Portable Automatic Welder Weighs 31 Pounds

Steinel America offers the HG ROOF, a new compact, portable automatic welding machine. Powered by the flagship HG 2520 E heat gun, this tool boasts a 10,000-hour motor life and field changeable parts, keeping crews working efficiently. According to the company, the HG ROOF weighs 31 pounds and can be used with any overlap welding material (PVC, vinyl, tarpaulin, etc.) This automatic welding machine is compact and portable, and features a 2,000 watt output and high pressing force. 

Steinel America will be in Dallas, Texas, February 4-6, 2020 at the International Roofing Expo (IRE). Steinel will be hosting an in-booth happy hour to and live demonstrations. 

For more information, visit http://www.steinel.net

CEO of S-5! Attachment Solutions to Present Metal Roofing Seminar at IRE

At the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, S-5!’s Founder and CEO, Rob Haddock, will present the educational session titled “Understanding Metal Roofing: Part I and II,” providing the opportunity for attendees to earn continuing education credits.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5 beginning at 7:45 a.m., Haddock will present an introduction to Understanding Metal Roofing: Part I. Often billed as “Metal Roofing 101,” the course includes technical information presented in a common-sense fashion that makes the art and science of metal roofing clear, concise and understandable. Topics include the history of metal roofing, metals and metallic coatings, metallurgy, galvanic weathering and material selection criteria. Also covered: fabrication and manufacturing techniques, various seam types and panel profiles in addition to underlayments, the use and misuse of sealants, seam technologies and the principles of thermal cycling and panel anchorage.  

Then, later on Wednesday morning beginning at 9.30 a.m., Haddock will present an advanced course building on the metal roofing essentials. This extended course, Understanding Metal Roofing: Part II, will cover the coil coating process, common and popular steep slope construction and critical details of low slope installation, in addition to curved applications and wind issues. Finally, the program delves into system design, drainage principles and system selection criteria, including the principles of water-shedding and hydrostatic designs. 

Contractors, architects, specifiers, roof consultants, engineers, building owners, maintenance staff and sales professionals will benefit from these sessions.  

The course instructor, Rob Haddock, is a well-known expert in the field and has worked in various aspects of metal roofing for almost five decades ― beginning as a laborer, then contractor, then forensic consultant, technical author, educator, innovator and Founder and CEO of S-5! attachment technologies. His writings and lectures (which number in the hundreds) have been translated into at least 10 languages, and he has won awards from MCA, CSI, ASTM, MBMA. His innovations have received more than 50 patents. For 27 years he has been a featured speaker at industry tradeshows, METALCON and IRE. Rob’s practical experience, colorful background and world travel add flavor to his technical expertise resulting in a “must-attend” course that is as poignant as it is entertaining for every educational or experience level in metal roofing trades and practices.

“Rob leads you down the path to understanding with such humor and simple clarity, you not only go away understanding, but remembering,” said former course participant, Darrell T. Blair.

S-5! Will also introduce its new GripperFix technology at the International Roofing Expo. Attendees are invited to stop by S-5! Booth #2622 to see first-hand its new universal GripperFix system, which is designed to make mounting almost anything on standing seam and exposed-fastener roof profiles simple and easy.

For more information about S-5!, visit www.S-5.com.

For more information about the educational sessions at IRE, visit https://explore.theroofingexpo.com/Attendee/conference/sessions.

Georgia Web, Manufacturer of ProfileVent Products for Ventco, Names New Executive Vice President

Georgia Web, the manufacturer of ProfileVent products for Ventco, announced the promotion of Randy Smith to be the company’s Executive Vice President. Smith has been with Georgia Web since 2004, serving as plant manager and most recently as Vice President of Manufacturing, where he managed all day-to-day operations and 14 full-time employees. Before coming to Georgia Web, Smith spent 24 years with Glit/Microtron Inc. in the nonwovens industry, working in all facets of the manufacturing, converting, packaging, warehousing and shipping areas and managed a warehouse of approximately 180 people.

For more information, visit www.profilevent.com.

