IRE 2019: Education and New Products Take the Spotlight (Part 2)
March 20, 2019
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
December 5, 2019
Seam Probing

Seam probing is an important final step in the hot air welding process because it is a good indicator to determine if proper fusion has occurred between the membrane layers. Whether the membrane is TPO or PVC, both products need to be probed – but with slightly different techniques. Probing must be done once hot air welds have thoroughly cooled (at least 20 minutes). Premature probing can damage warm seams. Hot air welded seams must be probed throughout the day to check seam quality and to make proper adjustments to hot air welding equipment. The repair of deficiencies must be done routinely throughout the day, but no later than the end of each workday. A blunt or dull cotter pin puller is an acceptable tool to perform the probing task. Versico offers a custom-designed Seam Probe that incorporates an ergonomic, threaded handle with a heat-treated, plated steel tip. With continued use these tools will wear down, creating a tip that is too sharp for probing. Blunting the tip is necessary when this occurs. When a substantial amount of probing is necessary, an extension pole can be threaded into the handle of the Versico probe. This allows the operator to stand up while probing long runs of field seams. Getting started Draw your probing tool tip along the edge of the heat welded seam. Apply firm pressure to probe the seam junction, but not into the bottom membrane sheet. The tool will not penetrate into the lap area of a properly welded seam. If the seam probing tool penetrates into the welded overlap area, use a water-soluble marker to mark the beginning and the end of voids or wrinkles in the seam edge. Repair seam deficiencies as soon as possible using the hand held welder. Versico recommends that repairs be made the same day deficiencies are discovered. Probe repaired seams after they have cooled completely. If the repair is acceptable, wipe off the water-soluble marker lines; if not acceptable, repair the seam using standard heat welded overlay procedures. Another reason all laps must be probed each day soon after they have cooled is to verify the welder set-up is effective. Particular attention must be given to all membrane intersections and heat welded seams at insulation joints. In addition, there should be periodic checks (including at the start of each day) to verify good peel strength. Considerations when probing TPO systems 1.) TPO does not "flow" like PVC. If you observe an area in which you see "flow" of the bottom ply, scorched areas of detail/flashing membrane, or scorched field membrane welds, these areas should be probed. If these areas are overheated to the point of membrane damage, an overlay repair will be required even if the weld probes successfully. 2.) A properly heated field membrane weld will typically have a visual "sheen" approximately 1/2" wide on the bottom sheet at the weld overlap. When walking seams, look for the sheen. If it is not present, probe to ensure weld quality.  3.) TPO seams require a minimum 1.5" weld. Welds less than 1.5" must be overlaid as stated in Versico’s specifications and details, even if probing does not produce deficiencies. Considerations when probing PVC systems 1.) Welds on PVC systems should produce "bleed out". Bleed out refers to the flow of the bottom ply (of the top sheet) outside of the weld. If you do not see bleed out at seam areas, this increases the probability the seam did not receive enough heat when it was welded. Be sure to probe these areas to ensure weld quality. 2.) PVC is a “softer” and more flexible membrane than TPO. As such, a different probe should be used than the one used on TPO roofing systems. The PVC probe should have a blunt/dull tip, or utilize a "hook" screwdriver with a flat head.  3.) PVC seams require a minimum 1.5" weld. If you observe welds which are less than 1.5", these should be overlaid following specifications and details, even if probing does not produce deficiencies. Remember, application of Cut Edge Sealant should not begin until all probing is completed. Please contact Jim Gage with questions.     Jim Gage     Senior Technical Specialist     Product Marketing     james.gage@carlisleccm.com

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November 21, 2019
Benefits of Using White P&S EPDM Accessories on TPO Systems

Versico Roofing Systems allows contractors to use several of its productivity-boosting VersiGard® EPDM Peel & Stick accessories on VersiWeld® TPO roofing systems with up to 20-year Total System Warranties. VersiGard White EPDM Peel & Stick (P&S) accessories can provide substantial labor savings on projects with hard-to-flash penetrations and are ideal when using a generator and hand welder isn't practical. Regardless of which roof system is being installed, experienced roofers understand there is always a good chance of encountering hard-to-flash roof penetrations, or simply a high volume of penetrations. Determining the best way to flash these items in a productive manner while ensuring a long-term watertight seal can be a serious challenge. This is where VersiGard White P&S accessories come into play. Keep in mind your alternative EPDM flashing options for TPO systems: Run into a hard-to-flash penetration? VersiGard White P&S Uncured Flashing is an option to consider. This material is highly malleable and adapts easily to odd shapes and surfaces, making it ideal for flashing pipes, scuppers, and other irregularly shaped penetrations. Overwhelmed by hundreds of roof curbs? Boost productivity by flashing curbs with VersiGard 20" White P&S Cured Flashing in conjunction with VersiGard White P&S 7" x 9" Inside/Outside Corners. This is the fastest way to flash roof curbs and can reduce application time by up to 70% when compared to non-P&S flashing options. White EPDM P&S accessories are also a great option for repairs on TPO roofs when access to power is difficult or it isn't practical to use a generator and hand welder. Transporting generators, power cords, and welders to difficult-to-reach roof sections can be cumbersome and labor-intensive. This additional labor can be avoided by white EPDM P&S accessories, since most of these materials will fit snugly into a backpack! If you're interested in receiving a free trial of VersiGard White EPDM Peel & Stick accessories, please submit a request using this form. Approved Products: VersiGard White EPDM P&S Pipe Seals VersiGard White EPDM P&S Pourable Sealer Pockets VersiGard White EPDM P&S Inside/Outside Corners and T-Joint Covers VersiGard White EPDM P&S T-Joint Covers VersiGard White EPDM P&S Uncured Flashing VersiGard White EPDM P&S 20" Cured Flashing     Ryan Ferguson     EPDM Product Specialist     Product Marketing     ryan.ferguson@carlisleccm.com

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October 10, 2019
Special Color TPO Accessories

As the demand for different colored roof membranes has grown, Versico introduced its TPO Color Palette with five new colors. In addition to standard white, gray, and tan, Versico’s TPO Color Palette now features Rock Brown, Slate Gray, Terra Cotta, Patina Green, and Medium Bronze. Projects that use special color membrane from the TPO Color Palette usually need flashings and accessories in the same color. Here, contractors have two choices, one of which is painting standard accessories to match the membrane. However, this is a great opportunity to use Versico’s custom TPO accessory program and avoid painting altogether. All of Versico’s custom accessories are available in the five TPO Color Palette colors, as well as white, tan, and gray. Whether it’s a simple split pipe seal or a complex prefabricated curb wrap, Versico can make it in all eight TPO colors and get it to the job quickly. In addition to being available in eight colors, here are some other great advantages to using custom flashings from Versico: • Save time vs. field fabrication: Trying to field-fabricate flashings can be time-consuming work, even for the most skilled and experienced roofers. Using prefabricated flashings saves time. • No need for paint: There’s no need to prime and paint the accessories to match the membrane; just install and go. • Speed: Custom accessories can be fabricated and shipped within days, not weeks. • Quality: All of Versico’s custom TPO accessories carry the Certified Fabricated Accessory (CFA) stamp of approval, indicating they are eligible for coverage as part of Versico’s Total System Warranty. Next time you have a project using Versico’s TPO Color Palette TPO, consider using custom accessories to make the job faster and easier to install. VersiWeld TPO Special Color Painting Guide  VersiWeld TPO Special Color Program Custom Accessory Quote Request Form      Adam Burzynski     TPO Product Manager     Product Marketing     adam.burzynski@carlisleccm.com

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