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.

Swenson Shear’s SnapTable PRO Is Equipped to Notch, Slit and Hem up to 60-inch Offsets for Hip-valley Roofing Cuts

The new SnapTable PRO from Swenson Shear, Ceres, Calif., adjusts to accommodate panels between 12 and 24 inches.

The new SnapTable PRO from Swenson Shear, Ceres, Calif., adjusts to accommodate panels between 12 and 24 inches.

The new SnapTable PRO from Swenson Shear, Ceres, Calif., adjusts to accommodate panels between 12 and 24 inches. It is equipped to notch, slit and hem up to 60-inch offsets for hip-valley roofing cuts. The SnapTable PRO is the newest addition to Swenson Shear’s collection and was added to increase the capability to slit and hem up to 60 inches for any commercial, industrial or residential job site.

The SnapTable PRO is an all-in-one panel preparation system for standing-seam metal roofing. It was designed and is manufactured in the U.S. The product saves an average of 35 percent in labor costs.

SnapTable PRO was designed for light to 20-gauge metal, including Corten 1 inch; 1 1/2-inch nail strip; 1-, 1 1/2-, 1 3/4-inch SnapLock; 1-, 1 1/2-, 2-inch mechanical seam; Zip-Rib; and many more options.

It is available with a hydraulic notching system, optional cover and optional trailer.

SnapTable PRO comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

“We wanted to remove limitations from panel preparations,” explains Jonathan Dravecky with Swenson Shear. “With the SnapTable PRO, our metal roof contractors can achieve any angle for any standing-seam panel up to 24 inches. And our trailer option eases transportation to and from the job site.”

GenFlex Roofing’s EZ TPO Peel & Stick Membrane Extends the Installation Window for Contractors to 20 F

GenFlex Roofing Systems has introduced an enhanced self-adhesive technology for its EZ TPO Peel & Stick membrane.

GenFlex Roofing Systems has introduced an enhanced self-adhesive technology for its EZ TPO Peel & Stick membrane.

Indianapolis-based GenFlex Roofing Systems has introduced an enhanced self-adhesive technology for its EZ TPO Peel & Stick membrane. The new adhesive formula offers twice the bonding strength of competitive self-adhesive products (by pound foot per inch in peel testing) and can be installed in temperatures as low as 20 F and as high as 120 F.

The improved Peel & Stick adhesive allows contractors to maximize their productivity. By avoiding separate transportation, mixing, priming and application of adhesive, as well as clean-up of associated rooftop clutter, the self-adhesive membrane means significant time and labor savings. The pre-formulated and factory-applied adhesive also equals uniform performance.

The new EZ TPO Peel & Stick adhesive has no VOCs and is odor-free. By exceeding low-VOC-emissions requirements, the EZ TPO Peel & Stick membrane is safe for installers and building tenants, avoiding any delays or concerns when working in occupied buildings. In addition, the product’s durability and solar reflectance make it an energy-saving option.

PHOTO: Genflex Roofing Systems

Ergonomically Designed Tether Secures Tools and Prevents Injuries

The objective of personal tool tethering is to secure tools to prevent injury and damage to people and equipment below. At the same time, however, it is equally important the tether be ergonomically designed to maximize worker safety, productivity and convenience.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper, model no. TL1-3014 tether for tools up to 15 pounds, employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper, model no. TL1-3014 tether for tools up to 15 pounds, employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil. Delivering more than three times the stretch of competitive bungee-type tubular tethers, the Gear Keeper TL1-3014 elastic provides a gentle, low-resistance 61 percent stretch that minimizes a worker’s fatigue while maximizing his or her reach. This is achieved by having the elastic material sewn directly into the webbing during the manufacturing process.

The Gear Keeper tool tether also has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches). This is a significant safety issue that helps avoid entanglement issues when climbing or working in close quarters. Additionally, to protect against “drop shock”, Gear Keeper tool tethers are load-tested with a built-in safety margin beyond the breaking point.

The TL1-3014 specifications include a fixed loop tool attachment lanyard constructed with a Spectra core inside of a tightly woven nylon cord. Tight weave means less chance of wear and snagging during use and easier threading through the tool’s lanyard loop. The tool attachment cord is typically the failure point of other lanyards. The TL1-3014 comes standard with an aluminum carabiner or with an optional stainless-steel carabiner (model no. TL1-3024).

The Gear Keeper tool tether also has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches).

