Johns Manville (JM) introduces its ProtectoR HD High Density Polyiso Cover Board. According to the manufacturer, it provides excellent protection and can save time and expense for contractors. With a closed cell polyiso foam core and inorganic coated glass facers, this high-density cover board has a Grade 1 compressive strength and an R-value of 2.5. The product offers excellent resistance to moisture, hail, wind uplift and puncture, plus its light weight makes it easy to handle.
According to the company, the product has the lowest fastening rates in the market for a HD polyiso cover board — up to 50 percent fewer fasteners are needed to achieve FM I-90. As an example, it takes only eight fasteners per 4-foot-by- 8-foot board with adhered reinforced membrane (TPO, PVC, EPDM-R, mod bit) applications over a minimum 22 gauge steel or structural concrete deck to achieve FM 1-90 performance.
“ProtectoR HD is an important addition to our polyiso cover board offering,” noted Tesha Kroll, Director of Product Management, Roofing Systems at JM. “It expands our line with a half-inch, high-density product and gives us the most comprehensive offering in the industry.”
Roofers’ Advantage Products, LLC (RAP) has been granted its third patent in the line of patents titled, “Layout Starter and Field Shingle for Sloped Asphalt Roofing.” After its creation in 2013, RAP has quickly grown its intellectual property portfolio, adding numerous patented and patent pending roofing products.
These recent patents grant layout marks placed on starter shingles, starter rolls, and the front of back of field shingles. According to the manufacturer, using such marks placed on shingles eliminates the use of a tape measure, simplifies the roofing process and ensures uniformity while reducing the number of tools that need to be brought up to the roof. In general, the starter shingle or starter roll becomes the tape measure, and marks on the front or back of shingles aid in accurate cutting of books and shingle placement, while providing for patented nail placement.
“As roofers by trade, we are well aware of the day-to-day needs of roofers in the field,” said RAP inventor Benjamin Folkersen. “When we approach a contract, we look at ways to make the work easier for the men and women doing the work. I would like to invite you to look at our video, which has been produced without a shingle manufacturer in place. You’ll get the idea.”
“These ideas come from collaborating with my 28- year-old son, who runs our largest crew and after a decade in the trenches we have become a tight team,” said RAP manager and founder Jon Folkersen. “After recently attending our first IRE, we have been bolstered by the positive response from the shingle manufacturing community -”.
RAP is seeking a strategic alliance with one or several shingle manufacturers who are looking for a truly revolutionary line of asphalt shingles. Benjamin Folkersen goes on to say, “Once in a generation, a market changing invention comes from the field, and that time is now.”
Legalization of marijuana continues to be a topic of great
interest and debate throughout the country. For example, Acreage Holdings, a U.S.-based
cannabis firm, made a splash in the news when their ad spotlighting the use of medical
marijuana for pain relief was denied a commercial slot during this year’s Super
The legalization of marijuana, whether it be for
recreational or medical use, is an issue our country continues to struggle with
as lawmakers weigh the costs and benefits of legalizing the drug. Despite the
fact that marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law
— the Controlled Substance Act — to date recreational use of marijuana is legal
in 10 states and the District of Columbia, and medical marijuana use is legal
in 33 states and the District of Columbia.
There appears to be a growing trend of legalizing marijuana
use in one form or another. In fact, on December 6, 2018, Forbes reported
in its article titled “Marijuana’s Ten Biggest Victories of 2018,” just
in the previous year Vermont lawmakers approved a marijuana legalization bill
allowing growth and possession of small amounts of cannabis; voters in
Missouri, Oklahoma, and Utah approved ballot measures for medical marijuana
use; and Michigan voters approved a ballot measure for legal recreational
With this growing trend toward legalizing marijuana, many
employers may be left wondering how this will impact their businesses. Ensuring
workplace safety should be a primary concern for any employer, particularly in
the construction industry where employees may be operating heavy equipment or
driving company vehicles. Right now, many companies may be relying on drug-free
workplace policies to address those safety concerns. While these policies may
be able to handle issues of recreational marijuana use, just as an employer can
terminate or otherwise take disciplinary action against an employee who shows
up to work intoxicated due to alcohol consumption, when medically prescribed marijuana
is involved, this issue gets a little more complicated.
