The Top 40 Products of 2019

The following product roundup features the Top 40 products of the year, as chosen by the readers of Roofing magazine. The products were selected based on the number of reader requests for sales leads through the Reader Action Card in the print issue and the number of clicks on the website, www.RoofingMagazine.com, including those generated through our monthly e-newsletter. The product generating the most leads from each print issue is also featured as our “Roofers’ Choice” product, and the past year’s winners are also included here. If you have a new product you’d like us to consider for a future edition of our Materials & Gadgets section, please email Editor-in-Chief Chris King at chris@roofingmagazine.com.

Water-Repellent Sloping Material Promotes Positive Drainage

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. launches Polyslope, a water-repellent, fiber-reinforced, cementitious compound designed to address standing water, promote positive drainage, and divert water off the roof. According to the manufacturer, the product is ready to use after adding water and mixing. Polyslope is mixed with 1.2 gallons to 1.3 gallons of water per 50-pound pail. It is easy to screed and paintable after 48 hours. www.Polyglass.us

Roof Vent Designed Specifically for Clothes Dryers

The DryerJack is the first roof termination specifically designed for the demanding needs of venting clothes dryers. Made in the USA of Galvalume and available powder coated in black, brown or white, DryerJacks feature a patented curved damper that meets code requirements and more, according to the company. To safely vent dryers, airflow restriction must be minimized to prevent lint blowback and the fire hazard that creates. A passageway of 21 square inches delivers nearly zero airflow restriction, allowing the dryer to operate at peak performance. www.DryerJack.com

Low-VOC Aerosol Contact Adhesive/Primer Applies Quickly

The new AeroWeb Low-VOC Aerosol Contact Adhesive/Primer from Mule-Hide Products Co. complies with VOC-related regulations in all 50 states. According to the manufacturer, the product delivers aggressive adhesion and a quick drying time while going on as much as 60 percent faster than traditional roller-applied adhesives. It can be used in a wide variety of applications, including adhering standard TPO and standard EPDM membranes to horizontal and vertical surfaces; adhering fleece back membranes to vertical surfaces; enhancing the bond between Mule-Hide F5 Air & Vapor Barrier and various substrates; and priming unexposed asphalt prior to applying Mule-Hide Helix Low-Rise Adhesive for insulation attachment. www.MuleHide.com

Waterproofing Membrane Is Solvent Free

Chem Link launches NOVALINK WM, a waterproofing membrane available in two- or five-gallon pails. NOVALINK WM is a cold-applied, single-component waterproofing membrane that cures by exposure to atmospheric and substrate moisture to form a continuous, tough, reinforced elastic seal. It is solvent-free and compliant with all known environmental and OSHA requirements, allowing its use in confined spaces with standard personal protection equipment. www.ChemLink.com

Structural Acoustical Roof Decks Reduce Noise Levels

Tectum Structural Acoustical Roof Deck solutions from Armstrong Building Solutions provide predictable noise absorption, durability, and sustainability to meet building design needs. Composite roof deck options provide R-values up to 44. By providing noise absorption up to 0.80, the panels often eliminate the need for additional acoustical treatments, providing faster and easier installations than standard steel roof decks. According to the manufacturer, Tectum Roof Decks are an ideal noise reduction solution for large, high traffic, exposed structure spaces such as auditoriums, gymnasiums, arenas, pools, ice arenas and multi-use facilities. www.ArmstrongBuildingSolutions.com

High-Temperature, Self-Adhered Underlayment

Boral Roofing offers its MetalSeal Underlayment, a high-temperature, self-adhered underlayment designed especially for metal roofing but suitable for any roof material in any climate. According to the company, Boral MetalSeal is easy to install and eliminates the need for an excessive number of nails, reducing installation time and cost. The high-strength woven polyester surface remains intact under high foot traffic and provides UV resistance up to six months. It comes in 216-square-foot rolls for a net two squares. www.BoralRoof.com

Vent Secured Roofing System

Carlisle SynTec Systems introduces the VacuSeal Vent Secured Roofing System, which uses special vents that harness the power of the wind to lock roof membranes in place. According to the manufacturer, VacuSeal systems are quick and easy to install and save cost and labor by substantially reducing the amount of glue, ballast, or fasteners a project requires. According to the company, there are no cold-weather limitations for installation and no VOCs or odors. The system is UL certified with uplift certification at 195 psf negative pressure. www.CarlisleSynTec.com

Extended-Length Aluminum Retrofit Drain

Marathon Roofing Productsnow offers an extended version of its Aluminator Retrofit Drain that is 22 inches long. According to the company, the Aluminator Drain is constructed of heavy-duty spun aluminum body, aluminum ring/dome and the ProSeal seal designed to prevent water backup issues. The Aluminator also has the option to be PVC or TPO coated for direct hot-air welding to PVC or TPO membranes. www.MarathonDrains.com

Versatile All-Weather Roof Flashing

New Seal-Fast Repair Hero roof flashing from Mule-Hide Products Co. is an all-system, all-weather maintenance and repair product. The solvent-based, fiber-reinforced terpolymer sealant adheres to all roof substrates, including asphalt, modified bitumen, metal, TPO, EPDM, PVC, Kynar, concrete, Elvaloy/PVC, Hypalon (CSPE) and polyisobutylene (PIB). According to the manufacturer, Repair Hero can be applied to dry or wet surfaces and under water. It can be used in any weather and in any ambient temperature. Repair Hero complies with VOC-related regulations in all 50 states and does not need to be mixed or stirred before use. www.MuleHide.com

Bulk Material Warmer Protects Temperature-Sensitive Products

Powerblanket Hot Boxes are designed to efficiently heat temperature-sensitive materials such as roofing materials, paints, chemicals, epoxies, resins, equipment, and pallets of any material. Easily assembled, taken apart, and moved from job to job, hot boxes are ideal for cold-weather storage and freeze protection, as well as transporting, jobsite heating, remote location use, and winter roofing projects. According to the manufacturer, the Hot Box can protect critical, temperature-sensitive materials and extend the roofing season and limit downtime to maximize profits. It is safe to leave on overnight for immediate use the next day. www.Powerblanket.com

