Metal roofing had a prominent role at this year's NRCA product show. The exhibit hall included a "Metal Roofing Pavilion."

The Metal Roofing Pavilion was new this year.
Metal roofing had a prominent role at this year's NRCA product show. The exhibit hall at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center included a "Metal Roofing Pavilion," where several metal-roofing manufacturers and associations such as the Metal Roofing Alliance and the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition were on display.

Among the products being promoted at this year's show:

Illinois-based Petersen Aluminum Corp. was promoting its full line of architectural metal products, including roofing, mansards and fascia. The company offerings include "Snap-Clad" panels that offer a continuous interlock, a labor-saving, one-piece design and available factory eave notching.

The U.S. division of RAS Systems was showing its "TURBObend plus" metal-forming system. Company officials say the "TURBObend plus" allows operators to quickly and accurately create a variety of bends and shapes. Operators simply select a shape, input flange and angle dimensions and the system does the rest, including bend angle, upper-clamp open and close height and back-gauge position.

Copper Sales Inc. was promoting several of its architectural metal building products, including its Una-Clad line of No-Clip, Snap-On standing seam, Double Lock and Integral Snap Seam roofing systems. Company officials say Una-Clad systems can be cut, formed, fabricated and attached using hand or power tools.

Roper Whitney of Rockford Inc. displayed the Autobrake 2000 with the new Orion control system. Officials say the system offers operators two CNC control choices: the A2000 control with user-friendly features or the new, enhanced Orion control with graphics-based programming that allows operators to view the part profile.

Classic Products Inc.'s new Rustic Shingle line offers several dark, rich colors, yet it reflects much of the sun's energy, company officials say. It also offers leak, fire and wind-resistance and can be installed right over existing shingle roofs, saving contractors time. Company officials add that the line's Hi-R coatings mean even dark colors are "cool" products.

Metal Forming Inc. was demonstrating several pieces of equipment at its booth, including the MAB 3100 folder from Schechtl of Germany. The machine is part of the company's equipment that includes SpectraFold CNC controls for easy on-screen programming. The MAB 3100 has a working length of 122 inches and a bending capacity of 14-gauge for steel, 0.125 inches for aluminum and 18-gauge for stainless steel.

Custom-Bilt Metals was promoting its SL-1750 "Titan" snap-lock roofing panel. The Titan is part of the company's lifetime guaranteed "Last-Time" metal building product line. The Titan panel can be roll-formed at the job site or in the factory. A concealed fastener installation allows thermal movement. A snap-seam requires no mechanical seaming and it uses the Kynar 500 paint system. Custom-Bilt officials said it was ideal for installations over solid decks and for use on municipal and school buildings and in light and medium structural uses.

Officials from Van Mark Products Corp. were very excited about their new "FlashMaster" chimney flashing brake. They say it allows roofing contractors to put away their tar buckets and instead easily make a single-flue chimney flashing system. It bends reglet, retrofit, base, cricket and step flashings. The FlashMaster also dispenses trim coil. Company officials say it will pay for itself within five jobs.

Follansbee Steel was promoting the next generation of its popular line of Terne and Terne-coated steel or TCS metal-roofing products. Terne II and TCS II were designed to withstand more corrosive environments, according to company officials. They a part of a line called "Environmetals" that are coated with the "ZT Alloy" that officials say provides corrosion resistance even in chlorine-laden marine environments.

The NRCA trade show was not just about roofing products. A number of companies were showing off their new and improved software. WennSoft Inc. was promoting its "Job Cost" and "Service Management Series" software systems. Job Cost allows project managers to create a single contract that can cross over to multiple divisions. The Service Management Series' features include the ability to track service calls, invoices and send pages.