Duro-Last Produces Medical Personal Protection Equipment in Fight Against COVID-19

Hospitals across the globe are experiencing critical PPE supply shortages. Team members at Duro-Last, Inc., found a way to help. Duro-Last engineers, product development and manufacturing staff united to fabricate and manufacture isolation gowns and face masks. Utilizing expertise in manufacturing flexible PVC and fabrics, the team went from prototype to production to delivery in one week. 

The gowns are made from flexible PVC, making them water- and fluid-repellant. The masks are washable and reusable, made from polyester and PVC. Duro-Last reformulated products and retooled processes to manufacture these supplies. 

“This is about helping health care professionals in any way we can and at the same time keeping people employed,” said Tom Saeli, Duro-Last CEO. “I am very proud of and impressed by the people in our company who quickly developed these products. Our country is full of tremendously smart, entrepreneurial people who can bring timely solutions to this unprecedented need. The need is real and I believe it’s our obligation to act now. If the efforts of our team inspire just one other company to join this fight, it will be worth it.”

For more information about Duro-Last, visit www.duro-last.com.

National Roofing Contractors Association Releases 2020 Roofing Manual Set

The National Roofing Contractors Association has made available The NRCA Roofing Manual, a set that contains four volumes. The NRCA Roofing Manual provides extensive information about design, materials and installation techniques applicable to almost all roof system types. It includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems—2020The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control—2018; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2017. The manual is intended to be a valuable technical resource, and the information in the manual is reliable reference material for state roofing contractor licensure exams. 

Hard copies of the 2020 manual set can be purchased at nrca.net/shop. NRCA members can download the set for free in electronic format at nrca.net/manuals.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

Super High-Efficiency Panel for Roof-Integrated Solar System

GAF Energy introduces a super high-efficiency solar panel for use with its roof-integrated solar product. According to the company, the new Solaria panels are 16 percent more powerful than the previous offering, allowing homeowners to fit more roof-integrated solar capacity in a similar amount of space. By increasing solar capacity and production, the new solar panels can increase the long-term value of a GAF Energy solar roof to homeowners. 

 “Solaria panels are an exciting upgrade to our roof-integrated solar offering. These are top-of-the-line solar panels that are not only more powerful, but are sleek, black-on-black to improve the aesthetics of an already beautiful design. These are a premium offering, and nobody else in the market can offer the combination of roof-integrated, high-efficiency solar like GAF Energy,” said Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy. “By increasing the power and efficiency of the solar, we’re able to increase the value of our solar roof for our customers.” 

“Solaria’s goal has been to develop a no-compromise solar panel offering superior performance, aesthetics, and greater reliability to our customers,” said Suvi Sharma, CEO at Solaria Corporation. “We are pleased to offer that technology to power GAF Energy’s roof-integrated solar offering. This partnership brings two leaders together from the solar and roofing industry to transform passive roofs to solar roofs.”

GAF Energy empowers roofing contractors across the United States with a comprehensive and economical approach to solar installations. The GAF Energy solar system couples innovative, attractive, and affordable solar technology with fast, easy installation. Designed to provide a good-looking, low-profile alternative to typical rack-mounted solar panels — which are typically drilled through the roof’s shingles — GAF Energy solar integrates directly with the roofing system and is part of the primary water-shedding layer. The new super high-efficiency solar panels optimize power output and maximize aesthetic appeal, combined with robust flashing and a sleek black perimeter shield to further reduce the risk of leaks and avoid animal intrusion. 

Homeowners interested in how to save money with a new solar roof can find out more at: https://www.gaf.energy/homeowners/

Roofing contractors interested in learning more about becoming a GAF Energy partner can find out more at: https://www.gaf.energy/roofers/

For more information, visit www.gaf.energy

Texas Traditions Roofing and Sheffield Metals Win Top Honors In MRA Best Residential Metal Roofing Project Competition

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has selected Texas Traditions Roofing and Sheffield Metals as the first winners of its quarterly Best Residential Metal Roofing Project competition. 

As an outstanding example of beautiful metal roofing design and expert installation practices that successfully overcame a multitude of complex and challenging conditions, the winning project features the installation of a new metal roof on a historic Georgetown, Texas, home built in the 1890s that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located just outside of Austin, the home’s new metal roof replaced an original section of a soldered, flat panel roof that had been damaged by lightning. With more than 20 roof planes, plenty of intricate details including internal gutter systems, challenging roof penetrations and many low slope transitions, the Texas Traditions crew installed a gorgeous 2.0 Mechanical Standing Seam roof manufactured by Sheffield Metals, prefinished in a red color and style that perfectly maintained the architectural integrity of the home while helping better protect it. That was key, given the historic status of the home. The team worked for eight months with the historical committee to ensure that the new roof met its strict guidelines for historical accuracy. The original 130-year old roof also suffered leaks and rotted decking, and the new metal roof is designed to help ensure long lasting protection for the home for many more years to come.

