Enhanced Asphalt Shingles Offer Improved Strength, Solar Reflectivity

CertainTeed launches its new Landmark ClimateFlex algae-resistant (AR) shingles. This new product improves upon CertainTeed’s most popular and colorful shingle line with the latest advances in polymer science, offering enhanced granule adhesion, hail resistance, and cold-weather flexibility. Over the course of time, CertainTeed will introduce ClimateFlex technology to other existing asphalt shingle lines. 

In addition to the impact resistance and cold-weather resiliency improvements of ClimateFlex, CertainTeed will begin introducing its improved NailTrak feature to many of its most popular shingle lines. NailTrak provides a nailing area three-times wider than standard laminate shingles and clear nailing lines that are highly visible even in low-light conditions, allowing faster and more accurate installations. CertainTeed’s NailTrak technology now includes Quadra-Bond, a specially formulated adhesive that adheres shingle layers at four points — more than any other manufacturer — providing superior bond strength and protection against shingle delamination over the life of the shingle.

These new features will join CertainTeed’s growing list of technologies to improve the strength, longevity, and energy efficiency of asphalt shingles. These include StreakFighter, a copper-infused granule blend that prevents algae formation on shingles, and Solaris, embedded cool roof technology that enables even the darkest-colored shingles to reflect solar energy and radiant heat far better than any standard asphalt shingle, dramatically lowering rooftop temperatures and related air conditioning costs.

According to Alex Pecora, Director of Product Management, Residential Roofing at CertainTeed, the new ClimateFlex line and NailTrak enhancements reflect the company’s ongoing commitment to add value and additional protective features to its existing products. “Research and development is one of CertainTeed’s core values, so we’re always working to improve our products,” said Pecora. “Modern homeowners are moving less frequently and expect their homes to do more than ever, so we want contractors who use our products to be able to deliver solutions that will stand the test of time. We believe these product improvements will give contractors an edge while ultimately improving comfort, protection, and peace of mind for homeowners.”

Informational videos are available on the CertainTeed YouTube channel. 

CertainTeed NailTrak Video 

CertainTeed QuadraBond Video 

CertainTeed Solaris Cool Roof Video

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com.

Everyday Roof Safety

Residential construction employers generally must ensure that employees working higher than 6 feet above lower levels use guardrails, safety nets, or a PFAS, which may consist of a full body harness, a deceleration device, a lanyard, and an anchor point. Photo: CertainTeed and Rutter Roofing & Exteriors

As an experienced contractor with a few decades of experience in the building industry, I still get excited when I’m on someone’s roof, addressing problems and providing solutions. Most roofing installers earn a good salary (the national average is $20.30 per hour); however, in my opinion that wage does not fully compensate them for the element of risk that comes with being so high off the ground. Roofing contractors have the fifth-highest work-related death rate in construction — 29.9 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, about twice the average for all construction of 15.2. About 50 roofing contractors are killed on the job each year, and falls account for three-fourths of those deaths.

As dangerous as roofing can be, there are still too many people who don’t put modern roofing safety protocols into practice on a regular basis. There are many steep roof safety devices available to roofing contractors, such as ropes, harnesses, perimeter rails and catchers, cleats, roof jacks, and other items — many of which some installers rarely use.

There’s no safe way to fall off a roof, so roofers owe it to themselves and family and coworkers who depend on them to do everything they can to prevent life-altering falls from occurring in the first place. That involves learning as much as possible about roofing safety equipment and its use, government safety regulations for roofers (especially those issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA), and trade association safety recommendations.

Here’s a high-level summary of safety regulations and best practices that all roofers should integrate into their work habits.

Following Federal Safety Protocols

OSHA enforces a federally mandated safety program for all roofing contractors. This includes regular training and employers providing roofers OSHA-approved fall protection equipment while working 6 feet or more above a lower level. Even experienced roofers deal with unpredictable fall hazards caused by uneven sheathing, openings in the roof deck for skylights or hatches, loose roofing materials, and slick surfaces, so employers must evaluate the hazards and take measures to reduce the risk of falls.

