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May 25
Ohio Architect's Home: From the roof to the windows
Drone footage of Dan Meehan's retirement home in progress and beautiful Lake Erie. Video courtesy of Jonathan Fields.


​Turning environmental challenges into design wins for a truly interesting lakeside home

"That was part of the fun—working through priorities and challenges and turning them into solutions that are exciting and add a lot to the quality of the architecture and the space," said Dan Meehan, an Ohio Architect who's designing and building his dream retirement home on Lake Erie.

Living on a Great Lake like Erie means living with extremes. Extreme beauty. Extremely captivating views of nature and the Cleveland skyline across the water. Also, extreme weather.

Architect Dan Meehan had to pull out all of the stops so that his dream retirement home would maximize these wonderful Lake Erie views, while soundly withstanding Lake Erie gusts and horizontal blowing rain.

Vycor® enV-S™ self-adhered weather resistive barrier completely wraps and seals under all of the siding of his house. Ice & Water Shield® protects the whole roof.

"The roofers didn't cut super long strips (of Ice & Water Shield®)," Dan said. "They cut strips they could manage between three guys and still got the whole roof covered inside of two days."

Dan bridged between the Ice & Water Shield® and the custom Boral eve molding with a metal drip edge. That was a design decision, he said, for a more interesting roof detail than gutters.

"Once the roof is on, I'm going to have the carpenters start installing the windows," he said. "It's good that the roof will be completely on so that there's nothing that could blow off and break a window."

The wind would have to blow off a pretty big roof piece, however. Dan's installing heavier-gauge extruded aluminum exterior windows, which have a "really high" wind rating, he said. Throughout the whole house, he's installing both double-hung and casement windows.

The double-hungs are really the stars of Dan's window show. They have a thick cross section and are huge—4-foot-4 wide by nine feet tall outlets to the wonderful world of Lake Erie.

"In areas where we're going to sit inside a lot, and look out, I didn't want to have screens on the inside," Dan said. "It doesn't look as nice, better to see the wood molding. I wanted to use double-hung windows, instead of casements, where we'd be enjoying the views, since we could put screens on the outside."

Dan also skewed the lake side of the house by 10 degrees. As he, his wife and guests gaze out through those cathedral sized double-hungs, some windows will feature the private park and lake, others will showcase the Cleveland skyline.

"It's a design trick that I made up or this house."

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May 25
Ice & Water Shield®: Peace of mind


Grace Ice & Water Shield® utilizes the Three Crown Jewels of Roofing to produce a watertight seal on rooftops.

  1. It seals to the deck
  2. It seals to itself for watertight laps
  3. It seals around roofing fasteners

Visit gcpat.com/roofing to protect the roof from damage.

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May 23
TYTRO® shotcrete system includes reliable technical support


GCP Applied Technologies' technical specialists combine the comprehensive concrete technology understanding with strong technical application expertise in the mining and infrastructure tunneling industries worldwide.

GCP's field teams serve hundreds of underground construction customers from leading mining companies to top tunneling contractors and have deepened GCP's expertise in solving customers’ toughest ground control challenges from diagnosis to implementation.

Training and Education

GCP offers a variety of approaches to learning, from tailored, on-site product training to online webinars. GCP's team integrates insights from years of experience and knowledge into GCP's curricula, and helps GCP's customers translate their learning into their daily operations for lasting shotcrete performance improvement.

Site Support

GCP's field teams work on-site with customers to help them move beyond mix recommendations and trials—to achieve performance improvement and measurable productivity results. They work side-by-side with GCP's global industry and technology experts, and partner closely with GCP's customers to help them produce results–rapid, significant, measurable improvements in productivity, cost, quality, and safety. GCP's support offering is flexible and designed to meet specific customer needs.

Quality Control

GCP's field technical specialists work intensively with customers to obtain lasting and substantial performance improvement through the implementation and monitoring of comprehensive quality control programs. They offer a suite of advanced tools ranging from rapid early strength diagnostic tools to on-site calorimetric systems for optimal hydration control.

May 11
Updated exposure guide for roofing underlayments


In an effort to continuously improve our products, we've extended exposure limits on three of our top-selling roofing underlayments…

New Guidelines:

May 09
Grace Ice & Water Shield®, Grace Ultra™ extend exposure times


The original, fully-adhered roofing underlayment, Grace Ice & Water Shield®, now has an extended exposure limit of 90 days.

For more than 35 years, Grace Ice & Water Shield® has been the brand that roofing contractors and architects trust most to specify and install on marquee projects around the world.

Now with an extended exposure time of 120 days, Grace Ultra™'s unique butyl adhesive formulation offers premium adhesion to the roof deck, high quality laps, superior seal around roofing fasteners, and outstanding high temperature stability.​

May 04
Ohio Architect's Home: "All-in" on Ice & Water Shield®
From left: Dan Meehan, retired Ohio architect, and Brandon Wulf, GCP residential product expert. Video courtesy of Dan Meehan.


