March 2003

Will self-adhered roof systems stick?

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Roof systems of the future can offer peace of mind

by Charlie Hallenbeck
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"Greater than the tread of armies is an idea whose time has come." —Victor Hugo

Whether we choose to recognize it, change is occurring throughout the United States with asphalt-based roof system installation, specifically dual-membrane SBS-engineered asphalt roof systems.

Many factors have contributed to the momentum for alternative application methods for asphalt-based roof systems, but the most prevalent reason is unwanted fume and/or odor emissions associated with traditional application methods. Such emissions are not harmful, but a growing legion of building owner representatives consider them irritating and desire alternative installation methods.

SBS-engineered asphalt roof system manufacturers are aware of the increasing pressure to develop satisfactory alternative application methods to eliminate methods associated with phrases such as "throwing a roll in hot," "firing up a propane torch" or "squeegeeing out solvent-based cold adhesives." The catalyst for the self-adhered trend is objectionable odor, but many other market forces have coalesced to create a tidal wave of momentum to push manufacturers, roof system designers and roofing contractors into the design and application of self-adhered membranes. Such forces include insurance coverage limitations, building owner/employee sensitivity, laws to support employees' objections to foul-smelling substances or irritants in the workplace, occupant activism, contractor liability, fire-safety issues and favorable...

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