FTS International,™ Cisco, Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, is a leading
independent provider of well stimulation services for the U.S. oil
and gas industry. Throughout the years, FTS International's chemical manufacturing and storage facility in Chickasha, Okla., received several building additions. Although joined together, the additions were in many respects several buildings adjacent to one another with just a small gap between them, resulting in extensive drainage issues. The additions' existing standing-seam metal roof panels also were rusting, causing additional leaks. Some roof areas that had been coated also experienced leaks.

Tradition Roofing, Richmond, Texas, installed Mule-Hide Products® Co. Inc.'s white TPO membrane over the existing 3,500 squares of standing-seam metal panels. Up to 3 inches of flute-fill insulation was used to level the existing metal roof, and 1/2-inch-thick foil insulation was placed between the flute-fill insulation and TPO membrane.

Because the buildings are in Oklahoma where strong storms are common, wind resistance was a key consideration. Rather than fastening the TPO membrane to the metal panels, the membrane was fastened to the metal purlins that support the roof panels. The purlins were spaced 10 feet apart, requiring use of 12-foot-wide TPO rolls rather than the typical 10-foot-wide rolls. Fasteners also were spaced 6 inches apart, rather than 12 inches, to provide additional wind resistance.


The rooftop terrace that crowns the 10-story Mayo 420 building in Tulsa, Okla., is a popular spot for building residents who come up to relax and enjoy the views of downtown from high above Bartlett Square.

The view immediately underfoot is also a pleasant one, thanks to the self-adhering mod bit system that covers the roof. Attention to detail — such as selecting an attractive roof material, retaining the design integrity of the structure and preserving historic architectural elements — has made the Mayo 420 a downtown jewel. However, until recently, it was anything but.

Built in 1910, during Tulsa’s original oil boom, the Mayo Building was a proud landmark in the downtown that grew up around it. By 1994, however, the years had taken their toll and the last office tenant had moved out. Over the next 14 years, the building deteriorated severely as it stood nearly vacant. Even so, its historic significance as the oldest office building in Tulsa was recognized and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2008, Wiggin Properties bought the Mayo Building and set about redeveloping it as luxury rental apartments.

Transforming the Mayo Building from a decaying hulk to a showplace took more than two years, cost more than $30 million and required the efforts of a small army of contractors. This massive undertaking came with more than the usual share of challenges — some of which veteran contractor Don Watkins and his firm, Universal Roofing, helped to solve.

Early in the process, Wiggin Properties Vice President Emily Rohleder called in Watkins, who had worked with Wiggin for years. “Don has done the roofs on all of our properties and he does an exceptional job,” Rohleder said. “I thought it was imperative to have him do this one.”

“This project was a total redo. Half the roof was missing, there was extensive water damage and we had to completely replace all of the mechanicals,” she said. “So we needed someone experienced who could make sure the water would drain correctly and who would properly repair damage done to the new roof during the reconstruction process.”

Work on the roof system was done in phases. Universal Roofing’s first task was to repair the roof structure. Next was installation of the roofing material itself. Watkins specified the Self-Adhering Mod Bit System from Mule-Hide Products Co., Inc. for the job, citing multiple reasons for his choice. “It’s very durable and it looks good,” he said. “It’s very easy to apply, and because it is self-adhering, you don’t need kettles or torches, which makes it much safer.”

Watkins also noted that this product comes in 40-inch rolls, which makes it easier to transport to rooftops than the typical 7-foot or 10-foot rolls. “We had an exterior elevator that we were able to use during the insulation and base sheet installation,” he said. “But by the time the cap sheet was installed, the exterior elevator had been removed and we had to take all of our materials up in the internal elevators, so it really helped to have smaller rolls.”

Universal Roofing put down the polyisocyanurate insulation and two layers of self-adhering mod bit base sheet as a temporary roof covering to keep the building watertight during the lengthy renovation process.

Then for the next two-plus years, Watkins and the Universal Roofing crews made regular visits to the jobsite. Their task was to inspect the roof and repair damage to the roof membrane caused by the other tradespeople who accessed the roof regularly for projects that included a complete replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the addition of an energy recovery system and the construction of the rooftop terrace. All told, Watkins’ crews made 46 check-and-repair trips to the jobsite during the two-and-a-half year project.