Silicone-Infused Elastomeric Roof Coating

Nationwide Protective Coatings Mfrs. Inc. introduces PERMASIL, a new silicone-infused bright white elastomeric acrylic, ceramic insulating, waterproofing protective roof coating. The water-based, energy-saving formula is designed to beautify, protect and extend the life of roofing surfaces. Silicone technology adds extra waterproofing protection by sheeting off water from the dried coating surface. According to the manufacturer, the product is easy to apply and comes with a 15-year warranty. www.NationwideCoatings.com

Rooftop Walkway System Features Integrated Safety Railing

Kee Safety Inc. introduces Kee Walk with Guardrail, an OSHA-compliant rooftop walkway system with an integrated safety railing. Designed to provide a secure, anti-slip walking surface on all roof types including metal profile and standing seam roofs, Kee Walk with Guardrail accommodates steps, traverses, and sloped roofs with pitches up to 35 degrees, according to the company. Kee Walk with Guardrail helps to eliminate potential fall hazards by presenting a clear demarcation route for personnel accessing the roof. The corrosion-resistant walkway-railing system is compatible with other Kee Safety fall protection products to deliver a complete rooftop safety solution, according to the company. www.KeeSafety.com 

Self-Adhering, High-Temperature Roofing Underlayment

MFM Building Products unveils a high-temperature roofing underlayment, Premium HT Tile & Metal. This self-adhering roofing underlayment is composed of a high-grade, reinforced polyester fabric laminated to a high-temperature asphalt adhesive system. This premium product also has a fiberglass-reinforced core for extreme durability. Product features a 3-inch (7 cm) selvedge edge to ensure a secure, monolithic seal. The surface fabric offers excellent foot traction and for stacking tiles during construction. UV exposure is 180 days. Premium HT Tile & Metal will withstand the high temperatures created by metal and tile roofing with a high temperature rating of 250°F (121°C). www.MFMbp.com

PVC Pressure-Sensitive Cover Strip Eliminates Need for PVC-Coated Metal

Carlisle SynTec Systems introduces Sure-Flex PVC Pressure-Sensitive (PS) Cover Strip, a groundbreaking new product designed to help contractors save time, labor, and money. Carlisle’s new PVC PS Cover Strip is used for stripping-in flat metal edging and eliminates the need for costly PVC-coated metal or two-piece clip-on edge metal. PVC PS Cover Strip is compatible with a variety of metal finishes and is quick and easy to install; no welding is required. Simply apply PVC Step 1 Activator, followed by PVC Step 2 Primer, then install the PVC PS Cover Strip. www.CarlisleSynTec.com

New Roof Coating Products

EPDM Coatings announces the addition of several new products to its roof coating line, including its 97 percent volume solid EnergyMax, Bonding Primers, Rust Inhibitors and Clear-Coat specifically designed for coating skylights, brick and stucco. EPDM Coatings provides its customers worldwide with a full range of products, including many that have been ASTM tested and CRRC rated, Miami-Dade approved, as well as NSF approved for potable water applications. The company offers solutions for almost all types of roofs, including built-up, modified bitumen, metal, concrete, TPO, EPDM and foam. Also, for roofs on a budget, one base coat of the aromatic polyurethane can fix most leaks, and the application can be completed after a year to get the full benefits of a system. www.EPDMcoatings.net

Modified Bitumen Membranes Feature Highly Reflective Granules

Soprema unveils a new-generation of SOPRALENE SG and ELASTOPHENE SG modified bitumen cap sheets enhanced with 3M Highly Reflective Granules. These new-generation granulate-surfaced cap sheets bring improved durability and an even brighter white appearance to the market. Moving forward, the new 3M ultrareflective granule will be integrated into Soprema SG products to create solutions that provide the solar reflective index (SRI) ratings needed to comprehensively meet the highest U.S. and Canadian reflectivity requirements while providing the proven protection factor of multi-ply SBS-modified bitumen systems. The new lightweight cap sheets also feature robust opacity, protecting the asphaltic layer and extending the life span of the rooftop. www.Soprema.us

Porcelain Roofing Tile Replicates Slate, Timber and Clay

Daltile launches its Perennial Porcelain Roofing Tile, which is available in six colors and designs to replicate the look of slate, timber, and clay. According to the manufacturer, Perennial Porcelain Roofing Tiles are easy to install and the low overall weight of Daltile’s Perennial Porcelain Roof System adds to the speed of installation. Daltile utilizes its patented, cutting-edge digital printing process, Reveal Imaging, to produce Perennial’s tile designs. Made in the U.S.A., Daltile’s Perennial tiles offer all of the inherent advantages of porcelain tile: resiliency, longevity, resistance to frost, high breaking strength, imperviousness to water, 110 mph wind rating, Class A fire rating (fire resistant), Class IV hail impact rating, and walkability. www.Daltile.com/roofing

Ladder Personal Fall Arrest Systems Comply With OSHA Regulations

Design Components Inc. offers both rigid rail and cable grab style ladder Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS). This is in response to the OSHA requirements that went into effect on November 19, 2018. OSHA regulations now require that all fixed ladders over 24 feet be equipped with a PFAS. Design Components offers a variety of fall arrest systems that meet the new OSHA and existing ANSI standards. These systems are customizable and are packaged together to include the needed accessories, including the attachment hardware, trolleys, cable grabs, and deluxe body harnesses. www.DesignComponents.com

Sealer Designed Specifically for Metal Roof Applications

Drop-Stop sealer was specifically designed for application to metal roofs and problem areas such as gutters and expansion joints. According to the manufacturer, Dynamic Fastener, Drop-Stop can easily be applied over sloped, contoured surfaces and will give long-lasting, colorful protection. Made from select synthetic rubbers, Drop-Stop is applied as effortlessly as heavy-bodied paints and stretches and recovers to bridge roof joints in which thermal movement can be expected. With 1,500 PSI tensile strength and 600 percent elongation capabilities, the product can singlehandedly tackle most metal repairs. White Drop-Stop is stocked in 20-ounce sausage packs, 1-gallon pails, 5-gallon buckets and 55-gallon drums. www.DynamicFastener.com