There is nothing inherently wrong with having a drug-free
workplace policy. However, some recent cases have indicated that legalization
of medical marijuana use could throw a wrench in the way in which an employer
is allowed to enforce its drug-free workplace policy. Particularly, this can be
an issue for employers in states where the medical marijuana laws include
anti-discrimination or other employment provisions.
One example is Connecticut’s medical marijuana legislation,
the Palliative Use of Marijuana Act (PUMA). PUMA prescribes qualifying
conditions for a person to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. PUMA also contains an
anti-discrimination provision that bars an employer from refusing to hire a
person or from discharging, penalizing or threatening an employee based on an
employee’s status as a qualifying medical marijuana patient. The statute
further provides that it does not restrict an employer’s ability to prohibit
the use of intoxicating substances during work hours or restrict an employer’s
ability to discipline an employee for being under the influence of intoxicating
substances during work hours.
In 2017, in Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Co. LLC, the
US District Court for the District of Connecticut denied in part an employer’s
motion to dismiss plaintiff’s state discrimination claim when her offer of
employment was rescinded after testing positive for cannabis. In Noffsinger, the plaintiff accepted a
job offer from the employer which was contingent on drug testing. The plaintiff
informed the employer she qualified as a medical marijuana user under PUMA for
treatment of PTSD. When the plaintiff’s drug test came back positive for THC,
the employer rescinded the offer.
The plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the employer and the
employer filed a motion to dismiss her claim. The employer’s primary argument
for dismissal of the claim was based on the assertion that PUMA was preempted
by federal law. The court disagreed with this assertion and further found that
PUMA creates a private right of action.
In 2018, the US District Court for the District of
Connecticut heard motions for summary judgement on plaintiff’s discrimination
claim and the Court held that the employer violated PUMA by rescinding the
plaintiff’s job offer.
case appears to illustrate the idea that while an employer is not prohibited
from having a drug-free workplace policy, Connecticut law prohibits the policy
from being used in a decision of hiring or to take action against an employee
for their medically prescribed, off-duty marijuana use.
What remains a wildcard is how courts will handle
discrimination claims in states where their medical marijuana legislation does
not contain any explicit employment protections. A recent Massachusetts case
(Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Mktg., LLC et al.) could prove to be fairly
groundbreaking in that regard. Massachusetts’ laws regulating the use of
medical marijuana do not contain explicit anti-discrimination or employment
provisions. However, in July 2017, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
reversed the dismissal of an employee’s discrimination claim against her
employer when she was terminated from her employment because she tested
positive for marijuana as a result of her lawful medical marijuana use.
This was a scenario that involved an employee prescribed
marijuana for treatment of her Crohn’s disease, and the employee claimed she
would use small quantities when at home a couple of times per week to maintain
a healthy appetite. The employer was informed of her medical marijuana use and
informed the employee that it should not be a problem. The employee ultimately
underwent a drug screen that was positive for marijuana and was terminated due
to the positive test results. The Barbuto
court’s decision provides medical marijuana users the ability to assert claims
against their employers for handicap discrimination under the Massachusetts
Fair Employment Practices Act.
only having gotten past the motion to dismiss phase, still has a long way to go
in terms of an ultimate ruling on the matter. Depending on whether a court
finds in favor of plaintiff’s discrimination claim in this particular scenario
has the potential to impact other state courts’ decisions in this regard.
Unfortunately, because we are only recently starting to see
some of these issues rear their head in the state and federal court systems
many of these issues are still in preliminary phases, as is the case with Barbuto.
However, what that does mean is in the very near future we are likely to see
more courts having to render decisions on these issues and hopefully provide
more guidance to employees and employers.
