Adhesives Magazine

Case Study: Living Under the Same Roof

Roof tile adhesives can provide strong adhesion, including resistance to hurricane-force winds.

September 5, 2013
Roof tile adhesives

Sarasota Roofing Co., a family-owned, multi-generational company, takes pride in the ties to its Florida community and its reputation for being one of the most established, trustworthy roofing contractors in the area. The company’s commitment to installing roofs that meet or exceed industry installation standards and demand for quality products led them to test Touch ‘n Seal’s Storm Bond roof tile adhesive more than a year ago.

Storm Bond roof tile adhesive is a high-performance, one-component polyurethane adhesive used for attaching clay and concrete roof tile to approved substrates. Tile roofs comprise slightly more than half of Sarasota Roofing’s roof and re-roof installations. When Touch ‘n Seal representative Bart Cox with Rep Solutions recommended that Sarasota Roofing’s Vice President Lee Bonnett test Storm Bond, Bonnett did not hesitate.

Trusted Suppliers

Bonnett, the company’s third-generation owner, values his long-time relationships with business partners, suppliers and products that meet installation criteria set forth in the FRSA/Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) roof tile manual. Products must also meet Florida’s stringent building codes and be strong enough to withstand destructive, coastal, hurricane-force winds.

“Bart understands how we run our business and the importance we put on providing our customers with superior, hurricane-resistant products that will protect their homes from potentially devastating property losses,” says Bonnett. “We do a lot of high-end residential tile roofing projects, and our customers expect quality, reputable products. I was impressed by what Bart had to say about Storm Bond’s bonding strength, good yield and ease of use, so I told him we’d give it a shot.”

Storm Bond roof tile adhesive adheres flat-, low-, medium- and high-profile clay and concrete roof tile to approved underlayment while providing strong resistance to high-velocity wind uplift compared to traditional methods of installation such as mortar, nails, screws, and other single-component adhesives. The product complies with the “high-velocity hurricane zone” of the Florida Building Code and can withstand wind speeds of more than 150 mph.

Tested and Approved

More than one year and 50 roof installations later, Bonnett and his team are solid supporters of Storm Bond. “We’re getting excellent yield from the Storm Bond cylinders. On average, we’re able to adhere an additional 50 tiles per tank over the prior foam adhesive we were using. We’re also able to put an additional ribbon of adhesive on the tile lap-overs, which provides excellent resistance to uplift.”

Sarasota Roofing’s team of craftsmen gives high marks to the Storm Bond gun foam applicator, stating that “it’s easy to use and doesn’t clog.” They also appreciate the quick cure time: Storm Bond may be walked on in two hours and is fully cured within 24 hours of application.

In addition, as well as the Storm Bond gun foam applicator performs, Bonnett says a big advantage of using Storm Bond lies in the fact that the cylinders can be purchased without a gun. “The Storm Bond gun can be switched out and reused on other Storm Bond tanks, which adds up to significant savings,” says Bonnett. “It’s not that a gun is that expensive, but when you’re using as much Storm Bond as we are, the savings add up quickly. But you know what the kicker is? I didn’t know you could switch out and reuse the guns, but Bart was quick to point out that we could. You can’t put a price on working with a loyal, trusted supplier.”  •


For additional information, contact Sarasota Roofing at (941) 371-2801 or email lee@sarasotaroofingcompany.com.


About Touch ‘n Seal

 Convenience Products, the manufacturer of Touch ‘n Seal products, is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. The Touch ‘n Seal line includes one- and two-component spray foams and adhesives, including fire blocking foam (ICC-ES: ESR-1926), low-pressure window and door foam, drywall panel adhesives, a constant pressure dispensing system, two-component disposable units, mining specialty units, and one-component disposable cylinders. For more information, visit www.touch-n-seal.com