Vol 1 Issue 2, March 2007
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FiberTite: Smart Roofing Solutions

TPO Studies Point To Weakness, Flammability

Life on the roof is full of risks. Hurricanes, golf ball sized hail, blistering UV rays, sub zero temps, fatty acids, grease, a building blaze - such hazards are guaranteed to bully any roofing system. Wouldn't you prefer to rely on a system that has been well conditioned for the fight? <read more>

Meet the FiberTite Sales Manager Team

Leading the FiberTite team is a group of seasoned professionals with vast experience in the roofing industry. Meet our team of professionals who are ready to respond to your roofing needs. <read more>





TPO Studies Point to Weaknesses, Flammability

Life on the roof is full of risks. Hurricanes, golf ball sized hail, blistering UV rays, sub zero temps, fatty acids, grease, a building blaze - such hazards are guaranteed to bully any roofing system. Wouldn't you prefer to rely on a system that has been well conditioned for the fight?

Continued investigations have perpetuated doubts that TPOs have done their training. The findings of several studies led by the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) dating as far back as 2001 raised serious doubts about the fire performance of aged TPOs. Using the ASTM's E108 "Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Roof Systems", researchers tested aged samples of a number of single ply roofing systems, including modified bitumen, EPDM, TPO and vinyl, membranes. Results showed that both of the two TPO membranes tested, one 4-1/2 years old and one approximately 10 years old, which were advertised as flame retardant and UL Class A-rated, failed the spread-of-flame portion of this test. In fact, aged vinyl membranes that have chlorine in their compounds, which makes them inherently fire resistant, were the only membranes that consistently passed the spread-of-flame test without exception.

The findings of this testing led the MRCA and other interested parties, including the National Roofing Contractors Association, to continue investigating. Although the cumulative results of this testing is considered yet inconclusive due to variability in the data, the findings are substantial enough to keep many wondering.

Curious, we began conducting further testing in our own laboratories to better understand the flame resistance characteristics of TPOs in comparison to the FiberTite® membrane. Employing the UL (Underwriter Laboratories) 214 test for flame resistance of coated fabrics, we exposed stand-alone samples of TPO membranes from each of the major manufacturers in the U.S. and a sample of FiberTite to individual flame sources. Within seconds after removing the flame, the FiberTite sample self-extinguished. All TPO samples continued to burn until they were consumed by the flame.

FiberTite, like the aged vinyl membranes that passed the spread-of-flame test, relies on chlorine for fighting fires and on DuPont's Ketone Ethylene Ester (KEE) polymer as part of a proprietary formula for maintaining its strength and flexibility year after year in the riskiest rooftop environments. Since the inception of the FiberTite product nearly 30 years ago, 99% of all the roofs we've ever installed are still protecting.

Seaman Corporation, a global leader in coated industrial fabrics for nearly 60 years, manufactures FiberTite Roofing Systems. For more details on how FiberTite compares to TPO and other roofing systems visit www.fibertite.com.

To observe how different single ply membranes fair when undergoing a fire test, view this video presented by the Vinyl Roofing Division of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association Inc.

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Meet the FiberTite Sales Manager Team

Leading the FiberTite team is a group of seasoned professionals with vast experience in the roofing industry, ready to respond to your inquiries. Visit our Rep Locator for information on how to contact these sales managers and the rest of the FiberTite team.


Nick Kesslering, National Sales Manager
"I saw FiberTite from the viewpoint of a competitor and was drawn to work for Seaman Corporation because of the quality of the product and the tremendous opportunity for its growth."

Nick Kesslering has been involved in sales and sales management in the thermoplastic single ply roofing industry for 20 years. He considers the business relationships he has built through the years to be a major highlight of his career. Nick enjoys finding the right people for the right roles to build a vibrant national sales organization that will be equipped to sustain increased sales growth and profitability. Nick has been part of the FiberTite team for seven years.


Terry Anderson, Regional Sales Manager: South Territory:
AL, AR, GA, FL, MS, NC, SC, TN, Southern VA

"To me, my word means everything. If the product doesn’t back up what I say, I take the blame. I believe in the products we sell."

Terry’s sales experience in the roofing industry spans 30 years and has been focused on selling thermoplastic products for FiberTite and a couple of competitive companies. After leading the FiberTite team as its National Sales Manager for six years, Terry decided to return to his home territory in the South. He sold FiberTite through an independent manufacturer’s representative firm for several years and moved into his current position in 2001. He now leads a team that is achieving record sales growth. Terry also enjoys teaching selling skills to customers who want to take their employees to higher sales levels.


John Jordon, Regional Sales Manager: Midwest Territory:
IL, IN, IA, KY, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI

"I was drawn to Seaman Corporation for two reasons. First, the people. They all have the attitude of entrepreneurs, like they have ownership in the company. Second, FiberTite’s track record. I could not find a single person who knew of a FiberTite membrane failure."

John entered the roofing industry through work as a journeyman roofer and since has spent 27 years working for a contractor and mostly for another thermoplastic membrane manufacturer. His past roles include: technical field inspector, inside technical advisor, national technical field service manager, midwest regional sales manager, and manager of customer and technical services. John enjoys mentoring upcoming managers, technical advisors and customer service representatives. He has a special interest in system design and product application for high-performance roofing systems. John received a United States patent for developing a thermoplastic dual weld nozzle and method. He joined the FiberTite team in January of 2007.


Ed Flaherty, Regional Sales Manager: West Territory:
AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
"I joined the FiberTite team because I wanted to work for the single ply manufacturer with the best reputation and I was enticed by the opportunity to grow the FiberTite business in the West."

Ed has a combined total of 17 years of experience in the roofing and construction industries, including work in sales, specification, project inspection, warranties and design/build projects. Ed enjoys seeing the transformation of old roofing system into a new roof and will be leading the growth of FiberTite’s business in the western U.S. states. Ed joined the FiberTite team in October 2006.


Nathan Rockwell, Regional Sales Manager: Texas Territory:
TX, LA, OK
"I work for Seaman Corporation because of the quality of the FiberTite product and the direction of this company."

Nathan forged a path through the field of commercial roofing starting as a roofing laborer and working as an assistant foreman, foreman, technical representative, project manager, operations manager and salesman. Nathan has also owned his own roofing company and he aspires to become a registered roofing consultant. Nathan joined the FiberTite team in October 2006.


David Hunt, Regional Sales Manager: Northeast Territory:
CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, Washington, DC,
Northern VA, WV
"The roofing industry loves to over-promise and under-deliver. I wanted to work for a company that did the opposite, so here I am."

David has been involved in different facets of the roofing industry for 30 years. He began with an insulation manufacturer, then founded two independent representative firms in the northeast: the Hunt Group of New York in 1987; and the Northeast Rep Group in 1999. He considers the highlight of his career so far to be starting these two firms from scratch and working with wonderful people at both. Both companies have been sold. David joined the FiberTite team in November of 2006.

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