ARMA Elects New President

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has announced the election of Tim Kersey, vice president and general manager for Soprema Inc., as the association’s president for the 2019 term. ARMA represents North American asphalt roofing manufacturers, as well as raw material suppliers, and serves to promote the long-term sustainability of the asphalt roofing industry. An active member with the association since the late 1980s, Kersey brings to the president’s role his rich roofing industry knowledge, proven leadership capabilities and a passion for communicating the benefit of asphalt roofing products to the building industry and the public.

Kersey has served multiple terms as the chairman of ARMA’s Low-Slope Roofing Committee, a role in which he was regularly involved, helping to craft technical publications and codes standards and supporting activities for low-slope asphalt roofing applications. He joined the ARMA board of directors when he joined the SOPREMA executive team in 2012, and he has served on the board ever since. Due to his experience with the organization, Kersey was elected by his peers to the Executive Committee, ARMA’s governing body, and served as the treasurer/secretary for two years. He began his term as president on January 1, 2019.

The ARMA president is responsible for facilitating the board of directors’ activities and setting the agenda for the organization. In 2019, Kersey plans to continue the organization’s momentum in driving awareness of the benefits of asphalt roofing in the residential space while also bolstering communications around the advantages of asphalt roofing in the low-slope/commercial market. Industry members can expect to see expanding interactions between asphalt shingle and low-slope roofing manufacturers, broadening public dissemination of ARMA’s statistical industry reports, more external-facing communications from ARMA and a general emphasis on increasing asphalt roofing representation in industry conversations.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Tim since 2003 when I started with ARMA,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “He has a breadth of technical knowledge and executive experience, and he also brings a great combination of fresh perspective and insight into the association’s history that we look forward to engaging further as he takes the reins as president.”

For more information, visit www.asphaltroofing.org

White Mod-Bit Cap Sheets Offer Superior Granule Embedment

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. announces important new updates to Polyfresko, a highly-reflective, white modified bitumen membrane cap sheet used as the final layer in a multi-ply roof system or as a flashing membrane. 

According to the manufacturer, independent laboratory testing confirms Polyfresko’s superior granule embedment and documents its aged reflectivity performance. Granule embedment was tested using ASTM D4977 Standard Test Method for Granule Adhesion to Mineral Surfaced Roofing by abrasion. The recently completed three-year aged reflectivity testing was conducted in three different climate zones, and demonstrated that Polyfresko maintains reflectivity performance over time. The product was deemed suitable for most Cool Roof specifications due to Polyfresko’s initial and aged reflectivity and emissivity performance. The laboratory testing results enabled Polyfresko to gain Energy Star Certification.

Polyfresko is manufactured with proprietary CURE Technology, a thin film technology infused with ceramic microspheres, ultraviolet (UV) stabilizers, and proprietary resins. This increases weatherability and decreases maintenance costs by “locking-in” the granules, so the high-performing Polyfresko membrane maintains reflectivity performance over time, decreases UV degradation, and increases abrasion and impact resistance. 

In addition, all Polyfresko products are now manufactured with FASTLap technology, a patented granule-free end lap that helps make the membrane watertight and increases speed of installation. Polyfresko is available in Polyglass’s APP (Atactic Polypropylene) and SBS (Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene) formulations and is adhered to the roof deck or other approved substrates by torching or self-adhered application.

“Granule loss is one of the challenges with modified bitumen membranes, and our new granule adhesion testing results show that Polyfresko is a premium solution, firmly positioned as a top performing product,” says Polyglass CEO Natalino Zanchetta. “The granule adhesion results achieved with our CURE Technology, together with our new three-year weathering milestone, demonstrate our leadership with asphaltic membrane cap sheet performance.”  

For more information, visit https://polyglass.us

IKO Launches New North American Residential Roofing Website

IKO announced the launch of its new North American website for residential roofing. Designed with both contractors and homeowners in mind, the easy-to-navigate new site elevates the user experience for those researching roofing options, products and best practices.

