CertainTeed Unveils New Job Costing and Bidding Software

CertainTeed is introducing InstaBid, a proprietary web-based software system available on both desktop and mobile devices to help roofing contractors take the guesswork out of ordering materials, meeting installation specifications and generating sales proposals.

According to the company, InstaBid helps roofing companies produce Good, Better, Best roofing proposals quickly with accurate job costing, material lists and job-specific installer notes, thereby saving time, improving operational efficiency and helping ensure solid margins.

“There’s nothing worse than preparing a bid for a homeowner and then realizing something was left out,” said Jay Butch, director of contractor programs for CertainTeed Roofing. “That cuts right to the heart of a contractor’s bottom line and into the relationship a homeowner has with the contractor. InstaBid helps the contractor’s accuracy.”

After completing an assessment and taking measurements on a home, CertainTeed products (including the underlayment, starter strip, shingles and hip/ridge cap) are pre-loaded into an InstaBid proposal, along with contractor-assigned costs for material, labor and insurance. This saves contractors valuable time in the process of costing jobs, creating proposals and ordering materials.

Once the bid has been entered, contractors can adjust as needed and be assured that nothing is overlooked when preparing a comprehensive bid for a homeowner. InstaBid’s software adjusts job proposal pricing based on the materials to create Good, Better and Best options.

“The homeowner wins with a professional and comprehensive approach to their re-roofing job, while the contractor wins with a tool that covers the ordering, installation and sales components, helping ensure professionalism and profitability,” Butch said.

According to the company, InstaBid pre-loads location-specific products into the proposal and smartly includes all of the other components needed for a complete roof. InstaBid then adds the intelligence of CertainTeed’s Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM), a complete guide to shingle installation details, to help ensure installers have the most comprehensive product instructions available.

The system generates Installer Notes in English and Spanish for each specific roof that can be then printed or emailed to crews, helping to eliminate misunderstandings and mistakes. InstaBid also easily calculates the proper net free ventilation area required for the roof.

“From meeting with homeowners, creating and calculating bids, ordering materials, supervising installation crews, to just running a business, contractors have their hands full,” said James Pastore, founder and CEO of InstaBid. “InstaBid is a very powerful program behind the scenes in order to insure an easy and intuitive user experience.”

To learn more, contractors can visit www.instabidsoftware.com and try a 30-day complimentary trial.

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com.

CertainTeed Solar Products Now Available Through United Electric Supply

CertainTeed announced that United Electric Supply is now distributing its Apollo II solar roofing systems and US Series solar modules in the eastern United States. The partnership brings CertainTeed Solar’s Apollo II and Apollo Tile II solar roofing systems along with high-efficiency 300W black US Series 60 cell solar modules to United Electric’s distribution network, which spans across Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Northern Virginia and New Jersey. All CertainTeed products added to the United Electric portfolio are proudly manufactured in the United States using foreign and domestic components.

“We’re very excited about our new partnership with United Electric Supply,” said Mark Stancroff, director of CertainTeed Solar. “For more than fifty years they have continuously evolved to keep pace with the ever-changing construction marketplace. This dedication, combined with a commitment to offering the best products and customer support, make them an ideal distributor for CertainTeed Solar.”

“We are thrilled to bring on an incredible manufacturer like CertainTeed Solar,” said Mike Howell, product manager with United Electric Supply. “Between their unrivaled products and the strength and stability they bring to the solar industry, it’s a natural fit for us to team up and deliver high-quality, differentiated products and services to customers in our network.”

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

CertainTeed and HOVER Announce Partnership

CertainTeed announced its partnership with HOVER, the platform that generates accurate, interactive 3-D models of any property. CertainTeed product lines are now available on the HOVER platform.

Many exterior contractors are already using HOVER to receive interactive 3-D models and detailed exterior measurements of properties. This allows them to save time on measuring, creating an estimate and closing new business. Thanks to the partnership, contractors who work with CertainTeed roofing and siding products can now use HOVER’s design features to quickly show homeowners what CertainTeed products and colors will look like on their home.

“This partnership was put in place to help contractors better engage their customers and generate more business,” said Jay Butch, Director of Contractor Programs for CertainTeed Roofing. “By showing property owners what CertainTeed products and colors would look like on their actual home, contractors can help homeowners better visualize the finished project.”

