March 25, 2019

IRE 2019: Education and New Products Take the Spotlight (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1, which summarizes some my favorite sessions from the Versico-sponsored Training & Education Center on the show floor, please click here. See below for Part 2. Recent statistics indicate that 92% of attendees visit tradeshows to see and learn about new products and services.” And the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) is no exception. For years, the IRE has been the launching point for new products and innovations – and is a focal point for all marketers in the industry when assembling marketing plans. Versico places a large emphasis on capitalizing on the audience IRE provides and we place our new products and innovations center stage. Once again, we took the opportunity to showcase several new roofing technologies, and launched some game-changing products and systems. One of these systems was the VacuSeal™ Vent Secured Roofing System. This is an innovative assembly that uses special vents to harness the power of the wind to lock roof membranes in place. VacuSeal systems are labor-saving, reduce installation time and minimize the need for traditional fastening methods. There are no cold-weather limitations for the installation of VacuSeal, and the system is UL certified with uplift certification at 195 psf negative pressure. Versico was also proud to unveil RapidLock. The RapidLock (RL™) Roofing System is an adhesive-less membrane attachment system with no temperature restrictions, no VOCs, and no odors. RapidLock systems use Velcro® Brand Securable Solutions to fully attach specially designed VersiFleece® RL EPDM or VersiFleece RL TPO membranes to a variety of RL insulation and coverboard options. RapidLock systems are quick and easy to install, offer excellent resistance to hail and punctures, and provide wind uplift ratings comparable to traditional fully adhered single-ply systems, including a Factory Mutual 1-90 approval rating. VersiFlex™ PVC Pressure-Sensitive (PS) Cover Strip is another groundbreaking new product launched at this year’s IRE. Used for stripping-in flat metal edging, VersiFlex PVC PS Cover Strip saves time, labor, and money by eliminating the need for PVC-coated metal or two-piece clip-on edge metal. This product is compatible with a variety of metal finishes and is quick and easy to install; no welding is required. A truly revolutionary product and the first of its kind in PVC single-ply roofing. Finally, Versico unveiled DuraStorm VSH Roof Board, which is a high-density cover board composed of a plastic and cellulose fiber core bonded to a paper facer and a coated glass facer. The core is made from 100% post-consumer packaging that would otherwise end up in a landfill. DuraStorm VSH passes the FM Very Severe Hail (VSH) standard, and is rated Class A UL 790 for fire resistance. This roof board is compatible with mechanically fastened and adhered membranes, as well as having high impact resistance. With the industry focused on innovation, the ability to take advantage of tradeshows to promote new and game-changing products is just as critical today as it was 20 years ago. I am excited for 2020 and to see what new products will be on display in Dallas – we can’t wait to see you there! For more information about the International Roofing Expo or Versico's participation at industry trade shows, please contact Jason Mortelliti.     Jason Mortelliti     CCM Marketing Communications Manager     Integrated Marketing Communications     jason.mortelliti@carlisleccm.com

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March 11, 2019

IRE 2019: Education and New Products Take the Spotlight

Approximately 10 years ago, the marketing community was declaring conventions and tradeshows a dying industry. However, after attending the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee, last month, this notion has not infiltrated the roofing industry. With more than 14,000 attendees and nearly 500 exhibiting companies, the roofing industry certainly supports tradeshows and continues to find value in bringing together like-minded professionals and friendly competitors pitching their products, and selling their services. The most striking takeaway from the IRE this year was that professional education and new product launches took center stage. As one of many exhibiting/sponsoring companies that promoted education and announced new products, it was evident that the roofing industry continues to support these endeavors. With so much activity on the tradeshow floor and the energy that consumes Music City, it was easy to miss some of these excellent promotions. This post is part one of two, and will summarize of some of my favorite sessions from CCM's Training & Education Center on the show floor. Worker Training Programs and NRCA ProCertification™ As the roofing industry faces compelling workforce challenges, it is more important than ever to offer exceptional training and a career path for field workers. Guest speakers from NRCA presented this session that focused on their training and certification programs, and provided guidance on how to attract and retain workers while maximizing productivity—and the bottom line. Increasing Rooftop Productivity With a shortage in qualified labor for the roofing industry, increasing productivity is now more important than ever. During this session sponsored by Versico, guests learned to save on labor and increase rooftop productivity by taking advantage of Versico’s deep lineup of labor-saving product options. Proper Design & Detailing of a Metal Roof Although not a single-ply presentation, this session -co-sponored by Sherwin-Williams and CCM’s Drexel Metals -was worth checking out if you wanted to Make More with Metal. During this session, important factors such as wind speed and other environmental elements, positive and negative loading, roof slope, and roof height were all discussed. All of these elements require special consideration when planning a metal roof system. Single-Ply Roofing Adhesives - Seasonal Options There is a wide variety of adhesive options in the market today: water-based, solvent-based, two-component, and pressurized adhesives; to list a few. The proper adhesive option is sometimes a difficult question to answer, especially when weather conditions become a factor. During this session, best practices were evaluated to promote optimal performance. How to Save Material Costs and Labor by Using EPS in a Single-Ply System CCM’s Insulfoam brand sponsored this session, which discussed how to achieve required R-values with fewer insulation layers and less time overall on the roof. Attendees learned how to get the highest R-value per dollar with hybrid EPS and Polyiso insulation systems in a single-ply system to save time and money. Liquid Applied Roofing: Sustaining Roof Assets CCM’s Carlisle Roof Foam and Coatings sponsored this presentation that covered tools and systematic approaches for evaluating existing roof systems, understanding application constraints, and keys to successful liquid-applied restoration systems. Stay tuned for part two in a couple weeks.     Jason Mortelliti     CCM Marketing Communications Manager     Integrated Marketing Communications     jason.mortelliti@carlisleccm.com

