Project Profiles: Education Facilities

Maury Hall, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

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Roofing Contractor: Wagner Roofing, Hyattsville, Md.
General Contractor: C.E.R. Inc., Baltimore, (410) 247-9096

The project included 34 dormers that feature double-lock standing-seam copper and fascia metal.

The project included 34 dormers that feature double-lock standing-seam copper and fascia metal.

ROOF MATERIALS

Wagner Roofing was awarded the complete replacement of all roof systems. These included an upper double-lock standing-seam copper roof system, a bullnose copper cornice transition, slate mansard, 34 dormers with double-lock standing-seam copper and fascia metal, eight copper hip metal caps and a continuous built-in gutter with decorative copper fascia. Each of the dormers also had a copper window well.

The upper standing-seam roof was removed and replaced with 24-inch-wide, 20-ounce copper coil rollformed into 1-inch-high by 21-inch-wide continuous standing-seam panels that matched the original profile. The eave bullnose, which also served as the mansard flashing, was removed and returned to Wagner Roofing’s shop where it was replicated to match the exact size and profile.

The 34 dormer roofs were replaced with 20-inch-wide, 20-ounce copper coil formed into 1-inch-high by 17-inch- wide continuous standing-seam panels. The decorative ornate fascia of the dormers was carefully removed and Wagner’s skilled craftsmen used it as a template to develop the new two-piece copper cornice to which the roof panels locked. The cheeks and face of the dormers were also re-clad with custom-fabricated 20-ounce copper.

The oversized built-in-gutter at the base of the slate mansard was removed and replaced with a new 20-ounce copper liner custom-formed and soldered onsite. The replacement included a specialty “bull-nosed” drip edge at the base of the slate and an ornate, custom-formed fascia on the exterior of the built-in gutter. The decorative copper fascia included 85 “hubcaps”, 152 “half wheels” and 14 decorative pressed-copper miters. The original hubcap and half-wheel ornaments were broken down and patterns were replicated. Each ornamental piece was hand assembled from a pattern of 14 individual pieces of 20-ounce copper before being installed at their precise original location on the new fascia. The miters were made by six different molds, taken from the original worn pieces, to stamp the design into 20-ounce sheet copper.

In all, more than 43,000 pounds of 20-ounce copper was used on the project.

Copper Manufacturer: Revere Copper Products

ROOF REPORT

Maury Hall was built in 1907 and was designed by Ernest Flagg. Flagg designed many of the buildings at the U.S. Naval Academy, including the Chapel, Bancroft Hall, Mahan Hall, the superintendent’s residence and Sampson Hall. His career was largely influenced by his studies at École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Examples of Flagg’s Beaux-Arts influence can be found in the decorative copper adorning the built-in gutter on building designs.

Maury Hall currently houses the departments of Weapons and Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The building sits in a courtyard connected to Mahan Hall and across from its design twin, Sampson Hall.

PHOTO: Joe Guido

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Seal Gutters at Extreme Temperatures

Novagard Solutions has made available its Novaflex Gutter Sealant, which is designed for gutter applications, downspouts, soffits and other metal surfaces.

Novagard Solutions’ Novaflex Gutter Sealant.

Novagard Solutions has made available its Novaflex Gutter Sealant, which is designed for gutter applications, downspouts, soffits and other metal surfaces. It is suited for metal to metal and metal to plastic adhesion and provides a permanent seal for installing or repairing rain-carrying systems. The product, which has an 18-month shelf life, is UV resistant and does not shrink or crack. Novaflex Gutter Sealant, which can be extruded in extreme temperatures, ranging from -20 to 120 F, is available as a paste in white, gray and translucent and as a self-leveling, flowable product in gray.

Englert and Swenson Shear Partner to Provide Panel Preparation Equipment

Englert Inc., the New Jersey-based supplier of painted metal coil and metal fabricating machinery for the roofing and gutter industry, and Swenson Shear of Ceres, Calif., manufacturer of innovative tools to speed the preparation and installation of metal panels, have announced a strategic alliance to provide the Metalman Snaptable HD and Metalman Snaptable Pro collection of panel preparation equipment.

With the partnership, Englert will offer its customers two all-in-one panel preparation machines with the ability to notch, slit and hem standing-seam profiles from 12 to 24 inches, along with 33- to 60-inch slitting and hemming capabilities, while saving an average of 35 percent in labor cost.

Tony Newman, director of sales at Englert notes, “We have long sought to align with an innovative equipment manufacturer in the U.S. and feel we have now connected with a company whose products are suitable to Englert’s level of quality.”

The alliance gives Englert proven metal preparation products it can confidently offer to customers. “The Metalman Snaptables are easy to use and are more effective than manual efforts to create perfect valleys, ridges and edges,” Newman remarked. “These products will enhance the roll forming product line we already offer, and we know that our customers will be particularly happy with the two-year manufacturers’ warranty.”