Trying to navigate the waters while legalization of
marijuana is still in a period of growth can seem like a daunting task for
employers, but there are things that all employers can do to better protect
themselves from these types of legal disputes. First, employers need to be
familiar with their state and local laws regarding marijuana use; they should
also stay up to date on pending legislation or issues on the ballot in their
state regarding the same. Having clear and precise policies regarding the
workplace can be beneficial, but employers must remember that the state laws
vary. Therefore, employers with national companies could be opening themselves
up to liability if they simply implement a blanket policy for all locations.
About the author: Felicia M. Haigh is an attorney with Raleigh, N.C.-based Anderson Jones PLLC. Questions about this article can be directed to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has announced the election of Tim Kersey, vice president and general manager for Soprema Inc., as the association’s president for the 2019 term. ARMA represents North American asphalt roofing manufacturers, as well as raw material suppliers, and serves to promote the long-term sustainability of the asphalt roofing industry. An active member with the association since the late 1980s, Kersey brings to the president’s role his rich roofing industry knowledge, proven leadership capabilities and a passion for communicating the benefit of asphalt roofing products to the building industry and the public.
Kersey has served multiple terms as the chairman of ARMA’s Low-Slope Roofing Committee, a role in which he was regularly involved, helping to craft technical publications and codes standards and supporting activities for low-slope asphalt roofing applications. He joined the ARMA board of directors when he joined the SOPREMA executive team in 2012, and he has served on the board ever since. Due to his experience with the organization, Kersey was elected by his peers to the Executive Committee, ARMA’s governing body, and served as the treasurer/secretary for two years. He began his term as president on January 1, 2019.
The ARMA president is responsible for facilitating the board of directors’ activities and setting the agenda for the organization. In 2019, Kersey plans to continue the organization’s momentum in driving awareness of the benefits of asphalt roofing in the residential space while also bolstering communications around the advantages of asphalt roofing in the low-slope/commercial market. Industry members can expect to see expanding interactions between asphalt shingle and low-slope roofing manufacturers, broadening public dissemination of ARMA’s statistical industry reports, more external-facing communications from ARMA and a general emphasis on increasing asphalt roofing representation in industry conversations.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Tim since 2003 when I started with ARMA,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “He has a breadth of technical knowledge and executive experience, and he also brings a great combination of fresh perspective and insight into the association’s history that we look forward to engaging further as he takes the reins as president.”
Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. announces important new updates to Polyfresko, a highly-reflective, white modified bitumen membrane cap sheet used as the final layer in a multi-ply roof system or as a flashing membrane.
According to the manufacturer, independent laboratory testing confirms Polyfresko’s superior granule embedment and documents its aged reflectivity performance. Granule embedment was tested using ASTM D4977 Standard Test Method for Granule Adhesion to Mineral Surfaced Roofing by abrasion. The recently completed three-year aged reflectivity testing was conducted in three different climate zones, and demonstrated that Polyfresko maintains reflectivity performance over time. The product was deemed suitable for most Cool Roof specifications due to Polyfresko’s initial and aged reflectivity and emissivity performance. The laboratory testing results enabled Polyfresko to gain Energy Star Certification.
Polyfresko is manufactured with proprietary CURE Technology, a thin film technology infused with ceramic microspheres, ultraviolet (UV) stabilizers, and proprietary resins. This increases weatherability and decreases maintenance costs by “locking-in” the granules, so the high-performing Polyfresko membrane maintains reflectivity performance over time, decreases UV degradation, and increases abrasion and impact resistance.
In addition, all Polyfresko products are now manufactured with FASTLap technology, a patented granule-free end lap that helps make the membrane watertight and increases speed of installation. Polyfresko is available in Polyglass’s APP (Atactic Polypropylene) and SBS (Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene) formulations and is adhered to the roof deck or other approved substrates by torching or self-adhered application.
“Granule loss is one of the challenges with modified bitumen membranes, and our new granule adhesion testing results show that Polyfresko is a premium solution, firmly positioned as a top performing product,” says Polyglass CEO Natalino Zanchetta. “The granule adhesion results achieved with our CURE Technology, together with our new three-year weathering milestone, demonstrate our leadership with asphaltic membrane cap sheet performance.”
