Metal Roofing 101: Material Comparison

When selecting a roofing material there are many factors to take into consideration beyond installation cost. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of metal roofs and other common roofing materials. While the initial investment of a metal roof is higher, the value it offers over a lifetime is substantial.

Here’s how metal compares to the common roofing materials of asphalt, tile, and shake in various important factors.

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True Cost:

At $900-1200 / square foot, metal roof…

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Maze Nails Celebrates 170 Years in Business

W. H. Maze Company in Peru, Illinois, is celebrating its 170th year of doing business as a nail manufacturer and retail lumberyard. In operation since 1848, Maze Company continues to supply customers in the United States and Canada with many millions of pounds of nails annually. The fifth and sixth generations of the founder, Samuel Maze, work at the manufacturing facility so there is a lot of heritage, tradition and pride in the company. All Maze Nails are 100 percent Made in the USA in…

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ATAS Hosts Mobile Manufacturing Lab

ATAS International, Inc. was proud to host Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) Mobile Manufacturing Lab, in the parking lot of ATAS’ headquarters located in Allentown, Pa. Six students from four area companies earned certificates in the Industrial Automation training held Aug. 15 through Dec. 5, 2017.

The unique learning within this Mobile Manufacturing Lab targeted the mechanical/electrical maintenance needs of local manufacturers.  At the completion of the program, created by…

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Hyload Adds to Product Portfolio

Hyload Inc., manufacturer and supplier of roofing and waterproofing solutions, announced the addition of a white, scrim re-enforced PVC membrane, as well as fleece-backed PVC membrane, to its product offering. Hyload is also offering three grades of modified bitumen roof membranes: fully adhered, torch grade, and an APP membrane.

Hyload’s current product offering includes through-wall flashing, membrane roofing, waterproofing and green roof systems. According to Dave Afanador, Business…

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Soy-Based Application Designed to Restore Flexibility to Asphalt Shingles

Roof Maxx is a powerful, scientifically formulated, all-natural treatment, derived from soybean oil (soy methyl ester). According to the manufacturer, Soy-Fusion Technology allows millions of micro beads of oil to quickly penetrate brittle asphalt roof shingles, restoring flexibility to facilitate daily expansion and contraction and extending roof life. Treatment with Roof Maxx is 100 percent safe for people, pets, property, and the environment, states the company. The product is sprayed…

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Spray-Grade STPE Waterproofing Barrier Designed to Withstand Extreme Temperatures

COLPHENE LM BARR, spray-grade silyl terminated polyether (STPE) waterproofing membrane, is now available from SOPREMA. Ideal for use in positive-side waterproofing, foundation waterproofing and a variety of above-grade, horizontal waterproofing applications, this one-component, liquid-applied, moisture-curing elastomeric product can be applied in both vertical and horizontal applications quickly and easily with very minimal prep work.

COLPHENE LM BARR’s hybrid polyether composition…

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Industry Year In Review

The Metal Roofing Alliance had a fantastic 2017 and is already looking forward for an even more successful 2018. Here is a look back at some of our biggest stories of the past year.

Popularity of Metal Roofs

As consumer demand for sustainable building products continues to grow, the Metal Roofing Alliance  reported another market share gain for metal in the residential retrofit market – up to 14%. This was just one of the many stories this year about the growing popularity of metal…

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OSHA Extends Deadline for Electronically Submitted Injury, Illness Reports

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) until midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the Dec. 15, 2017, deadline but before Dec. 31, 2017, final entry date. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the ITA will no longer accept the 2016 data.

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Mule-Hide Products Co. Launches Redesigned Website 

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. has redesigned its mulehide.com website, making it faster and easier for users to access the information they need when choosing, specifying, installing, maintaining or repairing Mule-Hide low-slope roofing systems.

The extensive and easily navigated product catalog can be searched by roofing system type (single-ply systems, coating systems, modified bitumen systems, vegetative roofing systems, systems for use in modular construction, and maintenance and…

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Johns Manville Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Johns Manville, Denver, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In early 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice Initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers,…

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Chem Link Opens New Training Center

Chem Link has opened a new training center at which the company will offer in-person and virtual contractor education.

Located in Schoolcraft, Mich., the new 3,200-square-foot facility with a 540-square-foot classroom can be utilized for groups of up to 20 contractors, training on both Chem Link and SOPREMA products. Training takes place in a classroom setting featuring stations set up to provide customers with hands-on experience using these products. This experience is designed to teach…

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New Insulation Board Contains No Halogenated Compounds

GAF introduces a new non-halogen polyisocyanurate insulation: EnergyGuard NH Polyiso Insulation Board. According to the company, GAF is the first roofing manufacturer to offer a full line of Red List Free roofing assemblies across their asphaltic and single-ply product lines.

The development of EnergyGuard NH Polyiso Insulation Board demonstrates the GAF commitment to providing architects, contractors, and building owners with affordable products that help them meet their sustainable and…

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Kemper System Hosts New York Building Envelope Symposium

Attendees of the N.Y. Building Envelope Symposium witnessed how to turn a roof into a reflective Cool Roof with a new odor-free membrane from Kemper System.

