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Tile mortar is pre-colored

Boral Roofing® LLC has made available its Boral Tile Mortar in East Coast states and Florida. The one-step, fiber-reinforced tile mortar reportedly eliminates the need to guess the right oxide quantity to color-match roof tiles. Boral Tile Mortar is said to meet ASTM C270 requirements and contains an integrated water-repellent additive to help prevent efflorescence. A Type S tile mortar, Boral Tile Mortar is designed to resist shrinking and cracking. The tile mortar can be used for new and reroofing applications of clay and concrete tile roof systems. Available in a variety of colors, Boral Tile Mortar is sold in 80-pound bags said to provide 10 to 30 linear feet of coverage depending on tile profile and installation method.

Rain gear is lightweight

Ergodyne has added the GloWear® 8366 Lightweight Hi-Vis Rain Jacket—Type R, Class 3 and GloWear 8916 Lightweight Hi-Vis Rain Pants—Class E to its line of rainwear. The rain jacket and rain pants are constructed from waterproof 150-denier polyester oxford with polyurethane coating and have fully taped and bonded seams said to repel water. The rain jacket features two lower-front pockets with snap flaps, a cell phone chest pocket and clear ID holder, 2-inch silver reflective tape, a tuck-away hood and a vented back cape. The rain pants feature snap cuffs on the pant legs to fit over boots, 2-inch silver reflective tape and an elastic waistband. The rain jacket and rain pants are available in lime and orange.

Nailer fires three nails per second

DEWALT® has made available the 20V MAX 15 Degree Coil Roofing Nailer (DCN45RN). Optimized for small job-site applications, the nailer is said to be ideal for service and repair jobs, small production work, and flashing and shingling around windows, skylights and vents. The 20V MAX 15 Degree Coil Roofing Nailer drives 500 nails per charge and can fire up to three nails per second. With a 120-nail capacity and a standard nail canister, the nailer is compatible with most coil 1/4- to 1 3/4-inch roofing nails. The 20V MAX 15 Degree Coil Roofing Nailer features a brushless motor for long runtime and a handle that reportedly fits comfortably in a user’s hand to help limit fatigue.

Heat-monitoring system protects workers

Kenzen has introduced its Kenzen worker heat-monitoring system. The cloud-based software system includes a device worn by a worker on his or her arm that alerts the worker and his or her supervisor when core body temperature is too hot. The device monitors physiological and environmental metrics, including heart rate, activity, skin temperature and ambient temperature. Real-time alerts are sent to workers via device vibration and iOS or Android app notification and to supervisors via web dashboard alert signaling the worker should take a break and allow his or her temperature to return to a safe level. Alerts are accompanied by actionable recommendations such as advising the worker to take a break, find shade, drink water or remove excess clothing and equipment to decrease body heat. A “back to work” alert indicates when a worker’s core body temperature has returned to a safe level. Kenzen is sold as a subscription on a per-worker, per-month basis.

Kits accommodate various job sizes

Mule-Hide Products Co. has added ShapeShift® Kits to its line of ShapeShift products. The kits reportedly can be used to create pitch pans for built-up, acrylic-coated and smooth polymer-modified bitumen roof systems. ShapeShift Kits are available in two sizes to accommodate jobs of various sizes. Large kits contain 16 ShapeShift corner sections, 16 ShapeShift straight sections, three pouches of MP Liquid Sealant in white, and three cartridges of JTS 1 joint and termination sealant in white. Small kits contain 16 ShapeShift corner sections, one pouch of MP Liquid Sealant in white and two cartridges of JTS 1 in white. Large kits create four 7- by 7-inch pitch pans, and small kits create four 4- by 4-inch pitch pans. Kit sections are made of high-strength polymer in white, feature interlocking joints and are said to snap together for easy assembly. MP Liquid Sealant is packaged in 2-liter foil pouches. A threaded cap allows unused product to be saved for up to 30 days after opening.

Clean and disinfect commercial facilities

The Garland Co. Inc. has made available its Defense Force line of products designed to clean, disinfect and protect commercial facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. D7 is a safe, effective Environmental Protection Agency-registered anti-microbial disinfectant that kills bacteria, fungi and viruses in minutes. The disinfectant reportedly has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19. D7 mixes easily and can be spray-applied to hard, nonporous interior and exterior surfaces. Clear-Shield is a clear acrylic water-based solution designed to protect a roof system’s surface. The nontoxic anti-microbial solution can be sprayed or roller-applied onto gravel and mineral-surfaced polymer-modified bitumen and single-ply roof systems. Clean-Shield is a biodegradable, nontoxic cleaning solution formulated to safely and effectively clean, brighten and restore a variety of masonry substrates. The solution reportedly penetrates surfaces and chemically reacts to remove contaminants and deposits such as hard-water stains, efflorescence, dirt, algae, mold, mildew and rust.


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