Reflective Insulation Underlayment Adds R-Value

rFOIL Reflective Insulation 2200 Series underlayment in an effective energy-efficient barrier that can greatly reduce transfer of radiant heat through roofing. The new 2200 Series underlayment’s polyethylene bubble material, sandwiched by a layer of metalized foil and a white polyethylene sheet, provides an added R-value of 1.1. When there is an airspace between the 2200 Series underlayment and the metal roof, the system boasts an R-value of 4. While most insulating materials/underlayments rely on retarding the flow of heat through walls and ceilings, the 2200 Series underlayment works by reflecting as much as 96 percent of the radiant energy, dramatically reducing energy costs in air-conditioned homes and buildings, as well as creating an effective “shade” in non-cooled outbuildings, garages, porches and utility buildings. It can be taped to purlins, stapled to rafters or studs, or rolled out on roof decking or existing shingles prior to installation of metal roofing or siding panels.

For more information, visit https://www.rfoil.com

Non-Fleece PVC Spray Adhesive

Duro-Last introduces Duro-Last Solvent-Grip Spray Adhesive. According to the company, it is the first non-fleece PVC spray adhesive in the roofing industry. Duro-Last Solvent Grip is designed to improve rooftop productivity through efficient adhesion of Duro-Last and Duro-Tuff membranes to a variety of substrates on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. Additionally, when paired with the custom-fabricated Duro-Last Roofing System, contractors can significantly increase labor savings and finished aesthetics. 

When properly prepared following Duro-Last specifications, this low volatile organic compound (VOC) solvent-based adhesive can be applied using a self-contained spray system to structural concrete, wood, polyisocyanurate rigid insulation board, and Duro-Guard Cover Boards. 

Additional spray adhesive materials include the Duro-Last Solvent Grip Cleaner. This fast-drying solution is designed to clean Duro-Last Solvent Grip Spray Adhesive hoses and spray guns after application. 

“We are excited to continue expanding our catalog of industry-leading and labor reducing commercial roofing solutions,” said Steve Ruth, Vice President of Sales Operations at Duro-Last. “Duro-Last is known for providing contractors with unparalleled commercial roofing solutions from Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky, and Duro-Last Solvent-Grip Spray Adhesive is no different. This product will enable contractors to further enhance their rooftop efficiencies and provide building owners with continued watertight peace of mind, especially when paired with our innovative custom-fabricated roofing systems.” For more information, visit www.duro-last.com.

Elastomeric Acrylic Coating Dries Quickly

GAF RoofShield I.S. Fast-Dry Elastomeric Acrylic Coating is an acrylic polymer dispersion system that is designed to rapidly form a film that resists rainwater wash-off. It can be applied in a single coat (up to 60 wet mils) for fast, efficient installations and maintenance coats.

According to the manufacturer, RoofShield I.S. provides a fast dry-to-touch time with a one-coat application that saves time on the job versus traditional acrylic coatings. With RoofShield I.S., you can maintain an existing roof by adding an extra layer of protection quickly. It also has a highly-reflective white surface which can be beneficial to those looking for cool roofing solutions. 

For more information, visit www.gaf.com/instantset.

Super High-Efficiency Panel for Roof-Integrated Solar System

GAF Energy introduces a super high-efficiency solar panel for use with its roof-integrated solar product. According to the company, the new Solaria panels are 16 percent more powerful than the previous offering, allowing homeowners to fit more roof-integrated solar capacity in a similar amount of space. By increasing solar capacity and production, the new solar panels can increase the long-term value of a GAF Energy solar roof to homeowners. 

 “Solaria panels are an exciting upgrade to our roof-integrated solar offering. These are top-of-the-line solar panels that are not only more powerful, but are sleek, black-on-black to improve the aesthetics of an already beautiful design. These are a premium offering, and nobody else in the market can offer the combination of roof-integrated, high-efficiency solar like GAF Energy,” said Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy. “By increasing the power and efficiency of the solar, we’re able to increase the value of our solar roof for our customers.” 

“Solaria’s goal has been to develop a no-compromise solar panel offering superior performance, aesthetics, and greater reliability to our customers,” said Suvi Sharma, CEO at Solaria Corporation. “We are pleased to offer that technology to power GAF Energy’s roof-integrated solar offering. This partnership brings two leaders together from the solar and roofing industry to transform passive roofs to solar roofs.”

GAF Energy empowers roofing contractors across the United States with a comprehensive and economical approach to solar installations. The GAF Energy solar system couples innovative, attractive, and affordable solar technology with fast, easy installation. Designed to provide a good-looking, low-profile alternative to typical rack-mounted solar panels — which are typically drilled through the roof’s shingles — GAF Energy solar integrates directly with the roofing system and is part of the primary water-shedding layer. The new super high-efficiency solar panels optimize power output and maximize aesthetic appeal, combined with robust flashing and a sleek black perimeter shield to further reduce the risk of leaks and avoid animal intrusion. 

