Adjustable Roof Anchor Also Aids Ladder Access on Steep-Slope Roofs

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 RIDGEPRO and the roof surface, offering faster access to the peak than standard rope-and-harness techniques, according to the manufacturer.

The product offers integrated rope-and-harness connection capabilities, is easy to assemble and install, and can be anchored for extended-access roofing requirements. Constructed from solid, aircraft-grade aluminum, it exceeds industry standard of 5,000-pound tensile strength test when anchored.

The RIDGEPRO features an etched pitch grid that allows the user to customize the setting for pitches ranging from 6/12 to 12/12 and four pre-drilled holes in its cross members for anchoring capabilities.

Using its integrated wheels, the user can push the RIDGEPRO to the peak of the roof with an extension pole, grip it to the ridge, and secure a lanyard to a personal fall arrest system before stepping onto the roof. It also helps make accessing the ladder more safe and secure when leaving the roof.

For more information and a demonstration video, visit www.theridgepro.com.

Adhesive-Free Roofing 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.

Carlisle’s new RapidLock Roofing System was unveiled at the 2018 International Roofing Expo in February 2018, where it won Best Commercial Product in the Expo’s Product Showcase. Judges reviewed new products and selected winners based on a number of criteria including innovation, productivity, and cost-effectiveness.

“We’re very excited about this product, seeing that it’s an industry first – a fully adhered system that’s adhesive-less,” said Chad Buhrman, Carlisle’s Insulation Product Manager.

“Carlisle’s RapidLock system is a game-changer for contractors. RapidLock installations are quick, quiet, and odor-free, making this system an ideal solution for occupied buildings,” said Austin Kulp, Carlisle’s FleeceBACK Product Manager.

For more information, visit www.carlislesyntec.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.

For more information, visit www.GAF.com.

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

Keene Building Products offers VIPER VENTKeene Building Products offers VIPER VENT, a patented, lightweight ridge vent that provides an 15 square inches of net free vent area per linear foot. According to the manufacturer, its one-of a-kind 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.

VIPER VENT has a filter that is manufactured with extra thick fibers, and the company states the UV resistant textile is 40 percent thicker than the industry standard, allowing it to provide superior air flow over its lifetime.

The product is manufactured in five versions: 20 LF; 20 LF with nails; 50 LF; 50 LF with nails; and a 4-foot stick. It can be applied on an asphalt, wood, tile, metal, or slate roof.

For more information, visit www.KeeneBuilding.com.

Cap Stapler Offers Easier Loading and Extended Tool Life

National Nail announces the newly-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 120psi) which makes it ideal for installing roofing underlayments, house wrap, and foamboard.

“We listened to our contractors to make several enhancements to the STINGER CS150B that make the tool even more efficient and easier to use over a longer period of time to meet the expectations of time savings on each job,” said Roger Szotko, STINGER Product Manager, National Nail.  “Beyond that, the CS150B offers the same lightweight, compact design that reduces arm fatigue and with fewer stops to reload.”

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, trigger with bumpfire and sequential modes, and durable carrying case.

For more information, visit www.stingerworld.com.

Roof Edge Solution Offers Long-Term Structural and Thermal Performance

Eliminailer-TMetal-Era releases the Eliminailer-T, a heavy gauge aluminum extrusion that gets installed directly onto the building substrate in place of wood nailers to support increased long-term structural and thermal performance at the roof edge.

According to the manufacturer, more than half of recorded roof failures are attributed to the roof’s perimeter. Since 1980, Metal-Era has been addressing this issue with products designed to withstand severe weather conditions and engineered to exceed the latest code requirements.

“Wood is an organic material that starts its deterioration process the minute it is cut down. Pressure treated lumber introduces chemicals that can be corrosive. It’s a decision between a lesser of two risks,” said Scott Kittilstad, Vice President of Engineering. “We wanted to remove wood from the equation and provide an alternative that could perform and protect as well as our lineup of high performance roof edge products.”

