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.

“A leading edge self-retracting lifeline can be critical,” Malta Dynamics President Chris Holland said. “If a worker goes over an edge, as the self-retracting lifeline contacts the edge and comes over, there is a potential the cable could break if it’s not specifically designed for leading edge use.”

 “A condition we see very common with a lot of our customers is what we call foot level tie off,” Holland continued. “This means the self-retracting lifeline’s directly attached to the deck, often because there is no overhead anchorage available. If you were to go over the edge and fall, the leading edge self-retracting lifeline is designed exactly for this scenario.”

The Malta Dynamics 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.

According to Malta Dynamics Fall Protection Engineer David Ivey, the presence of a shock pack alone does not make a self-retracting lifeline a leading edge unit. For a self-retracting lifeline to be used in a leading edge situation, it must be tested and marked by the manufacturer for leading edge use.

The two new Edgehog product lines include standard style self-retracting lifelines as well as personal units. The standard units feature a convenient carry handle while the personal units have built in back padding.

“Our personal Edgehogs actually attach to the back of your harness,” Holland said. “In the case of a fall the shock pack is actually built into the padding. All day long while you’re wearing it, this is padding your back but in the case of a fall it works as the shock pack.”

Dual personal units are also available for work sites where mobility is important. “Dual units provide optimum safety when transitioning from one anchor point to another,” Ivey said. “They allow for 100 percent tie-off without compromising on mobility.”

For more information, visit www.maltadynamics.com.

Standing Seam Roof Clamp Accommodates Variety of Seam Profiles

Dynamic Fastener offers the Standing Seam Roof Clamp, which installs over the clip on a completely seamed, attached roof section a minimum 4 feet or further from the edge with no damage to roof panels or finished seams and no roof penetrations. The clamp accommodates seams up to 1 inch wide, and the unique “flip” design of the DFSSRC-03 allows for fit on both the Butler MR24 and Butler VSR-style seams just by removing the bolts, turning one side of the clamp around the ring and replacing the bolts. According to the company, any roof that meets similar loadings, specifications, and codes of the Butler styles will accept these anchors for safety tie off. 

A safety lanyard, of a maximum length 6-foot length, with a deceleration (shock absorber) device and full body harness should be used with the clamp. Clamps have been tested to meet and exceed the following OSHA standards: 1926.502 (d) (2), (3), (4) and (15): Anchorages for attachments of personal fall arrest equipment.

For more information, visit www.dynamicfastener.com.

Concrete Tile Lines Available in New Suite of Colors

Boral Roofing LLCintroduces 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.

“We have been closely examining Texas and have found that, as with many other key regions across the country, home design within the state is trending toward sensorial relief in both home interiors and exteriors,” said Shannon Delgado, senior marketing manager with Boral Roofing. “This concept manifests itself in an aesthetic where ornamentation is reduced and calming neutral color palettes prevail.”

Boral Roofing’s research in Texas also points to specific architecture styles. “We are witnessing a shift in homeowner preference for Trans-contemporary home design,” said Delgado. 

Transitional home designs reflect the clean lines of contemporary residential architecture while drawing heavily upon the details and style of traditional homes. Contemporary homes are characterized by a distinct preference for clean lines, open concepts, minimal exterior decoration, ample light sources with large windows and a lack of rounded edges. “These newly introduced colors perfectly align with this architecture, which blends farmhouse origins with a more modern aesthetic happening into Texas’ urban centers,” says Delgado.

According to the company, the concrete tile options within the Vista Collection are durable, lasting, and low maintenance. The concrete tile offers a Class A fire rating. Additionally, it is manufactured sustainably with locally-sourced, abundant, and naturally occurring geologic material and is fully recyclable at the end of its life on the roof. The new concrete roof tile colors are now available within Texas. 

For more information, visit www.BoralRoof.com.

New Snow Retention System Designed for Areas of Heavy Snowfall

PMC Industries introduces the Snow Titan. Presented as a heavy-duty alternative to the company’s Color Snap snow retention system, Snow Titan delivers even greater snow-holding confidence, according to the company. 

Jim Bailey, president of PMC Industries, stated, “Not only is it an aesthetically pleasing product but more importantly, Snow Titan was designed for projects in areas that experience the heaviest snowfalls. Homeowners and commercial property owners are all-too-familiar with the terrifying snow slides that can occur as snow begins to melt and suddenly slides off the roof. Roofing Avalanches can occur anywhere there is significant snow, but the dangers and liability to persons and property in these areas can be significant.”

According to the company, the product installs quickly and easily, saving time and minimizing labor costs. The system utilizes non-penetrating AceClamp sliding-pin clamps and snap-in ice flags, and promises to deliver with twice the strength of conventional snow retention systems.

Explained Bob Mercier, head of product development, “Contractors who enjoyed the benefits of Color Snap will now have the opportunity to purchase Snow Titan with the additional security of knowing that it will keep a greater snow load in place. Snow Titan’s new triangular shaped rail-structure is strong enough to tackle up to 48-inch spans, and can be configured in either one or two rail setups depending upon the roofing pitch and expected snowfall.”  

According to the company, Snow Titan’s rails and clamps, along with all of AceClamps products, are manufactured in the United States from all non-corrosive materials. 

For more information, visit www.AceClamp.com

Enhanced Adhesive Dispenser Helps Increase Rooftop Productivity

OMG’s PaceCart 3, the exclusive equipment for dispensing OlyBond500 Insulation Adhesives, can 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.  

