MiaSolé and Upland Corp. Enter into Sales Agreement to Sell Thin-film Lightweight Solar Modules

Upland Corp., a manufacturers’ representative firm that provides building material solutions to the commercial construction industries, and MiaSolé have entered into a sales agreement. Upland Corp. will sell MiaSolé FLEX modules in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, territories. Since 1984, Upland Corp. has helped architects, building owners and contractors by providing quality building solutions to these valued construction partners.

Upland Corp. will engage in the sales and marketing of MiaSolé FLEX modules, efficient thin-film lightweight flexible modules that offer an efficiency rating of more than 16 percent. MiaSolé FLEX modules bond directly to the roof surface with a simple peel-and-stick adhesive. The low-profile FLEX module provides wind resistance and a seismic advantage providing huge benefits over traditional rack-and-panel solar systems.

The FLEX-02 Series module is available in two formats. The FLEX-02W module is 39.3 by 102.3 inches and is rated at 360 watts, and designed for low-slope commercial single-ply roof systems. The FLEX-02N module is 14.6 by 102.3 inches and is rated at 120 watts, and designed specifically for standing-seam metal roofs. The FLEX-02 Series module is IEC 61646 and IEC 61730 and UL 1703 certified.

The FLEX-02 module provides Upland Corp. customers other significant benefits. The low weight of the module (less than 0.7 pounds per square foot) allows installation on roofs that cannot support the weight of traditional glass solar panels. Because the FLEX-02 panels adhere directly to the roof surface, there are no penetrations, eliminating the worry of leakage and damage to valuable contents within the building. The FLEX-02 also is aesthetically pleasing, blending into metal and TPO roofs and preserving the original look of the roof.

MCA Offers Metal Roof Installation Manual with an Online Exam

The Metal Construction Association is offering a Metal Roof Installation Manual with an online exam. The manual is a free download. It includes 20 chapters and hundreds of pages and illustrations to ensure industry best practices are used when installing metal roofs. The accompanying online exam, which is $100, confirms installers and contractors have a full grasp of the best practices outlined in the manual.

Certain Metal Roof Systems Have a Service Life of at Least 60 Years

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute (ASMI) has accepted a recent report published by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) that verifies certain metal roof systems can have a service life of at least 60 years. The service life report served as the technical substantiation required for Athena to change the useful service life of this type of roofing product to 60 years, which can be longer than the buildings they cover.

“We are honored that our service life study for metal roofing met Athena’s high standards and will now be used in whole building life cycle assessments for buildings throughout the country,” says Scott Kriner, MCA’s technical director

Athena’s software allows for whole building LCA assessment, taking into account all materials, systems, assemblies and components used in a given type of building. The Metal Roof Service Life report, which was sponsored by MCA and the ZAC Association, studied the service life of unpainted 55 percent Al-Zn low-slope standing-seam metal roofing in a wide range of different environments across the U.S.

MCA Publishes Technical Resource on Selecting Proper Types of Fasteners

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published a new technical resource to assist designers and installers in selecting the proper type of fastener: Fastener Compatibility with Profiled Metal Roof and Wall Panels.

Found in the technical resources section of the MCA website at www.metalconstruction.org, the new bulletin includes a convenient table that serves as a guideline to check fastener compatibility with different types of cladding materials. The table references corrosion resistance between eight common types of metal roof and wall cladding materials and nine different fasteners. With it, users can quickly determine if they are matching the right fastener with the right roof or wall material to ensure performance over time and a strong, weather tight attachment.

The integrity and aesthetics of a building is at risk when the wrong type of fastener is used with a metal roof or wall cladding system. Premature corrosion of the metal panel and/or the fastener may occur under certain conditions. Known as galvanic corrosion, this is often a result of corrosion between the dissimilar metals that are in contact with each other. To prevent dissimilar metal corrosion at the connection point, fasteners should be made of a compatible or the same material as the roof or wall material whenever possible. At the very least, the fastener should display equivalent corrosion resistance to the material being fastened.

The bulletin also provides a discussion on the fastener durability and the roles (primary or secondary) and type (self-drilling, self-tapping and self-piercing) of fasteners that will help designers and installers achieve high fastener performance.

The MCA updates its education/technical resources section on its website on a regular basis, addressing practical and educational topics related to the metal construction industry. All materials are available free to website visitors to download in PDF format.

Why My Teams Install Stone-coated Metal Roofs

Recently, a father and his adult son, both from Chatham, Ontario, Canada, contacted my company Metal Roof Outlet in Courtland, Ontario. Both needed to have roofs on their homes replaced. They chose stone-coated metal roofs. We installed the son’s roof first; then went to the father’s home. Before we began work, the dad told us, “My son had a very nice-looking home before. Now he has a castle.”

An installation team from Metal Roof Outlet, Courtland, Ontario, Canada, installs an Allmet stone-coated metal roof on a suburban Toronto home.

