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FiberTite Compatibility with Asphalt

Asphalt Compatability using Fibertite

Periodically we get questioned on FiberTite’s compatibility with asphalt.  I assume these questions are in response to our general specifications where a Special Design Consideration for direct contact is emphasized in Section 1. C.3. The following statement is listed as a consideration:

Coal tar recovers and/or direct contact with bituminous materials

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In the Lions' Den

This week I took a trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to meet and present to what I consider the toughest venue in the roofing industry; the Benchmark Technical Committee.  Benchmark Inc is one of the premiere roof consulting firms in the industry as they employ 46 roof consultants and their clientele is a who’s who of industrial/retail corporations that manage and retain millions of square footage of roofing investments nationally.  Benchmark’s technical and industry leadership is grounded in the fundamentals of commitment, expertise, integrity and trust.  These fundamentals mirror Seaman Corporat

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Early Spring is a Good Time for Equipment Maintenance

Yesterday was the first day of spring but the idea that “spring is in the air” hasn’t really materialized.  It’s been pretty brutal in NE Ohio this winter.  Fortunately we didn’t get hammered like the New England states but the snow, ice and cold temperatures have made it one of the worst I can remember.  It’s been depressing and everyone is looking for signs that things are going to change.

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Puncture and Passion

Fear of puncture on a single ply roofing system is probably one of the most pervasive issues that owners express their concern over.  And it is understandable considering that any breach in the membrane is sure to allow water to enter the roofing envelope and subsequently the building.  The good news, in the case of FiberTite, is that any damage to the membrane is easily repaired throughout its lifecycle by heat welding new membrane over the damage.

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ASTM D751 and High Temperature Dead Load Testing

Many of the physical property testing methods listed in the various generic membrane standards from ASTM have their origins or reference in ASTM D751 Standard Test Methods for Coated Fabrics.  The physical properties used in the membrane standards evaluate thickness, tensile, tear, breaking strengths, elongation and a host of other membrane characteristics.  When looked at individually they appear to be either evaluating or characterizing the compound or the fabric reinforcements only.

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What is a FiberTite Hybrid Roofing System

FiberTite SBS Base Sheet

The notion of a Hybrid roofing assembly is a simple concept.  That is assuming that the materials you are combining are proven and compatible with one another.  We are bringing together two distinctly different roofing systems and concepts to create a new roofing system that combines the best of both.

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Puncture Resistance of Thermoplastic Single-Ply Roofing Membranes

The FiberTite Toughness Test has apparently peaked the ire of our friends at GAF.  GAF submitted an article on the Puncture Resistance of Thermoplastic Single-Ply Roofing Membranes to RCI’s Interface and it was published in the current January 2015 edition.

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Durability Equates to Performance

When purchasing a roof system one of the most important considerations is whether or not the product will be durable.  Durability can often be a subjective term and is often subverted by all the marketing hype that surrounds a given product.  So how do you know if the roof you’re purchasing will perform as expected and actually be “durable” over time?

The Merriam-Webster Online dictionary defines durable as follows.  Durable:  able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration

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Vegetated Roof Systems

Just exactly what are the benefits of installing landscaping your roof top?

Some of the justifications for having a vegetated roof top include:

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Thicker isn't better.. "Better Is Better"!

KEE Single Ply Roofing Membrane

The original acronym used to differentiate KEE technology from conventional vinyl technology was EIP (i.e. ethylene inter-polymer). The few associated with the development and introduction of EIP roofing membranes in the early 1980s contended that thicker was not necessarily better—rather, ‘better’ was better. This claim was not without precedent.

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About Mr FiberTite

After 10-years in Local 88 out of Canton Ohio, the opportunity to drink the FiberTite Kool Aid came in 1984.  Since then I've been a student as well as a teacher in all manner of roofing with a focus on the engineering, design and installation of thermoplastic single ply roofing systems.  The industry is growing in complexity so there's plenty of opportunity to learn and sharpen your skills no matter who you are.  Hence, one of the most important things I've learned is that "to sharpen the blade, you have to rub steel with steel".

Disclaimer

FiberTite® is a Registered Trademark of Seaman Corporation.  The views and opinions expressed on this site are not necessarily those of Seaman Corporation.

NMR Spectra
August 29, 2015

What is the proper amount of Ketone Ethylene Ester (KEE) to achieve optimum performance properties in a roofing... Read More

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Safety
August 09, 2015

Before any consideration is given to stepping on a ladder or the roof for that matter, a safety meeting should be... Read More

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Asphalt Compatability using Fibertite
April 03, 2015

Periodically we get questioned on FiberTite’s compatibility with asphalt.  I assume these questions are in response... Read More

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March 29, 2015

This week I took a trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to meet and present to what I consider the toughest venue in the... Read More

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March 22, 2015

Yesterday was the first day of spring but the idea that “spring is in the air” hasn’t really materialized.  It’s... Read More

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March 11, 2015

Fear of puncture on a single ply roofing system is probably one of the most pervasive issues that owners express... Read More

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March 05, 2015

Many of the physical property testing methods listed in the various generic membrane standards from ASTM have their... Read More

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Truth Scuff Test
February 15, 2015

This video initially crossed my desk last year but it continues to resurface.  It was produced from our friends at... Read More

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FiberTite Sales Team
February 08, 2015

Just what is a World Class Sales Force and how do you know if you have one.  Personally I believe this is as much a... Read More

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January 31, 2015

In 2011 Mr. Richard Fricklas, one of the roofing industry’s most respected experts, published a short article titled... Read More

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January 23, 2015

The FiberTite Toughness Test has apparently peaked the ire of our friends at GAF.  GAF submitted an article on the... Read More

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January 18, 2015

When purchasing a roof system one of the most important considerations is whether or not the product will be durable... Read More

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January 17, 2015

Just exactly what are the benefits of installing landscaping your roof top?

Some of the justifications for... Read More

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January 10, 2015

When you’re looking for a roofing system, you want one that has the least amount of variables required to ensure... Read More

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DuPont Elvaloy KEE
January 09, 2015

Today the market finds itself facing a new Elvaloy / KEE proposition from a number of manufacturers claiming to know... Read More

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