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New roofing industry association focuses on underlayment

Carlisle SynTec Inc., Carlisle, Pa.; Gardner-Gibson Inc., Chicago; Maryland Paper Co., Williamsport, Md.; and Mid-States Asphalt, Tuscaloosa, Ala., have formed the Asphalt Underlayment Council (AUC) to cultivate the long-term success of underlayment products for building envelope applications for residential and commercial structures.

This group's Interim Executive Council was instrumental in identifying the need for an industry council that supports the standardization of underlayment product quality, performance and integrity. Current AUC members include Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio; Polyglass USA, Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Mule-Hide Manufacturing, Cornell, Wis.; GMC Roofing & Building Paper Products Inc., Shafter, Calif.; GAP Roofing, Pryor, Okla.; Warrior Roofing Manufacturing Co. Inc., Tuscaloosa; and GAF, Parsippany, N.J.

"With the introduction of new types of roofing underlayment products, it was felt that an industry group was needed to monitor, administer and contribute to product standards," says AUC Executive Director Michelle Miller.

Because standards and requirements for roof repair, reroofing, roof recovering and replacement often lack clarification within the definition of underlayment, AUC's inaugural technical committee will focus on code classifications and industry regulations.

"The pathways to code compliance vary depending on the product type," says John Woestman, AUC's technical director. "The continuous influx of newly designed products and ever-evolving regulations requires a strong knowledge base with deep understanding of the codes prevalent in this industry."

AUC will actively help develop building codes to ensure the high performance of roof systems.

"We will work directly with installers and contractors who may not be aware of the various product categories that are occurring in the underlayment industry," says Robert Almon, AUC Interim Executive Council member. "Understanding the nuances of underlayment, as well as discerning codes and comprehending code compliance are vital. With our combined historical experience, AUC is in a prime position to ensure all the issues surrounding underlayment are addressed through a range of resources from an engaged council, committees and membership to a vibrant website that will be launched soon, growing media outreach, literature development and ongoing educational opportunities."

The group welcomes roofing underlayment firms to join AUC to help make these important initiatives viable and sustainable. To learn more about the Asphalt Underlayment Council, email info@aucunderlaymentcouncil.org or call (847) 686-2243.


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