March 19, 2019

Cold Weather’s Effect Flexible FAST Dual Tank Adhesives

Maintaining the proper storage and installation temperature of Carlisle Flexible FAST roofing adhesive materials will improve the string time/rise time, and will also assist in achieving the proper viscosity of the materials; which in turn will help to increase yield/coverage of your Flexible FAST materials. Problem: When working in the states highlighted below, it is important to pay attention to the average daily temperatures when storing and installing Carlisle Flexible FAST adhesives. Here is a simple explanation of viscosity: Viscosity is a complicated and sometimes confusing topic, and understanding how to lower viscosity is a challenge during cold winter months. A fluid that is viscous will be thick, sticky, and semifluid in consistency. You can lower viscosity by adding friction and/or increasing temperature. In short, the warmer the material, the thinner the fluid - meaning less friction and increased material flow. Proper material temperatures can also affect the performance of the adhesive. When material temperatures are below the recommended levels, the adhesive cannot properly mix due to the increased viscosity. It is always important to keep your adhesives stored and applied at the temperatures recommended by the manufacturer. Carlisle’s Temperature Storage and Application Recommendations Flexible DASH Bulk and Dual Tank Do not store Flexible FAST at temperatures above 100°F or below 50°F. Kits stored below 70°F must be given time for the internal material temperature to warm up to 70°F prior to use. When storing or using adhesive in temperatures below 40°F, the adhesive internal temperature must be returned to 70°F prior to use. Placing adhesive in a heated area (70-90°F) for 4 hours should allow liquid adhesive to reach 70-90°F. In colder temperatures, it is recommended to utilize heated blankets to ensure the tanks are kept warm while dispensing the product. Solution: In the winter months, proper material temperatures become imperative. Regardless of the urethane adhesive (FAST or Flexible FAST), material temperatures at the time of installation should be 70°F or rising. When temperatures fall below 70°F, urethane adhesives can experience mixture ratio issues. The use of heated blankets or hot boxes should be used to keep material temperatures above 70°F. Heated blankets make it easy to lower the viscosity of Carlisle’s Flexible Fast Dual Tank adhesives. Heated blankets are available in various ready-to-ship products, including dual tank and single tank adhesive offerings and pallet blankets. If you need help with material storage or viscosity reduction, Carlisle SynTec Systems has you covered. Contact your local Carlisle representative for more information. Carlisle has partnered with two equipment manufactures that provide heated blankets. For more information, contact 4C’s Spray Equipment or Amped Equipment. Heated Blanket Viscosity-Improving Products: Flexible FAST Frequently Asked Questions Q: How long will it take a heated blanket to warm a cold tank? A: Tanks can take anywhere from 4-8 hours to return to the proper application temperature. Q: Can I use a heated band to warm tank or cylinder products? A: No -under no circumstances should you use a heated band product with a pressurized tank (Dual Tanks or CAV-GRIP™ III). Heater bands can reach temperatures of 300°F – 400°F, which will overheat the tank and cause it to explode. Q:Are heated blankets safe to use with Dual Tanks? A: Yes, heated blankets have a regulated temperature of 80°F - 100°F and are designed to work with pressurized tanks. For more information about FAST Dual Tank Adhesives, please contact Austin Kulp.     Austin Kulp     Fleece Membranes & Coatings Product Manager     Product Marketing     [email protected]

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March 8, 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 Carlisle’s-sponsored 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. Unique Solutions for Challenging Situations A commercial roofing installation is complex and ever-evolving. No two roof installations are the same. In this session, guests learned about various solutions to solve some of the unique challenges they may encounter. For example, alternative solutions to flash oddly shaped penetrations, how to achieve high R-values where you have height restrictions, and how to harness the power of the wind for a vacuum-sealed roof, to name just a few. Proper Design & Detailing of a Metal Roof Although not a single-ply presentation, this session - co-sponsored 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. 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. Understanding U.S. Energy Codes This session dove deep into the current energy code landscape in the U.S. (state and local) and provided attendees with the resources needed to determine statewide and local energy codes. In addition, new construction vs. reroofing energy codes were discussed, and the pain points associated therein. These are just a handful of the sessions that were presented in a jam-packed couple days in Nashville. And one thing is certain: the desire to learn and grown your business is still a domineering force in the roofing industry – and as long as tradeshows continue to deliver record attendance – innovative new educational opportunities will evolve. Stay tuned for “part two” in a couple weeks.     Jason Mortelliti     CCM Marketing Communications Manager     Integrated Marketing Communications     [email protected]

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March 13, 2019

Talk Roofing with Carlisle SynTec's Mike DuCharme

Carlisle SynTec’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. For more information on BUILDINGS Magazine, click here. To listen to more of the BUILDINGS Podcast, click here.