Homeowners can “Find a Contractor,” review product and accessory overviews, peruse the design center, access a roof inspection checklist and more. Contractors can “Find a Distributor,” learn more about the new ROOFPRO loyalty program and take advantage of professional tools and support that can help business efficiency and efficacy.

“We’re excited to launch our new residential website,” said Jeff Williams, brand director, North America. “More and more research is being done online and this new site provides a valuable, easy user experience for homeowners and contractors alike.” 

Contractors and customers will also benefit from IKO’s Roofviewer app. The app is a tool to create a mock-up of a home and test a fresh and vibrant selection of roofing colors. Experiment with new colors from IKO’s performance product lines — Dynasty™ and Nordic™ — and see how they complement shutter, railing, door, window and trim colors. IKO consults with roofing design specialists in emerging color trends every year to ensure the colors reflect today’s styles. IKO’s residential website will be continually updated with new product announcements, blog posts, project profiles and more. To learn more, visit https://www.iko.com/na/.

Open Joint Cladding System Offers Comprehensive Weatherization for Open Siding

Benjamin Obdyke Inc. launches its fully comprehensive, UV-rated Open Joint Cladding System including InvisiWrap UV, HydroFlash UV+ and Batten UV. 

InvisiWrap UV is a completely unprinted, high-performance black nonwoven housewrap. Designed for the best possible aesthetic appeal, the product is matte black to avoid competing with other visual elements of open joint architecture. According to the manufacturer, it provides superior water hold out, ideal vapor permeability, and durability. Engineered for maximum UV exposure, InvisiWrap UV can be used with siding openings of up to 2 inches and has a UV of rating of up to 12 months before siding installation.

HydroFlash UV+ self-adhered flashing utilizes an aggressive acrylic adhesive for extreme environmental conditions. An ideal complement to InvisiWrap UV, the expertly engineered product can be used for penetration flashing and covering furring strips so they’re invisible behind open joints. Optimized for all weather, HydroFlash UV+ can be installed down to 25 degrees and is UV-rated for 12 months of exposure before cladding application. 

Batten UV rounds out the Open Joint Cladding System product suite. Builders can use the product to create a 3/8-inch rainscreen gap for optimum drainage and drying. Batten UV, at time of launch, is the only corrugated batten option available that contains a long-term UV rating for open joint siding applications.

“From rustic reclaimed wood detail to dramatic composite planks or panels, architects and builders are enhancing residential and commercial projects with the open joint cladding trend,” said Tara Murray, director of marketing at Benjamin Obdyke. “At Benjamin Obdyke, we are always looking for ways to help our partners build better and develop quality solutions for every project. Our builders were looking for solutions for this growing trend, so it was a natural next step to evolve our UV-rated product line into a full product suite optimized for open joint cladding projects.”

“This comprehensive line addresses the need to ensure that weatherization and moisture management solutions keep up with growing aesthetic trends. These gorgeous sidings on high-end custom homes and multi-use projects deserve more than just a layer of felt paper.” Murray said. “We’re excited to bring this product into the residential market to make it easy for our building pros to give this type of siding application the durability and longevity it deserves.”

Backed by superior stress testing and research, the Open Joint Cladding system is covered by a 25-year performance warranty when all three products are used together. 

For more information, visit www.benjaminobdyke.com.

Travis Roofing Supply Announces Seven Winners of 2019 Wolfpack Scholarship Award

Travis Roofing Supply announced the seven recipients of the 2019 Wolfpack Scholarship Award.The 2019 Wolfpack Scholarship Award recipients areDrew Boy, Austin, Texas; Joseph Bockerstett, St. Louis, Missouri; Chipper Comer, Norfolk, Virginia; Brianna Glenn, Orlando, Florida; Lainey Hendrix, Houston, Texas; Trevor Maruscak, Austin, Texas; and Samantha Pensari, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Michael Boy, Travis Roofing Supply’s CEO and Founder, said, “We’re excited to support an exceptional group of students in 2019 as they continue their educational growth. Helping individuals realize their dreams is exactly what being part of the Travis Roofing Supply Pack is all about.”