Metal Roofing and Siding Panel Recreates Look of Reclaimed Metal

Reclaimed Metal Rust is a new pre-painted metal roofing and siding panel from Western States Metal Roofing that recreates the look of reclaimed metal. The panel is made of new steel that looks like an old barn. The panel features white and silver coloring with orange and reddish rust streaks throughout its design to mimic the look of old, faded galvanized that is rusting. The panel is available in Kynar 500 paint system and comes in ten different profile finishes.

Reclaimed Metal Rust is a proprietary color of Western States Metal Roofing and offers a solution for architects and designers that want the look of reclaimed metal without the problems of reclaimed metal. 

“Our customers wanted something that looks like faded galvanized and a rusted roof at the same time. Previously, the only way to get something like that would be to locate an old building that had reclaimed sheet metal on the roof,” said Paul Rubio, Vice President of Western States Metal Roofing. “That’s expensive and hard to find. We thought there has to be a better way. That led us to create the Reclaimed Metal Rust panels, which are new steel panels that look like they were taken from an old barn that’s 100 years old.” 

According to the company, this specialty paint print is available in coil, flats, metal roofing, siding, and wall panels. Reclaimed Metal Rust panels come in a PVDF/Kynar 500 paint finish. These panels are designed for interior and exterior applications. 

Western States Metal Roofing will premier metal Reclaimed Metal Rust at the International Roofing Expo on February 4, 2020. Visitors to the Western States Metal Roofing booth (#1526) at the 2020 IRE Show will be able to view and order panels in Reclaimed Metal Rust for their projects at an exclusive introductory offer. Architects, roofing contractors, and general contractors are encouraged to bring their material lists to the show for a free quote. 

For more information, visit www.paintedrustedroofing.com.

Green Link Engineering Joins HARDI

Green Link Engineering has become a member of Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) — a professional organization that is the single voice of wholesale distribution to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry. 

Green Link designs and manufactures the KnuckleHead rooftop support system for installation of a range of HVAC equipment including heat pumps, splits, VRF, AC units, piping, conduit and ductwork. According to the company, the KnuckleHead system features a unique design that can be configured to for various types of roof installations and may loosed laid or mechanically attached in geographical areas prone to high winds or seismic events.

“We joined HARDI because we want the industry to better understand the benefits of the KnuckleHead rooftop support system,” said Dan Olinger, Green Link President. “We hope to learn more about the needs of professional mechanical contractors and in return, we hope they will learn more about how the KnuckleHead system can improve installations. KnuckleHeads outperform wood support sleepers that can deteriorate over time and ballast blocks that add weight to roof when used to secure equipment.”

HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies. HARDI Distributor members serve installation and service contractors in residential and commercial markets, as well as commercial/industrial and institutional maintenance staffs. HARDI proudly represents more than 480 distributor members representing more than 5,000 branch locations, and close to 500 manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors.

For more information, visit https://greenlinkengineering.com.

Polyglass Contributes Roofing Materials to Help Rebuild in the Bahamas

The global effort to rebuild communities in the Bahamas is underway after category 5 Hurricane Dorian damaged buildings and displaced thousands of people. Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. is helping to restore hundreds of roofs and has donated self-adhered membranes to replace temporary blue tarp roofs.

Polyglass has contributed more than 5,000 rolls of Elastoflex SA V self-adhered modified bitumen membranes and nearly 400 pails of WB 3000 primers. With watertight roofs in place, electrical repairs on the buildings can begin. The donated roofing materials will restore about 330 roofs.

“Giving back to our community is a significant and important part of the Polyglass culture, and we are glad that we could be a part of this life-changing work,” said Director of Strategic Marketing Scott Lelling. “We hope that our contribution helps to get folks in the Bahamas back into their homes.”

Polyglass joined forces with several disaster relief organizations to strategically move products in the right amounts, at the right time and to the people who needed the most help.

“We can confidently say that the Bahamas has moved further ahead in their recovery efforts with the donation of roofing materials from Polyglass,” said Michael Rettig of LIFT Non-Profit Disaster Logistics. “It was great to work with a diverse group of non-profits, including customary transportation providers, yachts and landing crafts to coordinate and deliver the donations to some of the most difficult to reach areas in the Bahamas.”

For more information, visit polyglass.us.

Energy-Efficient Translucent Windows Designed for Smaller Envelope Openings

Kingspan Light + Air North America has scaled the size of the company’s innovative two-panel UniQuad system to create the more modular and versatile UniQuad Translucent Windows for smaller envelope openings. 

