Rolling Out 100 Years of Innovation
March 26, 2019

"The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation."

-Robert Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company

Innovation and creativity is not only a mantra for creative powerhouses such as The Walt Disney Company, but it is a calling card for all businesses looking to add value to customers. Innovation and creativity is a part of Carlisle Construction Materials’ culture and is instilled in the DNA of all employees throughout the organization.

It is this commitment to innovation that has elevated Carlisle as one of the most innovative organizations in a relatively stagnant industry, low-slope commercial roofing. It all began in the 1960s when Carlisle first took its butyl single-ply elastomeric sheeting, originally manufactured for agriculture-related applications, and applied it to the rooftop as a waterproofing barrier. It was in 1961 that Carlisle literally took low-slope roofing to the next level by installing this membrane on the 190-foot-diameter “floating” deep-dish roof on the circular restaurant building at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL. This was the first time that a rubber protective membrane had ever been used in a roofing application, and the rest is now history.

Throughout the years, the Carlisle commitment to innovation established the company as an undisputed leader in the low-slope commercial roofing industry. And this commitment has never been more evident than the products introduced in the last few years. The recent development of innovative products and services is altering the way a commercial roofing system is installed. Productivity-boosting products – such as RapidLock (RL™) roofing systems, TPO with APEEL Protective Film, and the revolutionary CAV-GRIP™ III Low-VOC Adhesive/Primer – are allowing crews to get more squares done in less time and with a smaller crew; at a critical time when skilled labor continues to be a challenge. In addition, problem-solving products – such as PVC Pressure-Sensitive Cover Strip, VacuSeal roofing systems, OPTIM-R, and ChannelDry – will help applicators navigate challenging rooftop scenarios.

Just as Robert Iger famously said, creativity and innovation truly is the heart and soul of a company, and it is the foundation of Carlisle Construction Materials. Regardless of what the future holds, the company’s values – dedication to quality, innovation, creativity and customer support – will remain unchanged for the next 100 years and beyond.

    Jason Mortelliti
    CCM Marketing Communications Manager
    Integrated Marketing Communications
    [email protected]
April 16, 2019
Storage of Materials During Inclement Weather

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 membrane at the 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 could 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 otherwise specified by the manufacturer. To ensure insulation is properly protected in inclement weather, follow these steps: 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. Slit the bundle packaging vertically down the center of the two short sides to prevent moisture accumulation within the package. Completely cover the bundle with a waterproof tarp and secure to prevent wind damage and/or displacement, such as a pallet. Following these steps as outlined above will increase the success and longevity of the roofing materials. For more information about storage of materials in inclement weather, please contact John Greko.     John Greko     PVC Product Manager     Product Marketing     [email protected]

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April 2, 2019
Solve Unique Problems with PVC Pressure-Sensitive Cover Strip

In the past, metal edge options on a PVC roof were extremely limited. Applicators had a choice of white, gray, or tan coated metal unless they were willing to step up to an expensive two-piece metal edge system. This is no longer the case. With the introduction of Carlisle’s Sure-Flex™ Pressure-Sensitive (PS) PVC Cover Strip, the building owner or architect can now choose any color Kynar-coated metal that they prefer. The PVC PS Cover Strip installation process looks like this: Apply the PVC Step 1 Activator to the membrane surface with a roller. The Activator is the first of two primer steps that prepare the membrane to accept the pressure-sensitive cover strip. After the Activator has completely flashed-off, the Step 2 Primer can be applied. Ensure that the primer is covering both the Activator, and the metal. The third and final step is to install the pressure-sensitive cover strip once the primer has flashed-off. Unroll a few feet, pull the release liner, and place the cover strip onto the previously-primed surface. Adhere using a hand roller. Use of the Sure-Flex PVC Pressure-Sensitive Cover Strip will save money, labor, and time on the roof. Utilize this problem-solving product on a current PVC roofing job, and experience what applicators have been calling a “game changer.” To learn more, view the installation guide or visit the Problem Solver page. For more information about Sure-Flex PVC PS Cover Strip, please contact Jesse Sutton.     Jesse Sutton     PVC Technical Specialist     Product Marketing     [email protected]

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March 22, 2019
IRE 2019: Education and New Products Take the Spotlight (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1, which summarizes some favorite sessions from Carlisle’s-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. Having won the IRE’s Product Showcase for Best New Product in 2015 for Sure-Flex KEE HP and again in 2018 for RapidLock (RL™) Roofing Systems, Carlisle certainly places a large emphasis on the audience IRE provides and places its new products and innovations center stage. This year in Nashville, Carlisle once again 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 productivity-boosting, 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. Sure-Flex™ PVC Pressure-Sensitive (PS) Cover Strip is another groundbreaking new product launched at this year’s IRE. Used for stripping-in flat metal edging, Sure-Flex 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, Carlisle unveiled EcoStorm 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. EcoStorm 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 hope to see you there. For more information about the International Roofing Expo or Carlisle's participation at industry trade shows, please contact Jason Mortelliti.     Jason Mortelliti     CCM Marketing Communications Manager     Integrated Marketing Communications     [email protected]

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