KEMPEROL Flashing Makes Durable Roof Repairs Easy

Kemper System America, Inc. introduces Kemperol® 1K-LF Flashing, designed for quick, durable roof repairs. Unlike most other roof repair products, it is a solvent-free, low-odor system that adheres to most substrates without a primer, and is fully reinforced for more durable waterproofing protection.

The single-component, silane-based waterproofing can be applied at temperatures above 41oF, even in humid conditions. The liquid flashing fully adheres to roofing materials including most single-ply membrane roofing systems. The reinforced flashing system is rainfast in about two hours and walkable after about 16 hours. Any unused resin can be stored for later use.

“Contractors need a versatile, easy-to-use roof repair product that delivers high value for customers,” said Andreas H. Wiggenhagen, president of Kemper System America. “Because leaks can occur long before a roof replacement is required, repairs with Kemperol 1K-LF Flashing can help building managers delay a major capital investment while reducing the headaches of tenant complaints.”

Kemperol 1K-LF Flashing is ideal for a variety of common roof leaks such as around skylights, gutters and drains, pipes and other roof penetrations, as well as at corners, and along seams in sheet products. It can also be used for balcony repair and retrofit projects.

The UV-stable Kemperol 1K-LF waterproofing resin can be applied by brush or roller. A special Kemperol fleece reinforcement is then embedded into the wet resin and coated with more resin to form a seamless membrane, particularly around complex details. The fleece-reinforced flashing system can also bridge small cracks and remains permanently elastic so it can compensate for building movements.

For over 60 years, Kemper System is the global industry leader in cold liquid-applied, reinforced roofing and waterproofing, having invented the technology and holding the first patents. Today the company offers a full range of Building Envelope solutions to protect against weather, preserve the integrity of surfaces, and enhance the energy savings, comfort and value of buildings. This encompasses Wall Guardian® fibered acrylic air barrier, Roof Guardian® elastomer-based roof coatings, GreatSeal® construction sealants, and HeatBloc-ULTRATM radiant heat barrier. Other high-value brands include COELAN® traffic coating systems, and the company flagship for exterior and interior waterproofing, Kemperol® reinforced membrane systems.

To learn more, contact Kemper System ( at, or 1-800-541-5455.





The versatile, easy-to-use Kemperol 1K-LF Flashing system is ideal for repairing many common sources of roof leaks such as at seams and around skylights and penetrations. Durable repairs with the flashing can help building owners and managers delay roof replacement while reducing costs for repeat maintenance.
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Saint-Gobain and Continental Building Products (NYSE: CBPX) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Saint-Gobain will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Continental Building Products for $37.00 per share, in cash, in a transaction valued at approximately $1.4 billion (approximately €1.3 billion). The business combination has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Saint-Gobain and by Continental Building Products’ Board of Directors.

Continental Building Products, a highly respected plasterboard player in North America, employs 645 people and is expected to generate 2019 revenues of approximately $510 million and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $130 million per broker consensus. The business has strong geographic complementarity with Saint-Gobain’s North American operations, good positioning in growth regions in the East and South-East of the United States and strong profitability.

Strategic Benefits

  • Broadens Saint-Gobain’s asset portfolio and enhances ability to provide wider customer base with innovative solutions. Continental Building Products has developed a top-tier platform in plasterboard in North America with strong customer relationships. The combination will allow customers to benefit from an enriched product portfolio supported by Saint-Gobain’s global R&D and product development infrastructure.
  • Increases Saint-Gobain’s presence in growth regions in the United States. The geographical complementarity of the production sites will allow better commercial coverage and more efficient logistics services, in particular in high growth regions in the United States.
  • Creates opportunity for approximately $50 million in cost synergies and performance improvements. These cost synergies are expected by the end of the third year following transaction close. Saint-Gobain expects the synergies will be captured through the integration of Continental Building Products’ operations into Saint-Gobain’s North America gypsum business. The categories of benefits include logistics optimization, purchasing, operations and SG&A efficiencies. In addition, Saint-Gobain expects to benefit from additional sales thanks to an enlarged commercial platform and its ability in transversal innovation, to the benefit of North American consumers.
  • Similar culture and shared values. Continental Building Products’ teams will be integrated into the Group’s gypsum business in North America, which will in turn be able to lean on their expertise and know-how. Continental Building Products’ continuous operational improvement program, Bison Way, rests on the same pillars as the World Class Manufacturing program at Saint-Gobain. The integration of both companies will be enabled by close business cultures and operational models, which will allow the acceleration of value creation for our shareholders and our customers.