This marks the second year the Wolfpack Scholarship Award has been awarded to selected students. The award was created to encourage and support Travis Roofing Supply employees and families by rewarding outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. The Scholarship provides financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

For more information, visit www.travisroofingsupply.com.

MRA Reports Top 5 Regions Driving Demand for Residential Metal Roofing

According to the latest figures from the Metal Roofing Alliance, metal roofing is growing in popularity, especially in states that experience severe climate conditions.

The nonprofit organization, which serves to connect thousands of U.S. and Canadian residential homeowners seeking metal roofing with qualified member installers, says the top five states for interest in metal roofing are Florida, Pennsylvania, California, New York and North Carolina, with Texas close behind.

While these states represent major population hubs, they also have other factors in common: All have experienced increasingly severe weather and extreme climate conditions. From wildfires and hurricanes, to rooftop ice dams caused by polar vortex winter weather, all-season durability and performance have become top priority for homeowners in many states, especially for those looking to repair or rebuild after a climate-related disaster. Because quality metal roofing lasts 50-plus years, carries the highest Class A rating for fire protection and is strong enough to stand up to hurricane winds, hail and heavy snow, it is increasingly popular in regions where better protection against Mother Nature’s unpredictability is essential.

The latest MRA figures also suggest that local demand may be outpacing the supply of qualified metal roofing installers in some regions. In states such as California, New York and North Carolina, the high number of metal roofing leads provided by the MRA are keeping a small handful of member contractors extremely busy.

“It definitely represents a major business opportunity,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the MRA. “Typically, metal roofing is a more profitable business because these homeowners are interested in durability and ensuring top quality protection versus trying to cut corners or find the lowest price. We are actively recruiting member contractors not only in these regions, but throughout the country who can help meet the growing demand for metal roofing from homeowners.”

The MRA expects metal roofing demand to continue to rise in regions experiencing climate extremes, as well as areas where environmental awareness is high.  These areas are candidates for additional growth, given the advantages metal roofing has for being an energy efficient, recycled/recyclable material and an ideal platform for rooftop solar systems. For these reasons, MRA is forecasting growth in locations such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and a greater swath of southern states. Yet the lack of qualified metal roofing contractors remains an issue when it comes to meeting local demand.

“Frankly, extreme weather and the need for more durable, resilient building materials is an issue that impacts nearly every region,” said Ramey. “That’s driving the need for residential metal roofing into brand new territories. Just as important is making sure there are local contractors ready to meet that demand, which is why the MRA is embarking on a full-court press to recruit more qualified metal roofing contractor members.”

With the popularity of metal increasing, MRA also is helping educate homeowners about how to protect themselves against fly-by-night providers who may use unscrupulous business practices or sub-quality materials to capitalize on the growing demand. This spring, MRA plans to put out a buyers guide for homeowners providing guidance on how to choose a quality metal roof and encouraging homeowners to do their due diligence when selecting a reputable, experienced metal roofing contractor.

“There’s no doubt that choosing a quality metal roof is one of the best long-term investments you can make for your home,” said Ramey. “Our goal is to help homeowners understand the benefits and steps that go into selecting their next roof wisely.”

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

Sheffield Metals International Launches New AIA Accredited Course

Sheffield Metals International, a member of Mazzella Companies and a distributor of coated and bare metal coil and sheet products, recently launched a new American Institute of Architects (AIA) accredited course for the architectural and design community. The Continuing Education (CE) course, titled “Portable Rollforming, Applicable Engineering & Installation Details,” provides design professionals with in-depth insights into the benefits of portable rollforming in standing seam metal roof and wall applications, including efficiency, flexibility, and sustainability.