Orcas Island is a horseshoe-shaped island in the northwest corner of the state of Washington. With an area of 57 square miles, it’s the largest of the San Juan Islands, and accessible only by ferry. When a client approached him about building a custom home on the island, Justin Paulsen jumped at the chance. Paulsen is the owner of Terra Firma NW LLC, a general contractor located in nearby Eastsound, Washington. “We were hired directly by the owners to build the project from the ground up,” Paulsen notes.
The 3,400-square-foot home features 3,850 square feet of roof area, which is crowned with a living roof. The system specified for the project was a XeroFlor extensive green roof, which was installed on top of a PVC membrane roof manufactured by Versico.
“The roof system
works well for the home, which is designed in the style of the Bauhaus school
of design,” notes Paulsen. “The home features many linear design elements, and
the green roof gives it a sense of blending in with the natural surroundings.”
It was only the
second green roof Paulsen had been involved with, so he made sure to do his
homework. He knew from experience that work on the island would pose logistical
challenges, so he tapped a talented to team to help design and execute the
The Roofing Contractor
Paulsen wanted a skilled roofing contractor to install the waterproof layer beneath the green roof system. The Versico rep in the area, Ken Stillwell, recommended All Weather Rooftop Solutions, headquartered in Everett, Washington. The company, owned by partners Todd Severson and Greg O’Neill, typically focuses on commercial work, but this project was right in their wheelhouse. Severson knew the company had to plan ahead to ensure the everything went smoothly.
“Working on the
island was the biggest challenge of the whole project,” Severson notes. “We
wanted to complete the project in one week, so we had to make sure we had
everything ready to go. Everything had to be transported by ferry, so we had to
schedule all of the trucks and make sure all of the material landed at one
time. We just had to make sure we had all of the material and manpower on that
The PVC roof system was installed over a plywood deck. Crews first installed two layers of 3.3-inch insulation to achieve an R-value of 38. Tapered insulation system was then added to ensure proper drainage. The insulation was topped with half-inch DensDeck Prime cover board, which was mechanically attached. A gray 60-mil PVC membrane from Versico was then fully adhered over the entire assembly.
All Weather crews also installed OMG SpeedTite roof drains with Vortex-breaker technology, as well as Solatube light tubes. The large skylight was installed by the manufacturer, CrystaLite.
The sheet metal
work was completed by All Weather on a second trip, with a smaller crew returning
to complete the flashing and edge metal. The roofing portion of the project
went smoothly. “Justin from Terra Firma was great work with, and our
superintendent, Jeff Gale, did a great job quarterbacking it on our end,”
Severson notes. “Everything went off without a hitch. It’s a pretty unique
“They did a great job installing the insulation and the membrane,” he notes.
“The biggest thing we had to deal with after that was protecting the membrane
from other trades. Our stonemason had to go back up on the roof and complete
To preserve the
integrity of the membrane after it was installed, Terra Firma crews cut a
20-mil pond liner pond liner into sections that were used to protect areas of
the roof that had to be accessed by other trades.
Installing the Green Roof
After all the other
work was completed on the rooftop, crews from Terra Firma installed the green
roof system in the late fall of 2018. Paulsen had heard about XeroFlor from
another contractor and did some research. He then contacted Clayton Rugh, director
of XeroFlor America, to design and specify the system.
“I thought it was
really top-notch system,” Paulsen notes. “I went to Clayton to document some
other examples that had been installed in the area, and I pitched it to our
client. Clayton did all of the functional engineering work on the green roof
system and determined the soil requirements. The plantings by XeroFlor were
sourced very close to the project site, which helps to ensure successful future
green roof system consists of a root barrier with a drainage composite, which
is an open-flow zone of polymer coils with a bonded fleece fabric sheet. The
drainage material was topped with 1-1/4 inches of growing medium, followed by
1-inch-thick pre-vegetated mats, which contained a mix of sedum succulents.
mats are installed just like sod. “They arrive rolled up on a pallet,” Rugh
notes. “You just align the roll adjacent to the previously installed roll,
abutting it tightly, and roll it into place.”
