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.

Storm Repair Technology Launches in the USA

Stormseal is a storm recovery system that protects damaged roofs or walls with a patented wind, rain and hail resistant polyethylene film. The technology, pioneered in Australia, is now available in the United States.

According to the manufacturer, Stormseal is designed to replace flapping, leaking, flyaway tarpaulins that usually require multiple reattachments using ropes and sandbags, allowing more damage to occur if storms or bad weather continue. Unlike tarpaulins, weatherproof Stormseal stays put for up to a year, according to the manufacturer, preventing further property damage, significantly reducing expenses for insurers and minimizing stress on householders.

“We are extremely excited to bring our innovation to the people of the United States, where in recent times they have felt the brunt of many storms and major weather events,” said Matthew Lennox, Australian builder turned inventor and Stormseal’s managing director. “Around the world, severe storms are becoming more frequent, damaging property, traumatizing residents, stretching emergency resources and costing insurance companies billions. Stormseal is therefore an ideal solution for rapid response and cost-effective resilience in the face of natural disasters.”

According to Lennox, the Stormseal system was found to be faster, cheaper and easier to install than a tarpaulin. The low-density patented polyethylene film is cut and fitted at the worksite with the heat “shrink wrapping” technique, changing the chemical structure of the film and enhancing its strength.

“The emergency responders, builders and insurers who have witnessed the potential of Stormseal know it will cut their costs significantly and make insured properties safe from further damage, which keeps policyholders secure and happy,” said Lennox. “Stormseal is raising the bar for U.S. roofers in terms of quality and safety, protecting the most valuable asset an American family possesses: their home.”

Stormseal is now manufacturing in the United States. More than 20 U.S. companies have registered their interest in training staff as Stormseal installers through the accredited training program available through http://optimumtraining.us/.

For more information, visit www.stormseal.com.

New and Improved Coping System Achieves High FM Performance Rating

OMG Roofing Products introduces a new and improved PermaSnap Coping line. The redesigned PermaSnap and PermaSnap Plus coping products are ANSI/SPRI/FM4435/ES-1 tested and approved and feature a dual-hook profile for superb wind performance and a clean surface look, according to the manufacturer. PermaSnap products can be installed on parapet walls from 4 to 32 inches wide.

The three-piece PermaSnap System includes self-locating, pre-punched clips with pre-attached springs for high static engagement, concealed splice plates and a snap-on cover. Concealed splices are designed with internal drainage channels that direct water back onto the roof and eliminate the need for caulks or sealants. The snap-on cover accommodates building expansion and contraction to prevent oil-canning and does not require crimping or additional field fabrication. In addition, PermaSnap is available with a full assortment of matching corners, end-caps and other accessories for every roof configuration including radius curves.

“We are very pleased with the performance of the updated PermaSnap line,” said Patrick O’Connor, edge product manager at OMG Roofing. “PermaSnap has FM ratings of up to 1-105 for parapet walls up to 24-inches wide, and PermaSnap Plus has ratings to FM 1-120 for parapet walls up to 32-inches wide, making PermaSnap one of the highest rated coping systems on the market today.”

PermaSnap Coping is available in a wide range of Kynar500 colors and finishes, and comes with a standard 20-year Excel Warranty for wind speeds up to 110 mph. The heavier duty PermaSnap Plus comes with a 25-year, 155 mph, Category 5 wind warranty.

For more information, www.OMGEdgeSystems.com or www.OMGRoofing.com.

Backpack Designed to Improve Induction Welding

SFS Group USA, Inc. (SFS) launches the new isoweld Backpack, a portable and versatile induction welder for installing single ply membrane. Providing the same functions as the isoweld 3000 stand-up tool — the Backpack system offers greater speed and agility.

The isoweld Backpack system includes a power generator that is interchangeable with the isoweld 3000 stand-up tool frame, replaceable closed cell foam shoulder straps with integral waist strap, and the original low profile hand-held inductor for detail work which converts to stand-up mode for ultimate productivity. Also standard with the system is a 3-button corded activation switch as well as an adjustable handle with wireless activation switch, offering the user their preferred method of activating the weld function.

For more information, visit www.sfs.biz.

Rigid Insulation Designed for Variety of Commercial Wall Assemblies

Atlas EnergyShield Pro is a rigid insulation designed for commercial wall assemblies. With thousands of NFPA 285 approved assemblies, EnergyShield Pro can be used in a variety of wall configurations, according to the manufacturer. In addition, the product offers a high R-value and meets rigorous testing requirements for use as a weather-resistant barrier (WRB) and as an air barrier.

Available with foil or coated glass facers, EnergyShield Pro products offer options for vapor closed or vapor open designs. In addition, foil faced EnergyShield Pro is suitable for both exterior and interior exposed use. Glass-faced EnergyShield CGF Pro includes a dark gray facer on one side for open rain-screen designs. EnergyShield PlyPro offers a fire-treated plywood surface to make cladding fastening quick and easy. Choose the option that enhances the productivity on your project by saving material and labor.

For more information, visit www.atlasrwi.com.

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 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.