The agreed upon price represents a premium of 34.4% to the volume weighted average price for the 60 trading days ending November 11, 2019, a multiple (before synergies) of approximately 11.0x Continental Building Product’s 2019E adjusted EBITDA of $130 million per broker consensus estimates and a multiple of 7.9x EBITDA post run-rate synergies. Saint-Gobain will largely finance the acquisition using the proceeds from divestments made by the Group. Saint-Gobain expects the transaction to be value creative by the third year following transaction close, in line with the Group’s acquisition criteria.

Edward Bosowski, Chairman of Continental Building Products and Jay Bachmann, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“This is an exciting day for Continental Building Products, our shareholders, customers and employees and represents the culmination of the hard work of our highly talented workforce. Saint-Gobain is the ideal strategic partner with the resources to support our development, commitment to operational excellence and global platform that will enable us to continue to provide outstanding customer service. We believe this is a terrific outcome for our shareholders and thank the teams at Continental Building Products for the fantastic work they have done over many years.”


Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain, and Benoit Bazin, Chief Operating Officer, commented:

“The acquisition of Continental Building Products is a unique opportunity allowing Saint-Gobain to move to the forefront of plasterboard and construction solutions in North America. With the very strong industrial platform and expert teams that Continental Building Products brings, Saint-Gobain will be able to accelerate the deployment of its innovative product offering in order to better serve customers. We are very impressed by the quality of work accomplished by the Continental Building Products’ teams over many years and are very happy to welcome them to Saint-Gobain. We share the same industrial and commercial cultures as the Continental Building Products’ teams and are confident that together we can leverage our expertise and know-how to drive sustainable and profitable growth, to the benefit of our customers and the end consumer. This transaction will enable Saint-Gobain to enhance its growth and profitability profile, in line with the ‘Transform & Grow’ program, and to create value for our shareholders.”

This transaction is part of Saint-Gobain’s portfolio optimization strategy, one of the two pillars of the transformation program “Transform & Grow”. Divestments completed or signed by the Group to date represent sales of around €3.3 billion with cash proceeds of over €1 billion, for an EBITDA multiple of around 10x and an operating income multiple of around 15x. The full-year operating margin impact is more than 40 basis points, ahead of the target of the “Transform & Grow” program of a gain of 40 basis points in the operating margin. Saint-Gobain is continuing its divestment program even though the initial target of over €3 billion in sales divested by the end of the year has already been met.

With regard to acquisitions, the Group has closed 12 transactions since the beginning of the year including Pritex (Mobility, acoustic solutions), Plaka Mexico (plasterboard), Celima (Mortars in Peru), as well as transactions to optimize our positioning in Distribution in Nordic countries.

Closing of the transaction is subject to Continental Building Products shareholders’ approval, U.S. antitrust approval and fulfillment of other customary closing conditions with expected closing in the second half of 2020.

Lazard and Morgan Stanley are acting as financial advisors, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is acting as legal counsel to Saint-Gobain in connection with the transaction.

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GSSI Announces the GS Series GPR Product Line

GSSI, the world’s leading manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, introduces the new 200 MHz (200 HS) antenna, the first of the next-generation high-performance GS Series, designed for applications that require deeper depth penetration. The new 200 HS antenna serves as the foundation for the GS Series, which is ideal for geophysical, geotechnical, or environmental applications that require high reliability under challenging survey conditions.

The newly designed 200 HS antenna is paired with the HS Module and wirelessly connects to a Panasonic Toughpad G1 or SIR 4000 control unit. The wireless HS Module incorporates system electronics, an internal GPS, and connectivity ports in an IP-65 rated housing. The 200 HS uses GSSI’s patented HyperStacking technology, which improves signal to noise performance and increases the antenna depth penetration, nearly double the conventional GPR antenna designs, under all soil conditions. The 200 HS is FCC, RSS-220, and CE certified. The GS Series features a modular design that allows the user to select which controller best suits their needs; the rugged SIR 4000, combined with our new WiFi Module, or the Panasonic G1.  Both controller options provide different advantages to the customer. The SIR 4000 builds on the same user interface and menu options that customers are familiar with to accommodate the 200 HS. The Panasonic G1 features a GIS map mode that will display GPR data collected on the left side of the screen and a location map on the right side of the screen.

Designed alongside the 200 HS are several survey accessories to enhance the ease of use in data collection. The antenna comes with a tow handle with various grip options. Optional accessories include a GPS mount and a four-piece wheel kit that will decrease the wear of the antenna on prepared surfaces such as grass and asphalt.

To learn more about the 200 HS antenna, check out GSSI’s website or YouTube channel.