The Gear Keeper tool tether has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches).

Learn More

Visit GearKeeper.com.
Call (888) 588-9981.

This “Roofers’ Choice” was determined by the product that received the most reader inquiries from the March/April issue’s “Materials & Gadgets” section.

PHOTOS: Gear Keeper

Premium Stone-coated Metal Roofing Lasts 50 Years or More

Allmet Roofing by Headwaters is a premium stone-coated metal roofing system sold through distribution. It delivers the rugged durability and strength of metal roofing while providing the handsome look of wood shake, genuine slate, Spanish tile and shingle roofing. And Allmet Roofing continues looking great year after year, for half a century or more.

Made from 3/16 Galvalume-coated metal, Allmet systems won’t rot, crack, warp or break.

Made from 3/16 Galvalume-coated metal, Allmet systems won’t rot, crack, warp or break.


An Allmet metal roof may cost a bit more to install, but the expense will be offset by lower repair and replacement costs. Allmet stone-coated metal roofing is light in weight and among the safest roofs in seismic regions. When installed as designed, this dry under-deck roof system eliminates the need for moisture barriers. Made from 3/16 Galvalume-coated metal, Allmet systems won’t rot, crack, warp or break. They’re energy efficient and offer protection against snow, ice, winds and hail. Allmet stone-coated metal roofing also is non-combustible, earning a coveted Class A Fire Rating.

Allmet is offered in an array of styles that attractively complement any home:

Allmet stone-coated metal roofing also is non-combustible, earning a coveted Class A Fire Rating.

Allmet stone-coated metal roofing also is non-combustible, earning a coveted Class A Fire Rating.

  • Granite Ridge Galvalume metal stone-coated shingles are a lightweight, tough and economical roofing backed by a lifetime warranty. This new-generation shingle is not only 67 percent lighter weight than asphalt laminates, but its raised seam joints also ensure enhanced protection against the elements.
  • Allmet Continental gives roofs the appearance of high-profile S-type concrete tiles. Yet it is lighter weight than standard cement- or clay-based tile.
  • Allmet Wood Shake melds the natural beauty of wood shake with the strength of metal roofing. This wood shake product won’t catch fire or blow off in high winds. Because many areas prohibit wood shake, stone-coated metal wood profiles are a good alternative.
  • Allmet Shadowline offers the aesthetics and dimension of natural slate and features four ENERGY STAR-rated colors among its 19 color blends.

Allmet is backed by a limited lifetime transferable warranty that covers up to 120-mph winds, 2.5-inch hailstones and fire.

PHOTOS: Allmet Roofing

Upgraded Solar Roofing System Combines Greater Efficiency with Easy Wiring

The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

Now featuring 60-watt monocrystalline integrated photovoltaic panels, CertainTeed Corp.’s Apollo II solar roofing system combines greater efficiency and aesthetics with its trademark easy wiring installation. The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

“The solar industry continues to evolve and the demand for more efficient, affordable residential electricity-generating roofing systems is growing exponentially,” says Mark Stancroff, director, CertainTeed Solar. “The newly enhanced Apollo II is not only more efficient but also comes with one of the most robust warranties in the industry—with CertainTeed warrantying the Apollo II system itself and its installation by a CertainTeed certified installer.”

Like its predecessor, the newly enhanced Apollo II fully integrates with roofing shingles for a clean, seam-less appearance. Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles. The product also features an open space under the modules to allow for easier electrical wiring. Water channels and raised fastener locations further improve water-proofing of the solar roofing system.

Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles.

Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles.

Also available with the same powerful characteristics, Apollo Tile II offers an integrated system designed for flat, concrete tiles. It weighs 13 pounds and features a natural brown frame, black cells and black backsheet for curb appeal.

The Apollo II and Apollo Tile II systems are available nationwide and are offered in pre-engineered kits containing all components necessary for installation. Apollo II systems are Class A fire-rated and meet UL 790, UL 1703 and IEC 61215 requirements. Apollo II is also rated for wind resistance up to 110 mph and loads up to 250 pounds per square foot. In addition, the product is backed by a warranty for electricity output and installation workmanship, carrying a 25-year limited power warranty and 10-year limited product warranty.

Apollo II qualifies for a 30 percent federal tax credit and may be eligible for state rebates and incentives listed at Dsireusa.org. Additional incentives may also be available through local utility providers.

PHOTOS: CertainTeed Corp.