Heated Apparel Designed to Help Workers Cope With Winter Conditions

Gobi Heat apparel launches the company’s new Duck Cotton Workwear jacket and vest. The jacket and vest are heated using a compact battery that is both comfortable and discreet, offering up to 9 hours of battery life. There are three heat settings: low, medium, and high.

The jacket is made from 13.4 oz. Duck Cotton Material and features built-in shoulder gussets for maximum flexibility, nylon interior, elastic cuffs, and a removable hood. The company also offers heated beanies, which are made of cotton/acrylic fiber blend material, offer up to 7.5 hours of battery life, and have heat zones over each ear.

For more information, visit www.gobiheat.com.

New Bi-Metal Hole Saws Are Designed For Fast, Smooth Cutting

The L.S. Starrett Co. offers a new, improved version of the company’s Starrett Deep Cut Bi-Metal Hole Saws with a distinct variable pitch tooth design, featuring a pattern of seven different progressive teeth called NVP Tech (New Variable Pitch). According to the manufacturer, this new tooth pattern, along with a special tooth set developed specifically for it, delivers fast, aggressive cutting action, enabling more cuts in less time. The new Deep Cut hole saws also produce a smooth cutting action, resulting in easier operation. 

Starrett Deep Cut Hole Saws are designed specifically for cutting thicker material and feature a high-performance tooth material with extra Cobalt for enhanced heat and wear resistance. These saws have a hole depth of 2 inches (51mm) and are ideal for cutting metal or tubes with a wall thickness of more than 1/8 inch (3mm). For multi-purpose use, the aggressive tooth design cuts a wide range of materials including carbon steel, stainless steel and non-ferrous metals. Starrett Deep Cut Hole Saws are used for cutting wood, metal and plastics in different shapes, sheets, profiles and tubes, and are offered in an extensive range of sizes and pitches from 3/4 inch (19 mm) to 6 inches (152 mm) and a metric-only line ranging from 56 mm to 210 mm — a total of 55 SKUs.

Starrett offers a wide range of Hole Saws from bi-metal and carbide tipped to diamond grit – application-specific Hole Saws that are engineered specifically for certain materials, power tools and jobs.

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

High-Performance Screw Fasteners Designed for Stone Coated Steel Roofing Tile

Boral Roofing LLC launches its official line of high-performance Screw Fasteners for use with Stone Coated Steel Roofing Tile. The comprehensive line of screw options is designed for durability and ease of installation. Weather resistant and designed for use in any climate, the best-in-class fasteners have all been performance tested.

According to the manufacturer, All Boral Steel screws are covered with L3 Dura Protec, a corrosion-resistant coating, and panel screw heads are colored to blend with roofing panels and trim. All Boral Steel screws have a finely detailed 0.25-inch Hex Washer Head (HWH), as well as a combination of a sharp T-17 self-tapping point along with H-Low high and low threads to ensure they drive quickly through the multiple layers of steel panels and into the wood decking and battens for fast, easy installation. By using screws to secure the stone coated steel roof panels and accessories, repairs and retrofits with solar, skylights and other roof upgrades in the future are made easier, according to the company.

“This line of screws is the culmination of in-depth company research into various fastener materials and technologies and represents the best options available for use with Stone Coated Steel Roofing,” said Pete Croft, brand manager of steel roofing for Boral Roofing.

Boral Steel’s high-grade carbon screws are corrosion tested to 1,000 hours of Salt Spray (ASTM B117). Boral Steel also offers Stainless Steel Panel screws, which have been tested to 1,500 hours of Salt Spray. These come with black coating on the head and shaft to easily identify them.Every box of panel screws contains a nut driver to ensure easy installation. Each nut driver includes a pre-set magnet.

For additional information on the screw collection, visit https://www.boralroof.com/wp-content/uploads/boral-resource/BoralScrews-0719.pdf. For more information about Boral Roofing, visit www.BoralRoof.com.

Innovative Step Flashing Engineered for Efficiency, Durability and Safety

NuStep Flashing launches its innovative step flashing. The patented high-density polyethylene (HDPE) flashing was specifically designed to provide a faster, easier, and safer way for crews to install step flashing. NuStep ramped up production this spring and introduced the improved product into the Denver market with plans to expand distribution nationally throughout the summer.