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March 5, 2019

Protect Your EPDM Membrane from Ice Melt Damage

Keeping a roof in top-notch shape during the winter is of the utmost importance to building owners and applicators alike – keeping crews safe and upholding the integrity of the roofing materials is a non-negotiable. One of the most common questions about an EPDM roofing system in the winter is in regards to the chemical compatibility of rock salt or 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 degradation of the membrane. The biggest concern with rock salt and calcium chloride pellets is 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 consistency, but could still potentially cause damage to the membrane if walked on before breaking down from the pellet form. Because of this, it is wise to limit foot traffic over any areas where ice melts have been applied, in order to minimize the potential for damaging the membrane through abrasion or puncture. It should also be noted, that chemicals such as halite or sodium chloride can potentially cause corrosion to some metals – in particular, 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     [email protected]

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February 19, 2019

LIQUISEAL Liquid Flashing - It's All in the Preparation

From irregularly-shaped and hard to flash penetrations – to creating tie-ins without impeding the flow of water – liquid flashing can solve a lot of problems on the roof. However, it can also be difficult to apply if not done correctly. Here are some simple tips and guidelines to utilize when working with LIQUISEAL® Liquid Flashing: LIQUISEAL Liquid Flashing is an incredibly durable product but it won't adhere properly if surfaces aren'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. Do not use a wire brush. Then apply LIQUISEAL Liquid Flashing Metal Primer and allow the primer to cure fully (this may take several hours). EPDM: Scuff the membrane using 60 grit sandpaper and clean with Weathered Membrane Cleaner. After this is complete, apply LIQUISEAL Liquid Flashing Metal Primer and allow the primer to cure fully (this may take several hours). TPO: Clean TPO with Weathered Membrane Cleaner - do not scuff with sandpaper as with other membranes - and apply Carlisle SynTec's TPO Primer and allow to flash off. PVC & KEE: Scuff the membrane surface 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. Take the time to watch this flashing video or this tie-in video, review the installation instructions on the Carlisle SynTec website, and review details before using LIQUISEAL Liquid Flashing. A little bit of time spent reviewing these up front can save applicators considerable 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     [email protected]

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February 5, 2019

Ensure Your Membrane Splices Are Up to Industry Standards

Installing a water-tight single-ply roofing system is necessary to ensure a successful, long-lasting, and effective roofing experience. One of the biggest challenges in the application of these systems is ensuring that all seams, curbs, and miscellaneous items are flashed-in per industry standards. Of those items, seams are an integral part of the system and their central purpose is to tie-in one sheet of membrane to another. 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 attributed to this aspect of a single-ply system and is a very common reason for roof failure. Carlisle SynTec’s Sure-Seal® EPDM Kleen Non-Reinforced 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 applicator and customer. There are many benefits to installing seams on Sure-Seal EPDM Kleen 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.  Three-inch and six-inch Factory-Applied Tape (FAT) is available on all Sure-Seal Kleen membranes up to 10-feet wide which greatly reduces the time needed to complete seams.  The above steps will improve productivity in the field, create less jobsite waste, and result in a quality-controlled installation. Please reach out to your local Carlisle Representative for more information about our Sure-Seal EPDM Kleen products. For more information about EPDM products, please contact Ryan Ferguson.     Ryan Ferguson     EPDM Product Specialist     Product Marketing     [email protected]

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January 2, 2019

Help Us Process Your NOA Quickly

Tired of receiving email notices that your project has been placed on hold by the Project Review and Design department? Here are few tips to ensure that your NOA will be processed without delay. Upload your roof plan when you upload the NOA This prevents your project from being placed on hold and expedites the inspection process once the roof is complete. Verify insulation type, brand, and thickness Omitting this information will cause your project to be placed on hold. Confirm that the membrane type and thickness comply with the warranty requirements It is important to confirm that the membrane type and thickness comply with the warranty requirements. For example, if your NOA is requesting a 20-year Total System Warranty but the membrane thickness is listed as 45-mil, the project will be placed on hold. Include the deck type This helps to ensure that the roof system you plan to install is acceptable for the intended application. If the deck type is not indicated, the project will be placed on hold. Worse, you may end up installing your roof over a substrate that is not acceptable for the application, which can lead to additional costs or even rejection of the roof system from warranty consideration. Carlisle’s Web Resource Center is full of tutorial videos and helpful tips. Click here for a short instructional video about adding a new Notice of Award (NOA) and uploading a drawing.

