New Fluid-Applied Membrane Is Designed to Be Tough, Virtually Odorless, Easy to Apply

Garland’s first ever fluid-applied seamless membrane, LiquiTec, forms a virtually impenetrable surface over aged modified bitumen, metal and single-ply roof systems, adding years of waterproofing protection. LiquiTec is an aliphatic polyurea coating system with a tightly bonded molecular structure that provides strength and durability similar to truck bed liners. LiquiTec is built to protect roof surfaces from damage caused by hail, foot traffic, wind scour and other impact.

According to the manufacturer, LiquiTec fully and partially reinforced systems exhibit extremely high tensile strength and remain flexible at temperatures down to -60°F (-51°C), which helps keep the coating from cracking or becoming brittle to ensure a complete watertight seal and long-term waterproofing protection. In addition to its strength, LiquiTec contains zero VOCs and is extremely low odor to allow roof work to be completed with minimal or no disruption at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals and other structures where people are present. 

This two-component product also undergoes a chemical cure process, rather than a moisture cure, so it cures quickly and with less disruption from weather, allowing for faster installation and waterproofing protection. 

“LiquiTec is the answer to so many of our customers’ waterproofing needs. Its unique formulation, strength and flexibility provides the right amount of toughness combined with superior waterproofing protection,” said Ed Buczek, Garland’s senior product manager of roof coatings. “And to top it off, the fact that it is extremely low odor, highly flexible, resistant to fungi and chemically cured allows it to be installed nearly anywhere and perform in the most extreme environments.”

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com

Garland Industries Acquires Merchant & Evans, Expands Building Materials Portfolio

Garland Industries Inc. has acquired Merchant & Evans, Inc., a metal roof systems manufacturer, adding the company to its growing portfolio of building materials manufacturers and distributors. Garland Industries is a family of 18 vertically integrated companies with the majority of them specializing in developing and manufacturing waterproofing solutions for the industrial, commercial and residential markets.

According to the company, the addition of Merchant & Evans into the Garland Industries family will bolster product offerings and manufacturing capabilities of Garland’s existing metal business while also promoting the sharing of resources and collaboration on future product development.

Merchant & Evans has an expansive and diverse line of products, including metal roof systems; wall, fascia and soffit profiles; perimeter edge metal; and accessories. Merchant & Evans and its flagship ZIP-RIB product have strong, well-established reputations in the industry for performance and excellence. The company has a longstanding history of providing customers with a highly diversified line of products with numerous profiles, materials and finishes that allow them to accommodate the widest range of architectural aesthetics. Its tradition of excellence dates back to 1866. 

“This merger will not only allow us to better serve our customers by providing them with a wider array of product and service options, but it will also allow us to combine our expertise and resources to continue developing innovative and market-changing technology,” explained Joe Orlando, vice president of Garland Industries.

The Garland Company Inc. Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced The Garland Company Inc., Cleveland, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, joining NRCA as a partner member.

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

Joe Mellott, director of business development for The Garland Company, has joined NRCA’s Industry Executives Committee and will serve as a member of NRCA’s Government Relations Committee.

“It is critically important for roofing manufacturers like Garland to not only share their experience and expertise within the industry but also to have the ability to help create change,” said Mellott. “We are looking forward to joining NRCA’s One Voice initiative and witnessing the progress firsthand.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

For more information about The Garland Company, visit www.garlandco.com

Water-Based Roof Coating Ideal for Sensitive Applications

Garland offers Pyramic Plus LO, a bright white, water-based, acrylic-urethane roof coating designed to preserve asphaltic modified bitumen surfaces from UV degradation and lower temperatures on the roof surface. Pyramic Plus LO, though 100-percent water-based and non-toxic, contains uniquely formulated biocides that minimize the growth of micro-organisms including bacteria, fungi, and algae on the surface of the coating. With an odor comparable to standard house paint, these systems will not disrupt building occupants or business as usual. Pyramic Plus LO is ideal for use in sensitive applications such as schools and hospitals. 

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com.