About GSSI:

Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. is the world leader in the development, manufacture, and sale of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, primarily for the concrete inspection, utility mapping and locating, road and bridge deck evaluation, geophysics, and archaeology markets. Our equipment is used all over the world to explore the subsurface of the earth and to inspect infrastructure systems non-destructively. GSSI created the first commercial GPR system nearly 50 years ago and continues to provide the widest range and highest quality GPR equipment available today.

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EarthCam Time-Lapse of the Month: Dickies Arena

Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, is officially open.

EarthCam celebrated this milestone by releasing a time-lapse movie of its construction.

From 2017 to 2019, EarthCam’s reliable time-lapse solution documented progress for the new entertainment center. During this period, EarthCam producers curated more than 800,000 images from 12 different angles — including 500 megapixel panoramas — then utilized the company’s unique stitching technology to create a time-lapse movie that is comprised of both interior and exterior 360° perspectives.

Reach out today to learn how we can document your construction projects and generate positive awareness for the impressive work you do every day.

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Why Opt for an Engineering Consulting Service

So, you have decided to get to grips with that big project at last. You already know that with materials and labor, it’s going to be expensive and you will have to watch your costs. However, there is one essential that really has to be included in your budget. An engineering consultant. Having ready access to expert advice could be the difference between your project running smoothly to time and on budget or not. Put simply, success or failure. 

Reasons to Choose Engineering Consultation Services

It makes sense to opt for an engineering consultant.  They can offer expert advice related to planning feasibility reports and will also have your back when dealing with litigation inquiries. Some engineering firms also deal with environmental value assessments and accident investigations.

It is also a great idea to connect with an engineering consultant for their services in drawing up blueprints for your project. Many offer comprehensive design services that take into consideration the scope and development time needed to complete your project. They can also analyze the validity of alternative designs depending on the project, it’s specifications and cost projections. This information can go a long way towards the successful on time completion of large projects.

It will be much easier to manage large-scale projects  when you have a consultant to take care of quality assurance and help manage your time and be more productive. An experienced consultant can provide you with quality research facilities related to your site survey as well as review the mechanical and structural utilization of bonding. With all these services, your construction project will meet completion deadlines without glitches related to environmental or architectural design factors.

An Important Consideration

Before you finalize your decision about working with a firm, be sure to discuss all your project goals with them. It is important that you come to an agreement pertaining to all the services you’re going to receive. At the same time, it is your responsibility to clearly define details to prevent ambiguities later. In most cases, consultants charge a fee based on each of the services you receive, but always confirm if these are at a fixed rate or charged on an hourly basis.

It is also important to check what services the consultant can offer. Sometimes, you don’t know you need more unless you do your research. You can often benefit from a variety of services if you choose a good engineering consultant. Thankfully, you don’t have to go far because LVVI Portland Structural Engineers are here to lend a helping hand with all your projects. They won’t let you go astray but instead, give you an expert nudge in the right direction so that you can manage your project from start to finish with ease and peace of mind.

No matter what the demands of your project, engaging an engineering consultant means you will be able to handle them. It is their expertise that helps make the entire project more manageable from start to finish. They have the experience to foresee any problems and difficulties long before you, and are able to offer real workable solutions. In the end, it almost an inevitable conclusion, that an engineering consultant with their expert advice will save you and your project valuable time, if not actual money. They will see your project through to a successful completion on time and within your budget.



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Amazon picks Los Angeles for new grocery format

Amazon will open a new grocery store in Los Angeles’ Woodland Hills neighborhood next year, one that won’t compete with its more than 500 Whole Foods Markets stores or its Amazon Go cashierless locations. Amazon hasn’t shared details about how the new format will be different or whether it plans to expand to more locations, but it has signed upward of a dozen new Los Angeles-area leases, and also secured properties in Philadelphia and Chicago. Read the CBS News story here

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Canada’s Moose Knuckles builds a NYC flagship

Canadian outwear company Moose Knuckles is making its official retail debut in New York City, expecting word-of-mouth and existing wholesale partnerships to build a cult-like following in the U.S. Read the Glossy story here

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Lidl, ALDI map UK grocery growth plans

German discount grocer Lidl will speed its UK growth with plans to open 230 new locations in the next three years. ALDI is also in growth mode in the UK, and combined the companies control a 14% share of the UK grocery market. Read the story here

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NYC’s Hotel Pennsylvania turns 100 with rejuvenation

New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania, once the world’s largest, is celebrating its centennial this year by wrapping up the second installment of a three-stage renovation. The 1,705-room landmark was known for innovation from its beginnings and was among the first luxury hotels to cater to the general traveling public. Read the Forbes story here

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The Best Home Decor Ideas on a Budget

image of a home decor

image of home decor

Your house needs to be the best place to be. It should be a place where you yearn to be every time. One way of doing this is by incorporating the best home decor ideas for different rooms. However, you don’t have lots of money to execute those luxurious ideas, what should you do?