“It’s not uncommon to do this for a month or two with new construction,” Watkins said, “but never in 36 years have I been asked to keep a building dry with a temporary roof covering for two-and-a-half years.”

Finally, as the project neared completion, Watkins’ crew primed the base sheet with asphalt primer and then installed the Mule-Hide Self-Adhering Mod Bit Cap Sheet. The white granular surface of the cap sheet hid unsightly patches made to the base sheets during the construction process and created a sparkling-clean surrounding for the observation deck.

In 2010, a full century after it was first completed, the Mayo 420 reopened with a new lease on life and a vibrant new persona. It boasts “luxurious living in the heart of downtown” with distinctive historic details, modern, high-end amenities and that spectacular rooftop terrace. The first floor of the 10-story structure remains home to a popular downtown dining spot, while a new downtown YMCA occupies the lower level and parts of the first and second floors. Floors three to 10 have been turned into one- and two-bedroom apartments with handsome appointments and 10- to 12-foot ceilings.

“We were honored to be part of such a grand project,” Watkins said.

06/02/09: Mule-hide products co. inc. introduces pre-taped epdm

Factory-controlled Production Improves Seam Quality, Reduces Installation Time

By Jennifer Neighbors

BELOIT, WIS. – New Mule-Hide® Pre-Taped EPDM from Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. makes achieving wrinkle-freeseams faster and easier.

The new membranes are now available at Mule-Hide distributors nationwide.

Application of the tape to the membrane in a factory-controlled environment ensures uniform width and thickness of the adhesive, resulting in more reliable seams with 30 percent greater peel and sheer strength and no entrapped air bubbles. Consistent factory placement of the tape – controlled to within plus or minus 1/8-inch – ensures the tape is positioned properly to achieve an optimal bond.

Time trials show that factory-applied tape can cut seaming time by as much as 75 percent compared to traditional seaming techniques, reducing labor costs and allowing contractors to get to the next job faster.

Mule-Hide Pre-Taped EPDM is available in 14 combinations of sheet size, tape width, membrane thickness, membrane type and color, allowing it to be used in a wide range of projects. Tapes are available in three-inch and six-inch widths. Membrane thicknesses of 0.045 inch, 0.060 inch and 0.090 inch are available.

Ten-foot-wide rolls come in a two-pack configuration (two sheets per core) for faster roof loading and reduced waste and are ideal for use in situations where narrow-width sheeting is needed. Twenty-foot-wide dusted sheets are offered for use in large, wide-open projects.

The Mule-Hide brand has been one of the most trusted names in roofing since 1906. Today, the company offers premium-quality, high-performance, low-slope roofing products and systems that meet current and emerging needs of the design community with a strong focus on sustainable solutions...


Jennifer Neighbors
(414) 476-5781

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11/24/08: tpo systems keep allen aircraft products, inc. flying


By Kate Baumann

For more than 60 years, Allen Aircraft Products Inc. of Ravenna,
Ohio, has grown right along with America’s aerospace industry.
From the B-50 bomber to the Boeing 777, the northeastern Ohio
company has supplied virtually every American commercial,
military and private aircraft with fluid system products. Its Metal
Finishing division provides coatings for the Space Shuttle and
other NASA and military programs.

When planning its most recent expansion — a 25,000-square-foot stand-alone building to house the Aircraft division’s assembly and test functions — the team at Allen sought a roofing system that would not only stand up to the area’s snowy winters and gusty falls, but also help reduce cooling costs during the summers, when temperatures can soar into the 90s.

A TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) system from Mule-Hide® Products Co. Inc. fit the bill on all fronts — so well, in fact, that a similar system was used earlier this spring to replace the 3,000-square-foot roof over the firm’s administrative offices. A 0.060-inch-thick white TPO membrane was used for both projects. On the new building, the membrane was mechanically adhered to the roof deck. A fully adhered system was used in the re-roofing project. In both cases, 12-foot wide by 100-foot long sheets were used.


Kate Baumann, Director of Marketing & Procurement
(608) 361-6812

11/20/08: hot commodity: epdm that's cool – school-roof restoration pays energy dividend
with enhanced solar reflectivity extended service life


With interest on the rise in turning dark-colored roofs into highly reflective, light-colored roofs, makers of roof coatings are hot on the trail of technologies that will deliver new opportunities for the use of these heat-reducing coatings.

