Innovative Roofing Insulation Appeals to Owners, Architects

Because Rich-E-Board roofing insulation is light and easy to install, it lowers the cost of delivery and handling and can reduce labor costs by more than half.

Because Rich-E-Board roofing insulation is light and easy to install, it lowers the cost of delivery and handling and can reduce labor costs by more than half.

It’s exceptionally thin and easy to install. It delivers an R-value of 50 to commercial, industrial and government buildings. Now, Rich-E-Board, the innovative new roofing insulation, is enjoying a groundswell of interest from building
owners, contractors and architects seeking to drive down construction costs and boost energy efficiency.

Rich-E-Board recently received a patent for its proprietary Vacuum Insulated Panel—two polymeric foam cover boards that sandwich the panel—and the adhesive ribbons that bind the boards and panel together. This ultra-thin insulation offers a certified alternative to a huge commercial roofing market—billions of square feet in construction every year—challenged with
meeting stringent standards for energy efficiency.

While conventional insulation requires a thickness of 15 inches to reach an R-value of 50, Rich-E-Board achieves the same result at just 1.5 inches thick. Rich-E-Board can be installed on most roof deck types, including ballasted roof systems, and can support all conventional low-slope roof systems.

Rich-E-Board’s design delivers significant advantages:

  • Lower energy bills: Achieving an R-value of 50 can cut a building’s heating and cooling costs by 8 to 10 percent, according to the GSA.
  • Simpler retrofits: Rich-E-Board enables retrofitted structures to achieve required R-values in less time, with fewer materials, and without costly and destructive building modifications.
  • Reduced construction costs: Because Rich-E-Board is light and easy to install, it lowers the cost of delivery and handling and can reduce labor costs by more than half.
  • Design flexibility: With its slim profile— especially compared with multi-layer insulation— Rich-E-Board saves space, expanding the design options for architects.

Rich-E-Board is also fireproof and water and mold resistant, notes Joanne Collins, president and CEO of R-50 Systems, maker of Rich-EBoard. “Our team focused on creating a game-changing alternative,” Collins says. “Rich-E-Board fills a significant
void in the marketplace by providing an insulation system capable of meeting today’s tougher energy standards.”

Success in the Field

Rich-E-Board has made a successful transition from the drawing board to the marketplace. Owners and architects have taken advantage of the insulation’s slim profile and high R-value on several building projects.

At a government building in Chicago, for example, owners chose to install 3,600 square-feet of Rich-E-Board as part of a roof retrofit aimed at lowering lifetime energy costs. Rich-E-Board’s slim profile also cut construction costs by more than $20,000 by streamlining design and installation.

At the Cohen Courthouse in Camden, N.J., Rich-E-Board was selected for the roof retrofit, eliminating the need for expensive building modifications that would have been required for conventional insulation. The decision lowered the project cost by $200,000.

Earlier this year, Rich-E-Board was awarded a patent for its design. More recently, the insulation earned its first LEED 4 designation.

“We’re seeing a huge increase in Rich-E-Board as the roofing market learns more about the benefits it brings to the commercial roofing,” Collins says. “This product fills a significant void by providing an insulation system capable
of meeting today’s tougher energy standards.”

Collins notes that, in addition to the $5 billion annual market for commercial roofing, Rich-E-Board can be used in walls and other building applications. Rich-E-Board is 99 percent recyclable and made entirely in the U.S.

PHOTOS: R-50 SYSTEMS

Single-Component Butyl Provides a Permanent Seal Without Hardening

The butyl sealant can be used in a variety of metal roof applications where a low modulus sealant is desired.

The butyl sealant can be used in a variety of metal roof applications where a low modulus sealant is desired.

R.M. Lucas Co. has added a single-component, non-skinning butyl rubber sealant to its product line. Lucas #8660 provides adhesion and a permanent seal between concealed end laps, metal roof panels, standing-seam roof panels, ridge caps, wall panels and other applications where a non-hardening weather seal is desired. This product is also ideal for use with OEM and shop-assembled metal details.

According to the manufacturer, Lucas #8660 creates a non-hardening, weathertight seal. Designed as a non-skinning, non-sag sealant, the product exhibits high moisture resistance, with an exceptional ability to absorb sound and movement. Lucas #8660 comes in a neutral color, guns easily in cold or hot weather, and is packaged in 10-ounce fiber cartridges, 12 per case.

“Lucas #8660 won’t stain substrates and exhibits primerless adhesion to most roofing and building materials, including Kynar,” says Jason Morris, technical sales representative for Lucas. “The product is easy to gun and tool, even in cold weather, and is also self-healing.”