Not knowing the law excuses no one, and an inspection which reveals no safety program in effect, ignorance of the regulations or, even worse, blatant disregard for the regulations, can cost a contractor anywhere from hundreds to several thousands of dollars. Taking appropriate fall protection measures reduces risks, saves lives, and from an employer standpoint, is much less costly than waiting for a terrible accident to happen.

There are fall protection systems available that can provide roofers the flexibility they need during demolition and roof installation. A personal fall arrest system (PFAS) is a great tool available to roofers during roof replacement jobs, but must be installed precisely to the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid potential accidents. Residential construction employers generally must ensure that employees working higher than 6 feet above lower levels use guardrails, safety nets, or a PFAS, which may consist of a full body harness, a deceleration device, a lanyard, and an anchor point.

Learn the federal, state, and local worker safety requirements that apply to the work that you do. These requirements exist to protect roofing contractors and companies. Learning and applying these regulations is one of the most important aspects of being a roofing professional.

Basic Roof Safety Tips

Here are some things that all roofing contractors should observe while working, whether in a residential or commercial setting.

· Tie-off: Wear a safety harness that is securely tied off to a fall-resistant device.

· Avoid slippery roofs: When the roof is slippery from rain, snow, frost or dew, it’s best to wait until the roof surface is dry to begin work.

· Keep it clean: Make sure someone keeps the roof clean by frequently sweeping up sawdust, wood, shingle particles, and other kinds of dirt. Many roofers will also use a leaf-blower to clean the deck of shingle granules and debris.

· Wear rubber-soled shoes or boots: Rubber-soled boots typically provide better traction than leather-soled boots. Some crepe-soled boots also provide good traction. Whatever shoes or boots you decide to wear, make sure they’re in good condition. Badly worn shoes of any type can be a real safety problem.

· Secure openings: Cover and secure all skylights and openings, or install guardrails to keep workers from falling through.

· Dealing with wet conditions: Dew, frost, and rain all pose safety and liability problems. In the case of dew and frost, early mornings present increased risks for workers walking on a roof. Underlayment can be slippery without appearing so to the untrained eye. In all wet weather conditions, be sure to protect shingle bundles from getting wet. Wet bundles are very difficult to handle. They may present safety problems and almost certainly will reduce productivity. Keep bundles under cover and off of the ground. Never take safety shortcuts in this situation.

· Keep the skid-resistant side of panels facing out: Some Oriented Strand Board (OSB) panels are textured or splatter-coated on one side to increase traction on the panel surface. When installing OSB panels on the roof, make sure the skid-resistant side is up.

· Install shingle underlayment: Cover the deck with underlayment as soon as possible to minimize its exposure to the weather. Underlayment tends to make the roof less slippery when properly installed. Be aware that underlayment can tear away from fasteners, especially on steeper pitches. Be sure to install enough fasteners to secure the underlayment to the deck.

· Install temporary wood cleats for toeholds: Nail two-by-four wood cleats or adjustable roof jacks to the roof deck to provide temporary toeholds. Remove the cleats or roof jacks as the roofing is installed.

· Constantly inspect the roof for tripping hazards: Tools, electric cords, and other loose items can all pose hazards and should be removed from the roof.

Ladder Safety

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ladders account for nearly 20 percent of fall injuries among the general public. Among construction workers, ladders are the cause of 81 percent of fall injuries. It’s important to take extreme precaution when using ladders.

Here are some important ladder safety tips:

· Tie-off: A ladder used for extended period should be tied off at the bottom rung to a stake driven into the ground (or stack two shingle bundles on the ground against the base of the ladder) and also tied off near the top to an eye bolt screwed into the fascia.

· Ladder rating: Ladders are rated by how much weight they can safely bear. Consider using the highest-available rating of 1A or 300 pounds.

· Material: When it comes to safety, the best material for a ladder is fiberglass. Although wood is cheaper and aluminum is easier to handle, wood also deteriorates when used outdoors, and aluminum is dangerous when used around electric circuits. Some businesses and industrial plants will not allow you to use aluminum ladders and some insist on the use of fiberglass ladders only.