An installation team from Metal Roof Outlet, Courtland, Ontario, Canada, installs an Allmet stone-coated metal roof on a suburban Toronto home.


That perfectly sums up the kind of comments I hear from customers who have had our teams install stone-coated metal roofs on their homes. They like the roofs’ longevity, energy efficiency and maintenance freedom.

Above all, though, is the roofs’ “wow” factor that is apparent from the street or up close. People don’t even fully recognize it’s metal because of the roof’s stone finish. The stone coating provides a very natural look. It’s a warmer appearance that blends in with the surroundings, never looking artificial or manufactured

Customers respond well to stone-coated metal’s colors, which come in a wide variety. The stones’ colors are blended to arrive at the end shade. Customers with single-color siding typically prefer a roof of variegated colors. But if they have a busier brick exterior, they will go with a solid-color roof for contrast.

Whenever I’m working with a prospective customer, we will send out a sample to put up against the customer’s brick or siding. It’s hard to see the color in the hand. But step back a bit, and the customer can see that color.

Metal Roof Outlet, Courtland, Ontario, Canada, installs Allmet stone-coated metal roofs because of the roofs’ many benefits.

Metal Roof Outlet, Courtland, Ontario, Canada, installs Allmet stone-coated metal roofs because of the roofs’ many benefits.


The durability of the roofs is another selling point. The majority of people coming into our showroom are replacing their roofs every 12 years. They’re tired of replacing their roofs and they tell us they just want to do it once and be done with it. When you put on a stone-coated metal roof, you know it’s there for the life of the home. Over the long-term, it will be more cost-effective. Instead of replacing a typical roof three or four times over 50 years, you install this roof just once.

After the initial cost, you’ve improved the look of the home; you have increased the energy efficiency; and you’ve made sure you have very, very little maintenance. Other than removing the leaves from the valleys and gutters, there’s little else to do.

Many of the homeowners who choose a stone-coated metal roof do so because they intend to remain in their homes for decades. Thirty years ago, it was typically older couples that chose stone-coated metal roofs. These were people who’d saved the money and liked the look. Today, it’s often younger homeowners—people in their 30s and 40s—who choose stone-coated metal. They are fixing up their homes with the intention of staying in them.

When I think back, I can’t think of any one particular roofing project where stone-coated metal stood out as a real problem solver. That’s because it solves problems on every roof we do.

Roof Hugger Hosts Webinar for Metal-over-metal Retrofit Reroofing

Retrofit and reroofing accounts for about 80 percent of all roofing construction projects in the U.S. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), it is estimated that there are currently more than 25 billion square feet of metal roofs in the U.S. that are from 25 to 45 years old, most of them needing replacement.

Join New Tech Machinery and Roof Hugger in a webinar and learn key facts needed to be successful in this market.

Roof Hugger Inc. has been in the retrofit roofing market since 1991. Roof Hugger will be hosting a webinar focusing on metal-over-metal retrofit reroofing and sharing expertise. Questions will be answered during the presentation.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT. Click here to sign up for the webinar.

CENTRIA Releases Product Catalog for Architectural Metal Roof Products

CENTRIA releases its 2015 Product Catalog featuring enhanced photography of its wide range of architectural metal roof products.

CENTRIA releases its 2015 Product Catalog featuring enhanced photography of its wide range of architectural metal roof products.

CENTRIA releases its 2015 Product Catalog featuring enhanced photography of its wide range of architectural metal wall and roof products. As the new catalog illustrates, architects’ design options are endless with multiple profiles, metal substrates, coatings and colors.

“Our catalog continues to evolve along with our expanded product offerings. The images are larger, brighter and truly showcase the versatile styles we offer for each product,” says Julie Pawuk, manager of marketing communications at CENTRIA. “Our product options and other benefits are also easy to reference for architects who are considering metal for their next project.”

The updated 2015 catalog promotes CENTRIA’s popular line of products, including:

  • Intercept modular metal panel system – Introduced in 2014, this system is making its first appearance in the catalog. This modular metal panel system is a low-maintenance, economical way to design any façade.
  • Metalwrap insulated composite backup panels – This innovative backup panel system is spotlighted with even more in-depth content and imagery.
  • Formawall insulated metal panel system – As CENTRIA’s premier product line, Formawall Dimension Series and Graphix Series provide thermal efficiency and moisture control in a single panelized component.

CENTRIA Hires Profile Series and Metal Composite Material Product Manager

CENTRIA, a designer and manufacturer of architectural metal wall and roof systems, announces that Jeffrey Peskowitz has joined the team as the Profile Series and Metal Composite Material (MCM) product manager. Peskowitz brings an impressive history of marketing, sales and business development success in the commercial building product industry to his new role at CENTRIA.

“Jeff has accumulated 30 years of related industry experience throughout his career, and we are very excited to welcome him to CENTRIA,” says Greg Lusty, director of product management and research and development, CENTRIA. “Jeff’s knowledge and drive will be invaluable as we strive to continually improve and market our innovative, high-performance Profile Series and MCM product lines.”

