IRE 2019: Education and New Products Take the Spotlight
March 8, 2019
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]
November 26, 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. Carlisle 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 Carlisle 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. Carlisle 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: 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. 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. TPO seams require a minimum 1.5" weld. Welds less than 1.5" must be overlaid as stated in Carlisle’s specifications and details, even if probing does not produce deficiencies. Considerations when probing PVC systems: 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. 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. 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     [email protected]

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November 12, 2019
Benefits of Using Sure-White EPDM Accessories on TPO Systems

Carlisle SynTec Systems allows applicators to use several of its productivity-boosting Sure-White® EPDM Pressure-Sensitive accessories on Sure-Weld® TPO roofing systems with up to 20-year Total System Warranties. Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive (PS) 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 Sure-White PS accessories come into play. Keep in mind your alternative EPDM flashing options for TPO systems: Run into a hard-to-flash penetration? Sure-White PS Elastoform 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 Sure-White PS Cured Flashing in conjunction with Sure-White pre-cut 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-PS flashing options. Sure-White PS 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 utilizing Sure-White PS accessories, since most of these materials will fit snugly into a backpack! If you’re interested in receiving a free trial of Sure-White flashing, please submit a request using this form. APPROVED PRODUCTS: Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive Molded Pipe Seal Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive Pourable Sealer Pocket  Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive Inside and Outside Corners Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive T-Joint Covers Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive Elastoform Flashing  Sure-White EPDM Wall and Curb Flashings      Ryan Ferguson     EPDM Product Specialist     Product Marketing     [email protected]

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October 1, 2019
Special Color TPO Accessories

As the demand for different colored roof membranes has grown, Carlisle introduced its TPO Color Palette with five new colors. In addition to standard white, gray, and tan, Carlisle’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 Carlisle’s custom TPO accessory program and avoid painting altogether. All Carlisle 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, Carlisle 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 Carlisle: • 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 Carlisle’s custom TPO accessories carry the Certified Fabricated Accessory (CFA) stamp of approval, indicating they are eligible for coverage as part of the Carlisle Total Roofing System Warranty. Next time you have a project using Carlisle’s TPO Color Palette TPO, consider using custom accessories to make the job faster and easier to install. Sure-Weld TPO Special Color Painting Guide  Sure-Weld TPO Special Color Program  Custom Accessory Quote Request Form      Adam Burzynski     TPO Product Manager     Product Marketing     [email protected]

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