“HOVER works for nearly any home, generating accurate wall measurements from just a few photos taken with the app,” said Matt Gibson, Director, Vinyl and Marketing Communications for CertainTeed Siding.

“HOVER allows contractors to work efficiently by removing the guesswork of visualizing different product options on the 3D model of a customer’s home. In addition to the interactive 3D model, HOVER will also provide contractors with detailed exterior measurements needed to quote an installation of a roof or siding using CertainTeed’s product offering,” explained Derek Halliday, vice president of product at HOVER.

CertainTeed roofing and siding product lines are now available on the HOVER platform, which can be downloaded from the App Store or the Google Play Store. First-time users will receive 30 days to try out the platform, and $125 in HOVER cash to get started.

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com and hover.to.

Striking Asphalt Shingle Roof Tops the Restored Music Hall in Cincinnati

Originally designed by Samuel Hannaford in the 19th Century, the Music Hall first opened its doors in 1878. The Music Hall Revitalization Company coordinated the restoration of the 139-year old Cincinnati landmark, which just reopened to the public Oct. 6, 2017.
Photos: CertainTeed

The Cincinnati Music Hall is considered one of the largest and most beautiful concert halls and theaters in the world. It has played host to iconic performances and events for more than a century, from the 1880 Democratic National Convention to performances that helped shape the American arts scene.

A vision and product of 19th century architect Samuel Hannaford, Music Hall—as it’s known across the Queen City—first opened its doors to the public in 1878. Yet the doors on the 225,000-square-foot facility have been closed since May 2016 to allow for a complex interior and exterior restoration effort that would propel the aging building into the modern era while also preserving its beautifully unique characteristics.

The Charge

Restoring the beauty of Hannaford’s showpiece was more than a simple facelift. According to the Music Hall Revitalization Company, the nonprofit coordinating and leading the renovation, engineers investigating the building discovered structural deterioration beyond what one would expect in a 139-year old building, and recommended actions secure the Music Hall’s long-term viability.

The $135 million Music Hall renovation began in the spring of 2016, with the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) overseeing construction. Following a rigorous request for proposals, 3CDC chose Imbus Roofing to install the new roof.

The Music Hall has been traditionally adorned with high-end shingles, and Grand Manor luxury asphalt shingles from CertainTeed were chosen to replicate the slate aesthetic and stand up to the elements. Photos: CertainTeed

Principal Daniel Imbus and his team were more than up to the task. Not only had Imbus Roofing performed the bulk of the roofing work at Music Hall over the past few decades, they have a rich legacy in the greater Cincinnati area. Among the other high-profile projects with connections to Imbus roofing are the Proctor & Gamble Twin Towers, the Walnut Hills Copper Dome, Paul Brown Stadium and the original Riverfront Stadium.

The team at Imbus worked closely with 3CDC, PWWG Architects and local distributor Midwest Roofing Supply to nail the aesthetic and capture the original essence of Music Hall.

“The roof replacement was a big part of the project, not only for protecting all the interiors that were being restored or replaced, but for the overall look of the building,” Imbus explains. “With the older building and the amount of other work being performed, just getting around the building and scheduling work around other trades such as painting, masonry, HVAC, etc., required a lot of planning.”

The Installation

Imbus partnered with Seth Dorn, branch manager at Midwest Roofing Supply, to find the appropriate materials to for the front towers, Corbett Tower, and Opera House portions of the roof. According to Dorn, the Music Hall has been traditionally adorned with high-end shingles, so they chose Grand Manor luxury asphalt shingles from CertainTeed to replicate the slate aesthetic and endure the wind, rain, snow and other elements typical to Cincinnati. To recreate the distinctive striped pattern of the roof, crews installed approximately 600 squares of Grand Manor shingles in two colors, Stonegate Gray and Brownstone.

The roof’s distinctive striped pattern was recreated with 600 squares of Grand Manor shingles in two colors, Stonegate Gray and Brownstone. Photos: CertainTeed

“We serviced Imbus Roofing with all potential materials for the project,” Dorn notes. “In addition to the shingles, we supplied DiamondDeck and WinterGuard underlayments from CertainTeed to further enforce weather protection.”

