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Roof edge systems are watertight

Petersen Aluminum has introduced its PAC-TITE line, which offers a complete range of perimeter/roof edge systems for single-ply and built-up/polymer-modified bitumen roof systems. The line includes fascia systems in a variety of gauges and face sizes.

The roof edge systems' nonpenetrating designs reportedly maintain watertight integrity and eliminate the need for stripping in and heat welding. All PAC-TITE fascia systems feature an extruded aluminum anchor bar that securely terminates the membrane. The PAC-TITE line also is complemented by other new Petersen Aluminum perimeter/roof edge products, including PAC-LOC Fascia, PAC Snap Edge Fascia and PAC Extended Snap Edge Fascia.

Telephone: (800) PAC-CLAD (722-2523)

Roof tarp is transparent

EZ Tarp™ Adhesive Roof Tarp is available in a new color—natural. The natural-colored tarp has the same characteristics and ultraviolet protection as the original heavy-duty white EZ Tarp but also is transparent. Roofing contractors and insurance adjusters can see below the temporary tarp without lifting it. It also reportedly helps reduce repair estimates by offering an accurate view of the roof.

Telephone: (786) 308-5634

Membrane is environmentally friendly

The Garland Co. Inc. has introduced its StressPly® E (Environmental) polymer-modified bitumen membrane, which offers 500 pound-feet per inch of tensile strength and reportedly is high-strength and puncture- and fatigue-resistant.

StressPly E membrane incorporates post-consumer scrap from recycled tires in the roofing compound and glass bottles as a parting agent; pre-consumer recycled boiler slag as surfacing and crushed porcelain as filler; and renewable resources such as soy-based oils, bio-based resins and crushed sea shells in place of petroleum-based resources in the roofing compound.

The membrane can be installed using The Garland Co.'s Green-Lock® Membrane Adhesive for odor- and volatile organic compound-free application.

Telephone: (800) 321-9336

Shingles resist algae

Atlas Roofing Corp. has introduced its Pristine Shingles featuring Scotchgard™ Protector from 3M, which reportedly eliminates black stains and streaks caused by algae on roofing materials installed in high-humidity areas. The Scotchgard Protector incorporates copper granules that provide algae protection to the roof surface. Atlas Roofing uses a quality control process to ensure the copper granules are used in a precise 10 percent blend rate in each of its Pristine Shingles.

Telephone: (800) 478-0258

Software streamlines project estimating

Roofing Contractor Solutions Inc. has launched its RCSi ProjecTracker,SM a project management software package that incorporates a customized roof drawing tool and web-based project management software to streamline the roof estimating process. ProjecTracker includes RCSi Estimator, a computer-aided design software customization that allows the roofing contractor to draw the roof.

ProjecTracker translates RCSi Estimator's drawing into precise proposal data and produces detailed calculations based on each client drawing. Proposals can be tailored to a client's needs and preferences, allowing the contractor to modify roof proposals.

Office and administrative staff reportedly can use ProjecTracker to produce reports on estimator productivity, profile employee performance, track customer satisfaction, perform detailed searches on client data and identify performance trends.

ProjectTracker's web-based database reportedly is backed up every hour, is secure and has unlimited storage.

Telephone: +353 1 402 2100

Waste-removal bag saves money

Waste Management Inc. has made available The Bagster® bag, a waste-removal product for roofing contractors to use when a trash bin is too big for a project.

The Bagster bag is a durable, woven bag designed for disposing as much as 3,300 pounds of debris and reportedly is large enough to hold 47 sheets of gypsum wallboard or eight to 10 squares of roofing shingles.

The Bagster bag can be used for almost any small to mid-sized project. It has no rental fees or time restrictions and costs about 50 to 70 percent less than renting a trash bin. The Bagster bag is sold at home improvement and hardware stores.

Telephone: (877) 789-2247

Solar racking system reduces labor costs

Sollega has introduced its InstaRack ballasted solar racking system. InstaRack is designed to reduce labor and shipping costs for solar installations on low-slope roofs. It is manufactured from high-density polyethylene using 35 percent recycled content with a built-in ultraviolet inhibitor.

InstaRack is available in 10- and 15-degree tilt angles. Its modular design makes it compatible with all solar panels 30 to 44 inches wide. It also is wind tunnel-tested to 120 mph.

Telephone: (855) 725-RACK (7225)

Lifeline system minimizes deflection

Honeywell Safety Products has introduced its Miller ShockFusion™ Permanent Horizontal Lifeline Roof System, a surface-mounted lifeline system that accommodates industrial and commercial roof systems, including standing seam, membrane, built-up, metal sheathing, concrete and wood.

The lifeline system attaches to an existing roof structure's surface reportedly allowing for quick, easy installation, which can reduce costs by requiring minimal labor and eliminating the need for structural roof penetration and repair. The lifeline system reduces system forces on the roof, minimizes deflection, requires less fall clearance, protects multiple workers while providing maximum mobility and has energy-absorbing corner posts that manage system forces without tipping.

Telephone: (800) 325-6746

Ventilation system balances air flow

Atlas Roofing® Corp. has introduced its Techni-Flo™ engineered ventilation system for steep-slope roof systems. Techni-Flo is a component system manufactured to meet specific needs of steep-slope roof systems and engineered to ensure consistent intake and exhaust airflow. Techni-Flo consists primarily of three components: Techni-Flo RV (ridge vent), CrossVent® and Techni-Flo EV (eave vent). The system's features reportedly are engineered to deliver prescribed ventilation capacity specific to each job.

Telephone: (800) 478-0258

NRCA products

NRCA market survey is available

NRCA has released its 2010-11 market survey, which provides data obtained from roofing contractors throughout the U.S., enabling roofing professionals to compare industry market statistics, trends and information. The survey includes information about commercial and residential roofing activity, roofing material use, regional breakdowns, installation by material type and industry sales volumes.

The market survey is $40 for NRCA members and $80 for nonmembers. For more information and to purchase the survey, contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or

International Symposium proceedings available on CD

NRCA has made available its Proceedings of the 2011 International Roofing Symposium CD. The symposium, Emerging Technologies and Roof System Performance, was held Sept. 7-9 in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

The symposium provided a forum for the formal presentation of roofing industry research and the latest information about the science of emerging technologies, including reflective roof surfaces, vegetative roof systems and roof-mounted photovoltaic systems.

The CD is $50 for NRCA members and $95 for nonmembers. For more information and to purchase the CD, log on to or contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or


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