June 4, 2012

Trus Joist TJI Joists received a top rating of a recent survey of 10,800 builder-developers and general contractors.

The Builder Magazine survey recognized Trus Joist TJI Joists as a top-rated product for the 13th straight year.

May 11, 2012

Edison, N.J.-based Starborn Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of fastening products, introduced Deckfast Metal for the fast-growing market of steel joist deck framing systems.

The company said more architects and deck builders are using metal joist substructures when creating decks. Deckfast Metal is a fastener that can be used to attach every type of decking -- PVC, composite, capstock and hardwood -- to steel and aluminum substructures.

April 30, 2012

Indianapolis-based Eco-Roofs, a producer of environmentally friendly roof systems, has completed a 1,300-sq.-ft. green roof installation atop the four-story, 67-year-old College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis.

This is the first green roof undertaking for the University and was installed entirely by an all-volunteer crew of students, faculty and university staff, led by Eco-Roofs' accredited Green Roof Professional and project coordinator Pat Maloney.

January 31, 2012

The Building America Retrofit Alliance is promoting the Cool Energy House, described as a "deep-energy remodeling project" optimized for peak energy performance.

The purpose of the project is to bring attention to the new energy-efficient systems and strategies that can impact traditional remodeling projects. 

Among the peak performance energy measures of the Cool Energy House -- located at 11068 Bayshore Drive, Windermere, Fla. -- are pool pump replacement, sealed attic, shading, energy efficient lighting, cool roofing, ventilation and dehumidification.

January 5, 2012

GAF's Royal Sovereign Shingles are celebrating a 50th anniversary.

First introduced as “Sovereign” in December of 1961, the shingle that has now evolved into GAF’s popular Royal Sovereign is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Initially launched as an organic shingle, Sovereign became one of the first glass mat shingles in 1972, and is one of the longest-running asphalt shingle brands on the market, according to the Wayne, N.J.-based GAF.

September 15, 2011

Media, Pa.-based FXI Building Products is promoting its Leaf Defier as a product that is both green and effective as a gutter protection system. 

Recently awarded the “Green Buildings Product Seal” from Green-Buildings.com due to its ability to meet several green and high-performance building criteria, Leaf Defier has also prevents sags and related gutter damage as well as overflows that can lead to landscape erosion, foundation cracking and other structural failures.

August 2, 2011

For years, Flor has worked to change people’s concept of floor coverings, by selling boxes of modular carpet tiles by mail order.

The concept made another mark on the distribution channel last month. The Chicago-based company opened a brick-and-mortar store in Dallas — its fifth, joining high-profile, high fashion locations in Chicago, New York and Santa Monica, Calif.

July 19, 2011

Wayne, N.J.-based GAF announced a significant expansion of its efforts to support post-consumer shingle recycling. Building on its Certified Green Roofer program, which has more than 100 members, GAF has made a multiyear commitment to sponsor the Find-A-Recycler section of ShingleRecycling.org.

ShingleRecycling.org is the leading resource for information about recycling asphalt shingles.

June 17, 2011

LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated Oriented Strand Board (OSB) Sheathing is now included in the CAL FIRE Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Products Handbook, published by the California Office of the State Fire Marshall, for use in roof decking exposed as open eaves.

FlameBlock satisfies the WUI rules for use in the underside of open eaves through its CAL FIRE “low ignition surface” classification, which is granted based on the product’s Class A flame spread rating.

March 3, 2011

After a brutal winter, what the industry can use now is a splash of color — from raspberry red to lime to black and white. Even “green” qualifies, when used to conserve energy. On the following pages, the New Product Showcase opens on a colorful collection of handy or heavyweight home solutions for the 2011 selling season.

Gardening Colors

February 2, 2011

The consumer demand for roof rakes – a device that many consumers didn’t even know existed until this winter – has grown to a feverish pitch, according to media reports around the country. 

September 7, 2010

Cedar Crest features blended, consistent colors for a cohesive appearance that blends with the colors...

February 10, 2010


CertainTeed has announced its intention to settle a class action lawsuit over a line of asphalt shingles manufactured from 1987 to 2005. The organic shingles, made with a felt reinforcement material, were allegedly subject to premature failure or did not perform up to the expectations of end users.

July 9, 2008

A study by the Freedonia Group predicts a 2 percent increase growth in roofing sales...

November 18, 2007

Homeowners are pulling back from discretionary remodeling projects, and retailers are feeling the pinch in...

November 18, 2007

When it comes to green building materials, few trends speak more directly to consumers than...