Peskowitz will be responsible for collaborating with the company’s sales and marketing teams to maintain, promote and market the company’s rainscreen product offerings including the Profile Series line of single-skin metal panels, encompassing Concept Series and IW Series concealed fastener panels, exposed fastener single-skin panels, EcoScreen perforated screenwall, roofing and the Cascade metal panel system, as well as the FormaBond and FormaBond II MCM product lines.

Most recently, Peskowitz served as director of sales and marketing for SYNTHEON Inc., an integrated framing and insulation wall system company and former subsidiary of NOVA Chemicals Inc. Peskowitz also served as director of marketing with SYNTHEON, leading the development and marketing initiatives of the company brand. In addition, he spent 14 years with Alcoa Home Exteriors Inc. in various positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and sales, leading to the position of director of product marketing. Peskowitz spent his early career with Masonite Corp. in various market research and marketing positions.

Peskowitz received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Potsdam and his master’s degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and management information systems from SUNY Binghamton.

Project Profiles: Retail/Mixed-use

Outlet Collection at Niagara Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Team

DEVELOPER: Ivanhoé Cambridge, Montreal

The largest open-air outlet mall in Canada features approximately 23,000 square feet of PTFE fiberglass membrane walkway canopies.

The largest open-air outlet mall in Canada features approximately 23,000 square feet of PTFE fiberglass membrane walkway canopies. PHOTO: Birdair

Roof Materials

The largest open-air outlet mall in Canada features approximately 23,000 square feet of PTFE fiberglass membrane walkway canopies. The membrane canopies exhibit a flying-mast cone design that provides relief from the elements and creates a signature look for the shopping center.

PTFE, or polytetrafluoroethylene, is a Teflon-coated woven fiberglass membrane that is durable and weather-resistant. PTFE fiberglass membranes can be installed in climates ranging from the frigid arctic to the scorching desert heat with a project life in some cases exceeding 30 years.

PTFE fiberglass coating is chemically inert, and the low-surface free energy of the material results in an electrical-grade fabric membrane that is readily rinsed by rain-water. It is also immune to UV radiation. This combination makes PTFE-coated fabric membrane ideal for projects requiring weather endurance and fire resistance.

PTFE fiberglass is ENERGY STAR- and Cool Roof Rating Council-certified. During scientific tests of its solar properties, it was discovered that PTFE fiberglass membranes reflect as much as 73 percent of the sun’s energy while holding just 7 percent on its exterior surface. Certain grades of PTFE fiberglass can absorb 14 percent of the sun’s energy while allowing 13 percent of natural daylight and 7 percent of reradiated energy (solar heat) to transmit through.

PTFE FIBERGLASS MEMBRANE DESIGNER, FABRICATOR, INSTALLER: Birdair

Roof Report

Located beside the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, less than 20 kilometers from the U.S. border, the 520,000-square-foot shopping center features 102 retailers, including Canada’s first Pandora outlet, White House Black Market outlet and Bass Pro Shops Outpost. Other sought-after brands at the center include a Kate Spade Outlet, NIKE Factory Store, Calvin Klein Outlet and Michael Kors Outlet.

The Niagara Outlet Collection was developed to attract shoppers and visitors who might have otherwise crossed the U.S. border to shop in the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, the Walden Galleria or the Boulevard Mall. David Baffa, Ivanhoé Cambridge senior vice president of retail development, said the developer wants the new outlet collection to be part of the Niagara experience.

Outlet Collection at Niagara is committed to corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability and has a number of design features throughout the property to raise awareness of its green initiatives. Its canopies make the open-air concept possible, reducing energy consumption because the common areas do not need to be heated or cooled. Some of the public buildings, like guest services and the eatery, have been designed so that they can be opened to the outdoors in favorable weather, thus saving energy and connecting people to the outdoors.

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‘Z’ Closure Ventilates Peaks of Standing-seam Metal Roofs

Glick Metals LLC has announced its Snap-Z vented “Z” closure designed for standing-seam metal roof applications.

Glick Metals LLC has announced its Snap-Z vented “Z” closure designed for standing-seam metal roof applications.

Glick Metals LLC has announced its Snap-Z vented “Z” closure designed for standing-seam metal roof applications. The Snap-Z product allows installers to vent the peak of a standing-seam metal roof in such a way that air is allowed to flow but water and snow infiltration are restricted. The Snap-Z is designed to work with 1-inch, open-hem metal ridge caps. It fits between the ribs of standing-seam roof panels. Snap-Z, which is covered by a 20-year limited warranty, comes standard with a matte black finish and is available in 15 additional colors to coordinate with a variety of roof-color offerings. It is available in 1-inch, 1 1/2-inch and 1 3/4-inch heights. Custom lengths may be ordered.