The butyl sealant can be used in a variety of metal roof applications where a low modulus sealant is desired, including metal roof panels, ribs, standing seams, and ridge cap flashing, as well as metal wall panels. Lucas #8660 is also recommended for OEM trailer and RV application, installation of walk-in coolers and freezers, and as a vapor barrier sealant. In addition, Lucas #8660 can be used as a sound-deadening sealant in installation of acoustical ceilings as well as both gypsum and metal wall panels. It is not designed for use as a single-ply roofing adhesive or lap adhesive.

When applying the sealant, the surface to be sealed must be dry and free of dirt or loose corrosion particles. A primer is not needed. Simply apply the sealant to the area as desired. Tooling is not normally necessary. The product can be cleaned with Lucas #125 Safe Solve. It also has a long shelf life, remaining active two years from the date of manufacture.

“We feel that this will be an excellent addition to our product line whether you are restoring, renovating or maintaining building structures,” states Morris.

Photo: McElroy Metal

Coating System Makes Roofing and Cladding Appear Aged, Weathered

McElroy Metal's Cor-Ten AZP Raw offers the look of aged or weathered roofing and cladding.

McElroy Metal’s Cor-Ten AZP Raw offers the look of aged or weathered roofing and cladding.

Bossier City, La.-based McElroy Metal’s Cor-Ten AZP Raw is new to the company’s product line, offering the look of aged or weathered roofing and cladding.

Cor-Ten AZP Raw is a fluoropolymer coating system that uses cool pigment technology that McElroy Metal applies over Galvalume-coated steel sheet. It’s available in a variety of McElroy Metal standing-seam and through-fastened panel profiles. The look of aged or weathered roofing and wall cladding is growing in popularity and used in commercial, residential and industrial applications. Cor-Ten AZP Raw provides the appearance of rusted metal with the advantages of a highly reflective PVDF coating.

Cor-Ten AZP Raw is a fluoropolymer coating system that McElroy Metal applies over Galvalume-coated steel sheet.

Cor-Ten AZP Raw is a fluoropolymer coating system that McElroy Metal applies over Galvalume-coated steel sheet.


“We’re offering the appearance of weathered steel without having to wait for time and Mother Nature,” says Ken Gieseke, vice president of Marketing at McElroy Metal. “As soon as it’s installed, the weathered aesthetic is evident, attractive and durable. It’s sure to become a popular choice of architects and building owners seeking the look of weathered steel.”

In 2005, U.S. Steel introduced Cor-Ten AZP prepainted steel sheet to provide architects, building owners and homeowners with an enhanced performance product to its Cor-Ten steel. McElroy Metal offers the moderately weathered Cor-Ten AZP Raw, a carefully crafted and engineered system to provide any roofing or cladding project with the authentic look of timelessness.

Raw is produced by McElroy Metal in collaboration with Valspar and U.S. Steel.

To learn more, visit here or call (318) 747-8000.

PHOTOS: McElroy Metal

Synthetic Underlayment Can Be Used on Nearly Any Roof

Based on contractor demand, Berry Plastics Co., the makers of the TYPAR Weather Protection System, launched Surround VR Underlayment, a synthetic roofing underlayment.

Based on contractor demand, the makers of the TYPAR Weather Protection System launched a synthetic underlayment named Surround VR.

Based on contractor demand, Berry Plastics Co., the makers of the TYPAR Weather Protection System, launched Surround VR Underlayment, a synthetic roofing underlayment.

Designed with the installer in mind, Surround VR Underlayment reduces the amount and weight of material needed for roofing jobs. In fact, one roll of Surround VR covers the same area as five rolls of 30# felt, yet weighs seven times less and is 10 times stronger.

The waterproof product was developed to work in nearly any roofing application, including with shingles, shakes, tile, slate or metal roofs. “With our new Surround VR Underlayment, installers will make fewer and easier trips up and down the ladder while experiencing faster installs, all while providing a more durable roofing system to their customers,” says Jorge Martinez, senior director of Product Marketing, TYPAR brand.

Made from a waterproof, synthetic polymer material, Surround VRUnderlayment is engineered to repel moisture and will not warp or buckle when wet, thus helping to maximize the life of the roof system. Surround VR is also slip-resistant on dry surfaces and provides better traction when wet.

The underlayment maintains its integrity year-round, performing well in temperatures ranging from -40 to 240 F. In cold temperatures, the material will not crack or wrinkle, which helps ensure smooth installs. In warm temperatures, its heat-reflecting, gray-colored surface reduces heat buildup on the roof. Surround VR also can withstand up to six months’ exposure to UV light and high winds and storms, even those experienced by coastal regions.

Surround VR Underlayment is backed by a 15-year product replacement warranty and is suited for residential and commercial applications.

Learn More

Visit Typar.com
Call (800) 284-2780

Malarkey Roofing Products’ Legacy XL and Windsor XL Shingles Offer More Pronounced Design on the Roof

Malarkey Roofing Products' Windsor XL in Weathered

Malarkey Roofing Products’ Windsor XL in Weathered

Malarkey Roofing Products released the Legacy XL and Windsor XL high-profile shingles in June. The new heavyweight shingles offer a more pronounced design on the roof while maintaining the fortified durability of their original shingle lines.