Garland Receives Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service

Garland was recently honored with a Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service for its annual tradition of supporting non-profit organizations through fun, creative and thoughtful fundraising. Garland’s philanthropic initiative called Spirit Week began in 2010 with Garland employees helping raise more than $400,000 for charities in northeast Ohio and across the country over the last nine years. The company was honored at an event Thursday, December 6 along with seven other 2018 Pillar Award honorees.

Garland’s Spirit Week initially began as a weeklong fundraising event, but has since transformed into a several months long initiative that kicks off well before the official date in May. Garland has supported a variety of charities throughout the years, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, Ohio Cancer Research and most recently, the Achievement Centers for Children. In addition to providing Garland employees with a way to give back to the community, Spirit Week has also served as a way for employees to support their fellow partners through cancer diagnoses.

In 2013, Garland supported the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, an organization that funds lung cancer research and advocacy. The organization was providing help, support and comfort to the wife of a California-based Garland sales rep after she was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at 28 years old. One of Garland’s own board members was also battling the disease.

Three years later, two more Garland family members received cancer diagnoses. Once again, Garland’s employees rallied behind their colleagues not only by offering support personally and professionally, but also by raising money for Ohio Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding aggressive cancer research.

“Garland’s employees truly have embraced the goal of Spirit Week, which has always been to support non-profit organizations who are doing so much good in our local community and also across the country,” said Chuck Ripepi, Garland’s CFO. “To see the impact we’ve had over the years through our fundraising and volunteerism is what keeps us going year after year. Spirit Week has become part of who we are as an organization.”

Garland’s 2019 Spirit Week charity is Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow, a completely volunteer-run organization that brings the spirit of Christmas joy to seriously and terminally ill children and their families all throughout the year.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com

Flashless Metal Edge Protects the Roof Perimeter

The flashless metal edge system eliminates the need for flashing plies that would ordinarily be installed at the roof’s edge.

The flashless metal edge system eliminates the need for flashing plies that would ordinarily be installed at the roof’s edge.

Garland’s flashless metal edge system eliminates the need for flashing plies that would ordinarily be installed at the roof’s edge, saving time during installation and costs on labor and material. R-Mer Force has re-engineered the way flashing is installed without compromising strength or longevity.
 
A roof’s perimeter is vulnerable to wind damage and moisture intrusion, requiring special details and flashing procedures to protect the building. R-Mer Force is anchored to exterior walls with aluminum anchors, which means there are no penetrations on the roof surface. Fascia cover pieces snap onto installed anchors, completing the installation and blocking out the elements to protect your building. 
 
Thermoplastic elastomer compression seals also contribute to the finish of R-Mer Force. Because the seals keep surface tension balanced, the oil canning effect that plagues other metal edge systems doesn’t affect the level edge surface of R-Mer Force. To complete the finish, customized splice plates make the transition between edge pieces uniform for a finished look. The system is available in a variety of colors to fit any aesthetic goals. 
 
These innovations don’t compromise on the strength and longevity expected from Garland’s metal systems. R-Mer Force meets building code ANSI/SPRI ES-1 requirements for structural integrity and wind resistance, ensuring security. The extruded aluminum anchor was designed and tested to withstand severe wind speeds, keeping the fascia secured. The fascia is available in steel and aluminum options.

Fleece-Backed Thermoplastic Membrane Exceeds Weathering Tests

KEE-Stone FB 60 fleece-backed thermoplastic membrane stands up agains harsh weather and UV radiation.

KEE-Stone FB 60 fleece-backed thermoplastic membrane stands up against harsh weather and UV radiation.

Garland has released the KEE-Stone FB 60 fleece-backed thermoplastic membrane which exceeds standard weathering tests and stands up against harsh weather and UV radiation. In accelerated weathering tests, KEE-Stone showed no signs of cracking or cratering even at 100 times magnification, which is 10 times more than the ASTM D 6745 standard requires. KEE-Stone’s compound, formulated using DuPont Elvaloy HP Ketone Ethylene Ester (KEE), provides resistance to UV degradation and heat resistance while retaining low-temperature flexibility, which translates into a lasting roof.

