International Roofing Expo Virtual Conference

The International Roofing Expo (IRE) will host two events in 2021. This year the IRE launched a complementary virtual event that took place March 2-4 in addition to the live event happening August 10-12 in Las Vegas. Registration is now open for the virtual event. Registration for the live event will open in April. The International Roofing Expo is sponsored by NRCA, and Roofing Contractor is the official show publication.


MFM Building Products To Celebrate 60th Anniversary

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, is celebrating the company’s 60th anniversary in 2021. 

MFM Building Products was founded in 1961. Initially, the company manufactured products used for wrapping underground pipe to protect from water penetration and pipe contents becoming contaminated. Over the years, MFM expanded this technology to develop sealing and waterproofing products for use within the building envelope. In July 2017, MFM became an ESOP company and still holds true to its original core values.

Today, MFM manufactures a wide array of weather barrier products that include low-slope roofing membranes, roofing underlayments, window and door flashing tapes, multi-purpose waterproofing membranes, specialized waterproofing tapes, and HVAC duct and pipe wrap. These exterior, waterproofing membranes are self-adhering and self-sealing for ease of installation and complete waterproofing protection. MFM products are manufactured in the United States and sold through an extensive distributor network around the globe. 

Pli-Dek Meets California Fire Requirements

ICP Building Solutions Group (ICP BSG) announced that its Pli-Dek waterproofing solutions have demonstrated the performance nec-essary to meet stringent new fireproofing requirements by the state of California State Fire Marshal, resulting in the issuance of a Building Material Listing Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), Listing No. 8110-2327:0500.

As of November 2020, the California Residential Building Code requires that all decking materials must pass a 30-minute ASTM E84 fire test, which evaluates key fire resistance characteristics of building materials. Pli-Dek “F” System is now the only cementitious waterproofing solution to meet this new requirement. Previously, California required that decking materials only pass the ASTM E84 10-minute test.

Pli-Dek “F” System is applied to plywood substrates to create beautiful, durable, and high-performance decks, patios, walkways, as well as various other areas. While Pli-Dek meets California’s new fire requirements on its own, the system can be combined with ICP BSG’s Fireshell thermal and ignition barrier coatings to create an even more robust solution (second Building Material Listing application pending). In addition to the E84 test, the Pli-Dek systems have been through extensive ASTM testing certifying Pli-Dek’s high performance in even the most demanding applications.

Polyglass Releases Time-Trial Videos Demonstrating Time and Labor Savings with Polyglass Products

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., a leading manufacturer of roofing and water-proofing systems, recently conducted a series of time-trials comparing the installation times for various configurations of their products. These four time-trial videos demonstrate that by using either a full or hybrid self-adhered system, contractors can save time and money on the labor costs of installation. Self-adhered technology is not only a safer and cleaner installation but there are significant benefits for contractors and their team.  

To conduct the time trials, Polyglass set up identical conditions for the roofing teams to apply a roofing system to a 1,000-square-foot panel. The videos show the step-by-step process for each roofing installation in the time trial and offer side-by-side comparisons of the results. 

Throughout all trials, the Adeso self-adwww.polyglass.ushered systems, whether it is in a hybrid system or a full SA system, saved time in installation which will save money for the contractor in labor cost. 

In Memoriam: Remembering an Industry Pioneer

WATERPROOF! Editor Clark Ricks

Clark N. Ricks, editor of Waterproof! and ICF Builder magazines, passed away at his home in Sandpoint, Idaho, on January 7, age 45, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. 

Clark was born on July 8, 1975, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He spent his childhood in Boise and moved back to Idaho Falls in his teens. He majored in Latin American Studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and received his MBA from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Clark and his wife, Lillie, met in 1994 while both were studying at BYU and they married in December 2000.

As editor and part owner of Waterproof! and ICF Builder Magazine, both based in Mapleton, Utah, Clark was truly an asset to the ICF and waterproofing industry. Clark spent countless hours building relationships, researching, interviewing, and writing about each market. He was a strong advocate for the waterproofing industry as a whole. Clark wrote and edited 53 consecutive editions of Waterproof! magazine without missing a single deadline.

Outside of his magazine work, Clark was a naturally curious person who enjoyed learning, developing a new hobby or learning a new skill. Most recently, he was learning to play jazz piano, just one of several instruments he played. He also taught himself about beekeeping, was a proficient sailor, and enjoyed woodworking. Clark is survived by his wife, Lillie; his children Benjamin, Daniel, Hannah, and Heber; his father Norman Ricks; his sister Janene Wadsworth; and his brother Grant Ricks. 

Craig Shorts, president of this magazine, says, “Clark was a great business partner and friend. Clark contained a wealth of knowledge of the waterproofing and ICF industries that will be sorely missed.”