With a tradition of innovation and proud craftsmanship that stretches back to 1966, Englert serves commercial and residential roofing contractors throughout the U.S. with the highest quality painted metal coil, a wide variety of roofing accessories, including seamers and curvers, and numerous, in-stock roll-forming machines, including the Multi-Panel which can roll-form 10 different panel widths and styles.

Newman continues: “We are dedicated to developing relationships and creating programs that support the growth of our customers’ businesses. We listen to our customers and anticipate their changing needs. These co-branded Metalman Snaptables are just one more example of that guiding principle.”

A Continuous Metal Piece Levels, Lowers or Pitches Any Standard Gutter or Screen Along the Roof’s Edge

Today’s roofing contractors have more product choices than ever before. Design innovations, high-quality materials and extended life expectancy are the norm. Most manufacturers have developed coordinated packages that include accessories, which not only results in better installations, but also provides enhanced solutions to present to any homeowner.

Following in my father’s footsteps, I have been a roofing contractor for 36 years. As my company grew, the challenge of organizing employees and providing systems to make the company more profitable became essential. One of my frustrations was waiting for gutter subcontractors to show up before we could start shingling. This was especially aggravating during winter when every roof is required to be watertight by the end of the day.

The High Back Adapter was designed to be installed with any manufacturer’s roofing package, regardless of what roof or gutter and accessories your contracting firm prefers to use.

The High Back Adapter was designed to be installed with any manufacturer’s roofing package, regardless of what roof or gutter and accessories your contracting firm prefers to use.

Consequently, I invented the High Back Adapter, which gives any roofer the flexibility to start the roofing application any time and gives the gutter installer the freedom to show up at any point in the roofing process. The High Back Adapter was designed to be installed with any manufacturer’s roofing package, regardless of what roof or gutter and accessories your contracting firm prefers to use.

The Solution

The High Back Adapter’s continuous one-piece design provides your company with enclosed insert pockets to independently level, lower or pitch any standard gutter or screen along the roof’s edge. It is available in steel, aluminum or copper in standard colors of white, brown and gray and is compatible with most metal, tile and all composite roof types. The product is designed to pitch gutters toward downspouts. It also allows gutter or screens to be installed any time in the future without breaking the manufacturer’s sealed edge you provided.

You may ask how this is possible. The gutter and screen slots provided in the High Back Adapter gave me the confidence that any manufactured seal would not be disturbed no matter when the gutter or screen was applied in the future. As a bonus, we found as the roofing materials got older, any replacement of these items can be done quickly without ever opening the edges.

Fortunately, the High Back Adapter’s gutter slot provides a way to level the gutter independently of the roof edge or structure, and all water is directed off the roof, into the gutter and to the ground.

Fortunately, the High Back Adapter’s gutter slot provides a way to level the gutter independently of the roof edge or structure, and all water is directed off the roof, into the gutter and to the ground.

Benefits of Lowering the Gutter

Typically, the gutter screen tucks under the first row of roofing material and screws into the gutter’s front lip. My crew and I noticed the screen’s final position lay relatively flat, producing a virtual shelf for any debris coming down the slope to settle. This debris would sit level with the wood substrate and roof edge, allowing any water flowing down the roof to literally dam up, eventually backing under the roofing material and wicking water back over the felt and into the wood substrate. This caused leaks, dry rot and felt deterioration in just a few years.

Fortunately, the High Back Adapter’s gutter slot provides a way to level the gutter independently of the roof edge or structure, and all water is directed off the roof, into the gutter and to the ground. Now installers can provide positive forward slope while preventing a virtual shelf.

The product provides standard 3 inches of protection on the roof and more than 2 inches in the gutter. Additionally, it gave us a way to level the roof deck on any existing home where dips or wavy edges were present. With the High Back Adapter, the roof has the appearance of a level edge even if the structure is not.

The notion of a gutter being limited by how level the building perimeter was or the inability to pitch the gutter in one or both directions is no longer an issue. The High Back Adapter’s enclosed slots give installers a way of pitching or lowering any standard gutter in one or both directions. Downspouts are no longer required to be placed in the lowest spots; gutters now can be pitched toward the best downspout location instead of the most convenient one.

The High Back Adapter has been our way of dealing with some common problems in about 75 percent of our roofing and gutter projects. We offer it as a benefit to our customer base and it is selling extremely well once a homeowner sees it. My hope is you will see your own opportunities and potential as you work in your respective fields. When you come up with the next best thing, don’t be afraid to implement it.

New Tech Machinery Offers Webinar for Product Information

New Tech Machinery offers a line of portable roof panel and gutter equipment. To learn more about New Tech Machinery’s products, join NTM for a webinar from the comfort of your own computer screen on July 22, 2015 at 10 a.m. MDT. Product information will be provided and questions will be answered.