Learning objectives include: 

  1. Define the benefits of portable rollforming. 
  2. Describe how to achieve a UL 90 Wind Uplift Classification or rating. 
  3. Explain the difference between when a metal panel manufacturer provides written test reports from a qualified testing and inspecting agency representing Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) versus providing a listing of the UL Construction Number(s). 
  4. Correctly specifying applicable uplift testing requirements based upon the project’s deck assembly. 
  5. Recognize the appropriate, cost-effective installation details to apply, based upon job-specific conditions. 

The presentation is hosted as a video on the Sheffield Metals website, lasts approximately one hour, and delivers one Learning Unit hour that includes teaching relevant to HSW (Health, Safety, Welfare) for both AIA members and non-members. All attendees will have their attendance recorded with the AIA and have the Learning Unit Hour applied to their record. The course is also applicable to state MCE (mandatory continuing education) licensure. 

“In addition to the online course, we’re offering a ‘Face-to-Face’ program that teaches the same topic to architects, designers, specification writers, project managers, and beyond who want us to come to their city,” said Lori Reynolds Morrow, Architectural Project Manager at Sheffield Metals. “The ‘Face-to-Face’ program offers the same Learning Unit hour and serves as a fantastic opportunity for firms to receive a more interactive, high-energy, and personalized presentation.” 

A Certificate of Completion is provided to “Face-to-Face” program attendees and to online participants who achieve an 80 percent or higher on the brief 10 question quiz at the end of the course. 

For more information, visit https://www.sheffieldmetals.com/ce.

Asphalt Shingles Feature New Proprietary Polymer Technology

Atlas Roofing Corporation announced the launch of its StormMaster Core4 Enhanced Polymer Technology, which is available exclusively in Atlas StormMaster Shake and StormMaster Slate shingles. 

In the early 1990s, Atlas was one of the first companies to manufacture polymer-modified asphalt shingles, known as SBS (Styrene Butadiene Styrene) asphalt technology. According to the manufacturer, Core4 moves beyond SBS to a more enhanced, proprietary polymer technology.

“Atlas has changed the industry benchmark for what an asphalt shingle should be,” said Paul Casseri, product manager for Atlas Roofing. “In other words, we just raised the bar really high.”

As its name implies, StormMaster Core4 Enhanced Polymer Technology consists of four key features:

1. PolyCore Technology is the science and engineering behind Core4. Made from proprietary enhanced virgin polymers, shingles with Core4 are stronger and longer-lasting, allowing them to perform better with increased consistency and reduced variability. 

2. FlexCore Technology keeps shingles flexible in cold weather. Because of their elasticity, these shingles exceed the industry’s standard tear strength by 50 percent and lay flatter during installation so they seal more effectively. They’re also less susceptible to tearing and cracking, which can lead to blow offs, leaks and compromised long-term roof stability.

3. WeatherCore Technology gives shingles the durability they need to resist damage from hail and high winds. StormMaster shingles with Core4 pass the UL 2218 Class 4 Impact Rating and offer the highest wind warranty in the industry, with up to a 150-mph wind limited warranty with special application on StormMaster Shake.

4. ThermalCore Technology mitigates the effects of shingle expansion and contraction due to temperature change, also known as thermal shock. Thanks to this enhancement, shingles with Core4 are less prone to thermal stress degradation, which can lead to premature shedding of granules, resulting in accelerated aging and deterioration of the asphalt shingle system. 

“These enhanced polymers, at a molecular level, are more advanced in our StormMaster shingles than in any other shingle on the market,” said Stan Bastek, national sales director for Atlas Roofing. 

According to the manufacturer, the proof is in the decades of laboratory and field tests. “Results prove that polymer-modified shingles perform better than standard asphalt technology,” Casseri explained. “Our research also shows that starting with a controlled virgin polymer is best versus recycled content, which can adversely affect the shingle’s lifespan.”

Core4 is available within the Atlas premium StormMaster Shake and StormMaster Slate shingle lines, which provide architectural style along with the durability to stand up to the toughest weather conditions. StormMaster shingles also feature the power of Scotchgard Protector by 3M, which resists the black streaks caused by algae. 