· Power lines: Even ladders made of wood or fiberglass should not be used in the vicinity of power lines or other electrical hazards.

· Positioning: Ladders should extend above the eaves by 3 to 3 1/2 feet and sit on a firm level base. Leveling can be attained by digging or by use of adjustable leg levelers. Firmness can be attained by use of a two-foot square piece of 3/4-inch plywood under each leg.

· Ladder angle: To be at a proper angle, the distance of the foot of the ladder from the wall supporting it should be one quarter of the height of the wall (1 foot for every 4 feet of vertical rise).

· Avoid over-reaching: Don’t over-reach to either side while on a ladder. A good rule is to keep your belt buckle between the rails.

· Not a plank: Do not use the ladder or even a section of a ladder as a plank or to provide stiffness to a wooden plank. Besides the danger of failure, the stresses set up during this usage loosen the ladder’s connecting points.

· Step ladders: Step ladders are intended for use fully opened — not closed and leaning against a wall. The highest step for standing on is 2 feet below the top.

· Inspection: A ladder should be inspected every time it is set up for use. Check the ladder from bottom to top for any visible defects or wear, and ensure that it’s correctly and securely anchored and properly positioned.

In your efforts to prevent falls, be sure to always implement proper safety procedures and use common sense. Safety programs and regulations can’t predict the conditions or layout of every roof on which you may have to work. Adapt to protect yourself and your co-workers.

About the author: Jay Butch joined CertainTeed Roofing in 1998 and is responsible for all contractor programs and marketing. By developing the ShingleMaster credential, an enhanced SureStart PLUS warranty and Roofers’ Rewards, he strengthened CertainTeed’s Contractor’s EDGE program. He adds valuable insight from his extensive interactions with contractors across the country. Prior to joining CertainTeed, he spent 19 years at a major insurance company and also operated a remodeling contractor business. Butch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Temple University and an MBA from DeSales University. For more information, visit www.certainteed.com

CertainTeed Supports Commercial Roofing Contractors With “Joe Knows” Educational Video Series

CertainTeed has launched “Joe Knows,” a new video series created to educate contractors on the installation and benefits of low-slope commercial roofing. The CertainTeed Contractor Support Network is deeply committed to listening to and responding to the needs of its customers, and the new video series is one of many elements designed to provide contractors with the tools they need to more effectively and efficiently install CertainTeed’s roofing products. 

Industry veteran and CertainTeed associate Joe Thompson hosts the Joe Knows series, which launched on the CertainTeed website on February 1. Thompson is a key member of the CertainTeed Commercial Roofing Technical Services team and serves as lead instructor for the Flintlastic SA commercial roofing installer training courses, which are held throughout the United States. He is also a member in good standing of The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC). 

Recognizing that a contractor’s time is precious, the video series is delivered in an easy-to-digest format detailing expert tips and tricks for swift and effective installation. 

New episodes will be available on a bi-weekly basis through May 2021 and will include the following topics:

  • February 01: Flashing a Pipe
  • February 15: Flashing a Pipe with Liquid-Applied Flashing
  • March 01: Flashing a Drain 
  • March 15: Flashing a Drain with Liquid-Applied Flashing 
  • March 29: Base Flashing on a Parapet Wall 
  • April 12: Base Flashing the Outside Corner of a Parapet Wall 
  • April 26: Base Flashing the Inside Corner of a Parapet Wall 
  • May 10: Installing Membrane End Laps

To view the Joe Knows video series, visit https://blog.certainteed.com/2021/01/commercial-roofing-construction-details-how-to-flash-a-pipe-ct-13/.

Solar Systems Designed for Integration With Asphalt Shingle and Concrete Tile Roofs

CertainTeed offers Apollo II and Apollo Tile II solar roofing. Both the Apollo II (asphalt shingle-integrated) and Apollo Tile II (concrete tile-integrated) solar roofing systems are engineered for seamless integration with new or existing roof systems. Each all-black solar module offers 63 watts of rated power. Once installed, these solar roofing systems provide a sleek, low-profile aesthetic. Modules are fastened directly to roof sheathing using standard deck screws. Additional installer-friendly features include simple flashing, plug-and-play connectors and built-in wire management. Apollo II systems are durable — rated to withstand loading of up to 250 pounds per square foot — and are certified for both roofing safety (UL1703) and solar performance (IEC61215). They are also backed by product and installation workmanship warranties of up to 25 years when installed by a CertainTeed-credentialed installer. With the highest wind rating available for roofing systems, they can be installed in any wind zone in the country, including Florida’s high-velocity hurricane zones. Water management features are built into the modules to enhance protection against water intrusion.

