New Insulation Offers High Thermal Efficiency, Minimal Thickness

Kingspan OPTIM-R Kingspan OPTIM-R is a next-generation insulation comprising rigid vacuum insulation panels (VIP) with a microporous core, which is evacuated, encased and sealed in a thin, gas-tight envelope to give outstanding R-values and an ultra-thin insulation solution. According to the manufacturer, the high level of thermal efficiency — up to R-28 on 1 inch and R-57 on 2 inch using calculated edge thermal resistance properties — combined with minimal thickness, provides an ideal solution for applications where a lack of construction space or depth is an issue, such as commercial roofing for single-ply low slope and IRMA systems.

OPTIM-R panels are accompanied with polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation infill panels for single-ply systems or XPS insulation infill panels for IRMA systems, which can be cut to fit around problem areas such as sky lights or other roofing penetrations. In retrofit applications, OPTIM-R can provide solutions for areas that previously would have remained un–insulated because of insufficient space available. In new construction, the product can significantly enhance U–values/R–values in areas that would otherwise be accepted as diminishing the overall thermal performance.

For more information, visit www.kingspaninsulation.us.

Kingspan OPTIM-R

New Sealant and Waterproofing Membrane Designed for Durability, Sustainability

NOVALINKChem Link launches two new products: NOVALINK FP, a flash and patch mastic product, and NOVALINK WM, a waterproofing membrane. NOVALINK FP will be available in a 10.1 oz. cartridge and NOVALINK WM will be available in two- or five-gallon pails.

NOVALINK FP is a high-quality, moisture-curing elastomeric waterproofing and sealant designed to fill, seal and level grout lines, voids, seams and surface damage on construction materials prior to application of liquid waterproofing. It is also useful for repairing roof leaks, asphalt shingles, roof valleys and seams, chimney flashings and in emergency roof repair situations.

NOVALINK WM is a cold-applied, single-component waterproofing membrane that cures by exposure to atmospheric and substrate moisture to form a continuous, tough, reinforced elastic seal. It is solvent-free and compliant with all known environmental and OSHA requirements, allowing its use in confined spaces with standard personal protection equipment.

“We are excited to launch these two new products, which will replace our previous BARR product offering and ensure our customers have access to products best suited to meet their needs,” said Jeff Piotrowicz, product manager. “These are strong, durable products that are also formulated as sustainable solutions, with low VOC content and low environmental impact. They are easy to use and easy to trust.”

According to the manufacturer, customers can find BARR products under these new NOVALINK SKUs:

  • F1110 (NOVALINK FP 10.1 oz. cartridge)
  • F1117 (NOVALINK WM five-gallon pail)
  • F1118 (NOVALINK WM two-gallon pail)
  • For more information about NOVALINK FP and WM products, customers should contact their sales representative.

    For more information about the company, visit www.chemlink.com.

    Redesigned Roof Hatches Offer Higher Insulation Value

    Diamond Series JL Industries offers a redesigned line of steel and aluminum roof hatches providing higher insulation value, easier installation and improved cover operation. The new Diamond Series is designed to reduce energy costs with R-6 polyisocyanurate insulation in both curb and cover – exceeding IECC requirements of R-5 for curbs. One-handed latch opening for ladder access and counter-balanced lid provides the functionality and safety building owners are looking for to comply with OSHA fall protection. According to the company, installation is easier with the new Diamond Grip feature that secures the roofing membrane and backer rod without special tools.

    The Diamond Series replaces the RHG and RHA series that has been offered for the last 22 years under the Samson and JL brands, and will be available in seven standard sizes and a full range of custom sizes. Double-wall and higher R-Value curb insulation are optional features for this new series. To reduce solar heat gain, the standard finish for steel models is a durable, textured, IR-reflective white powder coat finish.

    Acording to the manufacturer, the hatches meet industry wind uplift standards of 50 psf and support a live load of 40 psf. When ordered with JL’s compression-fit railing system and self-closing rigid gate, the roof hatch meets the new OSHA 1910.28 and 1910.29 standards for protection of workers on walking/working surfaces.

    For more information, call (800) 554-6077 or visit http://www.activarcpg.com/jl-industries/news/introducing-new-diamond-series-roof-hatch.

    Fluid-Applied Roofing System Available in New Colors

    Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance launches of six new AlphaGuard BIO Top Coat colors: sand; beige; light, medium and dark gray; and safety yellow. The line enables Tremco Roofing to better support its customers’ aesthetic and safety requirements on the company’s AlphaGuard BIO projects. AlphaGuard BIO, Tremco Roofing’s popular fluid-applied roofing system, is an excellent choice for restoring older but still functional roofs; both the Top Coat and Base Coat have received BioPreferred certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    The new colors are available now and add to an already robust palette for AlphaGuard Top Coat, which includes such options as terra cotta, garnet and patina green.