Needless to say, one key to successfully exploiting these emerging market opportunities is meeting the technical challenge of making the reflective coating stick to the  surface of existing roofs of various types...


Kate Baumann, Director of Marketing & Procurement
(608) 361-6812

11/20/08: well-trained roofing crews help energy efficiency


Energy efficient roofing is no longer a trend, and has moved fully
into the mainstream of facilities management in the United States. But the financial benefits and sustainability of energy efficient
roofs can be compromised if repairs and coatings applications are
done poorly.

That is why it is important for facility managers to make sure the contrac tors who install or repair roofing are properly trained.
The new, energy efficient coatings available today require knowledgeable contractors and crews who understand, and are well-practiced in, applications that result in maximum longevity.

Steve Pfingsten, a branch manager for ABC Supply Company
in Rockford, Illinois has seen first hand...


Kate Baumann, Director of Marketing & Procurement
(608) 361-6812

04/30/08: Mule-hide products co. inc., Weston solutions inc. and American construction metal
TO TOP MUSEUM of science and industry exhibit


“Smart Home: Green + Wired” Exhibit to Highlight New Directions in Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Living

BELOIT, Wis. –A new exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry will be topped by energy-efficient, environmentally friendly roofing systems from Mule-Hide® Products Co. Inc., Weston Solutions Inc. (Weston®), and American Construction Metals (ACM).

The roof is being installed on a fully functioning, three-story modular and sustainable “green” home being built in a park on the Museum grounds, located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The home will be the centerpiece of an exhibit titled Smart Home: Green + Wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by People’s Gas. The exhibit will be open May 8, 2008 – Jan. 4, 2009.

Visitors to the home will be able to stroll around the Mule-Hide Living Roof™ featuring the patented GreenGrid® Modular Green Roof System. Created by engineering, roofing and horticultural experts, the system includes lightweight GreenGrid modules that arrive at the site pre-planted and ready to install. In the case of the Smart Home, 155 2’ x 2’ x 4” modules will be planted with Allium schoenprasum 'Forscate', Sedum album ‘Murale’, Sedum ‘Baileys Gold’, Sedum spurium ‘Fuldaglut’, Sedum sexangulare, Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’, Sedum spurium ‘Dragons Blood’ and Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’.

The GreenGrid modules will be placed on top of the white, .045-inch thick Mule-Hide TPO membrane.
The membrane will be fully adhered to the Mule-Hide FR Deck Panel.

Adjacent to the Mule-Hide Living Roof will be a STAYLOC™ Architectural Metal System and matching coping trim from ACM.

Exhibit to Showcase New Options for Sustainable, Eco-friendly Living

Designed by Michelle Kaufmann Designs™ and built by All American Homes™, the 2,500-square-foot home will showcase exciting new directions in sustainable living and environmentally friendly technology. During docent-guided tours of the contemporary-styled home, guests will be able to view the latest innovations in reusable resources, smart energy consumption, eco-friendly landscaping, and clean, healthy living environments.

“Concern over rising energy costs and climate change have certainly sparked interest in vegetative roofs,” Kauffman said. “Visitors to the Smart Home will have an opportunity to see one first-hand and learn about how a vegetative roof system can help reduce cooling costs and manage storm water runoff.”

The Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit is principally sponsored by ComEd and People’s Gas. Additional sponsors are American Honda Co. Inc., Dominick's and Motorola Foundation.

Roof Systems to Deliver Energy Savings, Environmental Benefits

Together, the roofing systems will reduce the need for air conditioning and the associated energy use, cost and emissions. The vegetative roof will help insulate and shade the home. The plants also will transpire, cooling the atmosphere around them.

The TPO membrane and metal roof and trim will be “cool roof” colors – white and slate gray respectively – that also will help keep the home cool. Where exposed to the sun, they will reflect most of the sun’s energy, rather than transferring it into the home (a property known as reflectivity), and most of the heat that is absorbed will be released back into the atmosphere (a characteristic known as emissivity).

The Mule-Hide TPO system is CRRC® (Cool Roof Rating Council) rated and ENERGY STAR® listed.

The GreenGrid system also will help alleviate stormwater runoff – and reduce the associated costs – through the retention and detention of rainfall and detention of runoff from the roof.

The roofing products make heavy use of recycled and recyclable materials. The GreenGrid modules are made of 100 percent recycled material. The ACM metal roof and trim are made with 25 percent recycled material. When the roof eventually must be replaced, the GreenGrid modules, TPO membrane and metal roofing and trim are all fully recyclable, keeping them out of the landfill.

