New 7-Inch Gutter Guards Are Designed for Durability

Leaf Solution adds 7-inch Xtreme Gutter Guards to the company’s product mix of 5-inch and 6-inch gutter guards for residential or commercial installation. According to the manufacturer, Xtreme features .42 stainless-steel mesh to block all debris from leaves to pine needles, from oak tassels to shingle grit to pollen, yet allows water to flow freely into the gutter. A durable substrate backing reinforces the mesh, horizontally and vertically, from stretching or sagging and simplifiesinstallation. Components are assembled with a patented hemming process which prevents separation. Engineered to outperform and outlast any comparable gutter guards, Leaf Solution Xtreme has a 20-year transferrable warranty and is made in the USA. The product is available for fascia or under-shingle mount in mill silver or black.

For more information, visit https://leafsolutionusa.com.

New Bath and Dryer Vent Designed for Shingle Roofs

Lifetime Tool introduces the Lifetime Bath-Dryer Vent for shingle roofs. The proprietary design enables the housing structure to mount to the plate without rivets, fasteners and sealants — common leak points in existing vents. The vent assembly is crimped into the seamless deep-drawn plate with an EPDM gasket which guarantees a forever water-tight seal, according to the company. The shingle vent plate is 24-gauge galvanized Kynar with 4 inches of flashing on the sides, 6 inches at the top and 3.5 inches at the bottom. Most existing vents have less than half of these needed requirements, which exponentially increases the likelihood of edge leaking. According to the manufacturer, in independent laboratory testing the Lifetime Bath-Dryer Vent exceeded 90 mph in the ASTM T166-18 – Wind Driven Rain Test, easily surpassing all of the competition. 

The product features a 24-gauge galvanized Kynar cap that is clad onto a high-temperature polymer with a heat deflection above that of boiling water. According to the company, this carefully researched and tested premium polymer was chosen for its extreme performance and its ability to retain its mechanical properties for decades of use. 

Additionally, the cap assembly is attached with two black oxide stainless fasteners and 316L stainless clips for easy removal for periodic maintenance. A gold anodized aluminum damper, preventing white corrosion, and its passivated stainless steel axle are mounted on the angled structure to ensure condensation drainage and provide protection from wind and rain penetration. Its built-in weep holes, wind walls and recessed EPDM noise bumpers help eliminate clatter. The EPDM bumpers also permit a small amount of warm air to pass between the structure and damper to reduce the chance of condensate freezing. A snap-in high-quality polymer frame has a stainless steel screen included for use in bath venting only.

Finishing the assembly is a proprietary 6-inch-high, 4-inch round 26-gauge G90 galvanized drop with a unique button punch/window snap connection assembly. A 4-inch/3-inch reducer is also included.

For more information, visit www.lifetimetool.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.

Shingle Line Available in Six New Cool Colors

IKO expands its Cambridge Cool Colors shingle line with six new colors that have an increased Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 20-plus, exceeding California’s Title 24 minimum standard by 25 percent. The four darker-toned color selections are a first for the industry – a heavily demanded option for the homeowners of California. 

The expansion of this line offers three distinct color blends ranging from COOL PLUS, COOL and Natural COOL. The COOL PLUS color selection includes the darker options of Weatherwood, Harvard Slate, Dual Brown and Graphite Black. COOL shingles are available in SRI 20-plus in the medium color blends Canyon Oak and Sand Dune. With the new spread of color ranges, IKO’s Cool Colors now totals to nine color blend options. The original color range, NATURAL COOL, has an SRI of 16-plus with an added benefit of Dual Grey also being algae resistant and Arctic White having the highest SRI of 23-plus. 

“As the city and county of Los Angeles have increased their Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) requirements from the state’s required 16 to 20, we saw an opportunity to be proactive for our customers and develop a product that meets the new requirement,” stated Mark Okland, product development manager, North America. “To achieve an SRI rating of 20-plus, IKO embedded granules with infrared-reflective pigments. This transmits less of the sun’s solar energy into the attic. Six of our nine color options, including the highly anticipated medium and darker-toned color options, will meet or exceed the new SRI 20 standard.” 

Over the past two years, IKO, along with its third-party pigment supplier, has developed proprietary reflective colored granules for the COOL and COOL PLUS shingles so that they meet advanced standards while giving the homeowner a wide range of options to fit their specific tastes and desired curb appeal. 

In addition to energy efficiency, three Cambridge Cool Colors bundles cover precisely 100 square feet, according to the company, which means accurate measurements and an exact number of shingles in every package, every time. Cool Colors have the same “advantage” size benefit as other popular Cambridge shingles — 12 percent larger exposure than most competitors’ comparable products, according to the manufacturer. Because of their bigger profile, installation of Cambridge shingles is not only faster and easier for contractors, but it also creates a dramatic finished appearance and lowers job costs associated with excess materials and labor. Matching or complementary IKO UltraHP High Profile Ridge Cap Shingles are available to protect vulnerable roof areas and to create a truly stunning roofline.

For more information, visit www.iko.com

One-Component Liquid-Applied Flashing Requires No Primer or Mixing

CertainTeed introduces SmartFlashONE, a one-component, UV-stable, fluid-applied resin for steep and low-sloped roof flashing details and repairs. SmartFlash ONE offers roofing contractors an economical and convenient waterproofing solution in a ready-to-use, re-sealable can that requires no measuring or mixing to activate.

According to Abby Feinstein, commercial roofing product manager for CertainTeed, the ability for SmartFlash ONE to be applied without a primer and resealed for future use gives contractors an edge in terms of time, cost and ease of installation. “SmartFlash ONE delivers one-part labor efficiency with two-part performance,” said Feinstein. “With no primer or component mixing, contractors can work quickly without fear of the product setting up too fast or going to waste. And CertainTeed is so confident in the stress resilience and UV stability of the formula that we’re supporting the product with up to 20 years of warranty coverage, which is in line with the coverage afforded to two-part solutions.”

SmartFlash ONE resin is available in a 5-gallon pail (125-square-foot coverage) or a 1-gallon pail (25-square-foot coverage). The 1-gallon pail is available à la carte or as part of a Flash Pack which includes resin, fleece and application accessories. 

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com/commercial-roofing.

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

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.