Redesigned Strut Support Provides Improved Performance

Green Link Engineering offers its redesigned KnuckleHead Strut Support, which provides improved performance and more visually appealing aesthetics. The new design features a sleeker look with ribs flanking each side of the head. The new strut head features a 1 1/8-inch deep cavity for holding a standard steel strut. When mechanically fastening the strut into place, bolts or screws pass through the side of the head into the metal strut. The new design features a flat surface, instead of the previous curved design, resulting in easier installation and a tighter fit between screw and head. With shear strength of up to 275 psi, Green Link Adhesive/Sealant can replace mechanical fasteners making for easier installation. www.GreenLinkEngineering.com

Capped Skylight Conversion Kit

Kingspan Light + Air offers the Skyco Skylights Capped Conversion Kit, which converts old capless skylights to a more trusted capped system. With the kit, commercial roofers receive a universal fitting Polycarbonate dome, a custom-sized aluminum cap, and Tek Screw with EPDM gaskets. According to the company, using a cap around the perimeter of the polycarbonate dome creates a leak-free seal and eliminates cracking. The custom-fitted aluminum cap is fastened to the skylight frame with Tek-Screws instead of drilling through the plastic dome. Penetrating the dome with screws is a major cause for cracking. www.SkycoSkylights.com

Multi-Width Composite Shake Tiles Resemble Traditional Cedar

DaVinci Roofscapes has added a fourth shake profile to its composite roofing product offering: DaVinci Select Shake. Created with the authentic look of real cedar shake taken from natural wood profiles, the multi-width DaVinci Select Shake tiles resemble a traditional cedar shake look. Available in 8-inch and 10-inch widths, each DaVinci Select Shake tile is 22 inches long and has a 5/8-inch thickness. The 10-inch wide pieces have a simulated keyway to give the appearance of 4-inch and 6-inch width shakes placed together. The unique tile design of DaVinci Select Shake allows for faster installation than previous DaVinci single- and multi-width products. www.DaVinciRoofscapes.com

Polyiso Cover Board Offers Grade 1 Compressive Strength

Johns Manville introduces its ProtectoR HD High Density Polyiso Cover Board. According to the manufacturer, it provides excellent protection and can save time and expense for contractors. With a closed-cell polyiso foam core and inorganic coated glass facers, this high-density cover board has a Grade 1 compressive strength and an R-value of 2.5. The product offers excellent resistance to moisture, hail, wind uplift and puncture, plus its light weight makes it easy to handle. www.JM.com

Attachment Protects Standing Seam Roofs From Retractable Lanyards

SeamSAFE, a provider of fall protection for standing seam roofers, offers its Retractable Lanyard Disks, which fit over SeamSAFE anchors to help protect standing seam roofs from damage caused by dragging or dropping retractable lanyards during roofing projects. The disks serve as a shield to minimize the potential for roof scrapes and surface indentations. The Retractable Lanyard Disk is one of three new attachments designed to extend the utility and versatility of the company’s safety anchors. The other new accessories are SeamSAFE’s ladder attachment and toe board attachment. www.SeamSafe.com

Redesigned Cap Nailer Features Enhanced Magazine

National Nail introduces the newly-enhanced STINGER CN100B Cap Nailer with an innovative design that improves performance with an improved cap magazine for added durability. Lightweight at 4.9 pounds, STINGER’s CN100B features easy loading, upgraded tool life, and utilizes full, 1-inch collated plastic caps; it is capable of firing 200 caps/200 nails before reloading. The Electro Galvanized ring shank nails are 1-inch by .083-inch full round head nails. The unit also includes an installed belt hook, trigger with bumpfire and sequential modes, and durable carrying case. www.StingerWorld.com

Measuring Tape Specially Designed for Applying Architectural Shingles

The Roofers Tape is specially designed for installing 5-5/8-inch architectural shingles. Crew members can mark and layout the roof quickly and accurately without mistakes using the Red Points and Red Arrows as a guide, minimizing waste and saving money. All measurements of 5-5/8 intervals are marked on the 25-foot Roofers Tape. The 5-5/8 layout reveal complies with factory recommended installation, especially with wind damage. The Black Points are also included for marking short vertical starter lines or bond lines on standard three-tab shingles 6 inches before any even 3 feet. www.TheRoofersTape.com

EPDM Membrane Designed to Reduce Installation Time

Firestone Building Products Company LLC (FSBP) introduces FullForce EPDM. According to the manufacturer, FullForce EPDM can be installed more than four times faster than standard adhered EPDM and in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing contractors to complete more jobs throughout the entire roofing season. The membrane is fully coated from seam to seam with Firestone’s factory-applied Secure Bond pressure-sensitive adhesive. With no seam tape, FullForce can be installed more quickly than traditional EPDM. Additionally, the solution is ideal for occupied buildings, as it contains zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). www.FirestoneBPCO.com

TW Seam Tape Offers Added Protection for Roof Decks

TAMKO’s TW Seam Tape is used to close sheathing gaps on the roof deck and help keep water from entering the home. TW Seam Tape is a flexible, self-adhering SBS-modified bitumen membrane with a polymer film on the surface and a removable treated release film on the adhesive side. It is applied to all roof deck joints and seams after the roof deck installation, before the underlayment is applied. It is designed for application on a variety of surfaces, including OSB and plywood. It has a textured, skid-resistant surface and comes in 4-inch rolls, with each roll covering 61 linear feet. www.TAMKO.com

Upgraded Adhesive Dispenser Helps Increase Productivity

OMG’s PaceCart 3, the exclusive equipment for dispensing OlyBond500 Insulation Adhesives, offers more robust and faster pumps to help enhance rooftop productivity with the capacity to dispense enough OlyBond500 to apply up to 120 squares of insulation per hour – twice as fast as before. In addition, the PaceCart 3 includes several other features that help improve jobsite productivity including an easy-to-use, ergonomically designed manifold and a simplified electrical system with an easy-to-read voltage meter so contractors know when power is insufficient. Color-coded adhesive trays help prevent cross contamination of Part 1 and Part 2 components. www.OMGRoofing.com

