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Fastener cuts through metal roof decks

OMG Roofing Products has introduced its RetroDriller Fastener for metal roof system retrofit applications. The fastener features a drill point designed to cut through metal roof decks and into structural purlins.

RetroDriller Fastener is compatible with OMG Roofing Products' TPO and PVC RhinoBond Plates. It is available in 4-, 5-, 6-, 8- and 10-inch lengths. Each fastener has 3 inches of thread, a No. 3 square drive and a sharp 1/2-inch drill point that reportedly makes installation fast and easy. The fastener also is coated with OMG Roofing Products' CR-10 corrosion-resistant coating.

Telephone: (800) 633-3800

Takeoff service is available to contractors

SPECwise Inc. has created an online service for contractors and suppliers to get a complete roof takeoff. The takeoff package includes total roof area, panel lengths and layouts for metal roofs, trim lengths and roof plan drawings, as well as other information.

The service is $100 per takeoff. A complete report is e-mailed to the user typically within 24 hours of submitting a request. SPECwise users can upload files (digital plans, drawings and sketches), submit information for online plan rooms, and fax or ship plans. Users also can choose a preferred vendor that may allow them to receive a credit toward their takeoff cost.

Telephone: (888) 264-8865

Cover board is durable

Atlas Roofing Corp. has introduced its ACFoam-HS CoverBoard for low-slope roofing applications. The ACFoam-HS CoverBoard is said to have the insulating power and strength of durable cover board and the stability of a lightweight coated-fiberglass facer.

ACFoam-HS CoverBoard reportedly secures insulation beneath the roof membrane and resists damage from foot traffic and heavy loads. It also provides insulation in the cover board layer with an R-value of 2.5 per half inch.

ACFoam-HS CoverBoard is compatible with polymer-modified bitumen and built-up roof systems. It also can be applied with polyurethane adhesives or cold-applied asphalt adhesives.

Telephone: (800) 478-0258

Vent pipe extension installs quickly

Tubos Inc. has introduced its TUBOS® plumbing vent pipe extension designed for commercial and residential applications in any climate zone. With TUBOS, roofing contractors can increase the height of existing vent pipes to the required applicable height using fewer tools and creating less waste than traditional methods. It reportedly takes two to three minutes to install and requires a saw and sealant for installation.

TUBOS is a PVC system available in 2-, 3- and 4-inch widths to match standard vent pipe sizes. Each TUBOS has a 6-inch-long joint splice-sleeve insert at each end so one TUBOS can be used for two applications.

Telephone: (727) 504-0633

Harnesses are flame-resistant

Capital Safety Inc. has added ExoFit NEX™ Arc Flash harnesses to its DBI-SALA ExoFit NEX product line. The harnesses incorporate Nomex® and Kevlar® fiber technology into their design and reportedly are flame-resistant and nonconductive.

The ExoFit NEX Arc Flash harnesses are equipped with flame-resistant webbing. The exterior features a Kevlar fiber core and thread that provides 7,000 pounds of strength. The built-in arc flash-rated trauma straps provide an adjustable, continuous loop that reportedly minimizes suspension trauma.

The nonconductive aluminum D-rings are PVC-coated and said to be lightweight.

Telephone: (800) 328-6146

Roof system uses natural slate

SlateTec® Inc. has launched its SlateTec system, a lightweight roof system using natural slate.

The SlateTec system layers slate over a recyclable polymer interlayment to reduce weight and number of slate pieces used by 40 percent. SlateTec is priced similar to imitation slate and lightweight slate methods and is said to look identical to a traditionally installed slate roof system.

Telephone: (303) 462-3037

Year built is included in data

EagleView® Technologies has added a year-built feature to its premium roof measurement reports.

The enhancement, which allows contractors to include the year a property was built to report data, helps users determine whether there are hidden issues that may need to be addressed, such as lead abatement or skip sheeting replacement. The year-built data also reflects when the property's major components were revised to meet that year's code.

Telephone: (866) 659-8439

Storage system is secure

KNAACK® LLC has released its Field Station (Model 119-01) secure storage system with features and accessories that reportedly improve security, durability and productivity on job sites.

KNAACK Field Station functions as a job-site office used by foremen, superintendents, engineers and other skilled construction managers.

Security features include KNAACK's WATCHMAN® 5 lock system, heavy-duty vault-style hinges and a locking storage hatch. The Field Station reportedly is durable with arc-welded seams, weather-stripping and rain gutters, dual gas springs for smooth opening and a 14-guage steel bottom that eliminates the possibility of fork-lift damage during transport.

The Field Station also features storage shelves, a metal bracket light mount and power pass-through grommets for delivering power or charging laptops, power tools, phones, radios or battery packs.

Roofing professionals also can choose accessories to customize the Field Station to fit their individual job requirements.

Telephone: (800) 456-7865

Adhesive withstands high wind speeds

Touch 'n Seal has introduced its Storm Bond™ Roof Tile Adhesive, a high-performance, one-component polyurethane adhesive for attaching clay and concrete roof tile.

Storm Bond Roof Tile Adhesive adheres flat-, low-, medium- and high-profile clay and concrete roof tile to approved underlayments and is said to withstand wind speeds of more than 150 mph. It reportedly is ideal for roof system repairs, reroofing and new installations on eave, field, hip, rake and valley installations.

Under typical circumstances, roof tiles adhered with Storm Bond Roof Tile Adhesive may be walked on within two hours with full cure occurring within 24 hours of application.

Telephone: (800) 325-6180

NRCA product

NRCA offers business management webinars

NRCA University will hold eight business management webinars for roofing contractors beginning this month and ending Feb. 29, 2012. By participating in the webinars, roofing contractors will be able to expand current business practices and learn new ideas that immediately can be implemented in their companies.

Webinar topics include creating a marketing plan, managing Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections, customer relations and satisfaction, maintenance programs, setting up a job folder, International Green Construction Codes, getting paid, and recruiting and hiring.

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


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