For more information, visit https://www.certainteed.com/solar.

Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas Names CertainTeed as Partner of the Year

CertainTeed was recognized as the HCAC “Partner of the Year.” Pictured at the award ceremony are Lissette Velez (left) of the HCAC and Manaya Robertson of CertainTeed Roofing. 

CertainTeed has been recognized by Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC) as its “Partner of the Year.” The acknowledgement took place earlier this year during the association’s annual Gala & Brilliance Awards. 

In conjunction with the Gala, the HCAC Brilliance Awards have existed since 2012 to recognize the success of Hispanic and minority contractors and organizations supporting them. The Partner of the Year Award is given to a company or individual that has gone above and beyond to provide opportunities and resources that contribute to the growth and success of Hispanic construction firms and works closely as an active partner with the HCAC to make it happen. 

“CertainTeed has done an incredible job working to meet the needs of Hispanic contractors in the Carolinas and implementing bilingual resources and certifications in Spanish for them,” said HCAC Executive Director Lissette Velez. “Over the five years they have been an HCAC partner, CertainTeed has partnered with us on several initiatives to enable growth and success of Hispanic firms. This includes providing initiatives and training for small businesses, free training to roofing contractors, bilingual business resources for its customers, informational newsletters and free marketing tools. 

“The fact that CertainTeed is committed educating contractors on best practices and providing free certifications, even in Spanish, allows Hispanic contractors to better compete and stand out in the marketplace,” Velez added. “We thank CertainTeed and its team for their support over the years.” 

“It’s an honor and privilege to work with and support our colleagues within the Hispanic community,” said Alex Pecora, director of residential roofing product management for CertainTeed. “We support HCAC’s efforts to celebrate and honor diversity in the construction industry, and we are proud to accept the Partner of the Year Award.” 

To learn more about the HCAC or to become a member, visit www.hcacarolinas.org. For more information about CertainTeed’s community outreach initiatives, visit www.certainteed.com.

On hand for the award presentation were (from left) Jose Benitez and Nelson Benitez, co-owners of NJR Construction, LLC; James Mitchel, Business Development Manager, JE Dunn Construction; Chiquitha Lloyd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools; Chad Smith, Senior Project Manager, Holder, Edison Foard, RJ Leeper Construction, Joint Venture; Manaya Robertson, Territory Field Sales & Marketing Specialist, CertainTeed Roofing; Juan Carlos Hernandez, owner of Matrix Renovations Corp.; and Celia Cruz and Jose Luis Montoya, owners of NC1 Construction, Inc.

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.

CertainTeed Showcases Sustainable and Durable Residential Products at Western Roofing Expo

CertainTeed is highlighting a selection of tough, efficiency-minded residential roofing products during the 2019 Western Roofing Expo, taking place June 9-11 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. 

“CertainTeed is committed to innovation and creating residential products that offer more value in the form of energy savings, greater durability and a smaller carbon footprint,” said Alex Pecora, director of roofing product management for CertainTeed. “By continuing to make our products more useful, we can demonstrate to contractors and homeowners that our products offer the best value proposition.” 

The company is showcasing an array of products in Booth 305, including: 

Landmark Solaris: A solar-reflective version of CertainTeed’s best-selling asphalt shingle, this wood shake-inspired shingle reflects solar energy and radiant heat much better than traditional roofing shingles. 

Presidential Solaris: Constructed from two layers of premium asphalt with advance solar-reflective granules, Presidential Solaris replicates the look of authentic cedar shake roofing with the added performance of cool roof technology. 

Presidential TL Solaris: A three-layer version of the Presidential Solaris shingle, with sculpted tabs, greater dimensionality, and a rich color selection provide the look and beauty of old-world cedar shake. 