New Line of Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines

Malta Dynamics introduces its Edgehog Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines. According to the manufacturer, the Edgehog line meets ANSI standard Z359.14-2014 for a worker capacity range of 130-310 lbs. Boasting a compact and lightweight design, the Class A Edgehog Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines feature durable housing, a quick-action braking system, an integral shock absorber and a swivel top connection point. The Edgehog units contain shock packs on the end. When the cable becomes isolated over an edge during a fall, the shock pack engages to reduce arresting forces. This puts less force on the worker who has fallen and also doesn’t damage the cable. www.MaltaDynamics.com

Pipe-Style Snow Guards Designed for Tile Roofing

The three-pipe PP235LS from Alpine SnowGuards is height adjustable to 39 degrees to accommodate varying roof pitches. The bracket is available in aluminum mill-finish, powder coated aluminum and brass. The PP235 system’s base plate is sized to match your tile, and is also available in aluminum and brass. The image pictured here is the PP235LS three-pipe height-adjustable system for Ludowici Spanish Tile. www.AlpineSnowguards.com

Skylight Automation System Provides Natural Ventilation

VELUX offers VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO help ensure a healthier indoor climate by automatically opening the skylights to air out the house. Smart sensor technology monitors CO2, humidity and temperature in the home, while the system also connects to online weather forecasts. It automatically opens the skylights if fresh air is needed inside and automates blinds to help control indoor temperature. Homeowners can also use the VELUX ACTIVE smartphone app to control their skylights even if they are away from the house. www.WhySkylights.com

Nine-Foot Self-Retracting Lifelines

FallTech introduces its DuraTech Personal Leading Edge line of single and twin 9-foot self-retracting lifelines (SLRs). According to the manufacturer, the new products were tested to meet ensure they meet ANSI leading edge standards to help protect against sharp edge hazards. Their innovative design features a lightweight and impact-resistant nylon polymer housing and proprietary integrated dorsal connector that provides a quick and straightforward push-button attachment. SLRs are calibrated for typical walking speeds and are available in single and twin-leg configurations with steel and aluminum snap hook, rebar hook, and carabiner lifeline connector options. www.FallTech.com

Advanced Polymers for the Manufacturing of TPO Membranes

Dow’s portfolio of materials for roofing membranes features advanced polymers for thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) systems. These proven solutions can help manufacturers develop custom-tailored formulations that fit specific designs, production processes, and end-use requirements. With several advantages over incumbent materials, ENGAGE TR Polyolefin Elastomers (POEs) represent the company’s current state-of-the-art for TPO-based membrane formulations. According to the manufacturer, ENGAGE TR POEs offer an ethylene-based solution that has inherently better longevity, and can be formulated to produce membranes with significantly improved flexibility and broad welding window. The unique design of ENGAGE TR also allows increased filler loading, which can, in turn, be used to improve fire performance. www.Dow.com

Shingle Line Available in Six New Cool Colors

IKO expands its Cambridge Cool Colors shingle line with six new colors that have an increased Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 20-plus, exceeding California’s Title 24 minimum standard by 25 percent. The expansion of this line offers three distinct color blends ranging from COOL PLUS, COOL and Natural COOL. The COOL PLUS color selection includes the darker options of Weatherwood, Harvard Slate, Dual Brown and Graphite Black. COOL shingles are available in SRI 20-plus in the medium color blends Canyon Oak and Sand Dune. The original color range, NATURAL COOL, has an SRI of 16-plus with an added benefit of Dual Grey also being algae resistant and Arctic White having the highest SRI of 23-plus. www.IKO.com

New Fluid-Applied Membrane Restoration System

Garland’s first ever fluid-applied seamless membrane, LiquiTec, is designed to form a virtually impenetrable surface over aged modified bitumen, metal and single-ply roof systems, adding years of waterproofing protection. LiquiTec is an aliphatic polyurea coating system with a tightly bonded molecular structure that provides strength and durability similar to truck bed liners. The product is built to protect roof surfaces from damage caused by hail, foot traffic, wind scour and other impact. According to the manufacturer, LiquiTec fully and partially reinforced systems exhibit extremely high tensile strength and remain flexible at temperatures down to -60°F (-51°C), which helps keep the coating from cracking or becoming brittle to ensure a complete watertight seal and long-term waterproofing protection. www.Garlandco.com

Ladder Extension System Helps Provide Safe Access to Rooftops

The Safe-T Ladder Extension System from Dynamic Fastener easily attaches to most standard extension ladders and allows for safe and easy access to rooftops. According to the manufacturer, it requires no tools, drilling, or bolting to install, and once installed, it provides two offsetting handrails that offer a point of walk-through to step on or off the ladder. This item will allow workers to comply with OSHA standard 1926.1053(b), which states, “When portable ladders are used for access to an upper landing surface, the ladder side rails shall extend at least 3 feet above the upper landing surface to which the ladder is used to gain access.” www.DynamicFastener.com

HDPE Step Flashing Offers Two Color Options

NuStep Flashing launches its innovative step flashing manufactured from high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The patented product was specifically designed to provide a faster, easier, and safer way for crews to install step flashing. According to the company, it is 75 percent lighter than traditional metal flashing with a pliability that is easier and safer to work with. Each piece of flashing has two color options. NuStep Flashing is manufactured in the U.S.A. and every production run goes through extensive testing using the ASTM process for impact, tensile, puncture resistance and UV exposure. NuStep Flashing has been recognized and certified by the International Code Council and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. www.NuStepFlashing.com

Cut-Resistant Gloves Designed to Help Prevent Jobsite Injuries

PrimeSource Building Products introduces a new range of cut-resistant gloves under its GRX brand. According to the manufacturer, the new range will provide better cut protection and more durability, without sacrificing comfort or dexterity. The 700 Series features PalmWick Breathable Palm Technology, which allows the hand to breathe on the palm side of the glove. The 600 Series features the ExaGrip Latex Palm, which combines best in class durability and grip. The new cut-resistant technology meets ANSI standards and comes in a range of ANSI A-2 (500 grams to cut) for light to medium cut protection, all the way up to ANSI A-6 (6,000 grams to cut) for extreme cut hazards on the job. www.PrimeSourceBP.com