Homeowners interested in how to save money with a new solar roof can find out more at: https://www.gaf.energy/homeowners/

Roofing contractors interested in learning more about becoming a GAF Energy partner can find out more at: https://www.gaf.energy/roofers/

For more information, visit www.gaf.energy

New Metal Connector Nailers Offer Extended Magazines

SENCO has added two new pneumatic nail guns with increased magazine capacity to its JoistPro line of metal connector nailers. The new JoistPro 150MXP and JoistPro 250MXP, used for fastening metal structural connectors like joist hangers, seismic/hurricane straps and rafter ties, feature several design innovations beyond magazine size that improve durability and boost productivity on the jobsite.

The JoistPro 150MXP fires 1 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .148 inches in diameter. Its new magazine holds two strips of SENCO paper-tape collated nails, cutting downtime for reloading in half. The 150MXP also features a redesigned adjustable hook made from heavier-gauge steel, allowing the nailer to be securely hung from a tool belt or rafter when not in use. 

It weighs just 5.3 pounds, allowing pros to work longer with less fatigue. The tool features a nose design that exposes each nail tip before it fires for exact placement into the pre-punched holes in metal connecting hardware.

SENCO’s more powerful JoistPro 250MXP fires 1 1/2-inch to 2 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .162 inches in diameter. Like the 150MXP, the 250MXP features an increased-capacity magazine that holds two strips of paper-tape collated nails. It also includes the updated belt/rafter hook. 

Additionally, the 250MXP features an all-new nosepiece that provides accurate nail placement into pre-punched metal framing hardware. The redesigned nosepiece is sharper and more pronounced, making it easier to probe the pre-punched holes on metal connectors and achieve a perfect, flush drive every time. Durability updates have also been made to the 250MXP’s depth-of-drive wheel, which allows users to drive nails to a consistent, controllable depth. 

The tool features a rear-load magazine that captures the fastener by the head, so there’s no need for manual adjustments when switching between standard 1 ½-inch nails and the 2 ½-inch nails required by code in hurricane and seismic zones. 

According to the manufacturer, both products include all the leading features that are hallmarks of the JoistPro line, including a 360-degree adjustable exhaust port that directs blowback away from the user; a lockout that prevents dry firing and signals the user when it is time to reload; a full-comfort grip that reduces fatigue and minimizes slipping; and the power to drive nails into even the toughest substrates, such as engineered lumber. 

For more information, visit www.senco.com

Rebar Chain Assembly Allows Hands-Free Repositioning at Heights

Malta Dynamics introduces its 24-inch rebar chain assembly positioning device. The device is designed to allow workers to reposition themselves hands-free while elevated off the ground. It is ideal for applications on rebar structures, allowing workers to lean away from the wall and position themselves safely and easily while keeping their hands free to work. 

According to the manufacturer, the rebar chain assembly meets or exceeds the fall protection and testing standards laid out by ANSI Z359.3-17, ANSI A10.32-12, OSHA 1926 Subpart M, and OSHA 1910. Workers must still be connected to a fall arrest device when using this product, which is designed without shock absorbers. It is designed to be used in conjunction with a full-body harness, attaching to side D-Rings via both snap hooks and attaching the rebar hook to the rebar structure.

The 24-inch rebar chain assembly features a swiveling rebar hook and durable twist-link chain construction that allows for maximum mobility and strength. These units are designed with durability and strength in mind and have a maximum weight capacity of 310 pounds. They are lightweight and adjustable, making them convenient and easy to use on the jobsite.

“We manufacture products that we ourselves benefit from using every day in our masonry and construction businesses,” said Damian Lang, owner and CEO of Malta Dynamics. “We’re excited to offer our customers a high-quality, affordable tool that delivers maximum safety, mobility, and comfort when working on rebar structures.”

For more information, visit www.maltadynamics.com.

Gauge Tool Set Quickly Determines Type of Clamp or Bracket Needed

The LMCurbs gauge tool set was designed to help customers save time and money by quickly determining the type of clamp or bracket that is needed for a metal roofing application. There are two styles, one for the S-5! Utility Clamps and one for the five different profiles of the S-5! RibBrackets.

With these gauges, contractors can instantly determine which clamp or RibBracket best fits the metal roof profile while at jobsite. These gauges will greatly reduce the need for shipping out samples to test fit. For the estimators and installers that need to provide a quick estimate and/or begin an expedited install, these gauges could easily save a day or two of back and forth trying to determine the correct product, according to the manufacturer.

Customized laser etching is available, allowing companies to hand them out to their customers with their contact information.

Applications and uses include:

  • ColorGard
  • Dual-Gard
  • LMCurbs IDS
  • LMCurbs SnowGuard
  • SnoRail/SnoFence
  • Solar
  • Solar Attachment 
  • Tools & Hardware
  • Utility
  • X-Gard

For more information, visit www.lmcurbs.com

Premium Shingle Underlayment Features Slip-Resistant Top Film

Carlisle WIP Products’ WIP GRIP Premium Shingle Underlayment features a slip-resistant top film that improves roofers’ safety on wet and dry installations. WIP GRIP Premium Shingle Underlayment is a flexible, 55-mil-thick, rubberized asphalt, fiberglass-reinforced membrane. It can be used on critical roof areas such as eaves, ridges, valleys, dormers, and skylights; it may also be used as covering for the entire roof to prevent moisture or water entry. 

