Spray Foam Insulation Offers Improved Performance, Lower Global Warming Potential

ICP Building Solutions Group launches HandiFoam E84 Low GWP, a new, improved performance formulation of the company’s spray foam insulation solution. Available for purchase in 2021, the nonflammable formulation will be fully compliant for use throughout North America, where Canada and several U.S. states will implement regulations phasing out high global warming potential (GWP) blowing agents in low pressure polyurethane spray foams beginning January 1.

“At ICP Building Solutions Group, innovation and sustainability are a part of our everyday business,” said Tim Kenworthy, vice president, insulation, ICP BSG. “We took these impending regulations as an opportunity to improve our polyurethane foam product line, and to help our customers stay ahead of the curve. The new HandiFoam formulation is not only fully compliant, but delivers a range of new benefits we believe can help them sharpen their competitive edge.”

Benefits include:

  • Simplified inventory. By satisfying low-GWP requirements in Canada and certain U.S. states, HandiFoam 84 can help professionals simplify their inventory with a single product formula that can be sold and used anywhere. 
  • Stronger adhesion. HandiFoam E84 Low GWP achieves 30% greater adhesion compared with the current formulation, offering stronger, more reliable performance.
  • Easier curing indication. After application, HandiFoam E84’s color shifts from white to yellow as an indicator of a proper curing profile.
  • Excellent fire rating. HandiFoam E84 Low GWP achieves a 2.5-inch Class 1 fire rating, providing greater application opportunities in certain climate zones. Traditional low pressure spray foams achieve Class 1 fire rating at 2 inches or less.
  • Ergonomic improvements. 105/205-sized kits feature a redesigned ergonomic handle, while 605 kits feature a new box design for easier maneuverability.
  • Spray pattern versatility.  Our flagship ColorWise nozzle technology has improved for greater versatility based on user preference. The nozzle can now be converted from a fan spray to a cone spray by simply snapping off the tip. This patented technology can help a contractor stay efficient.

 “We’ve heard nothing but positive reports from contractors who have trialed this new product’s use, so we’re excited for our professional customers everywhere to get their hands on it,” said Kenworthy.  “At ICP BSG, we take our position as an industry leader seriously, and we’re committed to delivering practical, high-performance products that can help our customers be leaders, too. HandiFoam E84 Low GWP is a part of that commitment.”

HandiFoam E84 Low GWP, like all ICP BSG solutions, is backed by MasterWorks, an exclusive program that offers customers access to expert training, special promotions, and a variety of unique growth tools.

For more information, visit www.icpgroup.com.

Elastomeric Acrylic Roof Coating

Nationwide Protective Coatings introduces PERMASIL PLUS, its newest addition to its lineup of elastomeric roof coatings. PERMASIL PLUS is a matte finish, bright white, elastomeric acrylic silicone, protective roof coating. It is a water-based, high-build formula that possesses Silicone Technology for exceptional water resistance. Using silicone resin along with acrylic resin in a proprietary blend adds extra waterproofing protection to the already impressive performance of the company’s acrylic coatings. PERMASIL PLUS also qualifies for a Class A Fire Rating Test as per ASTM E84-01, NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. 

For more information, visit www.nationwidecoatings.com

New Safety Helmets Designed for Comfort and Protection

Malta Dynamics announces the release of its new safety helmets, which feature an innovative design that aims to maximize both safety and comfort on the jobsite. The new Malta Dynamics Safety Helmets meet ANSI Z89.1-2014 Type 1 Class C standards and can optionally come equipped with an attached clear or tinted visor.

The Malta Dynamics Safety Helmet features sliding adjustable vents to help with air circulation. The helmet’s six-point suspension system and adjustable chin strap improve comfort and provide greater protection in the event of an impact or fall. The low-profile design allows a more secure fit that sits lower on the crown of your head, which provides better coverage and makes wearing the helmet more comfortable than a higher-profile sitting hard hat.

“We’re excited to introduce our new safety helmet that offers a fantastic mix of protection and comfort,” says Damian Lang, owner and CEO of Malta Dynamics. “Because we use these products ourselves, we know how important it is for PPE to fit comfortably when you wear it around a jobsite all day. Workers have to be comfortable wearing it so that they keep it on at all times and are protected when they need it.”

For more information, visit maltadynamics.com.

Adhesive Spray Rig and Dispensing Gun

The Heated Urethane Low-rise Adhesive Kart (HULK) from 4C’s Spray Equipment features an impressive 110-foot heated hose that keeps your crews working and reduces the amount of time they must spend moving hoses, barrels and pumps on the rooftop. Only 34 inches wide, the HULK is easy to wheel through standard door openings. The dead leg prevents it from rolling during use and features an easy tilt for use when it is time to move it. The aluminum, weather-resistant frame and cart hold two 15-gallon drums.

The patented HULK dispensing gun features an air purge handle and a fluid handle that allow you to quickly switch between a spatter/splatter installation to a bead pattern, making it convenient for every commercial roofing adhesive job. The HULK gun can be used with either heated or non-heated systems as well as with other manufacturers’ equipment. The new and improved patented design will have your crews operating efficiently and with improved accuracy.

The HULK Spray Rig and HULK Dispensing Gun are manufactured by 4C’s Spray Equipment in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.4cssprayequipmentrental.com.

New Clamp Technology Designed for Nail Strip Metal Roof Profiles

S-5! introduces the newest addition to its line of clamp product solutions, which allows rooftop ancillaries to be attached to standing seam metal roofs. The NH 1.5 is part of the “N” line of clamps developed for nail strip profiles. Designed specifically for 1-1/2 inch (38 mm)nailstrip profiles with a wider horizontal dimension (> 0.475 inches and ≤ 0.800 inches), the S-5-NH 1.5 is designed to be an ideal mounting solution for VicWest Prestige, NewTech FF150 and similarly dimensioned profiles. 