After testing early prototypes with contractors and crews, NuStep received a utility patent for its step flashing in December 2018. NuStep Flashing is manufactured from HDPE, making it 75 percent lighter than traditional metal flashing with a pliability that is easier and safer to work with. In addition to the material benefits, each piece of flashing has two color options.

“It is well documented year-after-year that roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs,” said Noah Schum, Chief Operating Officer at NuStep. “Small product improvements like reducing total weight up-and-down the ladder or eliminating sharp edges go a long way in protecting crews and reducing dangerous situations.” 

According to the company, NuStep Flashing is manufactured in the U.S.A. and every production run goes through extensive testing using the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) process for impact, tensile, puncture resistance, and UV exposure. NuStep Flashing has been recognized and certified by the International Code Counsel (ICC ESR-3731) and backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

 “Anytime you release a product into a segment that has not been challenged in a while you face a certain level of skepticism.” said Schum. “But we embrace that; the roadmap is there. You can look back at Trex in decking, or Pex in plumbing. The roofing industry is seeing a lot of great innovation, and we are excited to be a part of it. Once you get this product in your hands, it is easy to see the benefit. “

For more information, visit www.nustepflashing.com.

Utility Mounting System for Metal Roofs

S-5! introduces the universal GripperFix utility system for standing seam, exposed-fastened, and trapezoidal metal roof profiles. Mount almost anything with this safe and cost-effective system that uses only struts, S-5! clamps or brackets and tabs. Install HVAC, satellite dishes, inverters, conduit, communication equipment, service walkways, light fixtures, and more without using improper materials that can compromise both the equipment and the integrity of the roof itself. Using concrete blocks for ballast is unsafe and causes destructive corrosion. According to the manufacturer, this all-aluminum and stainless system will last the life of the roof.

For more information, visit www.S-5.com

New Cut-Resistant Gloves Designed to 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 meet the demands of American contractors and workers, who are looking for better cut protection, and more durability and value, without sacrificing comfort or dexterity.

“GRX offers workers the latest glove technology in comfort, fit and performance,” said Jarrett Adams, Director of Building Accessories. “We’re adding more cut-resistance options for workers while offering the same levels of breathability and dexterity. This is a strong package to increase job-site safety, which is a big push for us.”

Some of the main features of the new GRX cut-resistant glove line include:

·The 700 Series features PalmWick Breathable Palm Technology, which allows the hand to breathe on the palm side of the glove. The special nitrile coating allows sweat and moisture to wick away through the palm.

·The 600 Series features the ExaGrip Latex Palm, which combines best in class durability and grip. This proprietary palm coating can handle the toughest and most abrasive tasks.

·The 500 Series features classic polyurethane palm coatings in multiple styles, offering an ergonomic fit in traditional cut-resistant liners.

According to the company, each series offers a great grip in wet, dry, and abrasive applications. The gloves are available in sizes S-XXL

“Our time on the jobsite with contractors showed that workers would often remove their cut-resistant gloves to perform certain tasks. We found that this was due to the gloves either being inflexible and bulky, or not breathable, which left workers hands hot and uncomfortable. With GRX gloves, workers will not need to take them off to perform dexterous tasks, this increases worker safety,” said Adams. “Our new technology is like a second skin that breathes and provides and a higher level of hand protection than anyone has been able to offer.”

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. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Safety Council, the average hand injury claim now exceeds $6,000, with lost time workers’ compensation claims reaching nearly $7,500. The average reported hand injury results in six days off work. Hand injuries are the second most common injury on the jobsite, with cuts and lacerations being the number one hand injury.

 “Hand injuries sideline millions of American workers every year, “Adams said. “Our cut-resistant GRX gloves are designed to help workers avoid injury. This ensures the gloves are being worn, not left on their belt.” 

For more information, visit www.primesourcebp.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 is one of the most effective means of improving the safety of nearly any ladder. 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.” 

For more information, visit www.dynamicfastener.com.

