New Line of Rooftop Fall Arrest Systems

Kee Safety, Inc. introduces its comprehensive line of Kee Rigid Anchors fall arrest systems to provide personal fall protection in tie-back applications including suspended platforms, window washing, equipment tie-back, and general rooftop maintenance and repair operations. Available in stock for shipment within 24 hours, they are designed to withstand a pull-out force of 5,000 lbs. applied in any direction and meet applicable OSHA, ANSI, and Cal/OSHA standards, Kee Safety states.

New Kee Rigid Anchors are galvanized for corrosion resistance and durability, easy to install, and have insulated posts to stop conductivity and provide for temperature consistency on the building, according to the company. The product line includes five standard options to meet a wide range of building and roof types:

  • Bolt on style clamps directly onto new or existing structural steel using patented and proprietary BeamClamp steel-to-steel connectors.
  • Bolt around style bolts around structures of steel, concrete or wood using connector rods and a backer plate.
  • Cast-in-place style casts directly onto new concrete roof slabs of minimum grade 3000 psi and 7-inch thickness.
  • Epoxy adhesive style fastens onto concrete roof slabs of minimum grade 3000 psi and 8-inch thickness.
  • Weld on style welds directly onto new or existing structural steel.

All five Kee Rigid Anchors options are available in three diverse attachment points, depending on application, Kee Safety said. They can be fitted with a forged D-Ring system, Stainless Steel U-Bar model, or a Tapped Hole option for horizontal lifelines. The company also offers custom-design and manufacturing services for anchoring installations that may require different sizes and solutions.

Standards and codes met include OSHA 29 CFR 1910.66 for powered platforms, OSHA 29 CFR 1910.140 for personal fall protection, Cal/OSHA Title 8 Regulations Section 3291 for permanent rooftop installations, ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 for window cleaning safety, ANSI Z359.18 for anchorage connector safety requirements and active fall protection systems, and ANSI/AISC 360-16 specification for structural steel buildings.

For more information, visit www.KeeSafety.com.

New Line of Cleaning and Disinfecting Products

The Garland Company, Inc. launches its innovative Defense Force line of high-performance products designed to either clean, disinfect and/or protect commercial facilities. The flagship Defense Force product is D7, a safe and effective EPA-registered antimicrobial disinfectant that kills bacteria, fungi, germs and viruses in minutes and has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to the coronavirus/COVID-19. It can be applied to hard, non-porous interior and exterior surfaces, providing the assurance of clean and safe facilities. D7 is easily mixed and applied with standard sprayers. There is no specialized training required for the application of D7, so disinfection can take place almost immediately.

The Defense Force product line also includes Clear-Shield, a patented, clear acrylic water-based solution designed to protect a roof’s existing surface. The nontoxic solution includes antimicrobial products that, in turn, protect the coating itself. Clear-Shield can be sprayed or roller applied to gravel and mineral-surfaced modified bitumen and single-ply roofs. Clean-Shieldrounds out the line and is a biodegradable, nontoxic cleaning solution formulated to safely and effectively clean, brighten and restore a variety of masonry substrates. Clean-Shield penetrates the surface and chemically reacts to remove contaminants and deposits like hard water stains, efflorescence, dirt, algae, mold, mildew, rust and other hard to remove contaminants.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com

New Hybrid Snow Guard System

Alpine SnowGuards unveils the the Fusion-Guard, a hybrid snow guard system that offers the option of adding pipe-style snow guards to the new pad-style snow guard. According to the manufacturer, Fusion-Guard is a “best of both worlds” solution to managing snow on most new and existing roof types because it pairs the company’s newly designed pad-style snow guard with an optional pipe-style approach to managing snow. 

The system’s two optional 3/8-inch rods are accepted by the Fusion-Guard Rod Bracket, which fastens onto the back of the snow guard face, allowing the installer to add rods if desired during, or any time after, the initial installation. 

“This is the most versatile hybrid snow retention system that has ever been introduced to the snow retention marketplace. It gives the roofer or building owner the opportunity to manage the functionality of this snow management system more directly”, said Alpine SnowGuards’ President and Founder, Brian Stearns.  For more information, visit www.alpinesnowguards.com

Paver Product Allows Integrated Guardrails on Rooftops

Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC) offers Superpaver, a code-compliant paver product offering a unique non-penetration installation of safety guardrails on rooftop areas of commercial and mixed-use buildings. Superpaver allows a protective guardrail to attach directly to the roof deck paver system, avoiding penetrations that can cause roof leaks and costly litigation. According to the manufacturer, the product allows for the integration of guardrails directly into load-bearing pavers versus traditional installation around the perimeter of a roof area, attached to pedestals.