According to the company, architects can expect the same durability, seamless integration and clean look they have for years from the UniQuad system — just in a smaller size. Providing 25 percent greater light transmission than other daylighting products on the market, UniQuad eliminates glare and hot spots found in glass applications, allowing for a more controlled indoor environment. 

 “We’ve taken our innovative two-panel UniQuad system and scaled it to create something more efficient for smaller applications,” said Rafael Rivero, VP of Commercial, Kingspan Light + Air. “Ideal for both new and retrofit projects, the UniQuad Translucent Windows are the solution for any size building looking to reap the full health and wellness benefits of glare-free daylighting.” 

Available in heights up to 6 feet, UniQuad Translucent Windows can be built in limitless lengths. With the ability to specify custom window sizes and colors, the two-panel system allows buildings to coordinate with corporate or campus colors, or design a new and innovative look.  

UniQuad Translucent Windows feature the same two-panel composition with Removeable Skin Technology (RST) as the UniQuad system, allowing for the removal of the exterior panel while the interior panel remains in place. Additional insulation can be added between the two panels to improve thermal performance and further increase efficiency.

According to the manufacturer, UniQuad Translucent Windows can help buildings achieve LEED certification and other sustainability goals and are NFRC certified. UniQuad Translucent Windows come with a 10-year warranty against discoloration, loss of translucence, delamination and color change. 

For more information, visit www.kingspanlightandair.us

Versico Roofing Systems Names New Director of Sales

Versico Roofing Systems announced the hiring of Lorraine Russ as its new Director of Sales. Russ will be responsible for the continued growth of the Versico and WeatherBond brands throughout the United States.

“We’re excited to have Lorraine join and lead the Versico team into the new decade,” said Steve Schwar, Vice President of Single-Ply Sales for Carlisle Construction Materials. “Her experience in the building materials industry, including sales, marketing and leadership make her ideally suited for this role at Versico.”

Russ was most recently employed with LP Building Products, where she served in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Western United States, Canada and the EU. Russ holds an MBA from the Massey School of Business at Nashville’s Belmont University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.

For more information, visit www.versico.com

Metl-Span’s Franz Achieves Building Enclosure Certification

Kevin Franz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CSI, CDT, of Metl-Span, earned certification as an accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider and Commissioning Authority+Building Enclosure with the designation of BECxP and CxA+BE from the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. The three-day course includes a two-part exam. Franz is the SE Business Development Manager at Metl-Span.

For more information, visit www.metlspan.com.

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2020 Student Competition Finalists

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the five finalist teams in the 2020 Construction Management Student Competition. Celebrating its sixth year, the competition had eight schools participate. Based on their written proposals, five finalist teams were selected and will compete on February 5 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas. 

The five finalist schools who will be presenting in Dallas are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama, with Rachel Nemecek (team captain), Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Davis Hambrick and Walker Lott (alternate).  Faculty advisor is Lauren Redden.  Team Mentor is Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Alabama.
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, with Brad Smith (team captain), David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers and Hendrix Smith.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Dhaval Gajjar. Team mentor is Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, South Carolina.
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management, Fort Collins, Colorado, with Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas and Jake Peckham.  Faculty advisor is Nick Rubino. Team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, with Tyler Stivers (team captain), Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison.  Faculty advisor is Lance Simms. Team Mentor is Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Florida, with Tony Centro (team captain), Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins and Collin Galinas (alternate).  Faculty advisor is Jim Sullivan. Team Mentor is Rob Springer of Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Florida.

The Roofing Alliance construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for a new roof system on the Ford Center, the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. The Ford Center is part of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas, and was originally roofed by KPost Roofing and Waterproofing of Dallas, Texas.  The teams researched the project, reviewed the plans and specifications, and assembled a full estimate and qualified bid package proposal that was submitted to a board of Roofing Alliance judges.

The five finalist teams will travel to the IRE in Dallas, where they will present their proposals as if they were presenting to the general contractor for the project on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 starting at 7:45 a.m.  The winning teams will be announced later Wednesday evening at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony.

The Roofing Alliance invites IRE attendees to view these exciting events and support the youth of our industry.

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 7:45 am – 11:15 am – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

To learn more about the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition , visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net.