    For more information, visit www.tremcoroofing.com.

    Conductive Primer Designed for Electronic Testing of Conventional Roof Assemblies

    Detec Systems has developed TruGround, a conductive primer which enables accurate electronic leak detection (ELD) testing on conventional roof membranes including black EPDM, TPO, PVC, modified bitumen, hot and cold fluid applied. According to the manufacturer, TruGround must be installed directly below the membrane per ASTM D7877. TruGround can be used for quality assurance testing on newly installed membranes and is chemically compatible with fully adhered, mechanically attached and torch-down membranes. Once applied, ELD testing can be performed for the life of the roof. Future breaches or seam voids can be quickly pinpointed, allowing repairs to be done immediately, preventing costly moisture damage from occurring.

    For more information, visit www.detecsystems.com.

    Gravity Vent Delivers Natural Ventilation for Buildings With Single-Ply Roofs

    Acme Cone gravity vent Acme Cone Company, a manufacturer of prefabricated custom and standard single-ply flashings, introduces a new gravity vent that delivers natural ventilation for buildings with single-ply roofs when windows and other ventilation solutions are not an option.

    The Acme Cone gravity vent provides a natural ventilation solution that allows heat and stale air to exit the building. The vent is available in standard sizes of 12, 18 and 24 inches in white, gray and tan. It is now available for order and immediate shipment.

    “As more property owners are looking for improvements in their buildings’ airflow and energy efficiency, we’ve seen the need for a non-powered ventilation solution increasing,” explained Business Development Director Logan Silver.

    According to the company, contractors using Acme Cone’s prefabricated flashings benefit from more efficient and productive crews who aren’t spending unnecessary time flashing in the field. This leads to more efficient crews who don’t sacrifice quality for speed, provides crews with the ability to get more work done without additional labor and can deliver increased revenue from additional jobs that can be completed due to time savings.

    For more information, visit www.acmecone.com.

    Water-Repellent Sloping Material Promotes Positive Drainage

    Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. launches POLYSLOPEPolyglass U.S.A. Inc. launches POLYSLOPE, a water-repellent, fiber reinforced, cementitious compound designed to address standing water, promote positive drainage, and divert water off the roof. According to the manufacturer, the product can be used to create positive drainage on roofs that have low spots and divert standing water. POLYSLOPE is ready to use after adding water and mixing. It is easy to screed and paintable after 48 hours.

    “We are proud to bring this product to market and enable contractors to quickly resolve roof challenges,” said Ariel Lender, director of product management and codes and compliance. “Our mission is to deliver quality and innovative solutions to the roofing industry that are sustainable and help prolong the life of the roof.”

    A video of the product is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arWqDMSKPPg.

    For more information, visit https://polyglass.us.

    Retrofit Roof Drains Feature Integrated Vortex Breaker

    OMG Hercules-Plus RetroDrainsOMG Roofing Products introduces a new line of retrofit roof drains called Hercules-Plus. The drains feature integrated vortex breaker technology. Vortex breaker technology helps improve drain performance by improving water removal off the roof.

    According to the manufacturer, independent performance testing shows that Hercules-Plus RetroDrains provide up to 2.5 times greater flow capacity than original Hercules Drains without vortex breaker technology. Faster water flow off the roof also means that the drains get excessive weight off the roof faster. In addition, integrated vortex breaker technology greatly reduces the chugging effect that occurs when a vortex collapses, which can overload the plumbing system.

    “Ponding water weighs approximately five pounds per inch per square foot. That means one-inch of water covering 20-square feet on the roof weighs 2,000 pounds,” said Dan Genovese, product manager with OMG Roofing. “That’s an additional ton of live load added to the building’s roof, and not entirely uncommon given the number of extreme weather events we’ve seen in the past few years. The new Hercules-Plus RetroDrains can get that water – and excessive weight – off the roof faster.”

    Hercules-Plus RetroDrains are available in four sizes: 3 inches, 4 inches, 5 inches and 6 inches, and with an optional TPO or PVC coated flange for direct membrane attachment. Strainer domes are made of heavy-duty cast aluminum which will not rust for long life on the roof. In addition, the safety yellow powder coat makes the Hercules-Plus strainer domes highly visible to help minimize rooftop trip hazards.

    For additional information, visit www.OMGRoofing.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.

    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.