Eliminailer-T is tested and meets requirements for FM 1-49. According to the manufacturer, an independent ANSI/SPRIK/FM 4435/ES-1 test at FM resulted in Eliminailer-T being able to withstand greater than 999 PSF at the corner region. As a result, Metal-Era supports Eliminailer-T with a 215 MPH Wind Warranty. The product can be installed installing up to 60 percent quicker than wood nailers, the manufacturer notes, and it also provides thermal benefits to the building that contribute to an improved system R-Value at the edge, up to 35 percent greater.

The product is currently available in four sizes to meet the majority of re-roof and new construction projects and can be shipped next day. Additional sizes are in development to further fulfill building requirements and an even broader scope of application scenarios, planned to be available in the coming months.

For more information, visit www.metalera.com.

Fasteners Designed to Attach Sheeting over Rigid Insulation

Triangle Fastener Corporation expands their 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.

Features and benefits:

  • A special ¼-14 “high thread” under the screw’s head secures the metal panel tightly against the head for optimal seal
  • Unique unthreaded section eliminates the “jacking” of the panel during installation, improving the drilling and tapping performance
  • BLAZER 3 drill point for fast penetration with less effort
  • Lengths: 1-7/8-inch, 2-3/8-inch, 3-1/4-inch and 4-inch
  • TRI-SEAL 1,000-hours salt spray coating provides over 20-times more corrosion protection than screws with commercial zinc plated
  • Available with a zinc alloy cap or stainless steel cap providing corrosion resistance in harsh environments

For more information, visit www.trianglefastener.com.

Two-Component SPF Adhesive Designed to Provide More Coverage, Faster Flow Rate

DUOTACK SPFSoprema 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 coverboards 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.

DUOTACK SPF is contained in a portable, easy-to-use disposable kit, and tank recycling programs are available locally to eliminate waste. Between the reduced equipment needs and the efficiencies gained from the increased gun flow rates and product yield, it offers the market a more time- and cost-effective means of reliably adhering roofing materials.

“DUOTACK SPF brings the proven performance of our DUOTACK polyurethane formulation to spray foam roofing applications,” explained Eric Younkin, Business Development Manager for Soprema. “This is not an insulation product forced into a roofing application, but rather a technology developed specifically based on deep knowledge of PVC properties, roofing applications and contractor needs. Users receive the strong properties of the DUOTACK line, but can complete jobs faster than ever due to the built-in efficiencies and simplicity of using this product.”

For more information, visit www.soprema.us.

Reinforced EPDM Membrane Offers Tape-to-Tape Technology

JM EPDMJohns Manville unveils a new reinforced EPDM membrane sheet with tape-to-tape technology, JM EPDM R FIT. According to the manufacturer, the product is field tested and proven to speed up installation by as much as four times, leading to lower labor costs. The expense and time involved when using other membranes that require primer is also eliminated since no primer is needed, leading to lower installed costs. The initial bond between tape-to-tape membrane sheets has been measured to be up to 20 percent stronger compared to field-fabricated seams. The watertight seam is never exposed on the rooftop, so the risk of contamination during installation and post installation is minimal.

John Petruzzi, president of FPS Roofing, installed the new product and was impressed with how quickly the crew learned techniques to apply it. “We were sold when we saw for ourselves how fast the seam went together. We were hands-on with the product, the whole crew liked it, and I will continue to use it,” said Petruzzi.

JM EPDM R FIT enables a longer window of application time since the 10-foot-by-100-foot rolls are completely pre-taped. This means there is no waiting on primer to flash off to get to the next step. “Our field tests demonstrate that this product will go down up to four times faster than anything already on the market,” said John Quante, JM EPDM Product Manager, Roofing Systems. “The tape-to-tape creates a stronger initial bond, making the installation more robust from day one. This product evolution will allow roofers to bid more aggressively and no doubt architects and specifiers will see the benefits too.”

For more information, visit www.jm.com/roofing.

Snow-Retention System Utilizes Snap-Fit Design

AceClamp ColosSnapAceClamp 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. The product 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.

“We aimed to reduce setup, installation times and labor costs significantly and we’ve had an overwhelming response from our clients on just how cost-saving the Color Snap product can be. We’re happy to let roofers, architects, and engineers know that Color Snap is now available for delivery and that they can count on AceClamp to continue producing innovative solutions and clever products for the greater roofing industry.”

For more information, visit www.aceclamp.com.