“Down here in Texas, metal roofing is a real benefit. Shingles age a lot quicker in this climate,” said Michael Pickel from Texas Traditions, in a Sheffield Metal video highlighting the project. “Metal is more durable to withstand the hail we get here as well.”

With the announcement of Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metals as the first quarter winner of MRA’s competition, the search is on for next quarter’s Best Residential Metal Roofing project. Open to U.S. and Canada contractors, installers and manufacturers, MRA officials will select one outstanding metal roofing project based on project appearance, performance and originality/use of materials. The winning entries will be highlighted and featured on MRA’s website and across its digital channels, which attract hundreds of thousands of homeowners interested in metal roofing each year. Interested participants may upload their project photo along with a 200-word or less description for why their metal roofing project is worthy of top honors online at metalroofing.com. Next quarter’s winner will be announced in June, and only residential metal roofing projects in the U.S. and Canada will be considered. 

Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metals won the Metal Roofing Alliance’s Best Metal Roofing Project competition this quarter for work on this historic home.

 “MRA stands for quality residential metal roofing that not only maximizes a home’s curb appeal, but it can outperform anything else on the market when it comes to durability, low-maintenance and sustainability,” said Renee Ramey, MRA Executive Director. “As winners of our first quarterly competition of the year, the Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metal project certainly set the bar high by showcasing the outstanding work being done out there in the industry.”

For more information about how to enter MRA’s “Best Metal Roofing” competition for the trades, visit www.metalroofing.com

New Metal Connector Nailers Offer Extended Magazines

SENCO has added two new pneumatic nail guns with increased magazine capacity to its JoistPro line of metal connector nailers. The new JoistPro 150MXP and JoistPro 250MXP, used for fastening metal structural connectors like joist hangers, seismic/hurricane straps and rafter ties, feature several design innovations beyond magazine size that improve durability and boost productivity on the jobsite.

The JoistPro 150MXP fires 1 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .148 inches in diameter. Its new magazine holds two strips of SENCO paper-tape collated nails, cutting downtime for reloading in half. The 150MXP also features a redesigned adjustable hook made from heavier-gauge steel, allowing the nailer to be securely hung from a tool belt or rafter when not in use. 

It weighs just 5.3 pounds, allowing pros to work longer with less fatigue. The tool features a nose design that exposes each nail tip before it fires for exact placement into the pre-punched holes in metal connecting hardware.

SENCO’s more powerful JoistPro 250MXP fires 1 1/2-inch to 2 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .162 inches in diameter. Like the 150MXP, the 250MXP features an increased-capacity magazine that holds two strips of paper-tape collated nails. It also includes the updated belt/rafter hook. 

Additionally, the 250MXP features an all-new nosepiece that provides accurate nail placement into pre-punched metal framing hardware. The redesigned nosepiece is sharper and more pronounced, making it easier to probe the pre-punched holes on metal connectors and achieve a perfect, flush drive every time. Durability updates have also been made to the 250MXP’s depth-of-drive wheel, which allows users to drive nails to a consistent, controllable depth. 

The tool features a rear-load magazine that captures the fastener by the head, so there’s no need for manual adjustments when switching between standard 1 ½-inch nails and the 2 ½-inch nails required by code in hurricane and seismic zones. 

According to the manufacturer, both products include all the leading features that are hallmarks of the JoistPro line, including a 360-degree adjustable exhaust port that directs blowback away from the user; a lockout that prevents dry firing and signals the user when it is time to reload; a full-comfort grip that reduces fatigue and minimizes slipping; and the power to drive nails into even the toughest substrates, such as engineered lumber. 

For more information, visit www.senco.com

NRCA to Hold Telephone Town Hall on March 30

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will hold a COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m. EST. The purpose of the town hall is to share the latest information regarding COVID-19 as it relates to the roofing industry. 

Critical COVID-19 topics will be discussed, including work-site shutdowns, “essential” businesses and workers, safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, insurance, federal financial assistance, contract provisions, navigating delays and more. 

Participants will hear from leading NRCA experts, including CEO Reid Ribble, Vice President of Technical Services Mark Graham, Vice President of Government Relations Duane Musser, Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management Tom Shanahan, and NRCA legal counsel Trent Cotney. 

