Weather resistant, lead-free material offers easily installed sustainable roof flashing solution.
IRVINE, CALIF. (August 27, 2019) – Boral Roofing LLC, the national leader in durable and energy-efficient new and retrofit roofing systems, today announced Wakaflex®, the quick and easy flashing solution for any roof, is now listed through IAPMO UES as a permanent flashing (ER-579), effective August 16, 2019. The product earned the distinction by undergoing and passing an extremely rigorous 2,000-hour UV exposure test.
During testing, the product maintained its original performance properties, which include the adhesion of the butyl strips to various materials including concrete, clay, stone coated steel, polymer roofing, aluminum, galvanized steel, vinyl and wood structured panels. The approval also includes the use of Wakaflex as a permanent flashing for solar applications in California.
“Wakaflex is tough and durable, and its numerous applications and performance abilities make it ideally suited for use with virtually all roofing materials,” says Brian Sweet, components product manager with Boral Roofing. “This IAPMO UES listing is important as it clearly demonstrates the performance capabilities of the product to building officials and homeowners.”
Ideal for difficult and complex details, Wakaflex contains an internal aluminum mesh, making it extremely flexible and easy to shape and form to virtually any surface. Wakaflex chemically seals to itself and its Polyisobutylene material composition makes the flashing extremely resistant to all weather conditions.
The flashing may be used for step flashings, headwalls, pipe penetrations, pitch transitions, valley junctures, valley soakers, chimneys and skylights. It may also be used as a solution for solar panels, hip and ridge junctures, sidewalls, splayed gables, and various repair applications as well as for tricky details that require weather protection.
One highly notable product attribute is its lead-free composition. OSHA has declared that “lead adversely affects numerous body systems and causes forms of health impairment and disease which arise after periods of exposure as short as days or as long as several years.” 1
“Lead is still the most commonly used flashing material, and with so many ongoing safety concerns surrounding exposure to it, there is a legitimate need for alternative options,” adds Sweet. “Any place that lead is used on a tile roof, Wakaflex works better and more safely.”
Wakaflex is offered in 22-pound 11” x 33” and 27-pound 22” x 16.5” rolls. The product is also certified by Miami Dade NOA 08-1106.03 for use in hurricane-prone regions of Florida, Hawaii and coastal Texas.
For additional information on Wakaflex, visit https://www.boralroof.com/components/flashing-products/wakaflex-component/. To view IAPMO UES Evaluation Report ER-579, visit www.iapmoes.org/building-products-evaluation-report-program/evaluation-report-directory/ and search by Boral or 579.
For information about Boral Roofing’s full concrete, clay, steel, and composite solutions, visit www.BoralRoof.com today.
1. According to U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA: Substance Data Sheet for Occupational Exposure to Lead – 1926.62 App A, Section II Health Hazard Data, Part B.
About Boral Roofing
Boral Roofing LLC is a subsidiary of Boral USA and is the country’s largest premium provider of complete roofing and re-roofing solutions for architects as well as commercial and residential builders. Boral Roofing operates manufacturing plants throughout the U.S.
About Boral North America
Headquartered in Roswell, Georgia, Boral North America is a leader in key construction materials and building product markets with operations across the USA, Canada, and Mexico. In 2017 Boral acquired Headwaters Incorporated, expanding Boral’s product offering and manufacturing and distribution footprint across North America. In construction materials, Boral has a national footprint and industry-leading position in the processing and distribution of fly ash – a by-product of coal combustion.
In building products, Boral manufactures and supplies cladding, roof tiles, windows, and other light building products for residential and commercial markets nationally. Boral’s manufactured stone veneer includes leading brands Cultured Stone® by Boral®, Boral Versetta Stone®, Eldorado Stone, Dutch Quality, and StoneCraft. Boral’s light building products portfolio includes Boral TruExterior® Siding & Trim – a pioneer of the innovative poly-ash category of exterior building products – as well as shutters, gable vents, mounting blocks, and tool systems. In roofing, Boral is a leading manufacturer of clay and concrete roof tiles, and also produces composite polymer and stone-coated metal roof tiles.
Boral also has a 50% share of the Meridian Brick joint venture, a leading clay and concrete brick manufacturer which was formed with Forterra Brick in 2016.
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