Terra Firma also
installed the edge metal and rock ballast around the perimeter. “I was amazed
at how simple it was to accommodate the green roof portion of the project,”
Paulsen says. “Once the membrane was down, we knew we were rock solid and the
house was well protected. The green roof portion was easy to install. I’d
definitely do one again.”
Paulsen is proud
to have this project under his belt. He can’t wait to see it in the spring,
when the green roof is in its full glory.
“Terra Firma NW thrives on jobs that have complex and unusual requirements,” Paulsen says. “This job, from foundation all the way through the roof, presented numerous design challenges. We have a $2 million-dollar house under this roof. If I had to give advice to anyone doing a green roof, my advice would be: Don’t cut corners.”
Pedersen AIA, Orcas, Washington
General Contractor: Terra Firma NW LLC, Eastsound, Washington, www.tfnwllc.com
IKO announced the launch of its new North American website for residential roofing. Designed with both contractors and homeowners in mind, the easy-to-navigate new site elevates the user experience for those researching roofing options, products and best practices.
Homeowners can “Find a Contractor,” review product and accessory overviews, peruse the design center, access a roof inspection checklist and more. Contractors can “Find a Distributor,” learn more about the new ROOFPRO loyalty program and take advantage of professional tools and support that can help business efficiency and efficacy.
“We’re excited to launch our new residential website,” said Jeff Williams, brand director, North America. “More and more research is being done online and this new site provides a valuable, easy user experience for homeowners and contractors alike.”
Contractors and customers will also benefit from IKO’s Roofviewer app. The app is a tool to create a mock-up of a home and test a fresh and vibrant selection of roofing colors. Experiment with new colors from IKO’s performance product lines — Dynasty and Nordic— and see how they complement shutter, railing, door, window and trim colors. IKO consults with roofing design specialists in emerging color trends every year to ensure the colors reflect today’s styles. IKO’s residential website will be continually updated with new product announcements, blog posts, project profiles and more. To learn more, visit https://www.iko.com/na/.
Benjamin Obdyke Inc. launches its fully comprehensive, UV-rated Open Joint Cladding System including InvisiWrap UV, HydroFlash UV+ and Batten UV.
InvisiWrap UV is a completely unprinted, high-performance black nonwoven housewrap. Designed for the best possible aesthetic appeal, the product is matte black to avoid competing with other visual elements of open joint architecture. According to the manufacturer, it provides superior water hold out, ideal vapor permeability, and durability. Engineered for maximum UV exposure, InvisiWrap UV can be used with siding openings of up to 2 inches and has a UV of rating of up to 12 months before siding installation.
HydroFlash UV+ self-adhered flashing utilizes an aggressive acrylic adhesive for extreme environmental conditions. An ideal complement to InvisiWrap UV, the expertly engineered product can be used for penetration flashing and covering furring strips so they’re invisible behind open joints. Optimized for all weather, HydroFlash UV+ can be installed down to 25 degrees and is UV-rated for 12 months of exposure before cladding application.
Batten UV rounds out the Open Joint Cladding System product suite. Builders can use the product to create a 3/8-inch rainscreen gap for optimum drainage and drying. Batten UV, at time of launch, is the only corrugated batten option available that contains a long-term UV rating for open joint siding applications.
“From rustic reclaimed wood detail to dramatic composite planks or panels, architects and builders are enhancing residential and commercial projects with the open joint cladding trend,” said Tara Murray, director of marketing at Benjamin Obdyke. “At Benjamin Obdyke, we are always looking for ways to help our partners build better and develop quality solutions for every project. Our builders were looking for solutions for this growing trend, so it was a natural next step to evolve our UV-rated product line into a full product suite optimized for open joint cladding projects.”
“This comprehensive line addresses the need to ensure that weatherization and moisture management solutions keep up with growing aesthetic trends. These gorgeous sidings on high-end custom homes and multi-use projects deserve more than just a layer of felt paper.” Murray said. “We’re excited to bring this product into the residential market to make it easy for our building pros to give this type of siding application the durability and longevity it deserves.”
Backed by superior stress testing and research, the Open Joint Cladding system is covered by a 25-year performance warranty when all three products are used together.