The bonding adhesive used to secure the TPO membrane to the roof deck is water-based, resulting in low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions. Factory-treated with a patented fire retardant using the proprietary BLAZEGUARD® process, the Mule-Hide FR Deck Panels are made with natural materials and contain no hazardous or toxic chemicals.

Exhibit Ticket Information

The Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit will require an additional ticket with a specified entry time. Tickets, which include Museum general admission, are available now and cost $23 for adults, $22 for seniors and $14 for children ages three to 11. Discounts are available for City of Chicago residents. Advance tickets are available online at www.msichicago.org.

About Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc.

The Mule-Hide brand has been one of the most trusted names in roofing since 1906. Today, the company offers premium-quality, high-performance, low-slope roofing products and systems that meet current and emerging needs of the design community with a strong focus on sustainable solutions.

About Weston Solutions and the GreenGrid Modular Green Roof System

The GreenGrid Modular Green Roof System is a proprietary technology of ABC Supply Co. Inc. licensed exclusively in North America to Weston Solutions Inc. Founded in 1957, Weston delivers integrated, sustainable solutions for environmental restoration, property redevelopment, design/build construction, green buildings and clean energy. Weston is dedicated to making a difference in the world, with 1,800 employees in 60 offices around the globe building strong stakeholder relationships and solutions that work. More information about the GreenGrid system is available by calling (847) 918-4000 or visiting www.greengridroofs.com.

About American Construction Metals

Founded in 2002, American Construction Metals (ACM) manufactures architectural metal roofing systems, edge metal for use with all types of roofing systems, roofing accessories, and customized radius trim and panels. Its metal roofing line includes both standing seam and exposed fastener panels. Headquartered in Beloit, Wis., the company also has manufacturing facilities in Joplin, Mo. and Houston. More information is available at ABC Supply Co. Inc. branches nationwide.

About the Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry’s mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational. The Museum first opened its doors on June 19, 1933. In 2008 – more than 175 million guests later – the Museum commemorates its 75th Anniversary with a year-long celebration. Located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, the Museum is open every day of the year except Dec. 25. Regular Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Museum offers indoor parking and is accessible by CTA and Metra. The Museum is supported in part through the generosity of the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. More information is available by visiting the Museum’s Web site, www.msichicago.org, or calling (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.

For more information, call 800-786-1492 or Email mulehide@mulehide.com


Mule-Hide® Products Co. Inc.
Jennifer Neighbors
(414) 476-5781

02/21/08: mule-hide expands and enhances line of asphalt cements and coatings


BELOIT, Wis. – Mule-Hide® Products Co. Inc. is enhancing its entire line of asphalt cements and coatings, including adding a new premium modified flashing cement and introducing its quick-dry asphalt flashing primer in a convenient aerosol spray.

The new MH #241 is an easy-to-apply premium flashing cement. Appropriate for use with SBS modified membranes, it can be used as a night sealer or as an adhesive on vertical surfaces. It also can be used for topical flashing details or repairs in APP modified bitumen roofing applications. SBS modifiers ensure long-lasting performance without cracking.

For years, contractors have used MH #121 asphalt primer “from the pail” as a general priming coat before applying built-up roofing, waterproofing and other asphalt coatings to smooth surface roofs, concrete, cinder block, brick and metal surfaces. Now that same primer is available in a spray version with an anti-clog nozzle, making application faster, easier and hassle-free.

Improvements also have been made to all other products in the Mule-Hide line of asphalt cements and coatings, which includes asphalt primers, mod bit adhesives and sealants, roofing mastics, aluminum coatings and protective asphalt coatings. Contractors will appreciate the consistent smoothness and nice break off the trowel of the new cements and adhesives. The new aluminum coatings are easier to stir and have high initial reflectivity.

All of the new and improved products will be available beginning April 1 at ABC Supply Co. Inc. centers nationwide.

The Mule-Hide brand has been one of the most trusted names in roofing since 1906. Today, the company offers premium-quality, high-performance, low-slope roofing products and systems that meet current and emerging needs of the design community with a strong focus on sustainable solutions.

Photo available upon request.

For more information, call 800-786-1492 or email mulehide@mulehide.com


Kate Baumann, Director of Marketing & Procurement