TAMKO Building Products Becomes a Member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission

TAMKO Building Products Inc. is proud to be one of 55 different companies to participate in the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting employers fill job positions with veterans in need. The organization focus is to find jobs for 100,000 United States war veterans by the year 2020. As of June, they have assisted 77,612 veterans find lucrative work.

Typically, only business with over 10,000 employees can join the organization. Yet, with a high percentage of past and present military employees, TAMKO was granted permission to join the 100,000 Jobs Mission in order to help achieve its goal. 90 veterans currently work at its Joplin locations, and around 10 percent of the company’s work force across the nation have military backgrounds.

“When we hire an employee with a military background, they generally fit well into the TAMKO culture,” said David Humphreys, TAMKO’s president. “Every employee at TAMKO must understand our culture of honesty, integrity and compliance, and the military does a good job teaching those traits.”

One veteran employed by TAMKO, Robert “Rob’’ Keeling, senior director of procurement and logistics has said, “The skills veterans bring from the military are not tactical skills, but leadership experience and being able to focus on mission. They have the core values installed in them of honesty, integrity, compliance and safety. And, they have the ability to work with diverse people in a diverse situation. That’s all translatable to the civilian work force.’’

The 100,000 Jobs Mission was started in 2011 by eleven companies, spearheaded by JPMorgan Chase, and has grown to include over 55 members since. The organization believes that the nation’s veterans represent the best the country has to offer and that the nation owes veterans more than gratitude, but also the opportunity to lead successful lives after their service. Veterans can find job openings provided by members of the organization through the US Veterans Pipeline.

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COLOCASTTM SOLAR POST CAPS AND RELATED PRODUCTS INTRODUCED BY TAMKO

JOPLIN, Mo. – November 20, 2014 – TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is proud to bring attention to introduces ColorCast™ Post Caps and Post Rings. These products are designed to help provide additional flair and finesse to your home or office railing systems. You can make your outdoor living space unique with seven different color designs, which can also include a unique solar effect for dramatic lighting. ColorCast is the perfect way to add a finishing touch to your home.

Post Caps and Post Rings from ColorCast™ are durably made, ensuring that they will provide dependable service for several years. Not just reliable, you can choose your own personal color from bronze, weathered copper, antique gold, pewter, white, taupe and grey to add a bit of beauty to your project. The post caps and post rings are easy to install and don’t require wiring or the assistance of an electrician.

About TAMKO

TAMKO® Building Products, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products (including Heritage® Asphalt Shingles and Metalworks® Steel Shingles), decking and railing products, waterproofing, cements, and coatings. With nearly 67 years in the industry, TAMKO’s success is the direct result of teamwork and enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and employees. Privately owned, TAMKO is committed to producing top-quality products with excellent product support. For more information about TAMKO, visit our Web site at www.tamko.com.

TAMKO INTRODUCES COLOCASTTM SOLAR POST CAPS, POST CAPS AND POST RINGS

JOPLIN, Mo. October 24, 2014 – TAMKO Building Products, Inc. introduces ColorCast™ Post Caps and Post Rings. As a new railing system feature, ColorCast is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your outdoor living space. Available in seven stunning colors, as well as solar options that add a dramatic lighting effect, ColorCast is the perfect way to add a finishing touch to your home.

ColorCast Post Caps and Post Rings are made from a durable material that will provide years of beauty and performance. Color options include bronze, weathered copper, antique gold, pewter, white, taupe and grey. The post caps and post rings are easy to install and require no wiring or electrician.

About TAMKO

TAMKO® Building Products, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products (including Heritage® Asphalt Shingles and Metalworks® Steel Shingles), decking and railing products, waterproofing, cements, and coatings. With nearly 67 years in the industry, TAMKO’s success is the direct result of teamwork and enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and employees. Privately owned, TAMKO is committed to producing top-quality products with excellent product support. For more information about TAMKO, visit our Web site at www.tamko.com.

TAMKO Announces New Synthetic Roofing Underlayment – Tam-Shield

JOPLIN, Mo. October 23, 2o14 TAMKO Building Products has added a new product to its underlayment line called Tam-Shield Synthetic Underlayment.