The first New York Building Envelope Symposium sponsored by Kemper System America, Inc. drew about 50 top consultants and specifiers to a one-day educational forum at the 101 Club on Park Avenue in New York, Nov. 16. Sponsored in partnership with ZinCo USA and KEIM Mineral Coatings of America, the symposium featured presentations…

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NRCA Invites Industry Stakeholders to Participate in Roofing Day in D.C. 2018

NRCA is inviting all roofing industry professionals to come together in Washington, D.C., in an unprecedented effort to elevate the image of the industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 will take place March 6-7. All NRCA members are urged to participate and consider bringing one or more employees.

“To effect change in Washington and elevate the image of the roofing industry, we must speak with one voice: contractors, distributors,…

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Metal Roofing Alliance Selects New PR Consultant

PORTLAND, Ore.—The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is excited to  announce that Darcie Meihoff, APR, has accepted the position as the organization’s new PR representative.

In her role, Meihoff will handle all public relations activities for MRA, including PR planning, media relations, content creation and cause-related marketing and promotional activities.

Meihoff has vast experience as a top public relations professional, having led PR efforts for some of the best-known integrated…

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Bonding 101: What Do Roofing Contractors Need to Know About Bonds?

In a number of states, roofing contractors need to get licensed in order to perform roofing work. Obtaining a roofer license bond is a common licensing requirement. Not all states require a roofing contractor license and bonding, but contractors may have to get a bond to meet county criteria, too.

Even if you’re not new to bonding, the concept of how surety bonds work may be a bit difficult to grasp. However, it’s important to understand the basics if you need to get bonded as a part…

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Bi-Metal Drill Screws Feature Corrosion Resistance and Ductility

Triangle Fastener Corporation introduces a full line of 304 stainless steel bi-metal self-drilling screws.

Bi-metal screws have heads and threads made of 304 stainless steel providing corrosion resistance and ductility. A hardened carbon steel drill point welded to a stainless steel body, which allows the screw to drill and tap steel up to ½ inch thick.

The screws are used to attach aluminum, stainless steel, insulated metal panel (IMP) and when ductility is needed in the…

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Plate Marking Tool Designed to Increase Installation Efficiency

OMG Roofing Products introduces a plate marking tool designed to help roofers improve rooftop productivity by quickly locating and marking RhinoBond Plates installed under thermoplastic membranes.  

The new RhinoBond Plate Marking Tool is lightweight, simple-to-use and easy-to-maneuver. Simply roll the marking tool over a row of installed RhinoBond Plates. Every time it passes over a properly installed plate, the tool leaves a temporary mark on the surface of the membrane to identify the…

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Icynene and Lapolla Industries Complete Merger

Icynene U.S. Holding Corp. and Lapolla Industries Inc. announced the completion of their previously announced merger. The combined company is a manufacturer and distributor of spray foam polyurethane foam insulation (SPF) products. Going forward, the two companies will operate as Icynene-Lapolla. Together, the combined business will have offices in Canada and the United States.

“We are excited about the completion of the merger. The two businesses have complementary SPF products and…

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Liquid-Applied, Vapor-Permeable Air Barrier Is NFPA-285 Fire Rated

KARNAK launches K-NRG Seal VPKARNAK launches K-NRG Seal VP, a high-performance vapor-permeable air barrier for above-grade wall application. The seamless elastomeric membrane seals the building envelope, preventing air passage while allowing vapor permeability. The product is designed to provide the building envelope with superior energy efficiency and mold resistance.

According to the manufacturer, the new liquid-applied, fire-rated vapor-permeable air barrier, evaluated by the Air Barrier Association of America…

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The Hickman Group Names Technical Director

The Hickman Group announced that Thomas Koch, Ph.D., has joined the organization as Technical Director. Dr. Koch has more than 30 years of experience in mechanical, electrical, chemical, textile and power technologies. In addition to providing technical analysis to support code and standard efforts, Dr. Koch will be responsible for developing and administering The Hickman Group’s technical programs and initiatives. He will also lead The Hickman Group’s Code Mentorship Program.

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Preserve, Protect and Defend

Our thoughts about government get intertwined with our images of the buildings that house its institutions. Architects know this, and in their designs, they often strive to evoke the key principles governments aspire to—permanence, stolidity, common-sense functionality, even grandeur. These buildings can touch our emotions. They can inspire us.

But no building lasts forever. When the time comes, talented individuals and enterprising companies have to step up and secure the integrity of…

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Expert Crew Is Called in for Copper Roof Restoration Project

The dome on the Bradford County Courthouse was restored with copper panels during the first phase of a $3 million renovation project. Photos: Charles F. Evans Roofing Company Inc.

The octagonal dome atop the Bradford County Courthouse has been a fixture on the Towanda, Pennsylvania, skyline for more than 120 years. It now shines brightly after being restored with copper panels as part of a $3 million renovation project.

Built in the Classical and Renaissance revival styles in 1898, the…

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