Concrete Tile Lines Available in New Suite of Colors

Boral Roofing LLC unveils the Vista Collection. The new concrete roof tile options include five new varied neutral shades introduced to meet specific architectural, lifestyle and color trends emerging within the state of Texas. The new suite of hues is available with two of Boral Roofing’s most popular tile styles in the region – Saxony Country Slate and Shake. The shades include Charcoal Brown Blend, Chestnut Burnt, Dark Bordeaux, Weathered Cedar and Weathered Greige. The collection launch is a direct result of extensive research conducted into consumer lifestyle and home design trends happening within the state. The concrete tile offers a Class A fire rating. www.BoralRoof.com

The Top 40 Products of 2018

The following product roundup features the Top 40 products of the year, as chosen by the readers of Roofing magazine. The products were selected based on the number of reader requests for sales leads through the Reader Action Card in the print issue and the number of clicks on the website, www.RoofingMagazine.com, including those generated through our monthly e-newsletter. The product generating the most leads from each print issue is also featured as our “Roofers’ Choice” product, and the 2018 winners are also included here. If you have a new product you’d like us to consider for a future edition of our Materials & Gadgets section, please email Editor-in-Chief Chris King at chris@roofingmagazine.com.

Roof Leveling Compound Helps Eliminate Ponding Water

GreenSlope is a roof leveling compound that helps eliminate water ponding areas on flat rooftops. The cured material is similar to that of a professional running track or playground surface and can withstand tough climates as well as heavy foot traffic. According to the manufacturer, the product is designed to fill in low areas and bring the roof back to its original slope, directing water toward drainage areas. It is designed for use on EPDM, TPO, PVC, modified bitumen and metal roofs. Made from EPDM, GreenSlope is lightweight, durable, and able to withstand freeze-thaw cycles. Other uses include protecting curbs, filling low areas near drains, establishing walk pads and filling pitch pans. Greenslope.co

New Product Line Secures Rooftop Pipes and Struts

Green Link introduces a family of custom-engineered, molded straps and caps for securing pipes and struts for its KnuckleHead rooftop support product line. Straps have been designed for both Heavy Pipe and Strut Support KnuckleHeads, while a cap design was developed for Lite Pipe Supports. All are molded from tough, weatherproof urethane and feature a striking “safety yellow” color. The Heavy Pipe KnuckleHead strap secures a 3-inch outside diameter pipe, while the Strut Support strap fits steel or aluminum Unistrut-type channel. The Lite Pipe Support cap is designed to secure a single 1-inch nominal pipe or two ½-inch nominal pipes. The Strut Support straps are available in nominal pipe sizes ranging from ¼ inch to 6 inches. www.Greenlinkengineering.com

Stainless Steel Bi-Metal Drill Screws Are Corrosion Resistant

Triangle Fastener Corporation introduces a full line of 304 stainless steel bi-metal self-drilling screws. Bi-metal screws have heads and threads made of 304 stainless steel, providing corrosion resistance and ductility. A hardened carbon steel drill point welded to a stainless steel body allows the screw to drill and tap steel up to 1/2 inch thick. The screws are used to attach aluminum, stainless steel, insulated metal panels (IMPs) and when ductility is needed in the connection. They are available in #12 and 1/4-inch diameters in lengths up to 12 inches. Head styles include: hex washer head, pancake head and button head. www.Trianglefastener.com

Insulation Board Contains No Halogenated Compounds

GAF introduces a new non-halogen polyisocyanurate insulation: EnergyGuard NH Polyiso Insulation Board. According to the manufacturer, the development of EnergyGuard NH Polyiso Insulation Board demonstrates the GAF commitment to providing architects, contractors, and building owners with affordable products that help them meet their sustainable and environmental design goals, by offering products that do not contain halogenated compounds. As with their current EnergyGuard Polyiso Insulation, this product line offers high insulating values to help save on energy costs and is available in a variety of thicknesses. Easy cutting in the field provides the installer with simple fabricating on the roof deck. www.GAF.com

Pre-Weathered Fastener Matches Corten Panels

Lakeside Construction Fasteners offers the new high-strength COR-10 WOOD-Xfastener, which is engineered to secure Corten metal panels into hardwood decking substrates. It is pre-weathered for an exact Corten metal panel color match, eliminating the need to wait for fasteners to be painted or weathered to match. The fastener is available in sizes from 1 inch to 3 inches, and it features an EPDM washer to ensure a sealed protective barrier. According to the manufacturer, its high-low threads and sharp T-17 cut point allows the fastener to quickly penetrate the Corten metal panel for low-cost installation. www.Lakeside-Fasteners.com

Insulation Board Designed for High Load-Bearing Applications

Kingspan Insulation has expanded its commercial product offering by introducing GreenGuard Type VII XPS Insulation Board. The product is designed for high load-bearing engineered applications requiring insulation with a minimum compressive strength of 60 psi. Type VII XPS is primarily used in commercial roofing applications, such as protected membrane and pedestal paver systems. According to the manufacturer, the insulation board offers an R-value of 5.0 per inch of thickness and meets ASTM C578 Type VII requirements. The product retains its insulating properties over time, has high water resistance and is HCFC-free. Kingspaninsulation.us

Portable RhinoBond Hand Welder Designed for Use in Tight Spaces

OMG Roofing Products introduces the RhinoBond Hand Welder. Based on patented Sinch Technology, the portable RhinoBond Hand Welder is designed to help roofers weld RhinoBond Plates in tight spaces, such as under raised rooftop equipment, and on vertical surfaces. The ergonomically designed tool features a vibrating handle and an indicator light that lets roofers know when the tool is activated and when the weld cycle is complete. The base is recessed and features centering indicator lines to help usersproperly align the tool over installed RhinoBond Plates for optimum bonding and improved productivity. www.OMGRoofing.com

High-Visibility Primer Improves Adhesion for Acrylic Coatings

KM Coatings offers KM SP 1000, a VOC-compliant, solvent-based primer designed to improve the adhesion of acrylic coatings to most aged TPO and PVC membranes. According to the manufacturer, using this primer with a KM-approved acrylic coating provides excellent coverage and long-term protection. Its orange color enables strong identification for the applicator to achieve complete monolithic surface application. www.KMcoatings.us

