With a desire to cultivate the long-term success of underlayment products for building envelope applications for both residential and commercial structures, four roofing companies – Carlisle, Gardner-Gibson, Maryland Paper and Mid-States Asphalt – have formed the Asphalt Underlayment Council (AUC). The Interim Executive Council was instrumental in identifying the need for an industry council that supports the standardization of underlayment product quality, performance and integrity. Current AUC members include Owens Corning, Polyglass USA, Mulehide Manufacturing, GMC Roofing & Building Paper, GAP Roofing, Warrior Roofing Manufacturing and GAF.
“With the introduction of new types of roofing underlayment products, it was felt that an industry group was needed to monitor, administer and contribute to product standards,” notes AUC Executive Director Michelle Miller.
Because standards and requirements for roof repair, reroofing, roof recovering and replacement often lack clarification within the definition of underlayment, the AUC inaugural technical committee will focus on code classifications and industry regulations.
“The pathways to code compliance vary depending on the product type,” says John Woestman, AUC technical director. “The influx of newly designed products and ever-evolving regulations requires a knowledge base with understanding of the codes prevalent in this industry.”
Bringing regulatory issues to light through educational initiatives and industry outreach will be accomplished through raising awareness and advocacy. AUC will assist in the development of building codes to ensure the performance of roofing systems in the future.
“We will work directly with installers and contractors who may not be aware of the various product categories that are occurring in the underlayment industry,” says Robert Almon, AUC Interim Executive Council member. “Understanding the nuances of underlayment as well as discerning codes and comprehending code compliance are vital. With our combined experience, AUC is in a position to ensure all the issues surrounding underlayment are addressed through a range of resources from an engaged council, committees and membership to a website that will be launched soon, media outreach, literature development and ongoing educational opportunities.”
The group welcomes roofing underlayment firms to join AUC to make these initiatives viable and sustainable. To learn more about the Asphalt Underlayment Council or to ask about membership, email [email protected] or call (847) 686-2243.