The Legacy shingle was introduced in 1997 as a laminate shingle in North America to utilize durable SBS polymer modified asphalt, now known as Flexor. The Legacy XL high-profile design continues that tradition of Flexor durability to promote granule adhesion and Class 4 impact resistance. It also features Scotchgard Protector from 3M for added protection against black streaks caused by algae. The Windsor shingle was introduced in 2014 as the first designer shingle line from Malarkey.

Malarkey Roofing Products' Legacy XL in Storm Grey

Malarkey Roofing Products’ Legacy XL in Storm Grey

The Windsor was created in a joint effort with contractors to offer the look of a traditional cedar shake roof with easy installation. The new Windsor XL carries those features into a high-profile design. As with the original shingle design, the Windsor XL includes durable Flexor polymer modified asphalt to promote granule adhesion and Class 4 impact resistance, as well as Scotchgard Protector from 3M for added protection against black streaks caused by algae.

Eliminate Wasted Man-hours by Sending Debris Directly into a Dumpster or Truck

Quantum Smart Solutions LLC’s Smart Chute Construction Debris Removal System is designed to make the demolition process more efficient by sending debris directly into a dumpster or truck.

Quantum Smart Solutions LLC’s Smart Chute Construction Debris Removal System is designed to make the demolition process more efficient by sending debris directly into a dumpster or truck.

Quantum Smart Solutions LLC’s Smart Chute Construction Debris Removal System is designed to make the demolition process more efficient by sending debris directly into a dumpster or truck. Consequently, crew members only handle materials one time and eliminate wasted man-hours.

The Smart Chute was originally designed with the roofing industry in mind and can be used to service debris removal up to a 4-story elevation. “Our patent-pending Smart Chute is taking construction debris transporting to the next level,” says Scott Matovich, president of Quantum Smart Solutions. “It has proven to save roofing contractors time and money on every use, while reducing crew size.” Matovich notes the full return on investment in the Smart Chute could be 90 days or less.

Edward R. Faulkner, vice president of Sales at Quantum Smart Solutions, adds: “The Smart Chute sets up and breaks down in minutes. It will assist your crew in completing each job 30 percent faster while keeping your customers happier as their surrounding property will remain damage- and debris-free.”

The Smart Chute is primarily made of lightweight non-rusting aluminum. Chute sections nest into one another for easy assembly and shipment. The chute panels lock into place along the rails during assembly. At the top, the chute is attached to a structure with heavy-duty hinges, angling the chute toward a dumpster or directly into a truck.

The Smart Chute is offered in three sizes and can be used in 8-, 12-, 16-, 20-, 24-, 28-, 32-, 36- and 40-foot configurations. The product also is available in custom lengths and widths. It comes with a five-year warranty.

Apply Adhesives with Ergonomically Designed Cart

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PaceCart 3, a more robust application system for applying OlyBond500 Adhesives packaged with patented Bag-in-Box technology.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PaceCart 3, a more robust application system for applying OlyBond500 Adhesives packaged with patented Bag-in-Box technology.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PaceCart 3, a more robust application system for applying OlyBond500 Adhesives packaged with patented Bag-in-Box technology.

The PaceCart 3 includes several features designed to improve job-site productivity and minimize pre- and post-job maintenance and storage requirements. One such feature is an ergonomically designed, easy-to-use dispensing manifold designed for applying two-part low-rise adhesives. In addition to being easier to use and maintain, the new manifold does not require greasing, so it simplifies start-up and shut-down procedures for rooftop time savings.

PaceCart 3 also features two new robust pumps that are low maintenance and designed for use with high-viscosity liquids. Other enhancements of the new PaceCart 3 include a color-coded adhesive tray to help prevent cross contamination of Part 1 and Part 2 adhesive components and a simplified electrical system with an easy-to-read voltage meter to help identify power input.

Additionally, all PaceCart 3s are generator-ready and have been outfitted with a shelf designed to hold a portable generator for improved and cord-free mobility on large projects (generator not included).

As with previous PaceCarts, the PaceCart 3 includes a 30-foot hose for maximum reach and maneuverability on the roof. The system is capable of dispensing enough OlyBond500 to apply 60 squares of insulation per hour.

The new PaceCart 3 is immediately available and will replace the PaceCart 2; however, the company will continue to offer replacement parts and field support for the PaceCart 2.

Learn More

Visit OMG Roofing Products’ website.
Call (800) 633-3800.