Two-Component SPF Adhesive Provides More Coverage

Soprema introduces a low-pressure, two-component spray polyurethane foam (SPF) adhesive to its DUOTACK family of roofing adhesive products. DUOTACK SPF was designed to provide quick, efficient adhesion of PVC membranes, insulation and cover boards to approved substrates. According to the manufacturer, the product was developed by Soprema chemists with vast knowledge and experience in the roofing and polyurethane foam industry to provide 50 percent more coverage and a faster flow rate than competing products. It also has usability in multiple applications without the need for extensive inventory and expensive equipment, like pace carts. www.Soprema.us

Adhesive-Free Attachment System Eliminates Temperature Restrictions

Carlisle SynTec Systems introduces its RapidLock (RL) Roofing System. This adhesive-free system uses VELCRO Brand Securable Solutions to fully attach 115-mil FleeceBACK RL EPDM or FleeceBACK RL TPO to InsulBase RL or SecurShield HD RL polyiso insulation. According to the manufacturer, the RapidLock system does away with temperature restrictions, has no VOCs or odors, offers wind uplift ratings comparable to traditional fully adhered single-ply systems and has a Factory Mutual 1-90 approval rating. The adhesive-free system also saves time and labor. www.CarlisleSynTec.com

High-Performance Adhesive/Sealant Anchors Rooftop Supports

Green Link offers a new adhesive/sealant designed for use with the company’s KnuckleHead Rooftop Support System. The product bonds and seals the KnuckleHead Universal Base and is effective on a wide range of roof surfaces. The new adhesive/sealant has been specially formulated to adhere to PVC, EPDM, TPO, and modified bitumen, as well as the KnuckleHead base itself, which is composed of glass-reinforced nylon. According to the company, it will not discolor from UV exposure, can be applied at temperatures as low as 32 degrees, and is capable of joint movement in excess of 35 percent. www.Greenlinkengineering.com

Cap Stapler OffersEasier Loading and Extended Tool Life

National Nail announces the upgraded 18-gauge Stinger CS150B cap stapler with an enhanced design that improves performance with easier loading, longer tool life, and tool-free adjustable exhaust. Shooting 200 caps and 200 staples before reloading, the versatile cap stapler now also provides a wider range of operating pressure (up to 120 psi) for installing roofing underlayments, house wrap, and foamboard. The Stinger CS150B shoots 5/8-inch, 7/8-inch, 1-1/4-inch, and 1-1/2-inch length 18-gauge staples with full 1-inch plastic caps. It also includes an installed belt hook and durable carrying case. www.Stingerworld.com

Composite Shake Shingles Offered in New Colors

DaVinci Roofscapes launches the Nature Crafted Collection of composite shake shingles, which includes three realistic, nature-inspired colors: Aged Cedar,Mossy Cedarand Black Oak.According to the manufacturer, each new color reflects different progressive aging processes found on real shake shingles. Each tile has been crafted to resist fire and impact, along with high winds, mold, algae, fungus and insects. The Nature Crafted Collection is available on all DaVinci Multi-Width and Single-Width Shake composite roofing tiles. www.DaVinciRoofscapes.com

Solar Mounting Platform Designed for Exposed Fastener Panels

S-5! introduces the SolarFoot, a mounting platform designed for exposed fastener metal roofing. With four points of attachment, it provides an ideal mounting platform to attach the L-Foot of a rail-mounted solar system or other ancillaries to the roof. According to the manufacturer, the SolarFoot ensures a durable, weathertight solution for the life of the solar system and the roof. Each piece contains two reservoirs of a factory-applied butyl co-polymeric sealant, allowing a water-tested seal. Simply peel the release paper from the butyl sealant and fasten through the predrilled holes in the base of the SolarFoot. www.S-5.com

3-D Modeling Tool Aids in Solar Design Projects

Aurora Solar Inc., a solar design software company, offers SmartRoof, a tool that allows anyone to accurately and easily model residential and commercial sites for solar projects. According to the company, SmartRoof intelligently infers the internal structure of a roof after a few clicks, reducing solar design time and difficulty.According to the company, SmartRoof requires just an outline of the perimeter of the roof to automatically infer its internal structure. It allows solar designers to drag and drop dormers into the model.The remote site modeling tool enables designers to intersect multiple roof structures, making modeling of complex roof structures significantly easier. www.AuroraSolar.com

Perforated Starter Shingle Designed to Save Time, Reduce Waste

TAMKO Building Products introduces the Perforated Starter shingle to its roofing product line. Made from fiberglass mat coated with asphalt and surfaced with ceramic granules, the Perforated Starter course shingle is the answer to roofing contractors need for an easy to install starter strip prior to shingle application. The perforation ensures that contractors no longer lose time field cutting shingles to the appropriate size while reducing related waste. The product can be used with TAMKO’s full line of asphalt shingles, including the Heritage series laminated asphalt shingles and Elite Glass-Seal 3-Tab shingles. www.TAMKO.com

Snow-Retention System Utilizes Snap-Fit Design

AceClamp offers the Color Snap, a patented snow-retention system that utilizes a snap-fit design. The product ships to roofers with fully assembled, ready-to-install components and snap-in ice clips. Color Snap is available for either standing seam metal roofing or membrane roofing with a variant of the product known as Color Snap-M. According to the company, both varieties offer greater installation flexibility, are easier to install, and help to reduce labor costs by minimizing preparatory tasks. www.AceClamp.com

Sheet Metal Brake Designed to Reduce Labor Costs

Roper Whitney releases the Autobrake 1212, which is designed to provide accuracy and repeatability when forming 12-gauge mill steel and 14-gauge stainless steel. It features the rotating Kombi beam, which expands the machine’s folding capabilities to produce straight to box and pan bending in just 11 seconds. The box tooling is 6.3 inches in height, precision ground and laser hardened to 60. Pieces are also laser etched with the length of the tool for easy box setup. Optional left-hand or right-hand back gauge extension provides superior material positioning. Maximum 12-foot back gauge travels in less than three seconds and is provided by the six-stage design combining high speed with compact space requirements. www.RoperWhitney.com

Modified Bitumen Products Can Now Be Applied in Colder Temperatures

CertainTeed’s Flintlastic SA (self-adhering) modified asphalt low-slope roof systems can now be installed in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the manufacturer, the products can be installed using an application method that is safe for both installers and building occupants, as it uses no kettles or flames and has no hazardous or noxious fumes. Roofing pros only need a hot air welder and silicone roller to complete installations in cold weather, and the change is designed to help alleviate costly weather delays while making a direct impact on roofing contractor’s bottom line. www.CertainTeed.com