Superpaver is installed like other paver products and are available in a variety of colors to match other paver products on any project. According to the company, each Superpaver is supported by the existing pedestal system and meets all IBC requirement for load and safety while allowing for more usable square footage on rooftop designs.

For more information, visit www.theljc.com.

Larger Base for Rooftop Support System

Green Link has engineered a new KnuckleHead 12-inch base — Big Base — designed to enhance the stability of larger rooftop-installed equipment. As with the standard universal base, the big base can be loose laid or attached. The new design features the standard universal KnuckleHead base in the center of a larger polyurethane base featuring a 12-inch diameter and 113.1 square inches of surface area. The standard universal base features a 7-inch diameter and 38.5 square inches of surface area. 

“As a loose-laid element, the Big Base brings increased stability and load capacity especially applicable to conditions involving high winds, seismic events, or installations that involve higher elevations from the roof surface that raise the center of gravity,” said Dan Olinger, Green Link President. 

Four holes at the center of the universal base extend through the larger polymeric base allowing for attachment to the roof. According to the company, attachment involving the big base results in an extremely secure installation because it combines the benefits of a larger footprint with the additional security of four screws secured in the roof deck. Green Link Adhesive/ Sealant adheres to the new big base for further strengthening and sealing the installation.

For more information, visit https://greenlinkengineering.com.

New High-Performance House Wrap

Benjamin Obdyke, Inc., offers a new and improved Flatwrap HP house wrap. Flatwrap HP is a high performance house wrap designed for use in non-absorptive cladding applications or in conjunction with a rainscreen for other applications. According to the manufacturer, the product offers superior durability via a trilaminate polypropylene substrate. The trilaminate design protects the water hold out layer from damage during install. Flatwrap HP can be installed as an air barrier and is also breathable with an ideal perm rating between 10 and 20 perms per building science research. The product can be exposed for 120 days before cladding install and offers a gray, low-glare surface for easy install. 

“We’re excited for this update to the Flatwrap HP product line,” said Tara Murray, director of marketing at Benjamin Obdyke. “With the latest version, we’ve been able to improve the performance while also adjusting the price point to be more accessible in the residential channel.  It’s important to us to provide category-leading products. Flatwrap HP is an ideal addition to our ‘good, better, best’ options for exterior moisture protection.”

Available in 3-foot, 5 foot, and 9-foot sizes, Flatwrap HP offers a size option to fit project needs.  The product contributes to the 25-year system warranty for Obdyke’s rainscreen products, Slicker MAX and Slicker Classic. Flatwrap HP offers a 10-year standard product warranty and a 15 year system warranty when used one of the HydroFlash products from Benjamin Obdyke’s comprehensive flashing line. 

“Our goal at Benjamin Obdyke is to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for exterior moisture protection,” Murray said. “The new Flatwrap HP allows us to bring a higher level of housewrap performance to the residential category at a competitive price point. We strive to educate the market on how to apply the right protection solution, consideration of climate, cladding, and budget.  Flatwrap is a great option for vinyl siding applications, but strongly encourage a drainable wrap or rainscreen for any cladding that absorbs moisture.”

For more information, visit BenjaminObdyke.com.

New 5-Inch and 6-Inch Roof Drains

OMG Roofing Products has expanded its popular line of OMG SpeedTite Roof Drains to include 5- and 6-inch sizes. With these additions to the existing line of 3- and 4-inch drains, the company now offers a full-range of SpeedTite Drains to accommodate most roofing applications. 

According to the manufacturer, SpeedTite Roof Drains are “drop-in-ready” from the box and can be installed in seconds, making them some of the fastest installed roof drains for new or retrofit roofing applications.

Contractors simply insert the drain stem into the existing drain leader and hand-tighten the wing-nut on top of the integrated vortex breaker to create a symmetrical watertight seal. Since no special tools are required, the SpeedTite Drain installs in half the time of other insert drains for enhanced contractor productivity. It is also significantly faster than re-working a drain, which can take up to two hours of time.

 SpeedTite drains feature OMG’s exclusive and revolutionary built in vortex breaker technology that gets water off the roof faster than many traditional roof drains,” said Dan Genovese, product manager for OMG Roofing Products. “Plus, SpeedTite Drains can be installed in minutes without any special tools, helping contractors save time and labor. It’s a win-win for roofing contractors and building owners alike.”

According to the company, SpeedTite Drains are installed from the rooftop so the installation process will not disrupt building occupants. The one-piece seamless body and heavy duty cast aluminum strainer dome and clamping ring provides strength and durability for long-term performance. Additionally, the 10-inch long drain stem accommodates most existing conditions however it can be shortened in the field to accommodate elbows or bends in the drain leader. An extra-large flange allows positive attachment of roof flashing membrane, and flanges are also available with TPO or PVC coatings for directly attaching the flashing membrane.

