S-5! Offers Free Educational Webinars April 15 and 16

S-5! invites roofing professionals to participate in an ongoing series of free informative webinars on a variety of solar and metal roofing topics designed to expand your knowledge and enhance your selling processes. On Wednesday, April 15, at noon EDT, S-5! will present Why is Metal Roofing the Perfect Solar Platform? and on Thursday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m. EDT,  the company is offering Metal Roofs: Wire Management and Best Practices.

For more information on S-5!’s ongoing series of webinars or to register, please visit https://s-5.com/webinars.

Gauge Tool Set Quickly Determines Type of Clamp or Bracket Needed

The LMCurbs gauge tool set was designed to help customers save time and money by quickly determining the type of clamp or bracket that is needed for a metal roofing application. There are two styles, one for the S-5! Utility Clamps and one for the five different profiles of the S-5! RibBrackets.

With these gauges, contractors can instantly determine which clamp or RibBracket best fits the metal roof profile while at jobsite. These gauges will greatly reduce the need for shipping out samples to test fit. For the estimators and installers that need to provide a quick estimate and/or begin an expedited install, these gauges could easily save a day or two of back and forth trying to determine the correct product, according to the manufacturer.

Customized laser etching is available, allowing companies to hand them out to their customers with their contact information.

Applications and uses include:

  • ColorGard
  • Dual-Gard
  • LMCurbs IDS
  • LMCurbs SnowGuard
  • SnoRail/SnoFence
  • Solar
  • Solar Attachment 
  • Tools & Hardware
  • Utility
  • X-Gard

For more information, visit www.lmcurbs.com

MRA Kicks Off Trade Competition For Best Residential Metal Roofing Projects

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), the nonprofit trade organization representing the industry in the United States and Canada, is kicking off a quarterly competition for roofing contractors, installers and manufacturers to select the best residential metal roofing projects for 2020.

Open to U.S. and Canada contractors, installers and manufacturers, MRA officials will select one outstanding metal roofing project each quarter based on project appearance, performance and originality/use of materials. The winning entries will be highlighted and featured on MRA’s website and across its digital channels, which attract hundreds of thousands of homeowners interested in metal roofing each year. Interested participants may upload their project photo along with a 200-word or less description for why their metal roofing project is worthy of top honors online at metalroofing.com. MRA’s quarterly honorees for 2020 will be selected in March, June, September and December and only residential metal roofing projects in the United States and Canada will be considered. 

“Our goal is to celebrate and call attention to the outstanding work that is being done out there in the industry. MRA members support quality standards and best practices that help ensure metal roofs deliver exceptional, long-lasting reliability that performs as beautifully as it looks,” said Renee Ramey, MRA Executive Director. “That’s important, because a quality metal roof not only maximizes a home’s curb appeal, but it can outperform anything else on the market when it comes to durability, low-maintenance and sustainability.” 

For more information about how to enter MRA’s “Best Metal Roofing” competition for the trades, visit www.metalroofing.com.

CEO of S-5! Attachment Solutions to Present Metal Roofing Seminar at IRE

At the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, S-5!’s Founder and CEO, Rob Haddock, will present the educational session titled “Understanding Metal Roofing: Part I and II,” providing the opportunity for attendees to earn continuing education credits.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5 beginning at 7:45 a.m., Haddock will present an introduction to Understanding Metal Roofing: Part I. Often billed as “Metal Roofing 101,” the course includes technical information presented in a common-sense fashion that makes the art and science of metal roofing clear, concise and understandable. Topics include the history of metal roofing, metals and metallic coatings, metallurgy, galvanic weathering and material selection criteria. Also covered: fabrication and manufacturing techniques, various seam types and panel profiles in addition to underlayments, the use and misuse of sealants, seam technologies and the principles of thermal cycling and panel anchorage.  

Then, later on Wednesday morning beginning at 9.30 a.m., Haddock will present an advanced course building on the metal roofing essentials. This extended course, Understanding Metal Roofing: Part II, will cover the coil coating process, common and popular steep slope construction and critical details of low slope installation, in addition to curved applications and wind issues. Finally, the program delves into system design, drainage principles and system selection criteria, including the principles of water-shedding and hydrostatic designs. 