NorthGate: CertainTeed’s NorthGate is a shake-look SBSmodified asphalt shingle made with rubberizing polymers that provide Class 4 impact resistance, and enhanced weatherability and granule adhesion. According to the company, NorthGate shingles resist cracking, even in extreme cold weather, allowing for year-round installation. 

Matterhorn Metal Roofing: Matterhorn is a tough, low-maintenance luxury roofing solution designed to replicate the architecture and charm of traditional wood shake, slate and barrel tile roofing. In addition to offering Class 4 impact resistance, it is 100 percent recyclable, highly resistant to fire and wind, and offers 16 cool roof color options that can be used to comply with California Title 24 cool roof requirements. 

Solstice Solar System: Solstice is a highly-efficient rack-and-panel solar system offering 60- and 72-cell modules that provide up to 310 watts and 370 watts of power generation, respectively. Solstice modules are also available in American-made US Series options. 

Apollo II/Apollo Tile II: Strong, lightweight and sleek, Apollo II solar shingles and tiles are engineered for seamless integration with new or existing shingle/tile roof systems. Each all-black solar shingle/tile contains 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells providing an industry-best power rating of 63 watts per shingle/tile. 

For more information, visit Booth 305 of the Western Roofing Expo or www.certainteed.com

SBS-Modified Asphalt Shingle Offers Class 4 Impact Resistance

CertainTeed’s NorthGate is an SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene)-modified asphalt shingle that offers Class 4 impact resistance and the dimensional appearance of wood shake roofing. The rubberized nature of NorthGate provides enhanced flexibility and shrinking/cracking resistance, which protects against damage caused by the freeze-thaw cycle and makes it install-friendly in freezing temperatures. NorthGate shingles come with a lifetime-limited, transferable warranty against manufacturing defects, 10 years of SureStart protection, 15 years of StreakFighter algae protection and 15 years of 110-mph wind resistance (upgradeable to 130 mph when installed with CertainTeed starter and hip and ridge shingles). 

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com

Long Roofing Recognized by CertainTeed as Top North American Roofing Contractor

Long Roofing has built a built a longstanding and trustworthy reputation with homeowners throughout the Washington D.C. area through excellent service, products and warranties that hold up over time.

CertainTeed Corporation, a leading North American roofing manufacturer, honors Long for the second consecutive year as its number one roofing contractor partner throughout the US and Canada for providing local homeowners with extended warranty coverage.

“Warranties can be hard to understand,” said Jay Butch, Director of Contractor Programs for CertainTeed Roofing. “Long removes the guesswork by offering CertainTeed’s SureStart Plus protection on every roofing job it sells. SureStart Plus extends CertainTeed’s traditional product warranty to cover the intangibles in the unlikely event of a manufacturing product defect—things like labor to tear off the old roof and to install the new one, product disposal and the new shingles themselves.”

Long is credentialed as a CertainTeed SELECTTM ShingleMaster, a hard-earned designation that only two percent of all contractors in North America attain—and a credential that shows homeowners that Long is committed to quality installation, professionalism and ethical business practices. And with that designation, Long is able to offer its customers SureStartTM Plus, the industry’s most comprehensive extended warranty program.

“We’ve had a long history in the greater Washington D.C. area as a contractor that people can rely on,” said John DePaola, principal of Long Roofing. “We’re very proud to work with manufacturers like CertainTeed who continue to offer us quality products, credential programs and homeowner benefit programs that ultimately help us earn their trust and give them peace of mind.”

Long’s roofing practice has brought a 70+ year legacy of professionalism and craftsmanship to the greater Mid-Atlantic region of the country. The contractor has made it a point to not only offer incredible service to the community, but also provide warranties that can help homeowners sleep easy at night.

“Long is one of those contractors that goes above and beyond to make sure homeowners have confidence in their work,” said Butch. “They’re exceptional in the industry, and should be applauded for their commitment to placing the homeowner first. Their commitment to quality and homeowner satisfaction aligns with our own, resulting in a great partnership.”

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com.