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Underlayment is high-temperature-rated

MFM Building Products has made available its MFM Wind & Water Seal Plus,™ a 40-mil high-temperature-rated waterproofing underlayment composed of reinforced, nonslip polymer film laminated to a rubberized asphalt adhesive system.

The underlayment reportedly is ideal for secondary water resistance should the main roof system fail. A split release liner protects the adhesive and is said to allow for easy installation in valley applications.

MFM Wind & Water Seal Plus is available in a 36-inch-wide by 67-foot-long roll to provide 200 square feet of coverage per roll. It can be applied at a minimum temperature of 50 F and has a maximum temperature rating of 250 F.

Telephone: (800) 882-7663

Cleaner removes grease and grime

Kafko International Ltd. has made available its Oil Eater® Cleaner Degreaser. Oil Eater Cleaner Degreaser is a highly concentrated, alkaline- and water-based, high-powered cleaner that reportedly dissolves grease, oil and grime from machinery, trucks, tools, concrete and asphalt.

Oil Eater Cleaner Degreaser's formula is a mixture of non-ionic surfactants, emulsifiers, water softeners and other biodegradable ingredients. The low-volatile organic compound cleaner is not corrosive, toxic or flammable and contains no acids, abrasives or petroleum solvents.

Oil Eater Cleaner Degreaser is available in 1-, 5-, 30- and 55-gallon containers.

Telephone: (800) 528-0334

Mat is three-dimensional

RHEINZINK® America Inc. has introduced its AIR-Z,® a three-dimensional mat for RHEINZINK standing-seam roof systems, copings and inlay gutters. AIR-Z is made of nylon filament installed over underlayment with plywood or oriented strand board substrates. It is engineered for sloped roof systems starting from 5/8:12 (3 degrees).

Telephone: (781) 729-0812

Software determines solar radiation

Applicad has released its commercial version of Solar Wizard, a software tool used to determine solar radiation and shadows from aerial images and architects' blueprints.

Solar Wizard determines the solar radiation on existing and proposed structures and maps the effects of shadows from surrounding structures or objects.

Using aerial images and gross measurements, the software can calculate a roof system's or structure's suitability to fit solar panels. The sun in the model simulates how surrounding buildings, terrain and vegetation cast shadows. The shadow effect can be calculated for each month or a complete year.

Once the location for a solar array has been determined, the user places the array on the model and recalculates the radiation as it would hit the array. The software creates a detailed data file incorporating ambient temperature and insulation data for the proposed installation to create custom engineering and return-on-investment reports.

Telephone: (877) 830-3158

Underlayment is durable

Eagle® Roofing Products has introduced its Eagle Seal™ premium underlayment, a multi-purpose, steep-slope, self-adhering underlayment for concrete, clay tile and metal roofs. It is said to be ideal for adhesive-set and mechanically fastened sloped roof systems in new construction and remodeling applications.

Eagle Seal reportedly combines dual reinforcement of a true polymer-modified bitumen compound on the top layer with an aggressive self-adhering compound on the bottom.

Telephone: (877) 300-3245

Cameras locate problem areas

FLIR® Systems Inc. has introduced its T420 and T440 high-performance infrared cameras. The cameras use imaging capabilities to help professionals with predictive maintenance, electrical diagnostics, building and home inspections, or energy audits.

The T440 features thermal resolution at 76,800 pixels, as well as MSX™ Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging which adds the detail of real-time visible spectrum images to thermal spectrum images and highlights problem areas to help users see what needs to be repaired. T440 users can add voice and text comments to images or sketch circles and arrows on the touch screen.

The T420 and T440 feature scalable picture-in-picture and thermal fusion for image identification. They also feature an ergonomic rotating optical block that swivels vertically up to 120 degrees.

Telephone: (866) 477-3687

Insulation is energy-efficient

Industrial Nanotech Inc. has updated its Nansulate® Crystal insulation and mold-resistant coating to increase thermal performance and decrease the specified number of coats from three to two for a more cost-effective application.

Nansulate Crystal reportedly increases energy efficiency and lowers costs for heating and cooling. It is moisture-, ultraviolet-, mold-, mildew- and bacteria-resistant and can be applied with a roller or sprayer. It also is nontoxic and low in volatile organic compounds.