Louver Wall Vent Designed Specifically for Single-Ply Roofing Systems

FlashCo releases the FlashVent Louver Wall Vent for single-ply roofing systems. The Louver Wall Vent is a pre-fabricated, gravity vent designed for venting applications of parapet and other walls located on low-slope roofs. The vent can be fastened between two wall studs or via the coated metal flange prior to heat welding the pre-attached membrane flange. 

According to the manufacturer, the FlashCo Louver Vents are a major time-saver for roofing contractors. The vents are made in a controlled, factory environment and can be quickly and easily installed in minutes on the roof, eliminating the need for field fabrication. In addition, the product removes the need for the caulking, and installs with fewer penetrations, thereby eliminating the potential leaks and required maintenance involved with other louver vent options. 

“We’ve seen what roofers have to go though in the field trying to construct louver vents and we took all of the issues and solved them with our Louver Vent design,” said FlashCo President Greg Morrow. “It’s much faster to install and is maintenance free. Plus, we are making these in all of our five factory locations where we stock all the major membrane brands. Given the time and costs that roofers have been using with other methods, the FlashCo Louver Vent is already proving to be a real winner.” 

FlashCo’s Louver Vents are made from constructed metal, painted or bonderized, with a thermoplastic metal and membrane front flange to easily integrate with TPO or PVC systems. In addition, the Louver Vents can be fabricated to integrate with EPDM systems. Sizes include: 

• White 14” x 18” (in stock) 

• White 12” x 12” 

• White 12” x 18” 

• White 14” x 12” 

• White 14” x 24” 

• Bonderized 14” x 18” 

For more information, visit www.FlashCoMfg.com.

Roof Bracket Provides Foothold on Standing Seam Metal Roofs

The Roof Rat Bracket is a standing seam metal roofing bracket that was created to give contractors a place to put their foot. Designed specifically for standing seam metal roof systems, the Roof Rat Bracket requires no bolts, no set screws, no torque/combination wrenches or any additional tools for attachment — just your fingers. 

The patent-pending Roof Rat Bracket easily attaches to the vertical leg of the standing seam metal roofing panel. To use, press open the cam levers and place The Roof Rat Bracket over the seam of the panel. Release the levers and the bracket attaches itself to the seam of the panel. Pull down or step on the bracket and it will automatically tighten against the seam with no negative impact on the seam and or paint finish. 

To move the product up the seam, just leave it in place and simply slide it up the roof panel. Putting pressure on the bracket will tighten back down after moving it. To remove the bracket, press the levers to open the cams and lift it off the seam. According to the manufacturer, it will not scratch or harm the paint. The Roof Rat Bracket is made in the United States. 

For more information, visit www.theroofratbracket.com.

Vinyl Soffit Product Lines Now Available in Black

Alside adds black as color option in the company’s Charter Oak and D5 Punched Vinyl Soffit lines. The products are designed as an attractive, low-maintenance option for porch ceilings, overhangs or focal points where owners want to create high-impact appeal.

According to the manufacturer, Charter Oak features the exclusive TriBeam System, which provides unsurpassed panel rigidity and superior wind resistance. It is designed to span uneven surfaces while resisting sagging over long runs. For eaves, aeration openings hidden inside the panel’s grooves provide the airflow needed to reduce heat and humidity buildup in attics.

“We are pleased with our on-trend black color expansion for the Charter Oak and D5 Punched Vinyl Soffit,” said Shawn Hardy, senior vice president and general manager of integrated products, Associated Materials. “The new black color used as an accent in soffit applications mixes well with existing vinyl siding standard and architectural colors. It also provides countless options to achieve unique color schemes to better serve new construction and remodeling customers.”

In addition, the new Charter Oak and D5 Punched Vinyl Soffit offers a Lifetime Transferable Warranty.

This color expansion coincides with Alside’s seven new siding, soffit, trim and accessory colors as part of the Explorer Collection. Inspired by nature, these deep saturated hues, cool neutrals and bold shades will transform the appearance of any home. The new colors include on-trend grays, blue, red, green and timeless browns.

The Explorer Collection is available in full or in part on the following lines: Prodigy, Charter Oak, Odyssey Plus, Coventry, Conquest, Board & Batten and Williamsport, and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. 

For more information, visit www.alside.com