“We’ve been investing in and researching asphalt polymer technology since 1990,” Bastek said. “Atlas continues to evolve our products to give consumers long-lasting curb appeal and reliability on their roofs for years to come.”

For more information, visit www.atlasroofing.com

At The Wharf, Vegetative Roofs Play a Key Role in Storm Water Management

The Wharf is a riverfront community spanning nearly a mile of the Potomac River. The neighborhood features high-end hotels, luxury condominiums, retail shops, commercial offices and a music hall. Photos: The District Wharf

According to the Washington D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment, the District is home to more than 3 million square feet of vegetative roof assemblies (VRAs). A commitment to responsible storm water management has helped the nation’s capital rank first among U.S. cities when it comes to green roofs installed. From the massive 500,000-square-foot VRA atop the Douglas Munro U.S. Coast Guard headquarters (featured in the September/October 2018 issue of Roofing) to elegant boutique cocktail bars, VRAs are helping Washington, D.C., manage storm water runoff and providing unique vantage points for taking in national landmarks. The Wharf, in the District’s Southwest quadrant, represents a “neighborhood” approach to green roofs.

A riverfront community spanning nearly a mile of the Potomac River, The Wharf is a mixed use, public-private development, including high-end hotels, luxury condominiums, retail shops, commercial offices and even a 6,000-seat music hall. While the design and aesthetics of different buildings at The Wharf project a sense of diversity, VRAs are a unifying element. In addition to providing visual interest and elevated spaces for public gatherings, VRAs help The Wharf achieve its sustainability and water management goals.

Managing Storm Water, Supporting Sustainability

Water has long been a defining element of life in the District, whose neighboring waterways include not only the Potomac, but also the Anacostia River, Rock Creek and Chesapeake Bay. To help manage storm water runoff, the District makes use of a massive cistern system, permeable pavements, and extensive use of vegetative bio-retention supported by VRAs. The District of Columbia’s Department of Energy & Environment mandates measures that retain runoff from a 1.2-inch storm event through green infrastructure and capture reuse systems. Specific storm water retention rates are specified relative to a building’s footprint.

The vegetative roofs help tie together the diverse types of buildings in the area. Photos: The District Wharf

In addition to helping manage storm water runoff, protected roof membrane assembly (PRMA) systems at The Wharf also help to support the development’s sustainability performance goals, which started at the master planning stage. Sustainability objectives supported by The Wharf’s VRAs include reducing storm water discharge and improving thermal performance through the cooling and shading properties of soils and plantings — an important consideration in a region renowned for its humid summers. VRAs are also desirable in urban areas for the role vegetation can play in helping filter pollution and providing habitats for birds and other wildlife. Finally, VRAs offer an aesthetically pleasing environment for employees, occupants and visitors.

The Wharf development was designed to achieve LEED Gold, while individual buildings targeted LEED Gold or Silver. Constructed in phases, Phase One opened in 2017 and took nearly 15 years to complete. While the Great Recession slowed construction, an “upside” of the delay was that a proliferation of PRMA assemblies across the District helped inform the assembly of green roofs at The Wharf. Several high-profile buildings that employ similar roofing systems include the MGM Casino, the National Museum of African American History and the National Archives.

A PRMA Approach to Support Performance

More than half of the roofs in The Wharf make use of an Owens Corning PRMA that includes Owens Corning FOAMULAR 404 and 604 extruded polystyrene insulation (XPS) supplied by PPSI Maryland. XPS delivers unique water resistance and strength properties that differentiate it from other insulation products and make it ideal for VRA applications. In fact, the demanding conditions on rooftops helped prompt the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommendation to use only XPS insulation for VRA applications. The innate water resistance of XPS helps a roofing system retain its R-value and energy-saving power while retaining its compressive strength to bear a significant amount of overburden. Strength is critical in a PRMA application, as the insulation must be able to withstand the weight of vegetation, rainfall, growing media, pavers and surrounding surface materials.

