and create a more stable surface for the facility’s vegetative roof.

According to ARMA, the 2018 QARC Award program received some of the most impressive and innovative submissions of asphalt roofing installments to date. “This year’s submissions demonstrated asphalt’s ability to provide a durable and reliable roofing system against harsh weather while simultaneously offering an array of beautiful colors, designs and installation options,” said Ralph Vasami, ARMA’s acting executive vice president. “These projects are true examples of what asphalt roofing can offer commercial businesses and private homeowners alike.”

The 2018 QARC Award recipients are:

Project Name: The Cincinnati Music Hall
Company: Imbus Roofing Co. Inc.
Project Description: This steep-slope roof was installed with CertainTeed’s Grand Manor luxury asphalt shingles in the colors Stonegate Gray and Brownstone, as well as DiamondDeck and WinterGuard underlayments. The size, complexity and steepness of the project presented a great challenge to the contractor, who managed to install a durable asphalt roofing system that was also visually stunning.

Imbus Roofing received top honors for its work on 139-year-old Cincinnati Music Hall. Photo: CertainTeed

Project Name: Topsail Residence
Company: Reliant Roofing Inc.
Project Description: GAF Grand Canyon Lifetime Designer Shingles in the color Stone Wood was selected not only for its beauty, but its superior high-wind protection. Hand sealed Timbertex Premium Ridge Cap Shingles and GAF self-adhering Leak Barrier were also installed for added leak prevention.

Reliant Roofing received the Silver QARC Award for its completion of Topsail Residence in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Photo: Justin Alley and Kyle Brumbley

Project Name: Museum of the American Revolution
Company: The Thomas Company Inc.
Project Description: The historic project required a high-quality roofing membrane that offered an aesthetic appeal to the building. Thomas Company chose SOPREMA’s SBS Modified Base Ply – ELASTOPHENE Flam with the SBS Modified Bitumen Flashing Base Ply – SOPRALENE Flam 180 to keep the roof water-resistant year-round, protect the roof membrane from foot traffic and add a beautiful appearance to the museum.

The Bronze QARC Award was given to Thomas Company Inc. of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, for its work on Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution. Photo: Soprema

Honorable Mentions:
Big House Castle Rock
Jireh 7 Enterprises
Castle Rock, Colorado
Malarkey Roofing Products

Closson Chase Winery Church Roof
AI Anthony Roofing LTD
Hillier, Ontario
IKO Production Inc.

Tiny House & Top Shop
M & J Construction
Erhard, Minnesota
CertainTeed Corporation

West Loch Village Senior Apartments
M & R Roofing
Ewa Beach, Hawaii
PABCO Roofing Products

For more information about this year’s winners or to submit an asphalt roofing project, visit www.asphaltroofing.org.

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar Acquires Haleakala Solar

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar has just acquired Hawaii-based Haleakala Solar. Founded in 1977, Haleakala Solar is Hawaii’s largest solar and battery installer.

Haleakala Solar has been installing photovoltaic (PV) solar and water heating systems as well as battery storage solutions for more than 40 years and has completed more than 15,000 projects. There are plans to add roofing installations in the first quarter of the transition. The company operates on three of the Hawaiian Islands and plans to expand into a fourth in 2018. The newly acquired company is poised to add approximately 1,000 new jobs and grow to approximately $100 million in sales over the next 24 months.

Jim Whitcomb, founder of Haleakala Solar, approached Jim Petersen, CEO and President of PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, late last year for a strategic purchase.  “It seemed like the perfect synergy between the two companies,” stated Whitcomb. “In 40 years, Haleakala has grown into the largest residential PV installer in Hawaii so it would only make sense to go straight to the largest rooftop PV installer in the United States when the time came to hand over the reins. We share a commitment to excellence and PetersenDean’s size, organization, and impeccable reputation will take the company to a new level.”

This new acquisition now positions PetersenDean as the nation’s largest publicly- and privately-held roofing and solar company.PetersenDean is a perfect fit for Hawaii given our size and product offerings, in addition, we have the finance options to truly help the island community to install a new roof, solar or a home battery at very low monthly payments,” said Petersen. “We look forward to growing our business in Hawaii and adding more American jobs in doing so.”

Gary Liardon, the President of the Consumer Division of PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, is heading up this transition as well as the additional acquisitions planned across the United States in 2018. “We are excited to add Mr. Whitcomb and the Haleakala team to the ranks. Mr. Whitcomb will stay on and take an active role in the sales development segment of the company in Hawaii as we add new verticals to the market and expand to the remaining islands.”