Benefits of Tam-Shield

Tam-Shield is lightweight and comes in a 10-square roll for increased coverage per roll compared to traditional felt underlayments. In addition, the new Tam-Shield is very strong and has excellent skid resistance and tear resistance.

Ease of installation

To help with the ease of installation, the underlayment is printed with lay lines and guides which indicate where to install cap nails and nail guides for high wind installation. Tam-Shield comes in a light-gray color which provides a cooler working surface when installing as opposed to traditional black felt.

Warranty and product information

Tam-Shield comes with a 25-year Limited Material Warranty. This underlayment is not adversely affected by UV rays for up to 180 days, however it should not be used as the primary roof covering and the final roof covering must be installed before the structure is exposed to adverse weather conditions such as wind-driven rain, high-wind, hail, ice storms, etc.

Tam-Shield Synthetic Underlayment is produced at TAMKO’s Joplin, Missouri and Dallas, Texas facilities. It comes in either a 5-square (48-inches x 125-feed) or a 10-square roll (48-inches x 250-feet).

This product is available for sale now by contacting your local TAMKO district sales manager for pricing or by placing an order with the Corporate Customer Service Call Center (800) 218-2656.

About TAMKO

TAMKO® Building Products, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products (including Lamarite® composite Slate and Shake, Heritage® Asphalt Shingles and Metalworks® Steel Shingles), decking and railing products, waterproofing, cements, and coatings. With nearly 67 years in the industry, TAMKO’s success is the direct result of teamwork and enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and employees. Privately owned, TAMKO is committed to producing top-quality products with superior product support. For more information about TAMKO, visit our Web site at www.tamko.com.

Complete Roof Performance: It is about more than just shingles

The roof acts as an umbrella for a house. It is the first line of defense in protecting a home and its contents against the elements. The roof sheds water, provides shade, acts as a wind-break and is part of the overall weather barrier of a home.

Roofing professionals generally agree that an effective roof system requires proper design, quality materials and quality application to perform effectively. Just like an umbrella, a roof system is built from various parts all working harmoniously together to provide comfort and protection. A roof system is only as strong as its weakest component. Missing underlayments, poor quality shingles, inadequate ventilation and other similar problems can lead to serious issues.

Complete roof system performance is achieved by each part providing an important and specific attribute to the overall roof. Here are three components to be aware of when considering a healthy roofing system.

Underlayments

One of the attributes of an umbrella is water protection. However, umbrellas are not 100 percent waterproof. In the same way, shingles are also not 100 percent waterproof. Although they are designed to shed the water off the roof, there is still a level of moisture that can manage to get underneath shingles. The underlayment layer of a roofing system acts as the moisture barrier against water that gets under the shingles.

Underlayments are either organic or synthetic based material that is placed on top of the plywood decking before the shingles or other roofing materials are installed. For environments that are not as prone to wind-driven rain, a standard saturated felt underlayment may be sufficient. Many underlayment products are self-adhered to add speed and convenience in application.

This layer is an essential part of the primary protection system. Without an underlayment, the moisture that gets underneath the shingles can cause the wood deck to mildew or rot.

Quality Shingles

Shingles are the primary layer of protection in a complete roofing system. Relatively easy to install and widely available, asphalt shingles are today’s most popular roofing material. This is because asphalt shingles are less costly than wood shakes, tile, metal or slate and they are appropriate for most climates, are wind-resistant and easy to maintain.

Asphalt shingles are available in many styles and price points and cover approximately 75 percent of all residential homes in the United States. Thanks to technological advancement, asphalt shingles can add architectural curb appeal and value to a home.

The basic asphalt shingle is a 3-tab shingle. It is available in many colors, but offers limited textural interest. Architectural shingles are laminated asphalt shingles, which bring depth of color and texture for a more natural appearance.

“Many homeowners choose an architectural shingle for the look and the low cost compared to 3-tab shingles,” said TAMKO Building Products, Inc. Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Stephen McNally.

Ventilation

After being out in the rain an umbrella must be given a chance to air out and dry before it is ready for use again. If not given the proper ventilation, the umbrella will mold, mildew and the life expectancy will be reduced. Proper ventilation of a roof serves a similar purpose and is crucial to the life and effectiveness of every roofing system.