“Time studies have shown that the PaceCart 3’s dispensing capacity is among the best in the roofing industry.  We designed the PaceCart with the contractor’s time and resource constraints in mind, and since upgrading the equipment with more robust and faster pumps, we’ve seen great productivity improvements,” said Adam Cincotta, business unit leader of OMG’s adhesive business.

PaceCart 3s feature two highly-reliable and robust pumps specifically designed for use with high viscosity liquid such as OlyBond500, which has had a positive impact on the dispensing capacity. In addition, the PaceCart 3 includes several other features that help improve jobsite productivity including an easy-to-use, ergonomically designed, manifold, which is easy to maintain and does not require greasing, so it simplifies start-up and shut-down procedures for additional time savings.

Other PaceCart 3 enhancements include a simplified electrical system with an easy-to-read voltage meter so contractors know when power is insufficient, color-coded adhesive trays to help prevent cross contamination of Part 1 and Part 2 components, and a built-in generator shelf for improved cord-free mobility on large projects (generator not included). 

“The product upgrades, combined with 120 squares of dispensing output per hour, help make the PaceCart 3 the preferred choice of many professional roofers when applying two component adhesives,” said Cincotta. 

For more information, visit www.OMGRoofing.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. 

For more information, a free sample or to request a quote, call (888) 766.4273 or email info@alpinesnowguards.com, or visit https://www.alpinesnowguards.com.

New TW Seam Tape Offers Added Protection for Roof Decks

Contractors can now offer an additional layer of protection with the new TAMKO TW Seam Tape, which is used to close sheathing gaps on the roof deck and help keep water from entering the home. The new 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 has a textured, skid-resistant surface for added safety of the roofing crew. TW Seam Tape is applied to all roof deck joints and seams after the roof deck installation, before the underlayment is applied. 

“In the chance shingles and underlayment are torn or blown off during high winds, TW Seam Tape provides added protection against water,” said Brandon Knobloch, TAMKO corporate director of waterproofing. Unsealed roof deck seams are believed to be responsible for up to 60 percent of rain entering into an attic, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. 

“We’ll continue to give contractors what they need to get the job done with innovative applications of TAMKO’s Waterproofing products as part of our goal of delivering products and solutions that our customers rely on,” said Knobloch.

TW Seam Tape is designed for application on a variety of surfaces, including OSB, plywood and most other common roof deck materials. And TW Seam Tape works with all TAMKO shingles and underlayments. 

Manufactured at TAMKO’s Columbus, Kansas facility, TW Seam Tape comes in 4-inch rolls, with each roll covering 61 linear feet. This new product is available nationwide now and is UL classified in accordance with ASTM D1970 standards.  

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com/Waterproofing.

Skylight Automation System Designed to Make Modern Indoor Living Healthier

VELUX offers VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO to help homeowners by automating their skylights to more easily infuse natural light and fresh air into the home.

Indoor air is five times more polluted than outdoor air, and with people spending so much time inside, VELUX recognized the need to help homeowners use natural ventilation to air out their homes on a regular basis.

“VELUX ACTIVE is indicative of our commitment to healthy, energy efficient homes,” said Ross Vandermark, national product manager for VELUX America. “Every homeowner deserves clean air, and this automation system will help reduce the risk of health hazards, such as asthma, that are aggravated by poor indoor air quality. This system will automatically open the skylights for fresh air, so homeowners can worry less about the air they and their families are breathing.”

VELUX ACTIVE, which is compatible with Apple HomeKit, allows homeowners to automate their skylights to more easily infuse natural light and fresh air into the home. The product supports the growing desire for smart home technology in the United States, with some projections showing the number of connected homes exceeding 35 million by 2021.

In an average home, the pollutant level is normally at a low level when people first enter the home or after effective ventilation. However, after an extended period of time, daily activities can raise the level of pollutants to unhealthy levels that can cause headaches, dizziness and sleepiness. Proper ventilation removes unwanted toxins, lowers CO2 levels and promotes an overall healthier lifestyle.

The system ensures a healthier indoor climate by automatically opening the skylights to air out the house two to three times daily. Here’s how it works: 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.

It also automates blinds to help control indoor temperature. For example, the system will extend the blinds to block sunlight during the day in the warmer months or extend them at night during the winter for an added layer of insulation. Homeowners can also use the VELUX ACTIVE smartphone app to control their skylights even if they are away from the house.

For more information on VELUX ACTIVE and the federal tax credit, visit whyskylights.com.

SBS-Modified Asphalt Shingle Offers Class 4 Impact Resistance

CertainTeed’s NorthGate is an SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene)-modified asphalt shingle that offers Class 4 impact resistance and the dimensional appearance of wood shake roofing. The rubberized nature of NorthGate provides enhanced flexibility and shrinking/cracking resistance, which protects against damage caused by the freeze-thaw cycle and makes it install-friendly in freezing temperatures. NorthGate shingles come with a lifetime-limited, transferable warranty against manufacturing defects, 10 years of SureStart protection, 15 years of StreakFighter algae protection and 15 years of 110-mph wind resistance (upgradeable to 130 mph when installed with CertainTeed starter and hip and ridge shingles). 

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com

Pipe Flashings for Metal Roofs Available in a Variety of Colors

Dynamic Fastener’s DYNA-FLASH pipe flashings for metal roofs are designed for maximum resistance to all weather conditions. The pipe diameters can be seen clearly for proper fitting. The base is designed to mold to most panel configurations and roof pitches regardless of pipe location. EPDM flashings are available in 12 colors: Brown, Black, Dark Grey, Light Grey, White, Dark Green, Light Green, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Bright Red, Terra Cotta and Copper. High-temperature silicone flashings are available in Red and Grey. 

For more information, visit www.dynamicfastener.com.