To join NRCA’s COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall, please provide your contact information at www.nrca.net/townhall, and you will receive a phone call March 30 at 5 p.m. EST.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

ERA Urges Federal Clarification of Essential Business Orders

The EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) is urging the Trump Administration to “issue guidance that clarifies essential businesses, services and workers, and that this guidance recognize the role of the roofing industry in protecting U.S. families and employers.”

In a letter to President Trump, and also sent to key Cabinet members, ERA Executive Director Ellen Thorp wrote that, “Recent emergency orders and guidance threaten the ability of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors and other industry employers to operate and aid in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.” The letter further pointed out that multiple orders from state and local governments are creating confusion and inconsistency in the marketplace, and Federal action is needed to ensure that roofing is protected as an essential industry.

The letter was co-signed by other key roofing industry associations, including representatives of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA), the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and SPRI, the trade association representing sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry. 

The EPDM Roofing Association represents the manufacturers of EPDM single-ply roofing products and their leading suppliers. Through ERA, the EPDM roofing industry speaks with a focused voice to provide technical and research support, offer dependable roofing solutions and communicate the longstanding attributes, consistency and value of EPDM roofing materials.

For more information, visit www.epdmroofs.org.

Rebar Chain Assembly Allows Hands-Free Repositioning at Heights

Malta Dynamics introduces its 24-inch rebar chain assembly positioning device. The device is designed to allow workers to reposition themselves hands-free while elevated off the ground. It is ideal for applications on rebar structures, allowing workers to lean away from the wall and position themselves safely and easily while keeping their hands free to work. 

According to the manufacturer, the rebar chain assembly meets or exceeds the fall protection and testing standards laid out by ANSI Z359.3-17, ANSI A10.32-12, OSHA 1926 Subpart M, and OSHA 1910. Workers must still be connected to a fall arrest device when using this product, which is designed without shock absorbers. It is designed to be used in conjunction with a full-body harness, attaching to side D-Rings via both snap hooks and attaching the rebar hook to the rebar structure.

The 24-inch rebar chain assembly features a swiveling rebar hook and durable twist-link chain construction that allows for maximum mobility and strength. These units are designed with durability and strength in mind and have a maximum weight capacity of 310 pounds. They are lightweight and adjustable, making them convenient and easy to use on the jobsite.

“We manufacture products that we ourselves benefit from using every day in our masonry and construction businesses,” said Damian Lang, owner and CEO of Malta Dynamics. “We’re excited to offer our customers a high-quality, affordable tool that delivers maximum safety, mobility, and comfort when working on rebar structures.”

For more information, visit www.maltadynamics.com.

Rotating Deck Anchor Features 360-Degree Self-Orienting D-Ring

The FallTech Rotating Deck Anchor is designed for maximum versatility and safety with a 360-degree self-orienting D-ring for use in temporary fall arrest or restraint applications. The reusable Rotating Deck Anchor is designed for installation onto exposed #10 rebar and threaded rod and is secured with user-supplied rebar wing nut or hex nut.

The anchor is designed for installation onto 1-inch diameter exposed threaded rod or exposed #10 rebar. It features a plated stainless steel anchoring plate, and steel plated D-ring and bushing. Its 360-degree self-orienting D-ring follows the user’s movement. The product requires a user-supplied fastener to complete the installation. According to the manufacturer, the product meets ANSI Z359.18-2017 and OSHA 1926.502,1910.66 requirements.

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The “Roofers’ Choice” selection is determined by the product that receives the most reader inquiries from the “Materials & Gadgets” section in a previous issue. This product received the most inquiries from our November/December 2019 issue.

Gauge Tool Set Quickly Determines Type of Clamp or Bracket Needed

The LMCurbs gauge tool set was designed to help customers save time and money by quickly determining the type of clamp or bracket that is needed for a metal roofing application. There are two styles, one for the S-5! Utility Clamps and one for the five different profiles of the S-5! RibBrackets.

With these gauges, contractors can instantly determine which clamp or RibBracket best fits the metal roof profile while at jobsite. These gauges will greatly reduce the need for shipping out samples to test fit. For the estimators and installers that need to provide a quick estimate and/or begin an expedited install, these gauges could easily save a day or two of back and forth trying to determine the correct product, according to the manufacturer.

Customized laser etching is available, allowing companies to hand them out to their customers with their contact information.

Applications and uses include:

  • ColorGard
  • Dual-Gard
  • LMCurbs IDS
  • LMCurbs SnowGuard
  • SnoRail/SnoFence
  • Solar
  • Solar Attachment 
  • Tools & Hardware
  • Utility
  • X-Gard

For more information, visit www.lmcurbs.com