A large part of the roof replacement was the Main Hall, which sits above lower sections of the building and has a steep slope. To perform this installation, the Imbus Roofing team had to build scaffolding along the full gutter lines to provide safe and secure roof access and work platforms.

“With the steep slope of the roof, the shingles are an integral part of the exterior look of this historic building,” says Imbus. “It’s an introduction to the amazing interior renovation and exterior restoration.”

The Reopening

The project, more than seven years in the making, was completed on Oct. 1, 2017. The doors officially re-opened on Oct. 6 to kick off a weekend of events that included an opening night gala, a community Open House, and a pair of concerts featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

“It looks awesome,” reflects Dorn. “We will spotlight this job for all of our contractors and customers.”

“We had a great experience with this project,” Imbus adds. “It was a quick schedule with a lot of work to a signature building of Cincinnati. It is great being a part of a successful project that I think will impress everyone in the community.”

TEAM

Developer: Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), Cincinnati, 3CDC.org
Architect: PWWG Architects, Pittsburgh, PWWGgarch.com
Project Coordinator: Music Hall Revitalization Company, Cincinnati, Musichallcincinnati.org
Construction Manager: Messer Construction, Cincinnati, Messer.com
Roofing Contractor: Imbus Roofing, Wilder, Kentucky, Imbusroofing.com
Local Distributor: Midwest Roofing Supply, Cincinnati, Midwestroofingsupply.com

MATERIALS

Steep-Slope Roof System: Grand Manor luxury asphalt shingles, CertainTeed, CertainTeed.com
Underlayments: DiamondDeck and WinterGuard, CertainTeed

High-Performance Synthetic Underlayment Designed for Durability, Traction

CertainTeed offers RoofRunner, a high-performance synthetic roofing underlayment, bringing additional versatility to CertainTeed’s roofing product line. At just 23 pounds per 250-foot roll, RoofRunner is easy to handle, according to the company, with a high-traction surface designed for wet or dry walkability.

According to the manufacturer, RoofRunner is very durable and water resistant. The product features 90-day UV exposure and resists tearing caused by stretching, high winds and foot traffic. The underlayment is designed to firmly grip to the roof deck, providing a stable surface for builders and reducing pulling against mechanical fasteners. Its light gray surface offers a cool working environment, so those working on roofs all day have fewer worries about overheating.

RoofRunner exceeds the performance requirements of ASTM D226 and D4869, notes the company. It conforms to UL 790/ASTM E108 for Class A fire resistance, is Florida Product Control Approved, and also conforms to the ICC-ES AC188 standard. RoofRunner qualifies as a component in CertainTeed’s Integrity Roof System.

LEARN MORE

Visit: www.certainteed.com/roofing
Call: (610) 893-6002
Email: Victoria.M.Gallagher@saint-gobain.com

CertainTeed Showcases Commitment to Solar Power at SPI 2017

CertainTeed Solar is highlighting upgraded products and an enhanced installer program at Solar Power International 2017, being held September 11-13 in Las Vegas. Billed as “North America’s Premier Energy Event,” Solar Power International (SPI) is the largest annual gathering of solar industry professionals in the United States. CertainTeed Solar will be highlighting the following at booth #2463:

An Enhanced Solar Installer Program: CertainTeed Solar has updated its Solar Installer program to include both Credentialed Installer and Master Installer levels, featuring workmanship warranty coverage of 25 years for Apollo II, Apollo Tile II and Solstice systems installed by Master Solar Installers. Coupled with lead generation, marketing co-op funds and public relations support, CertainTeed’s upgraded Solar Installer Program adds further value to solar installers looking to differentiate and grow their businesses.

US Series Solar Modules: CertainTeed Solar will also highlight its US Series 60 and 72-cell solar modules. Announced in June 2017, 60 cell US Series modules have a maximum power output of 305W, while 72 cell modules reach up to 365W. All US Series modules are American-made using domestic and foreign components, and rank among the most efficient solar modules manufactured in the United States. The modules are available individually or as part of CertainTeed’s Solstice® system, which includes the components necessary for rooftop installation.