Contractors, architects, specifiers, roof consultants, engineers, building owners, maintenance staff and sales professionals will benefit from these sessions.  

The course instructor, Rob Haddock, is a well-known expert in the field and has worked in various aspects of metal roofing for almost five decades ― beginning as a laborer, then contractor, then forensic consultant, technical author, educator, innovator and Founder and CEO of S-5! attachment technologies. His writings and lectures (which number in the hundreds) have been translated into at least 10 languages, and he has won awards from MCA, CSI, ASTM, MBMA. His innovations have received more than 50 patents. For 27 years he has been a featured speaker at industry tradeshows, METALCON and IRE. Rob’s practical experience, colorful background and world travel add flavor to his technical expertise resulting in a “must-attend” course that is as poignant as it is entertaining for every educational or experience level in metal roofing trades and practices.

“Rob leads you down the path to understanding with such humor and simple clarity, you not only go away understanding, but remembering,” said former course participant, Darrell T. Blair.

S-5! Will also introduce its new GripperFix technology at the International Roofing Expo. Attendees are invited to stop by S-5! Booth #2622 to see first-hand its new universal GripperFix system, which is designed to make mounting almost anything on standing seam and exposed-fastener roof profiles simple and easy.

For more information about S-5!, visit www.S-5.com.

For more information about the educational sessions at IRE, visit https://explore.theroofingexpo.com/Attendee/conference/sessions.

Utility Mounting System for Metal Roofs

S-5! introduces the universal GripperFix utility system for standing seam, exposed-fastened, and trapezoidal metal roof profiles. Mount almost anything with this safe and cost-effective system that uses only struts, S-5! clamps or brackets and tabs. Install HVAC, satellite dishes, inverters, conduit, communication equipment, service walkways, light fixtures, and more without using improper materials that can compromise both the equipment and the integrity of the roof itself. Using concrete blocks for ballast is unsafe and causes destructive corrosion. According to the manufacturer, this all-aluminum and stainless system will last the life of the roof.

For more information, visit www.S-5.com

Morin Names Sales Manager for Texas and Oklahoma

Eric Ramirez joined Morin in Texas earlier in 2019, appointed to the position of Regional Sales Manager for the West, South Central Territory at Morin; he is responsible for Texas and Oklahoma. According to the company, Ramirez has already added value to the team by leveraging his prior single-element metal roof and wall experience, including consultative sales and architectural specification development. 

As the primary point of contact for sales in Texas and Oklahoma, Ramirez is responsible for growing sales in the market by supporting the company’s current customers and identifying new opportunities for its unique integrated architectural line of roof and wall products. He enjoys developing differentiated specifications and design ideas and can now leverage his architectural and technical knowledge using an expanded palette of panels. Ramirez resides in Fort Worth, Texas, and can be reached at ericr@morincorp.com or via phone direct at (682) 225-9020.

For more information, visit www.morincorp.com

ATAS Introduces New AIA Continuing Education Course on Metal Roofing

A new AIA approved course, “Metal Roofing: History, Material, and Application,” is now available from ATAS International Inc. The learning objectives for the course include:

  • Observe and recognize the history of metal roofing and the different types of metal used
  • Explain the manufacturing process and the importance of finish coatings
  • Describe the differences between low slope roof systems and steep slope roof systems
  • Understand the environmental benefits, sustainable technology and the features of metal roofing

A total of nine AIA approved courses are now offered by ATAS, three of which can also be taken online. All are approved for health, safety, and welfare (HSW) learning units by the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System. 

The three courses available online are:

  • Demystifying Rain Screen Systems Utilizing Metal Wall Panels 
  • Metal Roofing: History, Material, and Application 
  • Sustainable Building Envelopes

Three of ATAS’ courses are also approved by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), including the Sustainable Building Envelopes course available online. All three of the online courses, in addition to the six others, are available as in-person live learning sessions. As a registered AIA Continuing Education Passport Provider for many years, ATAS can also offer continuing education credit for two live plant tours: a facility which manufactures building envelope components from metal, and a metal coil coating facility.

