Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAR 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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of roofing products, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each one, Blais notes. Ply Gem has been developing a product that provides greater performance and resistance in regard to fire, wind, hail and fade. "It's lightweight, easy to install, and it looks amazing, all within the total cost of owning an asphalt roof," he explains. Historic Heritage TAMKO just released a new Heritage IR shingle that also complies with the UL 2218 Class 4 Impact Resistance. The product contains the popular Heritage shingle construction, reinforced with a heavy polyester fabric applied to the entire back- side of the shingle, and with a uniform thickness throughout the reinforced layer, says Greg Wells, director of marketing. The shingle will be available in Colorado this March, and in the Central and Western U.S. later in the year. "The entire roofing industry has seen growing demand for Class 4-rated products, driven largely by insurance companies—especially in the Western states. Recently, some municipalities in Colorado even mandated UL 2218 Class 4 classification for all new and re-roofs," he adds. "We anticipate that trend continuing and growing to other se- vere-weather-prone areas of the country." The manufacturer sees more and more home- owners taking a greater role in the roofing product selection, not only with colors and design but also understanding how the product will perform, Wells notes. "Homeowners are staying in their homes align with classic and current housing styles and trends," he adds. "Homeowners, remodelers, archi- tects and designers look for products that replicate natural materials—but [can] perform better over time with virtually no maintenance." The company's engineered roofing uses the lat- est technology to digitize its Earth-made patterns on natural slate and cedar, and then engraves those images into high-tech molds, Blais explains. "This powerful combination—along with superior ma- terial science—provides a product solution that is affordable, beautiful and one that performs over time," he notes. "And it's backed with a 50-year limited warranty, a 10-year no-fade warranty and a labor warranty for the first 10 years." Ply Gem develops and assesses new products by exposing them to standard and nonstandard test environments, such as its in-house impact test- ing. The manufacturer ensures its roofing prod- ucts meet the industry's highest tier of hail-impact performance—UL2218 Class 4 Hail Impact—then takes it another step further to confirm those prod- ucts can exceed industry standards, Blais says. "This includes testing in more severe conditions to ensure the products perform in the harshest environments," he adds. "We have many examples of extreme tests, from freeze-thaw cycling to weath- er testing in Australia, where some of the highest amounts of solar UV rays are found." The company helps remodelers succeed by sup- plying them with the information and tools they need to educate homeowners about the availability TAMKO launches a new Heritage IR shingle (shown in Thunderstorm) that features a reinforced layer on the backside and complies with UL 2218 Class 4 Impact Resistance. Circle 6 on inquiry card PRODUCT TRENDS 44 March 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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