Upgraded Apollo II Solar Roofing Systems: Apollo II and Apollo Tile II solar roofing systems have been upgraded to offer 63 watts of rated power, improving on both the performance and the economics of CertainTeed’s solar roofing systems. Apollo II and Apollo Tile II modules are proudly manufactured in the United States using foreign and domestic components.

With more than 110 years of experience supplying products to the construction industry, CertainTeed Solar provides unparalleled confidence in a long-term investment. All CertainTeed solar products are available nationwide.

High-Performance Synthetic Underlayment Designed for Durability, Traction

CertainTeed offers RoofRunner, a high-performance synthetic roofing underlayment, bringing additional versatility to CertainTeed’s roofing product line. At just 23 pounds per 250-foot roll, RoofRunner is easy to handle, according to the company, with a high-traction surface designed for wet or dry walkability.

According to the manufacturer, RoofRunner is very durable and water resistant. The product features 90-day UV exposure and resists tearing caused by stretching, high winds and foot traffic. The underlayment is designed to firmly grip to the roof deck, providing a stable surface for builders and reducing pulling against mechanical fasteners. Its light gray surface offers a cool working environment, so those working on roofs all day have fewer worries about overheating. 

RoofRunner exceeds the performance requirements of ASTM D226 and D4869, notes the company. It conforms to UL 790/ASTM E108 for Class A fire resistance, is Florida Product Control Approved, and also conforms to the ICC-ES AC188 standard. RoofRunner qualifies as a component in CertainTeed’s Integrity Roof System
RoofRunner high-performance synthetic inderlayment from CertainTeed

Sprayfoam Event Features Steve Thomas as Keynote Speaker

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced that author and Emmy Award-winning television personality Steve Thomas, from PBS’s This Old House, will be the keynote speaker for the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention and Expo. Being held now through Feb. 1, in Palm Springs, Calif., the official national convention of the Spray Polyurethane Foam industry features three days of educational sessions, an 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall, an industry awards ceremony, professional certification programs, an annual golf tournament, and other special events and features.
 
Steve Thomas will deliver the official Sprayfoam 2017 keynote address on January 31st at 9 a.m. He is currently spokesman for Habitat for Humanity International, with an emphasis on Builders Blitz and the ReStore. Steve Thomas completed three seasons hosting Planet Green’s Renovation Nation, a sustainable building show. During his 14 years as the host of a home improvement series, This Old House, he became known as a home enthusiast and helped catapult the show to the top of PBS’s most-watched ongoing series list. He also contributed to the debut of Ask This Old House, the series in which viewer questions are addressed on-air, as host during its first year. Steve was honored with a 1997 – 1998 Daytime Emmy Award and a total of nine nominations for Outstanding Service Show Host. He is a speaker, video producer, blogger, photographer, renovator and branding consultant. He also consults on sustainable building and renovation for clients across the U.S. and is currently writing a book.
 
“As a longtime sustainable building and renovation expert, Steve Thomas is a major coup for our annual event,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the official organizer of the show. “His enthusiasm for quality craftsmanship in the built environment, as demonstrated in his hosting This Old House, and his high profile role with Habitat for Humanity, align with the Sprayfoam Convention & Expo’s goal of providing education and business insight to the industry.”
 
During his keynote, Steve Thomas will likely speak about his various experiences working with spray foam, both personally and professionally, as well as his current renovation efforts, while providing attendees a great perspective on the business that they will be able to bring back to their customers. He will utilize any remaining time to answer audience questions about his life-long passion for building, his time spent on This Old House and his upcoming book.
 
Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo’s event agenda includes a 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall showcasing booth displays from over 80 industry organizations, manufacturers, contractors, equipment providers, and many others; a three-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; a general session with Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect, Building Technologies Office highlighting the Department of Energy’s Net Zero Initiatives; the 12th Annual Industry Excellence Awards Ceremony highlighting innovation, best practices and excellence in SPF projects; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated dedication to the betterment of the organization and industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; a entertaining Close-Out Reception and Networking Party.
 