For more information, visit www.OMGSpeedTite.com

Skylight Fall Protection System

Dynamic Fastener offers fall protection systems for flat and domed skylights. Ideal for R-panel, standing seam, or curb mount skylights, the system utilizes an OSHA-compliant galvanized steel safety screen with a maximum 4-inch-by-4-inch opening. The screen is secured with zinc-coated carbon steel clips and long-life, self-drilling fasteners. All of the required mounting hardware and supports are included in the kit for a complete installation. 

According to the manufacturer, all systems are factory-sized to install quickly. Roof-mounted models maintain a low profile to create a clean and finished look. Curb-mount applications are hidden beneath the domed skylight. The system can be custom painted to match the building’s exterior.

 For more information, visit www.dynamicfastener.com.

Dipped Gloves Designed for Safety and Comfort

Pyramex Safety’s new dipped gloves are constructed from Polyurethane, Latex or Nitrile, each designed be the safest, most comfortable work gloves available. All new dipped gloves meet ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 cut standards (with ratings from A1-A9 depending on model) as well as CE EN388:2016 (with levels A-F depending on model), which further rates cut.

Two new Polyurethane models in the line are the new GL403C and GL404C gloves. Both models incorporate a Polyurethane palm coating and outstanding dexterity for when handling small parts. Both also include a 13-gauge HPPE liner for cut resistance, ample touch sensitivity and low particulate shed. The GL404C comes in a hi-vis orange color for better visibility in low light conditions.

The GL503 Latex Dipped Glove features a Latex crinkle palm coating with a 10-gauge polyester liner which offers better traction, as well as tear and abrasion resistance. Four new Nitrile glove models (GL607C, GL608C, GL609C and GL610C) deliver superior tear, cut, puncture and abrasion resistance. Each glove incorporates a Nitrile palm coating, which provides extra absorption to ensure an outstanding grip in dry, wet and oily conditions. A 13-gauge cut resistant HPPE liner provides excellent cut resistance. GL609C and GL610C also incorporate additional features to ensure there’s a glove available to suit any need including: a reinforced thumb, TPR and touch screen capability (GL610C only).

All new Pyramex dipped gloves are available in sizes small through 2XL.
For more information, visit www.pyramexsafety.com

New Box Rib Wall Panels Expand Design Options

Petersen expands its family of PAC-CLAD Precision Series wall panels with the introduction of the Box Rib line. The four new Box Rib wall panels feature 87-degree rib angles and a variety of rib spacing patterns.

The Box Rib architectural wall panels are 1-3/8 inches deep with a nominal 12-inch width. According to the company, they deliver design flexibility while combining bold visual effects with easy, cost-effective installation. Each of the four Box Rib profiles is offered in a no-clip fastener-flange option, or a clip-fastened panel to accommodate thermal expansion and contraction.

Architects and designers can specify one of the four panel profiles or combine multiple Box Rib panels on the same surface to create custom patterns of ribs and valleys. According to the company, Petersen’s Box Rib panels are ideal for practically any structure that requires exterior wall cladding such as schools, hospitals, banks, sports facilities, office and industrial buildings, and most other nonresidential applications, but also residential buildings.

“Petersen continues to respond to architects who tell us they want more options for wall cladding by introducing the Box Rib line,” said Mike Petersen, president of Petersen. “As architects’ creativity evolves, our product line also evolves with the same high-quality manufacturing, technical support and testing that Petersen is known for.”

The Box Rib panels are part of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD Precision Series line of wall panels, which means they can be mixed with the seven Precision Series Highline wall cladding products to create a wide variety of custom patterns for a building’s exterior. The Box Rib panels are backed by the following tests: ASTM E-330, ASTM E-1592, ASTM E-283 and 331, AAMA 501.

Minimum Box Rib panel length is 4 feet; maximum lengths are 30 feet for steel, and 22 feet for aluminum on the no-clip fastener-flange version, with longer lengths available on clip panels. The Box Rib panels are available in 24 and 22-gauge steel, .032 and .040 aluminum in 46 standard PAC-CLAD colors, plus Galvalume Plus. BIM, CAD and related files are being posted on pac-clad.com as they become available.

Box Rib panels, as well as all Precision Series wall panels, can be installed horizontally or vertically. Additionally, Precision Series Box Rib, Highline and HWP panels can be specified as perforated, but only in aluminum for use in applications such as equipment screens, over graphics or for architectural flair.

Petersen, a Carlisle company, manufactures PAC-CLAD architectural metal cladding products in multiple gauges of steel and aluminum. PAC-CLAD products include standing seam roof panels, hidden- and exposed-fastener wall panels, flush- and reveal-joint panels, vented or solid soffit panels, perforated metal, coil and flat sheet, composite panels, column covers, plus fascia and coping.

For more information, visit pac-clad.com.