According to the manufacturer, once installed WIP GRIP protects the roof structure and interior spaces from water seepage caused by ice dams and wind-driven rain. Additionally, at the time of eventual re-roof, WIP GRIP’s top film has a proprietary embossment that helps to prevent the embedding of shingles to the underlayment, providing for easier tear-off. 

For more information, visit www.carlislewipproducts.com

OptiWeld Technology Automatically Calibrates New RhinoBond Tool

OMG Roofing Products introduces a new RhinoBond tool with OptiWeld Technology, providing automatic calibration on membrane up to 80 mils. According to the company, OMG’s exclusive OptiWeld Technology optimizes the energy required to generate sound and consistent bonds with installed OMG RhinoBond Plates.

 “While the RhinoBond System is already easy to use, roofing contractors frequently ask about a simplified calibration process,” said Patrick O’Connor, RhinoBond product manager. “OptiWeld technology eliminates the calibration process by automatically monitoring the temperature of the RhinoBond Plate during the welding cycle to assure the best bond possible, and in so doing saves valuable time and labor for contractors daily during the set-up process.”

In addition to OptiWeld, the new tool features an LED touch screen interface that controls the tool’s functionality. From the home screen, contractors can set a preferred language (currently English or Spanish, with other languages to be added in the future), adjust the brightness of the display screen, set the sound level and desired tone, as well as review and adjust the OptiWeld settings if necessary. 

“We wanted to ensure that contractors could also manually adjust the tool for specific circumstances,” said O’Connor, “so we also built that functionality into the tool with a look and feel that matches the current RhinoBond tools.”

The new OptiWeld Tools can also track the daily weld-cycles completed, so that contactors can monitor use.  In addition, contractors can trouble-shoot from the menu and access the on-line Owner’s Manual if necessary.  Other updates for the tool include a new designed and ergonomically friendly handle grip that provides enhanced protection for the activation trigger and more robust electronics for improved tool reliability. 

The new tool weighs 21 pounds (9.6 kg), and operates on 110V and 220V power sources for global use. Each tool comes with six magnetic cooling clamps, and a durable carrying case that protects the induction tool when not in use. Using a 12 gauge RhinoBond Power Cord (sold separately), the RhinoBond tool can be operated up to 100 feet (30 m) from the power source. 

The RhinoBond System is designed for use with TPO and PVC roofing membranes and approved by leading roof system manufacturers. The System uses advanced induction welding technology to bond roofing membranes directly to specially-coated plates used to secure the insulation to the deck. The result is a roofing system with improved wind performance that requires fewer fasteners, plates, and seams, and zero penetrations of the new membrane. Since it was introduced in 1998, over 2.5 billion square feet (232 million square meters) of membrane has been installed with the RhinoBond System in 38 countries around the globe. 

For more information, please contact your local OMG field sales representative, OMG Customer Service at (800) 633-3800, or visit www.OMGRoofing.com.

Skylight Automation System Now Compatible With Google Assistant

Velux Active with Netatmo, the smartphone-controlled skylight automation system, is now compatible with Google Assistant. The system allows homeowners to easily and effortlessly achieve a healthier indoor climate in their homes by automating when their skylights open and close to create airflow and when skylight blinds extend for light control. Americans continue to have growing interest in smart home technology and home health. According to research from the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing, nearly a quarter of homeowners have healthy home concerns, with worries about indoor air quality topping their list.

“Many people are unaware that indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air,” said Ross Vandermark, national product manager for VELUX America. “Having options like Velux Active to take the thinking out of indoor air quality is a welcomed addition for homeowners wanting to maintain healthy homes for themselves and their families.”

According to the manufacturer, Velux Active helps to refresh indoor air by automating when skylights open, combatting negative side effects of an indoor lifestyle, such as asthma and allergies.

The system connects to an online weather station to monitor outside conditions and uses indoor sensors to monitor temperature, humidity and CO2 levels inside the home. Based on homeowner settings, the system will open the skylights or extend the blinds if doing so improves the conditions inside the home. For example, if the humidity level inside rises above the homeowners’ decided preferences, and it is less humid outside, the system will open the skylights for a short period of time to refresh the air inside. Likewise, the system may also extend the skylight blinds to block light when the outside temperature is high.

With Google Assistant, homeowners can voice operate their skylights by simply saying “Hey Google, open my skylights,” or “Hey Google, close my skylight blinds.”

They can also set up a schedule for their skylights and blinds to open and close. A rain sensor ensures the skylights close at the first sign of rain. 

Velux Active is also compatible with Apple HomeKit. Homeowners can use the smartphone app to control their skylights even if they are away from the house. For more information, visit www.veluxusa.com.