Translucent Roofing Material Mechanically Locks Together

Topgal panels are linked together with easy-to-fit connectors that create a mechanical lock between the sheets, ensuring strength and water resistance. PHOTO: Plazit Polygal

Topgal panels are linked together with easy-to-fit connectors that create a mechanical lock between the sheets, ensuring strength and water resistance. PHOTO: Plazit Polygal

Plazit Polygal, a producer of polycarbonate building materials, has launched Topgal, a modular range of translucent roofing material that is attractive, economic, flexible and easy to install.

Suitable for any building that requires natural light, the Topgal range can be used everywhere—from sports stadiums and commercial buildings to domestic structures, such as pool enclosures.

Produced in five different colors—bronze, blue, clear, ice and polyshade silver—delivering different levels of light transmission, the Topgal sheets come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses to meet the most demanding needs. Although the Topgal system is translucent, all damaging UV rays are filtered out while heat transference is limited.

Durable and weather-resistant, the system, which consists of the panels and a number of connectors, edge protectors and fasteners, can be installed with a screwdriver.

Topgal panels are linked together with easy-to-fit connectors that create a mechanical lock between the sheets, ensuring strength and water resistance. Fixture points are hidden and the sheets can be flexed to suit any type of structure. Because the panels are modular, units can be added as needed. The Topgal standing-seam panels and components integrate the unique properties of multi wall structure to deliver strength, rigidity and thermal insulation Topgal sheets are manufactured in 600- and 1,000-millimeter widths (center to center) and in thicknesses from 8 to 20 millimeters. In addition to the standard colors, Plazit Polygal can tailor special colors and solar-radiation levels.

Asphalt and Polyurethane Create Durable Membrane

The Garland Co. Inc.’s OptiMax polyurethane-modified asphalt-based roof membrane is developed with a process that combines asphalt with polyurethane to create a durable and long-lasting modified membrane.

The Garland Co. Inc.’s OptiMax polyurethane-modified asphalt-based roof membrane is developed with a process that combines asphalt with polyurethane to create a durable and long-lasting modified membrane.

The Garland Co. Inc.’s OptiMax polyurethane-modified asphalt-based roof membrane is developed with a process that combines asphalt with polyurethane to create a durable and long-lasting modified membrane. OptiMax becomes increasingly resilient as it ages because, with time, polyurethane molecules are chemically linked with one another. The process was first used in Europe in the paving industry.

When traditional SBS-modified membranes age, the oils within the membrane heat up and “cook out”, causing cracking and eventually leaking. OptiMax utilizes an “active modification” process, which involves chemically reacting the polyurethane modifier to specific molecules within the asphalt. This modification provides enhanced long-term performance characteristics and weatherability.

Its performance is further improved by the fact that minerals are more strongly attracted to the polyurethane in the OptiMax membrane. The result is improved adhesion thus providing UV protection, preventing the likelihood of cracking and leaking issues common in traditional membranes. During advanced surface testing, OptiMax had fewer cracks when compared to traditional asphalt-modified membranes and retained its tensile strength in the face of damaging UV radiation.

“OptiMax has the ability to literally change the face of the roofing industry. This new technology will revolutionize the market and redefine expectations of building owners in terms of performance and protection. OptiMax has been engineered to outperform other commercial roofing products in the industry,” explains Melissa Rus, Garland’s director of research and development.

PHOTO: The Garland Co. Inc.

Kett Tool’s KL-200 Double-Cut Shears Cut and Contour Steel and More

The Double-Cut Shears’ dual blades transfer any distortion produced in cutting to a small 7/32-inch waste strip.

The Double-Cut Shears’ dual blades transfer any distortion produced in cutting to a small 7/32-inch waste strip.

Cincinnati-based Kett Tool Co.’s KL-200 Double-Cut Shears help manufacturers and contractors conserve materials and cut costs. The shears deliver precision cuts in C.R. mild steel, stainless steel, plastic and Formica without warping or bending the original material or the finished piece.

“The KL-200 allows for ease of operation without damaging the final product,” explains Kathy Conlon, president of Kett Tool. “Metal workers in all industries will save valuable time, material and money on the job with this product design from Kett Tool.”

The Double-Cut Shears’ dual blades transfer any distortion produced in cutting to a small 7/32-inch waste strip, leaving behind material edges that are not hardened or burred to allow maximum use of sheet material. The blades’ swiping action also seals edges of coated metals.

Kett Tool’s KL-200 shears use a 4-amp straight handle, single-speed electric motor to produce straight or contoured cuts in C.R. mild steel (up to 18 gauge), most grades of stainless steel to 20 gauge and 3/32-inch-thick plastics and Formica—at speeds up to 300 inches per minute. The lightweight, maneuverable shears easily follow a scribed line, capable of cutting a radius as small as 6 inches. All shear heads are precision made in the U.S., featuring A-2 tool steel blades for prolonged durability.

The KL-200 Double-Cut Shears are available through authorized dealers.

PHOTO: Kett Tool Co.