Code-Required Minimum R-Values
February 11, 2020

Over the past 10 years, there has been a shift in minimum required R-values. The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is the driving force behind this movement. More than 20 states have adopted the 2015 IECC, or a portion of its provisions, as their statewide energy code. See the chart below for minimum R-values per climate zone.

Since 2009, the roofing industry has seen an R-10 increase in the majority of the states. The total minimum insulation thickness has increased from 3.5" (R-20) to 5.2" (R-30) in parts of over 40 states. The map below can help you identify climate zones within your state. Climate zones 4 through 8 have experienced an R-10 increase.

Additional resources are provided below to help you determine the applicable energy code and its associated minimum R-value requirements in a given state or local jurisdiction.
   1. Minimum Insulation R-value Requirements: Non-Residential, Above Roof Deck
   2. The Building Codes Assistance Project

For more information on R-value requirements, please contact Brandon Reynolds at [email protected]

January 28, 2020
Polyiso Storage, Handling, and Application Guidelines

It is well known that moisture is detrimental to roof system performance. Wet insulation can lead to several issues including mold, reduced membrane adhesion, and ultimately roof system failure during wind events. Because wet polyiso must be removed and replaced, watertight tie-ins are essential every night. But let's take a step backwards and look at overall polyiso storage before and during installation. An appropriate understanding of storage, handling, and application will result in a properly constructed roof system. Material delivery should be carefully coordinated with the roof installation schedule to minimize outdoor storage. However, short-term outdoor storage can be necessary at times. When storing polyiso outdoors, bundles should not be stored directly on the ground. If possible, they should be stored over a finished surface rather than dirt or grass. Bundles should be covered with a waterproof cover and secured to prevent wind displacement. Exercise care when handling polyiso to prevent breaking or crushing the edges and surfaces. Polyiso should always be installed on dry roof decks and in dry conditions. Apply only as much polyiso as can be covered by completed roofing the same day. Roof surface protection (plywood) should be used in areas where storage and staging are planned to reduce direct, excessive traffic. Tips: Place bundles on pallets or included feet over a finished surface such as gravel, pavement, or concrete. Remove polyiso bundles from trucks with proper equipment. Do not push bundles off the edge of a truck or "roll" a pallet across the roof deck. Follow Carlisle’s requirements regarding product application to ensure adequate performance of the roofing system. For more information, please contact your manufacturer's representative.

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January 14, 2020
CAV-GRIP III in Cold Weather: Best Practices

As mother nature's cold hands grip much of the continent, many roofing contractors are forced close up shop until winter surrenders to spring. For many contractors, the onset of cold weather means delayed progress, but that mentality is changing. Carlisle's focus on innovation has resulted in new products that make cold weather installations more manageable. One product leading the pack is CAV-GRIP® III Low-VOC Adhesive, which can be installed in temperatures as low as 25°F (-4°C)! Like other adhesives, there are guidelines to follow when using CAV-GRIP III in cold weather. Here is some advice to live by: STORAGE: Whether at a distributor's shop or on the jobsite, CAV-GRIP III should ALWAYS be stored in protected, heated spaces with the temperature maintained above 70°F (21°C). Adhesive can thicken or gel when exposed to colder temperatures for an extended period. When reheating with a heated blanket or hot box, it can take hours to thoroughly heat the contents and re-liquify. It is recommended to reheat for 12-24 hours prior to use. If the spray gun is spitting, sputtering, or clogging, it is a good indication you've got cold material. GUARD AGAINST HEAT SINKS: A "heat sink" is a material or surface that absorbs heat from surrounding objects. Place cylinders on insulation to avoid direct contact with a cold steel or concrete decks. These surfaces will act as a heat sink, rapidly cooling the cylinders. HOT BOXES AND HEAT BLANKETS: Shop-fabricated or manufactured hot boxes and heated blankets are required to keep CAV-GRIP III above 70°F (21°C) when working in colder temperatures. Do not use band heaters due to risks associated with overheating a pressurized cylinder. Devising a way to insulate and heat the hoses also aids in keeping the adhesive warm and spraying properly. Removing cylinders from the cardboard box will aid in heat transfer. ROTATION: It's a good idea to preheat cylinders to 90°F (32°C) as a safety factor against wind chill. Rotate cold tanks into a hot box and replace with heated cylinders. SHAKE CYLINDERS TO AGITATE CONTENTS: Shaking cylinders is a good way to avoid settling of contents and to maintain spray pressure. SPRAYING ISSUES OR GUN CLOGGING: If the spray tip begins to spit, sputter, or clog entirely, there are two main culprits: 1. COLD MATERIAL - Clean the gun and hose from the problem cylinder with Low-VOC UN-TACK prior to attaching to a new, warm cylinder after it has been shaken. 2. CLOGGED SPRAY TIP - If spraying stops, remove the brass spray tip and spray the adhesive into a garbage bag. If the adhesive flows through the wand in a straight stream with no hesitation, then the tank is still functional (assuming it's warm). Simply clean or replace the brass tip and begin spraying again. For more information, please contact your regional manager.     Ryan Ferguson     EPDM Product Specialist     Product Marketing     [email protected]

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December 23, 2019
Installation Tips for Pressure-Sensitive Elastoform Products

STORAGE: Heat exposure is what causes Pressure-Sensitive Elastoform Flashing® (PSEF) to cure on the roof after installation, so storing all your PSEF in a cool place will maximize its shelf life. Carlisle performed an experiment where Sure-White® 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 PSEF easy to work with? Use a heat gun to warm the flashing prior to installation in colder weather. Always heat Sure-White PSEF even in the warmer months. Rule of thumb; store cool and install warm! INSTALLATION: Speaking of forming corners, the PSEF 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 Carlisle 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 PSEF. 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. PSEF needs to have a solid surface beneath it for long-term performance. If an additional layer of PSEF 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 of PSEF is used. LAP SEALANT: All PSEF requires Lap Sealant to be applied and feathered over the entire splice edge. Please contact your Regional Manager with questions     Ron Goodman     EPDM Product Manager     Product Marketing     [email protected]

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