Sustainability objectives supported by The Wharf’s VRAs include reducing storm water runoff, improving thermal performance, and providing habitats for wildlife. Photos: The District Wharf

At the highest levels, the rooftop plants and vegetation help serve as a giant sponge to absorb the rainwater. In a PRMA roof, insulation under the plant layer, growing media and filter/drainage layer is placed above a waterproofing layer which directs water horizontally to a series of overflow vaults. A network of massive 700,000-gallon cisterns throughout the District collect and control the release of water.

In addition to water, wind was another consideration when planning VRAs at The Wharf. Rock curbs from Hanover Architectural Products help mitigate against winds coming in off the riverfront. Other roofing materials that help The Wharf PRMAs achieve performance include waterproofing membrane 790-11 Hot Rubberized Asphalt by the Henry Company, EMSEAL expansion joints to tie together air barriers, and Hanover Architectural Products pavers and sedum mats supplied by Sempergreen.

Contractor Coordination and Communications Are Key

As a community-focused development, The Wharf celebrated its grand opening with several public events. Hometown rock band the Foo Fighters performed for a sellout crowd at the Anthem music center on October 12, 2017. The enormous task of completing multiple buildings against a very tight timeline was a challenge felt by all of the contractor trades on site, according to Brian Davis, general superintendent at James Myers, the roofing contractor charged with installing green roofs at The Wharf. The immensity of the project required careful scheduling and logistics among roofers and other trades. Teams worked throughout the night and seven days a week as Phase One approached completion.

Photos: The District Wharf

As the countdown to the October 12 grand opening approached, construction teams followed tight schedules outlining exactly what team members would be working in what area at a particular time. The logistical demands of building nine buildings over six blocks made traffic bottlenecks an ongoing challenge throughout the project. Scheduling details had to consider not only the District’s notorious rush hour traffic but also events and attractions in the area. For example, the Washington Nationals baseball team played a number of weeknight baseball games at home. Trades working on The Wharf were required to clear the streets three hours before the first pitch of each Nationals home game. While navigating event schedules and a tight construction schedule, contractors also had to maintain high levels of safety and quality.

The public event commemorating the completion of Phase One celebrated a one-of-a-kind public space winding along one of the nation’s most historic riverfronts with an epic rock concert. More quietly, the completion of Phase One celebrated Washington’s role as a leader in the installation of VRAs while helping the District achieve sustainability goals and comply with storm water management mandates.

MATERIALS

Insulation: FOAMULAR 404 and 604 extruded polystyrene, Owens Corning, www.owenscorning.com

Waterproofing Membrane: 790-11 Hot Rubberized Asphalt, Henry Company, www.henry.com

Expansion Joints: EMSEAL, www.emseal.com

Sedum Mats: Sempergreen, www.sempergreen.com

Pavers: Hanover Architectural Products, www.hanoverpavers.com

PrimeSource Building Products Expands Asian Operations Through Partnership in Taiwan

PrimeSource Building Products Inc. announced it has formed a joint venture in Taiwan with long-time buying agent and business partner, Certified Products Taiwan Inc. (CPT). The joint venture will be based in Koahsiung, Taiwan, and will be led locally by experienced and respected business leader George Lu.  The joint venture will be known as Certified Products Global (CPG).

“After decades of local procurement support from CPT, we couldn’t be happier to see our relationship evolve. Partnering with CPT combines the best of each organization for the benefit of our customers,” said PrimeSource CEO Tom Koos. “The combination expands PrimeSource’s capabilities in Asia and shortens the distance between our customers and the sources of the products we provide.”

The partnership leverages PrimeSource’s worldwide sourcing and supply chain capabilities and CPT’s mill relationships and familiarity with Asian cultures, regulations and business practices.

“PrimeSource has been a valued customer for many years. This partnership expands our commitment to one another and to all PrimeSource customers,” said CPT Chairman George Lu.  “PrimeSource is the global leader in construction fastening solutions. We are very pleased to partner with such an organization and to become a more integrated part of their business.” 

CPG will manage procurement services in Taiwan, China and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. 

For more information, visit www.primesourcebp.com.