Multi-Purpose Joint Sealant Adheres to Damp Surfaces

Kemper System AmericaInc.offers GreatSealPE-150, a single-component joint sealant designed for long-lasting weathertight seals. According to the manufacturer, it is ideal for sealing joints in roofing, walls and masonry, as well as gaps around penetrations, flashings, windows and doors. According to the company, the product adheres even on damp surfaces, can be applied in cold weather, and in most cases, without a primer. It bonds aggressively to most building materials, including wood, vinyl, glass, fiberglass, foam insulation, asphalt, modified bitumen, EPDM, PVC, PIB rubber, and Kynarcoatings, as well as painted, galvanized and anodized metals. www.Kempersystem.net

New Colors Available for Concrete Tile Line

Boral Roofing LLC introduces a set of new colors for its signature concrete roof tile line. Inspired by the beach landscape, the six new hues in the collection are particularly well suited to complement homes of the contemporary and transitional architectural styles, according to the manufacturer. The collection includes new colors Ashen Blend, Café Sand Blend, Mottled White Blend, Atmosphere Blend, Oceana Blend, and Beach Blonde Blend, with each shade reflecting an element commonly found at the seaside. The tile is low maintenance, offers a Class A fire rating, and is fully recyclable at the end of its life on the roof. www.Boralamerica.com/roofing

New Sealant and Patch Mastic Designed for Durability, Sustainability

Chem Link launches NovaLink FP, a flash and patch mastic product, available in a 10.1-ounce cartridge. NovaLink FP is a high-quality, moisture-curing elastomeric waterproofing and sealant designed to fill, seal and level grout lines, voids, seams and surface damage on construction materials prior to application of liquid waterproofing. According to the manufacturer, the product is also useful for repairing roof leaks, asphalt shingles, roof valleys and seams, chimney flashings and in emergency roof repair situations. www.ChemLink.com

Shingles Offer Time-Release Technology to Fight Algae Growth

Seeking to reduce the prevalence of unsightly shingle discoloration caused by blue-green algae growth, which impacts 80 percent of U.S. homes, GAF introduces StainGuard Plus Technology. According to the manufacturer, the company’s proprietary time-release copper ion technology releases 10 times as much stain-fighting copper as its traditional copper coated mineral granules to better resist the growth of algae. This technology is currently available on GAF’s Timberline Ultra HD Stainguard Plus labeled shingles and is backed by a 25-year limited warranty against blue-green algae discoloration. www.GAF.com

Fasteners Designed to Attach Sheeting Over Rigid Insulation

Triangle Fastener Corporation expands its line of BLAZER Drill Screws with new sizes designed to attach metal panels over rigid insulation. These unique screws have two different threads with a gap in between that eliminates jacking of the panel during installation. According to the manufacturer, the special 1/4-14 “high thread” under the screw’s head secures the metal panel tightly against the head for optimal seal. The screws have a BLAZER3 drill point for fast penetration with less effort and a TRI-SEAL spray coating for corrosion protection. They are available in lengths including: 1-7/8, 2-3/8, 3-1/4 and 4 inches. www.Trianglefastener.com

Hip and Ridge Product Offers Added Thickness

TAMKO Building Products Inc. introduces its new Heritage Designer Ridge asphalt shingle. Constructed with SBS modified bitumen technology, the high-profile ridge product is designed to add a look of polished sophistication to finish asphalt roofing projects with style, according to the manufacturer. Two layers of asphalt shingles are laminated together to produce the high-definition appearance of added dimension in the Heritage Designer Ridge, which is up to a half inch thicker than TAMKO’s standard Heritage hip and ridge product.The product is offered in 10-inch and 8-inch overlap. www.TAMKO.com

Storm Repair System Uses Shrink Wrapping Technology

Stormseal is a storm recovery system that protects damaged roofs or walls with a patented wind-, rain- and hail-resistant polyethylene film. The technology, pioneered in Australia, is now available in the United States. According to the manufacturer, Stormseal is designed to replace flapping, leaking, flyaway tarpaulins. The low-density patented polyethylene film is cut and fitted at the worksite with the heat “shrink wrapping” technique, changing the chemical structure of the film and enhancing its strength. www.Stormseal.com

New Electric Hoist Moves Operator Away From the Load

Safety Hoist Company launches its new electric material hoist, which moves the operator a safe distance away from the hoist and its load. According to the manufacturer, its unique pendant control makes this one of the safest hoists available today. The hoist runs on 110-volt electric household current, and its controlled descent enables safe, smooth transport both up and down. The electric hoist is quiet, environmentally-friendly, and free from harmful emissions, so it can be used both indoors and outdoors. It can handle up to 500 pounds without sacrificing speed or efficiency. www.SafetyHoistCompany.com

New Line of Fasteners Designed for Extreme Environments

The new 40-year Ply-Lo Extreme line of fasteners from East Coast Fasteners is designed for extreme environments. According to the manufacturer, Ply-Lo Extreme was successfully tested in accordance to ASTM B117 for more than 3,000 hours of salt spray. With all the features of the original Ply-Lo fastener, the Ply-Lo Extreme is available in #10, #12 and #14, with a 40-year warranty. www.Plyco.com

Adjustable Steep-Slope Roof Anchor Aids Ladder Access

The RIDGEPRO is a versatile and adjustable roof anchor that can be connected to the peak before stepping onto a steep-slope roof, allowing a safe transition on and off ladders on roofs with pitches ranging from 6/12 to 12/12. The innovative arch straddles ridge vents, and the adjustable, pitch-specific settings are designed to maximize contact between the product and the roof surface. Constructed from solid, aircraft-grade aluminum, it exceeds industry standard of 5,000-pound tensile strength test when anchored. www.TheRidgePro.com

Primer Adheres to Single-Ply Membranes

Everest Systems offers Everprime All Ply, a primer for various new and aged single-ply membranes. According to the manufacturer, this high-quality, plasticizer free, single component, solvent-based primer can be applied by a spray brush or a roller. The product is designed to provide exceptional adhesion to new and aged TPO and PVC membranes. In addition, this high-performance coating provides excellent surface for subsequent application of acrylic, 100 percent solids Silicone and fluoropolymer coatings. www.Everestsystemsco.com