The SPFA offers Professional Certification Program testing onsite. Testing is administered to individuals active in the installation of SPF in roofing and insulation, as well as to contractor and supplier companies, with the ability to gain professional accreditation on-site. Testing is offered as part of the internationally recognized program built to advocate best practices and safety in the installation of SPF. The standards-driven program is ISO 17024 compliant, was developed by committees of industry stakeholders in collaboration with OSHA, NIOSH and the EPA. Due to an abundance of PCP scholarship sponsors the Field Exams needed to obtain the Master Installer certification will be offered for free to candidates at the show for the second year in a row.
 
“Sprayfoam 2017 is the spray foam event of the year,” says John Achille, president of the SPFA. “As an annual event serving our industry with education, onsite certification, networking opportunities and more, it is the place to be if you are part of the spray polyurethane foam marketplace.”
 
Attendance for the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo is expected to exceed 1,200 individuals representing the complete Spray Polyurethane Foam industry and value chain, as well as the general public.
 
Premier sponsors of Sprayfoam 2017 include: Accella Polyurethane Systems, CertainTeed, Chemours, Covestro, Gaco Western, Honeywell, Icynene, Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, and Polyurethane Machinery Corp. Premier Media Sponsors include “Sprayfoam Professional” (the official publication of the Sprayfoam 2017 event), “Building Enclosure”, “Roofing Contractor”, and “Walls & Ceilings” magazines.  

CertainTeed Roofing Product Data is Available on ARCOM Software Platforms for Roofing Professionals

CertainTeed and ARCOM are pleased to announce that CertainTeed’s roofing product data and customized specifications are now available through ARCOM’s software platforms to architects, engineers and design professionals.
 
ARCOM and CertainTeed have worked together to create customized versions of the MasterSpec sections to accurately specify CertainTeed’s roofing product portfolio. Along with these specification sections, CertainTeed’s entire roofing product catalog and data sheets are accessible to specifiers when working on their projects.
 
“We are proud to partner with ARCOM in providing customized roofing specifications for both our Flintlastic Modified Bitumen roof systems and our complete collection of asphalt roofing shingle products,” said Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Roofing. “These editable, 3-part specifications enable the roof designer to easily produce complete and accurate specifications for both low-slope and steep-slope roofing systems.”
 
ARCOM and CertainTeed believe this relationship will benefit design professionals as they select and specify roofing products.

CertainTeed Metal Roofing Exceeds Industry Standards

Roof specifiers and installers can now achieve project goals in fire resistance and solar reflectance more easily with CertainTeed Presidio Metal Roofing as a result of testing to the latest editions of industry performance test standards. Introduced last year, the line of steel roofing products blends the look of classic roofing materials with the exceptional wind/hail resistance and solar reflectance of metal roofing.

Specifiers now can achieve Class A fire rating with Presidio applied over a layer of a specific fire-resistant roofing membrane product paired with a single layer of select CertainTeed underlayments – a barrier board is no longer needed. Further, the Presidio metal roofing products now earn a Class B fire rating when applied over a single layer of a variety of CertainTeed roofing underlayments.

In regards to solar reflectance, seven colors from the Presidio roofing product line have recently been listed for solar reflectance and thermal emittance by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). Presidio Tile colors English Toffee, Nutmeg, Speckled Bronze and Terra Cotta, and Presidio Shake colors Ash, Sand Dune and Weathered Wood are listed by CRRC with initial solar reflectance values ranging from 0.26 to 0.34.

“Sustainability and providing customers with products that help ensure the safety of homeowners have long been top priorities at CertainTeed,” says Dale Walton, residential products manager for CertainTeed Roofing. “And, the recent ratings from Intertek and the CRRC serve as proof of this commitment. With Presidio, specifiers and contractors will have the peace of mind to install the highest quality energy-efficient, fire- and weather-resistant roof, all while more easily meeting project certification goals.”

Each easy to install Presidio panel has overlaps that conceal the joints and create a seamless appearance. Presidio Tile embodies the same Mediterranean magnetism of traditional clay, but weighs hundreds of pounds less, and at a fraction of the cost. Presidio Shake is pre-weathered, aged and distressed to recreate the look of wood. Lastly, Presidio Slate showcases the natural beauty of stone in a lightweight, fully recyclable, energy-efficient material.