Home decor doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. All you need is a creative mind. You can get the best home decor on a very tight budget. In addition to your creativity, you can copy affordable home decor ideas from different places

As you may know, home decor is not universal. Different ideas work in different rooms. A home decor idea for the living room may not work in your bedroom or bathroom. Also, each person has his or her preferred home decor preference.

Do you want to improve the interior design and appearance in your home in a less? Read on as we try to explore different cheap home decor ideas that you should consider implementing.

To make things better we have selected the easiest home decor ideas that won’t give you trouble or require that you bring in an expert.

1. Use light colors in  rooms

light painted house

light painted house

Do you think that your living room, bedroom or even kitchen look small? You can visually increase its size just by painting them using light colors. Light colors tend to create an optical illusion of a larger room than its actual size.

Painting the rooms with dark colors will minimize the size of the room and make it look smaller even if it is somehow spacious. Also, light colors tend to inject some sense of warmth into the room.

2. Use Mirrors

mirrors in the room

mirrors in the room

This is another home decor idea that savvy homeowners implement without spending lots of money. You can bring in mirrors into the room and put them at strategic positions in the room.

Just like the light colors, mirrors tend to create an optical illusion of a larger room. They achieve this goal by reflecting the light that is coming in through the door and windows. If the room is large but has inadequate lighting, you can use the mirror solely for the purpose of lighting up the room.

Don’t just go for the basic mirrors. Instead, buy decorative mirrors that have the power of creating visual appeal.

3. Bring in a large piece of art

image of a large art source Architectural Digest

You can command the attention and dictate the tone of the living room by incorporating a large piece of art. Anyone who gets into such a house or room won’t fail to notice the presence of this massive piece of art.

We cannot ignore the visual appeal that such a massive piece of art can have in a room regardless of the size.

4. Incorporate gallery wall

wall gallery

If adding a large-scale art is not in your mind, you can choose an alternative of creating a gallery wall. A gallery wall usually comes in handy when you want to create a personality in the room.

On your gallery wall, you can add a collection of photographs, wall hangings, artifacts among other collectibles. Most of these things will speak of your personality.

You can create a bigger impact on your gallery wall by using decorative frames that can convey a message about a particular theme. You can mix them up or still choose to go with a particular pattern.

5. Install shelves



Looking for more space in the room? Consider installing shelves. You will be surprised by the floor area that will be able to save just by the simple act of installing nice and decorative shelves.

The good news is you are free to explore different types of shelves based on their sizes and designs. Whether you want a large or small shelf, the choice is yours. You are also free to install shelves in different rooms without any hindrance.

6. Add furniture accessories

furniture handle

furniture handle

Does your furniture look boring and lack inspiration? You should consider incorporating different furniture accessories. There is a wide array of furniture accessories that you can use to improve the interior decor in your home.

One group of accessories that you should consider buying is furniture handles. Do you know that furniture handles can be used for more than their functional purposes? They can play a critical role in improving the interior decor of a home.

There are different handles that are designed for different pieces of furniture. You can buy furniture handles for cupboard, door, cabinet, drawer among others. Also, in choosing furniture handles, you need to consider the room where you are going to install. For instance, stainless steel handles are not only beautiful but also durable.

7. Incorporate plants into your home

image of plant in house

plant in house

You don’t have to be an environmental enthusiast to appreciate the importance and impact of plants in a home. Usually, plants and flowers go hand in hand. So, by incorporating plants, you will be decorating your home with natural flowers.

There is a wide range of plants that you can use for home decor. Some plants are climbers while others are creepers. You can put different plants at different positions in the room depending on how they grow or their nature.

8. Add Sculptures

image of a sculptor

Sculptural sconces are good at enhancing the aesthetic appeal of a home. You can also use them to express your personality or send a message to those who come to your house.

9. Add wicker baskets


Would you like to create more space in an artistic and creative way? Consider adding wicker baskets in the living room or even in the bedrooms. These baskets are good for storing those treasures and small accessories. You can keep wicker baskets in the children’s room for storing their toys and stationery.

Since we are keen on the looks, ensure that the wicker baskets that you buy are able to create the desired aesthetic appeal. They should be beautiful and attractive to the eyes. You should also be creative on how you position the baskets in the rooms.