Work Gloves Offer Advanced Fit, Safety and Comfort

PrimeSource Building Products offers GRX Gloves, a brand-new line of quality gloves designed to promote hand safety and offer value for American workers. According to the manufacturer, GRX Gloves offer workers the latest technology in comfort, fit and safety to deliver a range of tighter fitting, more breathable gloves for a variety of applications and weather conditions. The GRX glove line will be available through the PrimeSource network of pro-contractor supply location and pro-supply locations like 84 Lumber and BMC. www.PrimesourceBP.com

Retrofit Roof Drains Feature Integrated Vortex Breaker

OMG Roofing Products introduces a new line of retrofit roof drains called Hercules-Plus. The drains feature integrated vortex breaker technology, which helps improve drain performance to quickly remove water from the roof. According to the manufacturer, independent performance testing shows that Hercules-Plus RetroDrains provide up to 2.5 times greater flow capacity than original Hercules Drains without vortex breaker technology. Drains are available in four sizes: 3 inches, 4 inches, 5 inches and 6 inches, and with an optional TPO or PVC coated flange for direct membrane attachment. www.OMGRoofing.com

Conductive Primer Developed for Electronic Testing

Detec Systems has developed TruGround, a conductive primer which enables accurate electronic leak detection (ELD) testing on conventional roof membranes including black EPDM, TPO, PVC, modified bitumen, hot and cold fluid applied. According to the manufacturer, TruGround must be installed directly below the membrane per ASTM D7877. TruGround can be used for quality assurance testing on newly installed membranes and is chemically compatible with fully adhered, mechanically attached and torch-down membranes. Once applied, ELD testing can be performed for the life of the roof. Future breaches or seam voids can be quickly pinpointed, allowing repairs to be done immediately, preventing costly moisture damage from occurring. www.DetecSystems.com

Structural Acoustical Roof Decks Reduce Noise Levels

Tectum Structural Acoustical Roof Deck solutions from Armstrong Building Solutions provide predictable noise absorption, durability, and sustainability to meet building design needs. Composite roof deck options provide R-values up to 44. By providing noise absorption up to 0.80, the panels often eliminate the need for additional acoustical treatments, providing faster and easier installations than standard steel roof decks. According to the manufacturer, Tectum Roof Decks are an ideal noise reduction solution for large, high traffic, exposed structure spaces such as auditoriums, gymnasiums, arenas, pools, ice arenas and multi-use facilities. www.ArmstrongBuildingSolutions.com

Underlayment Can Be Used in Vertical Applications

MFM Building Products announces that its Ultra HT Wind & Water Seal high-temperature roofing underlayment can be used for vertical side wall applications. This self-adhering membrane is composed of a cool white, cross-laminated, high density polyethylene film laminated to a high-temperature rubberized asphalt adhesive system rated to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the manufacturer, this premium product is extremely tough, is self-sealing around fasteners and offers a 90-day UV exposure rating. The company states that Ultra HT is ideal for vertical applications under metal panel systems and parapet walls capped with metal tiles. Special installation instructions must be followed for all vertical applications. www.MFMbp.com

Gravity Vent Delivers Natural Ventilation

Acme Cone Company introduces a new gravity vent that delivers natural ventilation for buildings with single-ply roofs when windows and other ventilation solutions are not an option.The vent is available in standard sizes of 12, 18 and 24 inches in white, gray and tan. It is now available for order and immediate shipment.According to the company, contractors using Acme Cone’s prefabricated flashings benefit from more efficient and productive crews who aren’t spending unnecessary time flashing in the field. www.AcmeCone.com

Fluid-Applied Roofing System Available in New Colors

Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenancelaunches six new AlphaGuard BIO Top Coat colors: light gray, medium gray, dark gray, sand, beige and safety yellow. The line enables Tremco Roofing to better support its customers’ aesthetic and safety requirements on the company’s AlphaGuard BIO projects. AlphaGuard BIO, Tremco Roofing’s fluid-applied roofing system, is an excellent choice for restoring older but still functional roofs; both the Top Coat and Base Coat have received BioPreferred certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The new colors add to an already robust palette for AlphaGuard Top Coat, which includes such options as terra cotta, garnet and patina green. www.TremcoRoofing.com

Pitch Pans Can Be Used on Horizontal and Vertical Surfaces

The new ShapeShift line from Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. is a single solution for creating pitch pans for use in virtually any low-slope roofing job, including with smooth modified bitumen systems and on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. The line — consisting of ShapeShift Pitch Pan straight and outside corner sections and MP Liquid Sealant — can be used with EPDM, TPO, PVC, metal, spray polyurethane foam (SPF), elastomeric acrylic coating, smooth modified bitumen and smooth built-up roofing systems. The straight and corner sections feature interlocking joints and snap together to form square and rectangular pitch pans 4 inches by 4 inches and larger. www.MuleHide.com

Ridge Vent Provides 15 Square Inches of Net Free Area Per Foot

Keene Building Products offers Viper Vent, a patented, lightweight ridge vent that provides 15 square inches of net free vent area per linear foot. According to the manufacturer, its double-density edge provides superior strength and rigidity, ensuring its ability to maintain a sleek finished look that makes it virtually invisible from the curb. The filter is manufactured with extra thick fibers, and the company states the UV resistant textile allows it to provide superior airflow over its lifetime. Viper Vent is available in a variety of lengths and can be applied on an asphalt, wood, tile, metal, or slate roof. www.KeeneBuilding.com

Dual-Component Extruder Minimizes Downtime

The Garlock Cyclone 5/15 Dual-Component Extruder is designed to significantly reduce the time and materials needed to adhere rigid insulation and cover boards to structural roof decks, as well as adhering fleece backed single-ply membranes in both new roofing and recover operations. The Cyclone equally dispenses a two-component, 1:1 ratio low viscosity polyurethane adhesive. Users can access connectors and load chemical containers from the front without kneeling or crouching, and the adjustable gun assembly and ergonomic design help reduce application errors and training time. www.GarlockEquip.com