Lee Ann M. Slattery, ATAS’ Sales Support Manager, stated, “We are pleased to add to our course offering, and to provide continuing education in a variety of ways. ATAS understands that online learning opportunities are desirable, in addition to live learning sessions. We will continue to offer all nine of our courses in-person for those located across the country who are seeking to bring education into their firms.”

All of ATAS International’s continuing education courses can be found at https://www.atas.com/education.

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Offers Comprehensive Metal Roofing Course

To help support the booming demand for qualified metal roofing installers and providers, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering an extension course this winter entitled “Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc).”  

Held Dec. 5-6, 2019, early registration is now open at https://epd.wisc.edu/course/metal-roofing-systems/. A special $150 discount off of tuition for members of the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) also is available using code S-5DIS.

For contractors, construction and renovation businesses, and others looking to build their expertise in the metal roofing industry, this course is designed to be among the most comprehensive available. It covers fundamental principles and advanced topics in both low-slope and steep-slope metal roofing systems and focuses on a wide breadth of essential topics, such as commonly-specified materials and coatings, typical seam profiles, attachment techniques, sealants, flashings, underlayment, snow retention, re-roofing concerns, and design details.

“Demand for metal roofing is outstripping the supply of experienced, qualified installers and providers. That makes it an excellent time to capitalize on the metal roofing business opportunity,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director, the leading nonprofit trade association representing the industry in the U.S. and Canada. “Comprehensive educational resources like these are key for the industry’s continued growth and expansion.”

“Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc)” is suitable for anyone involved in metal roofing design, manufacturing, construction, maintenance, repair and re-roofing, or those looking to enter the field. Course participants can earn Continuing Education Units (CEU), Professional Development Hours (PDH) and AIA Learning Unit Health, Safety and Welfare (LU/HSW) credits.

For more information and to register for “Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc)”, visit https://epd.wisc.edu/course/metal-roofing-systems/. To learn more about the MRA and membership benefits for trades involved in the metal roofing industry, visit www.metalroofing.com

Underlayment Designed Metal Roofing Is Suitable For Any Roof Material, Climate

Boral Roofing offers its MetalSeal Underlayment, a high-temperature self-adhered underlayment designed especially for metal roofing but suitable for any roof material in any climate. A high-performance waterproofing material, Boral MetalSeal underlayment provides all-season durable protection, protecting the structure against wind, rain, snow and ice dams by bonding to the base sheet or directly to the roof deck and self-sealing around every fastener penetration. According to the company, Boral MetalSeal is easy to install and eliminates the need for an excessive number of nails, reducing installation time and cost. Great surface traction also enables safer, faster and easier installation for the entire roof. The high-strength woven polyester surface remains intact under high foot traffic and provides UV resistance up to six months.

According to the manufacturer, Boral MetalSeal offers a 30-year limited warranty and may be installed in freezing or hot summer temperatures alike, ensuring the job is completed without weather-induced delay. MetalSeal meets or exceeds all National and Florida building code requirements and is rated up to 260 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes in 216-square-foot rolls for a net two squares.

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Sheffield Metals Offers New Color Visualizer

Sheffield Metals International (SMI) announced the launch of its new and improved Color Visualizer. The user-friendly tool allows home or property owners, contractors, architects, manufacturers, and other members of the industry to create detailed digital mock-ups of their projects. 

Users can choose from one of the sample pictures provided in the tool, or they can upload a photo of their actual home or property. From there, they can select between a wide variety of Sheffield Metals’ product options, including seam types, profiles, thicknesses, and colors, and apply each one to the defined metal roof, wall, and trim areas of the photo. 

Not only does the Color Visualizer protect a consumer’s investment, but it provides a realistic representation of the finished project. “We heard feedback from customers and others within the industry that they wanted a more advanced and interactive styling tool beyond small paint samples and color cards,” said Adam Mazzella, Vice President of Sheffield Metals. “With the new Color Visualizer, you can get a much clearer idea of what the roof, wall, or trim will look like as a specific color, rather than just imagining the result.” 

Users have the option to save, download, share, and print their project choices to help when comparing amongst different styles. Plus, unlike other color visualizing services, the Sheffield Metals Color Visualizer is entirely free to use. 

For more information and a walk-through tutorial, visit https://www.sheffieldmetals.com/Resources/Color-Visualizer.