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Shingles have large nailing area

GAF has added Timberline® HDZ™ asphalt shingles to its residential product offerings. Timberline HDZ shingles feature a large StrikeZone™ nailing area said to enable 30% faster nail fastening during shingle installation. GAF’s LayerLock™ technology mechanically fuses the common bond between overlapping shingle layers for durability and wind-uplift resistance. Timberline HDZ shingles are compatible with Timberline HD® shingles for seamless blending on roof systems.

Steel panels replicate slate

EDCO Products has made available Generations Slate metal roof panels. Made from steel with an advanced HD coating to replicate the look of slate, Generations Slate panels reportedly are lightweight and are finished with multilayered PVDF cool roof technology to reflect sunlight, reducing energy bills. Available in Black, Charcoal Gray, Statuary Bronze and Stone, Generations Slate panels are noncombustible and resist impacts, mold and algae.

Conductive primer dries quickly

Detec Systems has introduced TruGround® conductive primer designed to enable high- and low-voltage electronic leak detection testing on conventional roof assemblies, including black EPDM membranes. The nonreflective, water-based primer reportedly is chemically and mechanically compatible with fully adhered, mechanically attached and torch-down membrane systems. TruGround primer can be applied to transitions and details and is said to dry in less than 30 minutes under normal conditions. Available in 5-gallon pails, the primer can be rolled, sprayed or pre-applied to cover boards, insulation or wood.

Box heater protects adhesives

OMG® Roofing Products has made available Powerblanket® foam box heaters. Designed to protect temperature-sensitive insulation adhesives such as OMG Roofing Products’ OlyBond500 during cold temperature applications, Powerblankets are said to reduce material waste. Measuring 16 inches square, each Powerblanket reportedly heats 2.37 cubic feet of space and accommodates one carton containing one canister of adhesive. Powerblankets operate on standard 120-volt current and have 6-foot cords.

Handheld blower is lightweight

DEWALT® has added the 20V MAX XR® Brushless Handheld Blower (DCBL722) to its line of 20V MAX System tools. Weighing 5.43 pounds without a battery, the lightweight blower features an axial fan design said to increase air output and runtime. The 20V MAX XR Brushless Handheld Blower has an air volume of up to 450 cubic feet per minute and up to 125 mph when used with a concentrator nozzle. The blower’s variable speed trigger and speed lock give a user control over the machine’s power during operation.

Tool lanyard has swiveling anchor

Ergodyne has introduced its Squids® 3011 Retractable Tool Lanyard, a lightweight tethering solution designed to mount to a D-ring or separate anchor point. The lanyard reportedly can tether tools weighing 0.5 pounds in a retracted state and prevent tools weighing up to 8 pounds from falling. The Squids 3011 Retractable Tool features an aluminum carabiner with a self-locking gate and a tethering cord made of high-strength, cut-resistant Dyneema® with a protective sleeve over the exposed cord said to reduce wear. The lanyard’s swiveling anchor end reduces tangles and an impact indicator reveals a red cord when exposed to forces exceeding 110 pounds to let a user know a drop has occurred.


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