10. Add removable wall art or wallpaper

removable wallpaper

Are you the type of person who won’t stay with a particular decor for long? Then you should consider a removable wall art instead of permanent paint. With the removable arts, you are free to explore anything that you think will impress you. In case you would like to change the theme of your home, you can easily buy a different wallpaper.

11. Add rugs on the hardwood floor

floor rug

If you have a hardwood floor, you should consider softening it. This is because although hardwood floors are easy to maintain, they can be quite uncomfortable. The easiest way of softening these floors is by using area rugs.

Area rugs tend to soften the texture of the hardwood floors while at the same inject some warmth into the room. You can also use rugs to express your personality. This is possible if you decide to customize the rags according to your preference.

Choose rugs that have varying patterns, fabrics, and even shape. You can go ahead to experiment with different textures of rags. The good thing about rags is flexibility. You can keep changing the area rags depending on the seasons.

12. Hang a pot rack in the kitchen

pot ruck home decor

Does your kitchen look crowded and would you like to create extra space for your cookware? You should consider hanging a pot rack in your kitchen. This kitchen decor ideal will create extra space in your kitchen.

Hanging pot kitchen racks can serve as display tools. You can display all your classy cooking pots on the racks effortlessly. They also server their primary purpose of storage. You won’t have to fill up your kitchen cabinet.

13. Utilize what you have

Some home decor ideas won’t force you to the shop so that you buy different items. You can easily implement some ideas by using what you have rather than buying new items.

There are several items in your house that can turn the interior design of your home to be more desirable. Some of the things that you can do include:

Arranging candles artistically on the coffee tables and countertops

-Hanging your plates on the wall to create some form of art

-Placing your silver or metal trays beside the table

-Stacking your books in a particular organized pattern

As you can see, you won’t spend lots of money to get these items. All you need is to get creative.

13. Display fabric

hanging fabric

Are you into the fabric and would you like to showcase some of your work? Just incorporate the fabric into your home decor idea. A simple tapestry can add some special color and even effect in the room.

You may also consider to frame vintage scarves and other beautiful pieces of textiles. The good thing about display fabric is flexibility. You can change them any time you want without any limitations.

15. Hang an oversized calendar in the room

large calendar

Small calendars look good in a room and even in the office. But don’t you think they are too common and boring? You can chart your own course by buying an oversize calendar.

The calendar will definitely be the most outstanding element in the room. You can choose calendars that have some arts on them just for the purpose of enhancing their visual effect.

Apart from just the looks, your oversized calendar will still be doing its role of helping you to organize your day.

16. Add a whiteboard or chalkboard

Still, in the matters of planning and organization, you should consider adding a chalkboard or whiteboard into your home decor plan.

If you work from home, then this accessory will be of great value. A chalkboard may also be ideal for the kitchen especially if you want to keep m track of your meal plans.

For the whiteboard, you are free to explore different colors that are available. However, you should choose the color that will match or compliment your interior decor.

17. Small coffee table

a small coffee table

If you are living in a small or crammed house, then you should rethink your choice of a coffee table. Instead of buying one large coffee table, consider buying two small tables.

The good thing with small coffee tables is they can be easily moved anywhere without any struggle. You will also be able to save on some space.

18. Incorporate smart lighting

smart lighting solution

Still, on the issue of space, you should choose home lighting solutions that are ideal for your small home. For instance, you can choose lighting that can be hung from a fairly high point or attached to the wall.

These positions will allow light to be distributed equally in a small space.

19. Buy secondhand home decor items

Since we are keen on saving money, one of the ways of cutting the cost is by buying cheaper items. You should not strain when buying some brand new household items. Just get the second versions and they will play their role in decorating your home.

Whether you are looking for furniture or any other item that you think will have an impact on your home decor, go for the used ones. The good news is there are many platforms where you can find such items. However, you should do a thorough inspection to ensure that the quality of the item is not compromised.

20. Add some woodwork in your home


Beautiful woodwork can do a good job of transforming the looks of your home. You should consider adding woodwork on the walls of your home to enhance the exterior visual effect.

The good thing with woodwork is you will have plenty of options to explore. You can choose different types of woodwork that you would like to include in your home decor ideas. Whether you want a base molding, crown molding, chair rails or picture rails.


As you can see, there are plenty of home decor ideas for a tight budget that you can implement. Yours is to choose the ones that you think will deliver the best results in your home.

Even when choosing these affordable home decor ideas, there are still a number of things that you need to consider. Some of them include the existing interior design, the availability of space and even the cost.

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