Ventilation of a roof must have an equal balance of intake and exhaust for it to work properly. Similar to your need to inhale and exhale, the attic space needs to breathe in and breathe out to provide proper ventilation.

The intake comes from the overhang through soffit venting, with the exhaust or outflow being through roof exhaust vents located near the top of the roof or at the ridge. Improper design or lack of ventilation is one of the most common reasons for premature roof failure.

During the colder months the airflow helps keep moisture levels down. In the winter, moisture can make its way into the attic space from sources such as the laundry, shower or humidifier. In the absence of adequate ventilation the moisture can lead to rot, mold, or mildew.

Options for ventilation include both sectional ridge vents and continuous ridge vent offerings. Some ventilation products feature a compression-resistant design for easier nailing and nail lines for convenient and accurate installation. To learn more about the options available, visit www.tamko.com.

A homeowner’s guide to a year-round deck

During the warm summer months, having an outdoor deck for barbeques and gatherings with family and friends is a great addition to any backyard. The approach of cool weather may signal the end of barbeque season, but homeowners can still use their deck after the warm temperatures have passed.

“Although decks are generally a summer attraction, there are ways to make them accessible during the winter as well,” said TAMKO Building Products, Inc., Vice President of Sales/Marketing, Stephen McNally. 

There are many ways to make your deck functional and enjoyable during the winter, no matter where your home is located.  

Step 1 – Warm up your deck

The addition of a fireplace can transform your deck into an outdoor gathering spot and a scene-stealing area for those cool nights. The type of fireplace you decide on for your deck can add beauty and charm as well as complement your existing color scheme and deck furniture and decorations.  Outdoor fireplaces can be made from stone, brick, tile or even granite, so the color options are endless.

“Outdoor fireplaces can be big, beautiful and elaborate, but there are other options for homeowners who prefer to keep their outdoor living space simple,” McNally said.

If a large outdoor fireplace is not for you, but you want to enjoy your deck on cool winter nights, consider the addition of a fire pit, fire bowl or even a chiminea.

Structural safety and potential fire hazards are serious considerations when deciding on a fireplace, so having your deck inspected before you begin installing an outdoor fireplace is suggested. If you install an outdoor fireplace of any kind, make sure that it is done to the manufacturer’s standards.

For more information on TAMKO EverGrain® products and ideas for year round deck aesthetic appeal and maintenance, visit http://www.tamko.com.

Step 2 – Reducing summer dirt and grime

As the summer months come to an end, your deck is due for a well-deserved, thorough cleaning. Fall is a great time for this necessary chore because other outdoor tasks, like gardening and mowing, usually begin to decrease.

“Semi-annual cleaning of your deck is part of the required maintenance that reduces dirt, dust, grime and other residue build-up that the summer months have left behind,” McNally said. 

Use a garden house to rinse your deck.  A fan-tip nozzle works best, but make sure the pressure from the hose does not exceed the manufacturers regulations.  Ensure that you have removed all food and trash particles from the summer so that they do not contribute to build-up over the winter. For TAMKO’s EverGrain® decking products, use a nozzle with pressure that does not exceed 1,000 psi.

While rinsing your deck can reduce dirt and grime build-up, water alone will not remove the stains that have appeared on your deck. Cooking oil, suntan oil and other greasy substances can stain your deck over the course summer use. But before applying cleaner to your deck, make sure to test it in an inconspicuous spot to ensure that it will not change the coloring of your deck boards.

Step 3 – Spice up plant life

When it comes to enjoying outdoor living, beauty is everything. A well-installed deck can offer a certain aesthetic appeal by itself, but plant life can make a big difference, even in the winter time.

When the cool temperatures of late fall start to move in, you can help your plants extend their life. Move them closer to your house, ideally under a roof, to delay when they are hit by frost. If you have time before a frost sets in, help protect your plants by covering them with lightweight blankets or plastic sheets overnight and uncover them in the morning.

If you want to decorate with plants during the cool months, there are a variety of colorful, cool vegetables that make handsome pot-fillers. Consider plants with purple and dark-green leaves like beets, Chinese cabbage, kale, mustard, spinach or even herbs. Mixing several types of plants together in the same pot can have a nice effect and the addition of garden art statues can add a pop of color.