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January 22, 2019

New Training Programs for 2019

Carlisle places a high value on education and offers training year-round at locations across the United States and Canada. Training classes are open to employees of current Carlisle authorized applicators, as well as companies in the process of establishing a new account. Employees of Carlisle-recognized representatives and distributors are also welcome to attend. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to attend Carlisle’s training courses, email [email protected] or call (717) 245-7066. FAQs Q: How much do the programs cost? A: There is no charge to participate in any of Carlisle’s training programs. Carlisle will also provide lunch on all full days of class. Q: How long will I be away from the office? A: This will depend on the course. Please take note of the start and stop times for each class. The certification courses last for two-and-a-half days and the foreman’s workshops last for five days. All other classes are one day each. Q: How do we achieve certification with Carlisle? A: To become a Carlisle authorized applicator, you must attend the full applicator certification course. Certificates are issued at the conclusion of training. If you are a new roofer seeking certification, please contact your Carlisle manufacturer’s representative before trying to register for a class.  2019 Training Course  Training Locations: Montgomery, NY; Kennesaw, GA; Carlisle, PA; Tooele, UT; Wylie, TX Applicator Certification Seminar (required to become a Carlisle Authorized Applicator) 2.5 days long, once a month in Carlisle PA, held in other locations based on availability Hands-on and classroom training focused on EPDM, TPO, PVC, and insulation attachment and common flashing details including curbs, corners, and roof penetrations Foreman-Level Training 5 days long, springtime, all locations Advanced EPDM, TPO, and PVC application and inspection techniques, project monitoring and site management, identifying and fixing installation errors, site organization, and team leadership EPDM 101 5 days long, springtime, all locations  Introduction to EPDM systems and products TPO/PVC 101 1 day long, twice a year, PA location Introduction to TPO and PVC systems and products EPDM 201 1 day long, twice a year, PA location Hands-on training in EPDM details and applications TPO/PVC 201 1 day long, twice a year, PA location Hands-on training in TPO and PVC details and applications Specialty and Premium Products, New Products, and Boosting Productivity 301 1 day long, twice a year, PA location Hands-on and classroom training in Roof Gardens, FleeceBACK, edge metal, and productivity-boosting products and techniques Understanding Design Criteria 401 1 day long, twice a year, PA location Teaches attendees how to apply the performance section of an architectural specification to a warrantable roof assembly Industry Challenges 501 1 day long, twice a year, PA location Examines common industry challenges, including the differences in versions of industry standards (ASCE, IBC, IECC, etc.), moisture in concrete, reflectivity, LEED, ES-1, and energy codes

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January 8, 2019

Installation Tips: Don't Let Cold Weather Stall Your Project

Cold-weather installations can be challenging and may require extra time and labor. Check out these storage and installation tips to help your winter projects run more smoothly. Storage Tips Low-VOC adhesives and primers and pressure-sensitive (PS) accessories Store between 60°F-80°F. If stored below 60°F, restore to between 60°F-80°F before application. If adhesive is stored in below-freezing temperatures, it may solidify in the can. If this occurs, restore to room temperature for at least 24 hours before using.  Water-based adhesives (HydroBond™, Aqua Base 120) will freeze in temperatures below 32°F and will be unusable thereafter.  On winter jobsites, a heated enclosure or hot box is essential to ensure that adhesives and PS products maintain their intended properties and ease of application. Visit for more information on jobsite heating equipment.  Application Tips Low-VOC Bonding Adhesive and EPDM x-23 Low-VOC Bonding Adhesive Allow membranes to relax for at least 30 minutes before installing.  Avoid puddles and globs, and re-roll any wet areas to break the skin and allow solvents to flash off.  Shaded roof areas take longer to flash off than sunny areas.  Use the “tack test” to ensure that solvents have flashed off and the adhesive is still tacky.  If the adhesive is not tacky, it has over-dried and must be re-applied at the published coverage rate. Install the membrane shortly after adhesive passes the tack test, then immediately broom or roll the membrane after setting the sheet.  PS EPDM flashings In cold temperatures, a heat gun must be used to warm PS flashings until warm to the touch prior to installation. This will make application much quicker and easier.  TPO membranes Test weld in the morning and then again after lunch when the temperature has likely increased.  The speed of the Automatic Heat Welder may need to be adjusted to produce proper seams.  FAST and Flexible FAST Keep your materials warm. FAST in drums must be a minimum of 70°F for the material to flow and mix properly. Storing FAST drums outside overnight in cold temperatures can cause the adhesive to freeze. FAST Bag in a Box and FAST Dual Cartridges should be stored in a hot box on the roof. For more information about building codes, please contact your local sales representative.

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