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March 19, 2019

Let's Talk Roofing with Versico's Mike DuCharme

Versico’s Vice President of Marketing, Mike DuCharme, has recently served as the chairman of the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA). In this capacity, DuCharme sat down with BUILDINGS’ senior writer – Janelle Penny – at the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) to talk roofing on the BUILDINGS podcast. DuCharme brought to the podcast a wealth of knowledge about the roofing industry, which he has gathered over his past 35 years in the industry, and as the chair of ERA for the past 2 years. ERA is a trade association that represents the manufacturers of EPDM single-ply roofing materials, and works to ensure that the roofing industry is focusing on the most important and relevant current building trends. As many in the industry know, there is a need for resiliency in roofing products, as well as sustainability. These two things have been a main focus over recent years in the roofing industry and for ERA, and DuCharme discusses the different ways in which focusing on creating sustainable and resilient products is the best option for all building material manufacturers. To listen to the podcast, and hear what DuCharme has to say about the state of the roofing industry, click here. To learn more about BUILDINGS, click here. To learn more about BUILDINGS, click here. For more information on BUILDINGS Magazine, click here. To listen to more of the BUILDINGS Podcast, click here.

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March 14, 2019

Don't Let Ice Melt Damage Your EPDM Membrane

Keeping a roof in top-notch shape during the winter is of the utmost importance to building owners and applicators alike –keeping your crew safe and upholding the integrity of the roofing materials is essential. One of the most commonly asked questions about an EPDM roofing system in the winter is related to the chemical compatibility of rock salt and other ice melts with EPDM membrane.  EPDM is chemically resistant to rock salt (also known as halite or sodium chloride) and calcium chloride.  If either of these two materials are applied according to the suppliers’ recommendation on an EPDM roof, there will be no chemical deterioration of the membrane. Your biggest concern with rock salt and calcium chloride pellets will be the physical form these ice melts come in.  Rock salt is a hard, crystalline product that could harm the membrane if walked on after application.  Calcium chloride pellets are somewhat softer in texture, but could still potentially cause damage to the membrane if walked on before being broken down from the pellet form.  Because of this, it is wise for you to limit foot traffic over any areas where ice melts have been applied, in order to minimize the potential for membrane damage through abrasion or puncture. You should also note that chemicals such as halite or sodium chloride can potentially cause corrosion to metals like aluminum or copper, so it is wise to avoid application of these chemicals around any area on the roof that is made of these materials. For more information regarding installation, care, and upkeep of EPDM – please contact Ron Goodman.     Ron Goodman     EPDM Product Manager     Product Marketing     ron.goodman@carlisleccm.com

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February 28, 2019

It's All in the Preparation with LIQUISEAL Liquid Flashing

Liquid flashing can solve a lot of problems on the roof; from irregularly-shaped and hard to flash penetrations; to creating tie-ins without impeding the flow of water. However, it can also be difficult to apply and use if not done correctly. By following these simple tips and guidelines, your experience working with LIQUISEAL® Liquid Flashing should go smoothly: LIQUISEAL Liquid Flashing is incredibly durable, but it won’t adhere properly if the surface isn’t prepared. Always use the tables on LF-A, B, & C to determine what preparation is needed for a given substrate. Here are some examples for common surfaces: Metal: Grind clean to expose bare steel or aluminum and create a rough surface before priming. Don’t use a wire brush. Then apply LIQUISEAL Liquid Flashing Metal Primer and allow the primer to cure (this may take several hours). EPDM: Scuff the membrane using 60 grit sandpaper and clean with Weathered Membrane Cleaner. After this is done, apply LIQUISEAL Liquid Flashing Metal Primer and allow the primer to cure (this may take several hours). TPO: Clean TPO with Weathered Membrane Cleaner (do not scuff with sand paper the way you would other membranes) and apply Versico’s TPO Primer. Allow the primer to flash off. PVC & KEE: Scuff the membrane using 60 grit sandpaper and clean with PVC cleaner. No primer is needed prior to application on PVC or KEE membranes. Always pre-cut and dry-fit your reinforcing fleece before mixing the resin. LIQUISEAL Liquid Flashing Resin has a "pot-life" of about 20-30 minutes once mixed, so prioritizing time is key. By taking the time to watch this flashing video or this tie-in video, review the installation instructions on the Versico website, and reviewing details before using LIQUISEAL Liquid Flashing, you will improve your experience with liquid flashing. A little bit of time spent reviewing these can save you a considerable amount of time on the roof, and prevent the potential waste of product. For more information about liquid flashing, please contact Adam Burzynski.     Adam Burzynski     TPO Product Manager     Product Marketing     adam.burzynski@carlisleccm.com

