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This article lists roof materials testing services and laboratories useful for testing roof shingles and other roof coverings for durability, wind uplift, granule loss, roof covering chemistry, and similar parameters.
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Below we list a variety of roof and roofing product testing laboratories who offer roofing durability testing, impact testing, and other roofing material tests.
Laboratories Specializing in Asphalt Roofing Product Testing
PRI Asphalt Technologies, Inc., 6408 Badger Driv,
Tampa, FL 33610, (813) 621-5777, 831-621-5777
www.priasphalt.com/ and for roofing in particular: http://pricmt.com/
Other Roofing Materials & Roof Shingle Test Labs
For Materials, Equipment and Devices Relating to Fire and Extended Coverage Insurance and for Impact Resistant Roofing Materials. Unless otherwise indicated, companies in this list are approved by the Texas Department of Insurance for testing the impact resistance of roofing products. Some of these laboratories offer a wider range of roofing product testing besides impact resistance.
Architectural Testing Inc.
130 Derry Court
York, PA 17402-9405
2865 Market Loop, Suite B
Southlake, TX 76092
NOTE: listing for Architectural Testing Inc. applies only to the testing of roofing products to determine compliance with UL Standard 2218.
Factory Mutual Research Corporation
P.O. Box 9102
Norwood, MA 02062
*SGS U.S. Testing Company, Inc.
(Formerly United States Testing Company, Inc.)
291 Fairfield Avenue
Fairfield, NJ 07004
*Quality Auditing Institute
2825 Murray Street
Port Moody, B.C. V3H 1X3
*NOTE: The product certification program (listing, labeling and follow-up inspection service) for SGS U.S. Testing Company will be conducted by Quality Auditing Institute, Inc. However, this recognition applies only to wood shakes and shingles tested in accordance with UL Standard 2218.
**Quality Auditing Institute
2825 Murray Street
Port Moody, B.C. V3H 1X3
**NOTE: The Quality Auditing Institute is listed only for the testing of wood shake and shingle products to determine if they meet Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standard 2218.
Southwest Research Institute
P. O. Drawer 28210
San Antonio, TX 78238-5166
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
333 Phingsten Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Testing Laboratoratories Serving a Wider Audience than Roofing Products & Roofing Industry Manufacturers
Applied Technical Services
Chemir Analytical Servcies
EMS Lab, the megalith of testing in the U.S.: materialstestinglaboratory.com/
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Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide, Edmund C. Snodgrass, Lucie L. Snodgrass, Timber Press, Incorporated, 2006, ISBN-10: 0881927872, ISBN-13: 978-0881927870. The text covers moisture needs, heat tolerance, hardiness, bloom color, foliage characteristics, and height of 350 species and cultivars.
Green Roof Construction and Maintenance, Kelley Luckett, McGraw-Hill Professional, 2009, ISBN-10: 007160880X, ISBN-13: 978-0071608800, quoting: Key questions to ask at each stage of the green building process Tested tips and techniques for successful structural design
Construction methods for new and existing buildings
Information on insulation, drainage, detailing, irrigation, and plant selection
Details on optimal soil formulation
Illustrations featuring various stages of construction
Best practices for green roof maintenance
A survey of environmental benefits, including evapo-transpiration, storm-water management, habitat restoration, and improvement of air quality
Tips on the LEED design and certification process
Considerations for assessing return on investment
Color photographs of successfully installed green roofs
Useful checklists, tables, and charts
Roofing The Right Way, Steven Bolt, McGraw-Hill Professional; 3rd Ed (1996), ISBN-10: 0070066507, ISBN-13: 978-0070066502
Slate Roofs, National Slate Association, 1926, reprinted 1977
by Vermont Structural Slate Co., Inc., Fair Haven, VT 05743, 802-265-4933/34. (We recommend this book if you can find it. It
has gone in and out of print on occasion.)
Roof Tiling & Slating, a Practical Guide, Kevin Taylor, Crowood Press (2008), ISBN 978-1847970237, If you have never fixed a roof tile or slate before but have wondered how to go about repairing or replacing them, then this is the book for you. Many of the technical books about roof tiling and slating are rather vague and conveniently ignore some of the trickier problems and how they can be resolved. In Roof Tiling and Slating, the author rejects this cautious approach. Kevin Taylor uses both his extensive knowledge of the trade and his ability to explain the subject in easily understandable terms, to demonstrate how to carry out the work safely to a high standard, using tried and tested methods.
This clay roof tile guide considers the various types of tiles, slates, and roofing materials on the market as well as their uses, how to estimate the required quantities, and where to buy them. It also discusses how to check and assess a roof and how to identify and rectify problems; describes how to efficiently "set out" roofs from small, simple jobs to larger and more complicated projects, thus making the work quicker, simpler, and neater; examines the correct and the incorrect ways of installing background materials such as underlay, battens, and valley liners; explains how to install interlocking tiles, plain tiles, and artificial and natural slates; covers both modern and traditional methods and skills, including cutting materials by hand without the assistance of power tools; and provides invaluable guidance on repairs and maintenance issues, and highlights common mistakes and how they can be avoided.
The author, Kevin Taylor, works for the National Federation of Roofing Contractors as a technical manager presenting technical advice and providing education and training for young roofers.
The Slate Roof Bible, Joseph Jenkins, www.jenkinsslate.com,
143 Forest Lane, PO Box 607, Grove City, PA 16127 - 866-641-7141 (We recommend this book).