KEE enhances the performance of the PVC by permanently locking in its flexibility, eliminating plasticizer migration and allowing the membrane to remain tough and flexible throughout the entire lifecycle of the roof. Garland’s KEE-Stone membranes contain the KEE formulation throughout the entire sheet, further increasing its level of performance. The membrane is also reinforced with a polymer-coated scrim. The design of the scrim allows the KEE compound above and below the scrim to fuse together, imparting puncture, tear and tensile strength to the membrane.

Garland’s two-ply, hybrid KEE-Stone system will provide the protection of a traditional modified bitumen roof system with the appearance of a single-ply system.

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Garland Introduces a Quality Assurance and Communication Program

Garland introduced a quality assurance and communication program for its manufacturing operations at its Cleveland headquarters. GMAX, which stands for Garland Manufacturing Attention to Excellence, is a proactive program designed to provide more education to the manufacturing staff and open the lines of communication between key players in the product manufacturing process.

At its core, the concept is to keep all involved—from team members working on the production line to the management team—well informed with up-to-date information. The program also outlines a strategy for improving on safety, quality, inventory and efficiency. Each piece of the GMAX program was designed with one goal in mind: engage employees in a positive way that fosters personal ownership and a healthy team dynamic to maintain Garland’s high standards.

The GMAX program brings together many of the departments—manufacturing, product management, research, quality and safety—that help make the products a success in the factory, as well as out in the field. One aspect of the program is the GMAX Command Center—a new room built in the manufacturing plant with product mock-ups, educational information about the products, and real-time information from the Product Management and Quality teams.

Already, the new program has brought positive changes to the Cleveland operations. “Now that all of the team members know the goal and everyone is educated on the what and why of what we’re trying to accomplish, the quality assurance team went from just one department to the entire manufacturing team,” says Colin Downey, plant manager.

The GMAX program will continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of a constantly changing business landscape while striving to always put customers first.

Garland Releases Metal Solutions Brochure

To help customers find the perfect metal solutions for their job, Garland developed a Garland Metal Solutions brochure. This new tool gives architects, building owners, facility managers and other design professionals full access to Garland’s comprehensive offering of long-lasting, durable and eco-responsible metal building solutions.

Not only does this brochure cover Garland’s full line of metal options like R-Mer Shield, R-Mer Span, R-Mer Wall Pan, R-Mer Loc, and high-performance edge metal systems, it also highlights the vast metal color selection.

“This brochure is a great showpiece to highlight the wide array of high-performance metal options that we offer. The best part is that we have a solution to suit everyone, and our engineering team can provide the service behind each metal system to make sure every individual customer is satisfied,” says Tom Diamond, senior product manager with Garland.

Asphalt and Polyurethane Create Durable Membrane

The Garland Co. Inc.’s OptiMax polyurethane-modified asphalt-based roof membrane is developed with a process that combines asphalt with polyurethane to create a durable and long-lasting modified membrane.

The Garland Co. Inc.’s OptiMax polyurethane-modified asphalt-based roof membrane is developed with a process that combines asphalt with polyurethane to create a durable and long-lasting modified membrane.

The Garland Co. Inc.’s OptiMax polyurethane-modified asphalt-based roof membrane is developed with a process that combines asphalt with polyurethane to create a durable and long-lasting modified membrane. OptiMax becomes increasingly resilient as it ages because, with time, polyurethane molecules are chemically linked with one another. The process was first used in Europe in the paving industry.

When traditional SBS-modified membranes age, the oils within the membrane heat up and “cook out”, causing cracking and eventually leaking. OptiMax utilizes an “active modification” process, which involves chemically reacting the polyurethane modifier to specific molecules within the asphalt. This modification provides enhanced long-term performance characteristics and weatherability.

Its performance is further improved by the fact that minerals are more strongly attracted to the polyurethane in the OptiMax membrane. The result is improved adhesion thus providing UV protection, preventing the likelihood of cracking and leaking issues common in traditional membranes. During advanced surface testing, OptiMax had fewer cracks when compared to traditional asphalt-modified membranes and retained its tensile strength in the face of damaging UV radiation.

“OptiMax has the ability to literally change the face of the roofing industry. This new technology will revolutionize the market and redefine expectations of building owners in terms of performance and protection. OptiMax has been engineered to outperform other commercial roofing products in the industry,” explains Melissa Rus, Garland’s director of research and development.

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