Drain Is Drop-in Ready

SpeedTite is installed from the rooftop so it will not disrupt building occupants. The drop in ready drain has a one-piece seamless body for strength and durability as well as a cast aluminum strainer dome and clamping ring.

SpeedTite is installed from the rooftop so it will not disrupt building occupants. The drop-in ready drain has a one-piece seamless body for strength and durability as well as a cast aluminum strainer dome and clamping ring.

OMG Roofing Products introduces the SpeedTite Roof Drain, a drop-in ready drain that can be installed in seconds in new or retrofit applications.

Contractors insert the drain stem into the existing drain leader and hand-tighten the mechanical seal to create a symmetrical watertight seal. Since no special tools are required, the SpeedTite Drain installs in half the time of other insert drains for enhanced contractor productivity. It is also faster than re-working a drain which can take up to two hours of time.

SpeedTite is installed from the rooftop so it will not disrupt building occupants. The drop in ready drain has a one-piece seamless body for strength and durability as well as a cast aluminum strainer dome and clamping ring. The 10-inch long drain stem accommodates most existing conditions and can be field if needed or obtained in longer lengths. An extra large flange allows positive attachment of roof flashing membrane, and flanges are also available with TPO or PVC coatings for direct hot-air welding.

Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG Roofing Products features specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, drains, pipe supports, emergency repair tape, edge metal systems and productivity tools. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance.

SOPREMA Inc. is Hosting Regional Building Envelope Clinic

SOPREMA Inc. will be hosting a regional Building Envelope Clinic, in Portland, Oregon, on July 13, 2016, for architects, consultants and contractors looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units. The clinic will be held at Hotel Vintage Portland, located at 422 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon.

The Building Envelope Clinic will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m. with a cocktail reception and prize raffle.

“We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally to help support our consultants, contractors and architects,” said Sara Jonas, SOPREMA. “These courses continue to bring education to the forefront for our current partners, as well as those new to SOPREMA, while helping them to achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

Courses offered during the Building Envelope Clinic include:
• SBS-Modified Bitumen Technology–AIA/RCI Presentation
• PVC Roof Membrane Overview
• Wall Systems and Design–AIA/RCI Presentation
• PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Membranes
• Vegetated Roofing–AIA/RCI Presentation

For more information, visit www.soprema.us. To RSVP, email jkendrick@soprema.us.

Drexel Metals ARM Program Offers Metal Roofing Contractors Support

Metal roofing contractors can expect all the support they need to make life better from the Drexel Metals Association of Regional Manufacturers (DM-ARM) program. Contractors who are part of DM-ARM can offer their customers metal roofing systems that are fully tested and engineered. Contractors are installing a system with a Never Worry Warranty that certifies manufacturing as well as the installed metal roofing system.

“Our ARM members are great at installing even the most complicated metal roofing systems,” says Brian Partyka, president of Drexel Metals. “What they get from membership is a system backed by testing and engineering; they have access to technical support, on-site training and machine maintenance. These are just some of the things we are dedicated to help with.”

Drexel Metals offers its ARM members custom shop drawings, code compliant systems, technical support, on-site training, machine maintenance and a quality assurance program. ARM metal roofing contractors can offer custom or standard trim, as well as curved roofing panels. A popular component to the ARM program is the company’s Metal Roofing on Demand, delivering standard material within days. Other benefits of ARM membership include help with improving a website or building a new company site and assistance with marketing.

ABC Supply Acquires Assets of Western Roofing Supply

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired the assets of Western Roofing Supply Co. Inc., a roofing supply distributor in Minneapolis, Minn.

Founded in 1923, Western Roofing Supply has a single location, at 2727 26th Ave. S. It will become the newest ABC Supply branch and the company’s fifth in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

The store supplies area contractors with a wide selection of roofing materials for residential, commercial and industrial applications. That offering will soon be expanded to include windows, siding and gutters, says Jim Welch, vice president of ABC Supply’s Midwest Region.

Located midway between the downtown areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the new branch complements ABC Supply’s existing facility in St. Paul.

“It will allow us to provide more seamless service to contractors working in the central part of the metropolitan area, giving them convenient access to the products and support they need,” Welch says.

ABC Supply’s other Twin Cities-area branches are in Coon Rapids, Maple Plain and Savage.

Does a Low Price Mean Good Value or Bad Quality?

Why can’t roofing industry professionals understand that old technology and outdated products that have outlived their usefulness are no longer really considered competition but are a target for replacement? Higher-performing and technically advanced products replace outdated and underperforming products all the time. They don’t try to compete with them on price. That doesn’t always seem to be the case in the roofing industry.

The bar has to be set higher—not lower—when dealing with all types of products in the roofing industry; I tend to notice this disconnect when it comes to woven synthetic underlayments because of my line of business. However, test standards and inspection compliance should reflect the quality of all products in the industry. Today’s consumer is not demanding lower-performing products at lower prices with the intention that the materials on their house or business will not last and will not endure the weather and heat from the sun.

In addition, the roofing industry’s practice of selling the customer a 40- to 50-year or lifetime-warrantied roof with an underlayment that is warrantied for five or 10 years should be discontinued because this concept is not in the best interest of the customer. This is especially true when those products are used in a way that is in conflict with the restrictions placed on price-oriented imported products. Buyers, including roofing contractors, builders, distributors and homeowners, need to read the data and instruction materials to fully understand what they are buying.

Cheaper is not better! Better is better! There is no getting around it. If suppliers and manufacturers are going to employ salesmen and women, they ought to be able to sell the products in their charge and be able to give the buyer reasons why they should buy their product. For example, do you really think the consumer who is buying the higher-end asphalt shingle product wants a lower-end synthetic underlayment? You’re supposed to be replacing poor-quality products, not competing with them.

Using poor-quality cheap products is yesterday’s thinking. You’re not serving the public’s needs with that thought process. Quality and proven performance levels are being demanded in today’s marketplace, and price has nothing to do with it.

Why can’t the roofing industry understand this and stop this race to the bottom?