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February 14, 2019

Keep Your Membrane Splices On Par With Industry Standards

One of the biggest challenges in the application of single-ply roofing systems is ensuring that all seams, curbs, and miscellaneous items are flashed-in per industry standards. Installing a water-tight single-ply roofing system is necessary to ensure a successful, long-lasting, and effective roofing experience. Seams are a fundamental part of the system,and their central purpose is to tie-in one sheet of membrane to another. The proper mating of both sheets at this connection point not only creates one uniform system,but also serves as the first line of defense to moisture infiltration. Many warranty claims can be credited to this aspect of a single-ply system and is a very common reason for roof failure. VersiGard® Pre-Cleaned Non-Reinforced EPDM roofing membrane makes installing seams easier and ensures seam integrity in the long term –resulting in less call-backs,and a better relationship between the contractor and customer. Here are a few benefits to installing seams on VersiGard Pre-Cleaned Non-Reinforced EPDM membranes: The membrane is pre-cleaned to remove mica dust, therefore eliminating the need to clean the seam areas with Weathered Membrane Cleaner prior to the application of primer. Pre-cleaned EPDM allows primer to be applied with a roller. Versico’s Quick-Applied Tape is available on all VersiGard Pre-Cleaned Non-Reinforced EPDM membranes up to 10-feet wide,which greatly reduces the seam completion time. The above steps will save on labor in the field, create less jobsite waste,and result in a quality-controlled installation. Please reach out to your local Versico Representative for more information about our VersiGard Pre-Cleaned Non-Reinforced EPDM products. For more information about EPDM products, please contact Ryan Ferguson.     Ryan Ferguson     EPDM Product Specialist     Product Marketing     ryan.ferguson@carlisleccm.com

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January 31, 2019

Safety First In All Kinds of Weather

Roofs may need to be functional in all weather; but when installing or inspecting a roof in cold weather, extra care must be taken. Versico has put together a list of cold weather installation and safety tips to make sure you put down the best roof possible, while staying safe! Safety Tips Dress properly for the weather conditions  Be aware of skylight and hatch openings that may be covered by snow. Check the roof plans for the locations of any penetrations.  Be aware of your position on the roof with respect to perimeters and other roof levels.  Check for icy surfaces that may be hidden by snow, and check for iced rungs on ladders.  In colder weather, white membranes reflect heat and can promote slippery conditions due to ice build-up that may not be visible.  Installation Tips VersiGard EPDM - Use non-folded sheets for cold weather installation. EPDM flashing products may require additional warming from a heat gun in cold weather.  VersiWeld TPO & VersiFlex PVC - TPO and PVC membranes and walkway rolls must be allowed to relax after they are unrolled and before installation. Also, welding techniques must be adjusted for cold weather application.  Low-VOC Bonding Adhesives and Primers - Store these products between 60°F - 80°F, and if outside temperatures are going to be less than 40°F, a heated enclosure or hot box is recommended for jobsite storage. TPO and EPDM membranes should be relaxed for 30 minutes or more before applying adhesives in cold weather.  CAV-GRIP 3V - This adhesive can be applied in temperatures of 25°F or above, but the cylinder must be kept above 60°F for the product to spray properly.  Flexible DASH - Store this product between 60°F - 80°F and return to 70°F before use. Flexible DASH can be applied in temperatures of 25°F or above, but if temperatures are below 60°F, hot boxes or heated blankets are recommended.  If you have any other questions regarding cold weather installation tips, please refer to this Installation Advisory or reference the Technical Data Bulletin of the Versico products you are using.

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January 17, 2019

Invest in Your Team - 2019 Training Programs Available

The world today is truly an ever-changing landscape when it comes to technology and resources. The roofing industry is not immune to such things; with new techniques, products, and systems always being introduced. Construction professionals are specifying and installing more challenging roofing systems constantly - and manufacturers need to ensure that everyone - from representatives to contractors - is on the same page. Versico has always had a strong commitment to training, consistently offering educational and training opportunities for a variety of levels across the United States and Canada. As a testament to Versico's dedication to training, a 68,000+ square foot Training and Education Center has been built at the Versico headquarters in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Regional training will still be provided, but this new training center will allow for a large variety of events and training opportunities for years to come. In new and exciting news, Versico is introducing Foreman Level Training in 2019. This course is intended for individuals who already possess the skills to install single-ply systems, but need a better understanding of inspection guidelines, customer relations, and labor-saving techniques. Covered in these courses will be: Membrane Characteristics and Performance  EPDM, TPO, and PVC Application and Inspection  Project Monitoring and Site Management  Identifying Installation Errors and Remediating the Situation  Overview of site organization and improved team leadership  If you have any questions at all regarding the training programs available through Versico, please do not hesitate to visit the Versico Training site, view available training programs, or contact the training team at traininginfo@versico.com.

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