This planned expansion will increase employment in this Hawaiian segment of the organization to over 1,000 jobs in the next 24 months. Currently, Haleakala Solar employs about 125.

Hawaii has long been a leader in renewable energy. In 2015, it set a mandate that 100 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable energy by 2045. Regulators also just approved Hawaii Electric’s grid modernization plan along with a suite of demand response and solar tariff programs.

“Solar is a critical part of the state’s energy portfolio. The islands are a virtual incubator for all new technology in this space especially because of the state mandates that require all of the islands to be operating on 100 percent renewable energy by 2045,” said Liardon. “Hawaii already boasts some of the highest shares of renewable energy in the country, all on islands isolated from the stability of neighboring grids. That’s made them a natural testing ground for new technologies and regulatory models, including battery-backed solar and wind farms, aggregated demand response and energy storage, peak-shifting electric vehicle charging, and voltage-smoothing smart inverters and grid power electronics.”

PetersenDean continues to represent stability and innovation in both renewable energy and home improvement markets. The company’s solid fiscal performance and scalable systematic approach are paving the way for substantial growth over the next few years.  “With the balance sheet, leadership, and strategic growth roadmap currently in place the company is on pace to grow from $400 million to over $1 billion in revenues over the next few years,” said Petersen.

For more information, visit www.petersendean.com.

MFM Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Peel & Seal Waterproofing Membrane

MFM Building Products announced that its flagship product, Peel & Seal, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the marketplace.

MFM has been the manufacturer of a full envelope of self-adhering waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry since 1961. According to the company, Peel & Seal was first introduced in 1988 as a self-stick, roll roofing waterproofing membrane specifically designed for low-slope roofing and general flashing applications. The product received several U.S. Patents for its unique composition of laminated aluminum foil, high-density polymer films and a layer of rubberized asphalt adhesive. The product adheres directly to the substrate and is self-sealing around fasteners to create a watertight bond. This product provides a long-lasting, durable, maintenance-free roofing surface without the use of coatings or coverings. The aluminum surface reflects heat keeping internal temperatures cooler, lowering utility costs.

Usage of the product includes whole roof coverings, flashing around exterior protrusions and skylights, as well as any hard-to-waterproof architectural detail. Peel & Seal is compatible with EPDM roofs when utilizing specialized EPDM primers. This 45-mil product is available in 3-inch, 4-inch, 6-inch, 9-inch, 12-inch, 18-inch and 36-inch wide x 33.5-foot length rolls (1 square). Color options include aluminum, white, granite gray and almond. Peel & Seal® comes with a 10-Year Limited Warranty.

For more information or to request a free sample of Peel & Seal, visit www.mfmbp.com.

RCMA Presents Industry Awards, Names Two New Board of Directors at 2018 Annual Meeting

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) hosted more than 100 industry attendees at its 2018 Annual Meeting on February 4-5 in New Orleans, LA. 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.

The RCMA 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, 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 Helene Hardy Pierce, Vice President of Technical Services, Codes and Industry Relations at GAF, the prestigious Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award for 2017. Pierce has been a passionate advocate for RCMA, serving as a past president of the association and on its current Board of Directors. The award was presented by outgoing RCMA President John Stubblefield, Polyglass, USA. “I was most honored to be able to speak with the membership not just regarding Helene’s numerous industry accomplishments and her technical product expertise, but also regarding her strong personal integrity.” said Stubblefield.  “And that last point is truly what this legendary award best encompasses – recognizing someone like Helene who is a genuine leader in our industry.”

RCMA awarded its James “Tim” Nelligan Industry Statesman Award to Greg Johnson of KST Coatings, a division of Sherwin Williams. Johnson is the 11th 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.

Johnson serves as the co-chair of the RCMA Government Affairs Committee and has been an invaluable resource for advocacy in government affairs and regulatory issues at both the state and federal level. “There is no greater honor than being recognized by your peers. Greg exhibits his passion for service through his involvement with RCMA’s Government Affairs Committee. His tireless engagement on key advocacy issues has made Greg a tremendous asset to the organization and the broader roof coatings industry,” said RCMA Executive Director Matt Coffindaffer.

In addition to the awards that were presented, two new members were elected to the RCMA Board of Directors for the 2018-2021 term. Ariel Lender, Polyglass USA, and Brian Anthony, The Brewer Company, were elected by the RCMA membership to sit on the Board of Directors.

The RCMA will next convene July 23-26, 2018, for the International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) at the Fairmont Millennium Park in Chicago, IL.

For more information, visit www.roofcoatings.org.