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Topics to be included:

  • An in-depth look at the SSQ Roof Panel Machine.
  • What comes standard on NTM roof panel machines.
  • Information on the MACH II Gutter Machine.
  • Resources available to you, from NTM.

Gutter Guards Cost Less and Can Fit Any Roof

The back of Gutterglove's LeafBlaster can be easily bent up or down to fit any gutter and roof, without compromising the rigidity of the cover. LeafBlaster will fit on any roof, including asphalt shingle, standing-lock metal seam, stone-coated steel or flat membrane roofs.

The back of Gutterglove’s LeafBlaster can be easily bent up or down to fit any gutter and roof, without compromising the rigidity of the cover. LeafBlaster will fit on any roof, including asphalt shingle, standing-lock metal seam, stone-coated steel or flat membrane roofs.

U.S. manufacturer Gutterglove Inc. announced that it has received a broad patent for its proprietary V-Bend Technology (VBT) that allows its stainless steel micro mesh gutter guards to be suspended over a gutter without the need of a metal support. This allows the gutter guards to be manufactured for significantly less cost than their competitors and opens up the door for global distribution.

Stainless steel micro mesh gutter guards are not mainstream in gutter and roofing supply stores because of their high cost to manufacture, prohibiting store buyers from wanting to carry them. However, CEO and inventor of Gutterglove’s gutter covers, Robert Lenney has found a way to bring the price down.

Similar to corrugations in metal roofing materials to give them strength to span roof rafters, corrugations are put in the stainless steel mesh so they can span gutters without the need of high-cost metal supports.

Already, Lenney’s gutter covers are available at several ABC Supply roofing supply stores in the U.S. He hopes to be distributed throughout their entire chain by the end of summer.

Typical pro-install stainless steel micro mesh gutter guards can cost the contractor as much as $5 per foot. Contractors can now buy Lenney’s VBT gutter guards right around $2 per foot from building stores, and that’s with the store reaping a 30 percent gross profit margin.

Gutterglove has been manufacturing stainless steel micro mesh gutter guards since 2003 and has several brands, including the Gutterglove Pro. Gutterglove is also doing its part in stimulating the American economy by transitioning manufacturing from China to the US over the last few years.

All of Gutterglove’s gutter protection systems offer high-performance as they keep leaves, pine needles and tiny roof sand grit out of a rain gutter.

One of the contractor brands that is harnessing the VBT is the LeafBlaster Gutterguard. One reason why contractors like LeafBlaster is because of its ability to attach to a wide variety of gutter and roof types.

The back of LeafBlaster can be easily bent up or down to fit any gutter and roof, without compromising the rigidity of the cover. LeafBlaster will fit on any roof, including asphalt shingle, standing-lock metal seam, stone-coated steel or flat membrane roofs.

Lenney filed a patent application for a special clip that allows a self-regulating heat cable to attach to the top of the mesh. This converts the cover into a heated gutter guard and can now melt icicles, ice dams and snow loads.

New Tech Machinery Offers Referral Incentives

New Tech Machinery has just started a brand new referral incentive program. The program will be open and available for all existing customers who refer a potential new customer to New Tech Machinery. Incentives will be rewarded to those who result in a sale. If the referral results in a sale; the customer will receive “New Tech bucks,” which can be applied towards future purchases from New Tech Machinery. New Tech Machinery has always been appreciative of its customers and the word-of-mouth advertising it receives and would like to reward its customers. New Tech Machinery manufactures roof panels and gutter machines and offers quality customer service.

New Tech Machinery manufactures portable rollforming equipment. It provides machinery to roofing contractors, gutter contractors and in-plant manufacturers worldwide.

Van Mark Products Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2014

Van Mark Products Corp. is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. Founded in 1964 by Gene Van Cleave, Van Mark has become a worldwide leader in manufacturing portable job-site bending brakes and installation tools for the residential and commercial construction industries.

Doing business globally and based out of Farmington Hills, Mich., Van Mark designs and manufactures tools for the residential roofing, siding, window and gutter installation industries as well as tools for metal roofing and post frame construction. Van Mark’s quality has made its tools the preferred brand among contractors and distributors worldwide.

Van Mark began in 1964 when Gene Van Cleave founded the business after working as a stone mason and siding and window installer for many years. Recognizing the need for portable job-site tools he pioneered, developed and patented many high quality long lasting tools designed to help installers do their jobs more efficiently. He focused on making high quality durable tools, a core value that exists at Van Mark to this day.

Family owned and operated by the second generation, Van Mark is run by Gene’s son Jeff Van Cleave. As the company continues to develop innovative new products every year, Van Mark is poised to continue as the leader in quality and innovation for the next 50 years, as contractors and distributors have recognized over the past 50 years.