“More and more panel manufacturers are coming onto the scene with Nail Strip type profiles,” said S-5! CEO and founder Rob Haddock. “Although they all look similar, there is a range of dimensioning. This profile is one of the most challenging out there for S-5!-quality, penetration-freedom and affordable production costs.  Our S-5! Research & Development team spent months in concept and prototyping to come up with the most versatile, cost-effective and state-of-the art solution.”

According to the company, the NH 1.5 features an innovative “hinge” and forms to the shape of the seam, preventing damage at the point of attachment, while offering optimal holding strength. The reversible insert allows for superior fit on both wide and medium-width profiles.

For ease of installation, the T-30 Torx setscrews are angled to facilitate tool insertion and improve driver bit withdrawal after screw tensioning. The clamp is available in both standard and Mini sizes and made from 6000 series aluminum, with 300 series stainless steel hardware. The NH 1.5 is engineered for heavy, load-critical applications, such as snow retention.

“At S-5!, we continue to innovate new and better solutions in a constant product improvement and invention/reinvention mode,” said Haddock. “It is the very foundation of our business. With hands-on experience in the field and on roofs, this company is always evaluating ways to bring competitive advantages to our customers and distributors, ensuring our products remain user-friendly to both.”

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

Fully Adhered EPDM System Designed for Easy Installation

Firestone Building Products, LLC, through its GenFlex brand, offers GenFlex S2S EPDM SA, a fully-adhered EPDM system designed for quick and easy installation. Using Firestone Building Products’ patented Secure Bond technology across the whole membrane surface, the new solution allows for fast, easy installation without the need for sprayers, seam tape or adhesive, getting contractors on and off the roof faster. Offering superior adhesion coverage, GenFlex S2S EPDM SA can be applied in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit. With zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and zero odor, it is ideal for customers installing the product on occupied buildings.

For more information, visit www.GenFlex.com.

SBS Modified Fiberglass-Reinforced Underlayment

Manufactured by Boral Roofing, Boral Ply 40 is an SBS modified fiberglass-reinforced underlayment/base sheet for tile, shingle or shake roofing. Easily installed and ideal for use with metal roofing systems, Boral Ply 40’s modified asphalt minimizes the wrinkling and buckling which is commonly associated with non-modified membranes. An all-season solution, Boral Ply 40 offers durability and better protection than felt at a low cost.  

The recently improved underlayment now offers an uncovered exposure time, without any degradation, of six months (an improvement from its original three month uncovered exposure time).

Boral Ply 40 is available in 39 3/8-inch x 66-foot (216 square feet) rolls, each weighing 80 pounds. Certifications and approvals include: ASTM-D6757, D4601, ASTM-D226 and D4869.

For more information, visit www.BoralRoof.com.

Silicone Roof Sealant Available in 20-Ounce Tube

Firestone Building Products, LLC, through its Gaco brand, continues to innovate with its GacoPatch product offering to provide a more portable and simplified application for contractors. GacoPatch is a flashing grade, stand-alone silicone roof sealant that is now available in a convenient 20-ounce tube packaging. According to the company, the versatility of GacoPatch Tube paired with a sausage gun allows for a simplified application on a variety of roof types including asphalt, single ply, metal and most existing coatings. 

“The tube has great portability and makes it much easier to get up and down a ladder,” said Jacob Jordan, lead repair technician at Spray-Tec, Inc. in Shelbyville, Kentucky. “The product also has excellent yield and adhesion, especially in emergencies when the surface is wet.”

Accoring to the manufacturer, GacoPatch is a long-term solution for roof repairs because it is UV stable and does not chalk, crack, or break down over time and remains permanently flexible, even under ponding water. It is also available in 2-gallon buckets for larger applications. 

For more information, visit www.Gaco.com

Polyiso Insulation Products Allow Applicators to Manage Adhesive Flash-Off Times

Carlisle SynTec Systems introduces ReadyFlash Technology for SecurShield flat and SecurShield HD polyiso insulation products. ReadyFlash Technology allows applicators to manage adhesive flash-off times by choosing between two different-colored facers on every board. ReadyFlash products feature a dark-colored coated-glass facer (CGF) on one side of the insulation board and a light-colored CGF on the other.

Utilizing the sun’s energy, the dark facer accelerates adhesive flash-off, while the light facer slows it down. Applicators can choose which side of the board to use, helping to offset environmental variables affecting adhesive flash-off such as temperature, sunlight, humidity, wind speed, size of crew, current pace, and time of day. 

ReadyFlash Technology benefits include: 

  • Allows the applicator to speed up or slow down adhesive flash-off time. 
  • Increases surface temperature of the dark facer up to 50°F(28°C) above ambient temperature. 
  • Decreases surface temperature of the light facer up to 10°F (6°C) below ambient temperature. 
  • Provides up to 2x faster adhesive flash-off on cooler days and up to 4x faster on warmer days when utilizing the dark face. 

For more information, www.carlislesyntec.com.

New PVC Single-Ply Systems

Firestone Building Products, LLC (FSBP) announces the addition of a new category, Firestone PVC, to the Firestone brand. Firestone PVC single-ply systems provide durable, long-term commercial roofing solutions ideal for a variety of low-slope building types, including those often found on restaurants, airports and other commercial facilities. Highly resistant to impact, puncture, chemicals, grease and fire, Firestone’s PVC systems produce exceptional performance in harsh environments. With highly reflective roofing membranes and UV inhibitors, it is a cool roof solution designed to help mitigate heat transfer, drive energy savings and support sustainability priorities.

For more information, visit www.firestonebpco.com