Telephone: (800) 767-3998

Snow guard system is easy to install

Alpine SnowGuards® has added its two-pipe snow guard system for membrane roof systems, product no. 3015, to its line of pipe-style snow guards.

The two-pipe snow guard system is composed of a stainless-steel base plate and extruded aluminum bracket. Users secure the system's base plate to the roof with eight fasteners over a wood block support. The base plate should be flashed with a compatible membrane target patch and the bracket bolted on top of the patch to form a compression seal. Membrane target patches are available in a variety of colors, and pipe-style snow guards can be powder-coated.

Telephone: (888) 766-4273

Jeans are flame-resistant

Cintas Corp. has added its Carhartt Flame Resistant Jean to its Carhartt Rental Workwear line. The jeans are made with 14.75-ounce, 100 percent flame-resistant cotton denim. The Carhartt Flame Resistant Jean features a relaxed fit and leg openings to fit over work boots.

Telephone: (800)-CINTAS1 (246-8271)

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NRCA University offers webinars

NRCA University is offering its Business Management Webinar Series 2.0, a series of five business management webinars designed to give roofing contractors new ideas they immediately can implement into their companies to enhance their bottom lines. Each webinar will begin at 2 p.m. CST.

The first webinar, Thinking Strategically About Insurance, was held May 30. The next webinar, The Ins and Outs of Effective Drug Testing, will be held June 6. Webinar attendees will learn the elements of and how to properly implement and maintain an effective drug-testing program.

Business Startups: Taking the Leap or Staying Afloat will be held June 13 and will address challenges and obstacles to consider when starting a business.

Compliance with OSHA Record Keeping—Anything Less Than 100 Percent Will be Costly will be held June 20. Attendees will learn about requirements, common errors and information necessary to be 100 percent compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) record-keeping regulations.

The final webinar, Proper Pre-job Planning, will be held June 27 and will address proper pre-job planning techniques such as a job-planning meeting to setting up a safe job site, labor assignment and budget, and special job-site considerations.

Each webinar is $55 for NRCA members and $75 for nonmembers. For more information and to purchase the webinars, go to or contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or

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NRCA releases safety guide

NRCA has released NRCA Pocket Guide to Safety, a 125-page, pocket-sized, spiral-bound guide intended for use by laborers, mechanics, foremen and others on job sites. The guide addresses fall protection, first aid and emergency treatment, weather, personal protective equipment, and Occupational Health and Safety Administration standards. A Spanish-language version also is available.

NRCA Pocket Guide to Safety is $9 for NRCA members and $18 for nonmembers. For more information and to purchase the guide, go to or contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK NRCA (275-6722) or

NRCA releases stand-alone manuals

NRCA has released three stand-alone manuals: NRCA Guidelines for Architectural and Metal Flashing Systems; NRCA Guidelines for SPF Roof Systems; and The NRCA Construction Details Manual.

NRCA Guidelines for Architectural and Metal Flashing Systems includes comprehensive information regarding metal used in low- and steep-slope roof systems. It also features design considerations, such as joinery, protective coatings and galvanic action. The manual contains information and construction details applicable to architectural metal flashing systems from The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing, Condensation Control and Reroofing—2010.

NRCA Guidelines for SPF Roof Systems provides technical information regarding spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roof systems and discusses materials, design considerations and application. The manual features information about various roof system configurations for new and reroofing situations, as well as information and construction details applicable to SPF roof systems from The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems—2012.

The NRCA Construction Details Manual contains all 573 construction details found in The NRCA Roofing Manual series. It features details for built-up, polymer-modified bitumen, single-ply, metal panel, SPF, asphalt shingle, clay and concrete, tile, slate, wood shingle and wood shake roof systems, as well as architectural metal flashing systems.

NRCA Guidelines for Architectural and Metal Flashing Systems and NRCA Guidelines for SPF Roof Systems are $55 for NRCA members and $110 for nonmembers. The NRCA Construction Details Manual is $225 for NRCA members and $325 for nonmembers. For more information and to purchase the manuals, go to or contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or


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