Storing Your Materials During Inclement Weather
March 22, 2019
When storing roofing materials prior to install, it is important to remember most roofing materials are not designed to be stored in cold or inclement weather conditions; especially when ambient temperatures dip below 40°F. Membranes, adhesives, equipment, and contractors will perform differently in colder or inclement weather - so planning and considering how the inclement weather will impact material storage, installation time, and quality is critical.

Membrane: Storing roofing membranes at your job site during warm months is straightforward: keep the rolls off the ground (on pallets), and protect them from moisture by using breathable, waterproof tarpaulins. In inclement weather, temperatures grow colder - the dew point and temperature come closer together; increasing the potential for condensation and frost forming on materials; and storms/winds become more frequent. Keep roofing materials warm and dry by storing them inside a conditioned space or in a heated job trailer. Keeping materials warm and dry will reduce the risk of moisture being introduced into the roof system during construction, and minimize the possibility of deficiencies in the completed roof system. In addition, material rolls will become more rigid as they get colder, requiring additional time to kick out and relax the membrane before installing. In wet or windy conditions, make sure the roof membrane rolls are covered with a breathable-waterproof tarp and that the tarpaulins are secured to prevent wind damage and/or displacement such as with a pallet or bands. Please note that flashings must be heated prior to application, regardless of the season. When these products are heated until warm to the touch, they will be much easier to install, particularly when flashing corners and irregular shapes.

Adhesives/Pressure Sensitive Products: When dealing with membrane adhesives, there are generally two main categories to consider: solvent-based and waterborne adhesives. Recently, the use of waterborne adhesives has been growing steadily because of low-odor and VOC code requirements. Both types of adhesives have similar manufacturer recommendations for storage temperature, typically between 60° and 80°F. Adhesives, primers, or pressure-sensitive products can be stored at temperatures below 60°F but must be restored to between 60°-80°F prior to application for best results. When ambient temperatures are expected to fall below 40°F for an extended period, a heated enclosure or hot box is strongly recommended for jobsite storage. This applies to pressure-sensitive products as well.

Insulation: Polyisocyanurate or polystyrene insulation is typically shipped protected by a plastic wrap, plastic bag, or both. This factory packaging is intended for handling the polyisocyanurate in the manufacturing plant and during transit; it should not be relied upon as protection at jobsites or other outdoor storage locations, unless specified otherwise by the manufacturer.

To ensure your insulation is properly protected in inclement weather, follow these steps:
  1. Store bundles flat and upright with the bottom of the bundles elevated (2” or more) above a finished surface - preferably gravel, pavement, or concrete - rather than on dirt or grass.
  2. Slit the bundle packaging vertically down the center of the two short sides to prevent moisture accumulation within the package.
  3. Completely cover the bundle with a waterproof tarp and secure to prevent wind damage and/or displacement, such as a pallet.
If you follow the steps outlined above for your roofing material storage, it will increase the success and longevity of your installation. For more information about storage of materials in inclement weather, please contact John Greko.



    John Greko
    PVC Product Manager
    Product Marketing
    john.greko@carlisleccm.com
January 9, 2020
Installation Tips for QA Uncured Flashing Products

STORAGE: Heat exposure is what causes Quick-Applied (QA) Uncured Flashing to cure on the roof after installation, so storing all your QA Uncured Flashing in a cool place will maximize its shelf life. Versico performed an experiment where Peel and Stick (P&S) White EPDM Corners were refrigerated for 18 months and they were still uncured and usable. Pretty "cool" for a product with a 6-month shelf life! HEAT: Want to make your QA Uncured Flashing easier to work with? Use a heat gun to warm the flashing prior to installation in colder weather. Always heat P&S White Uncured EPDM Flashing, even in the warmer months. Rule of thumb; store cool and install warm! INSTALLATION: Speaking of forming corners, the QA Uncured Flashing stretches and forms better when the elongated diamond pattern is installed parallel to the deck membrane. Additionally, it helps to use the poly film as a separator when folding the corner in half to prevent the exposed tape edges from sticking to each other. POURABLE SEALER POCKETS: One of the biggest mistakes Versico encounters with Pourable Sealer Pockets is improperly applied or missing primer. It is very important to prime the flashing that is turned down into the pocket, as well as the flashing on the top rim of the pocket. Primer is necessary to achieve a long-term bond between Pourable Sealer and the pocket. If separation is present, it's likely that primer application was missed. It is also important and necessary to thoroughly clean and prime penetrations prior to filling pockets with pourable sealer. OUTSIDE CORNERS: Double-wrapping outside corners is a great idea on ballasted systems, especially if the base membrane isn't cut perfectly tight to the curb. QA Uncured Flashing needs to have a solid surface beneath it for long-term performance. If an additional layer of QA Uncured Flashing is installed to eliminate voids at outside corners, the corner flashing will be better able to withstand movement from expansion/contraction forces and will be less likely to develop a hole than if a single layer is used. LAP SEALANT: All QA Uncured Flashing requires Lap Sealant to be applied and feathered over the entire splice edge. Versico has all your flashing needs covered. For more information, please contact your Regional Technical Manager.     Ron Goodman     EPDM Product Manager     Product Marketing     ron.goodman@carlisleccm.com

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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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