Ice & Water Shield® over the whole roof

In the beginning of Dan Meehan's architectural career, he used Ice & Water Shield® on every residential project—two courses around the eves and a course up every valley and hip. Those houses are still around 40 years later and doing great, Dan said.

It wasn't surprising, then that he was "all in with Grace Ice & Water Shield® for (his own home's) project."

With the concern of severely blowing winds and horizontal rain, Dan will wrap the whole roof in Ice & Water Shield®.

Now Dan and his wife will be able to enjoy the breathtaking lake view without worrying about weather damage.


Exclusive views of Lake Erie

Dan turned a challenging lot layout (only 45 feet wide) into an opportunity to build a unique design that capitalizes on unbeatable views of Lake Erie.

"The joy of designing your own house as an architect is looking at the site and combining that with how you live and your lifestyle," he said.

This is the second home Dan has designed for himself. Two decades ago, he designed a home in which his family grew up. Now, he's designing a retirement home for him and his wife.

"Our lifestyles changed. We're downsizing. And we want to spend a lot of time enjoying the views."

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May 04
The next generation of Tri-Flex roofing underlayments


Tri-Flex® XT: Premium performance in synthetic roofing underlayments

Tri-Flex® XT is a mechanically–attached synthetic roofing underlayment designed to overcome the shortcomings of traditional roofing felt, and features an improved slip resistance coating on the membrane, providing superior foot traction and a safer surface to walk on.

Tri-Flex® 15 extends exposure up to 60 days

Tri-Flex® 15 is designed to provide a cost competitive alternative to #15 felt, while providing the cutting-edge features of a synthetic underlayment that reduce time and labor. The extended exposure limit provides contractors with added flexibility to accommodate the unpredictable construction schedules without compromising performance.

May 03
Ohio Architect's Home: Vycor® enV-S™ goes up easy, even for first-timers
From left: Dan Meehan, retired Ohio architect, and Brandon Wulf, GCP residential product expert. Video courtesy of Dan Meehan.


​First experience installing Vycor: POSITIVE

Due to the self-adhered application of Vycor® enV-S™ weather resistive barrier, only a roller and knife are required to hang the house wrap. Dan Meehan, a retired Ohio architect who's building his retirement home on Lake Erie affirmed the installation was not difficult, despite Dan and his framers' never using Vycor before.

"We were all kind of curious about how it would go up," Dan said. "It didn't take long to get comfortable with (the Vycor)…We had some (really high) areas a couple of stories tall. The contractors draped it down in a breeze and it went up very well. The key was having a couple of people on hand so that you could start from the top, bring it down and peel back the film. Keep it lined up. The overlap marks worked really well…Once (they started) working with (the Vycor) the contractors got it right away. Overall it was a very positive experience."


The ease of application

"(I) felt good after the Vycor® enV-S™ was up. (I) knew it was fully adhered. It was overlapped…(I) knew I got good coverage. The consistency of the installation (gave me) a lot of confidence that my building envelope was well sealed."

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May 03
Ohio Architect's Home: The complete wall system for weather protection and energy efficiency
Video courtesy of Dan Meehan, architect


​Why Vycor® enV-S™?

Dan Meehan, a retired Ohio architect, would drive by house projects observing mechanically fastened wrap blowing in the wind. House wrap was especially on his mind because he would soon be designing and building his own retirement home on Lake Erie.

Dan asked himself 'How is that going to work by a lake with very strong winds?' He was also concerned with the horizontal blowing rain, he said.

Dan's answer: Vycor® enV-S™ fully-adhered weather resistive barrier.

"The only way to get full coverage consistently, was to use Vycor® enV-S™," said Dan, alluding to the fact that the product is fully self-adhered.


The wall system:

  • 2x6 studs
  • Foam insulation
  • Weather resistive barrier (Vycor® enV-S™)
  • Rain screen
  • Siding or brick

The key, Dan said, is a whole, blended system that works great for energy efficiency and weather protection.

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May 02
VIDEO: Tri-Flex® is better than felt


"The Tri-Flex® synthetic felt was amazing. The amount that you get out of one roll is about four to five times more than you would get on a (typical) 50-pound roll. It's a lot more durable than regular tar paper."

"It also does not absorb any moisture—there are no fibers in it. It will last for six months as long as you use plastic caps."

Tri-Flex® is a mechanically-attached synthetic roofing underlayment that overcomes the deficiencies associated with roofing felt. Tri-Flex® is a water-shedding membrane used to prevent water damage in case the primary roof covering (such as shingles) is breached. Roofing contractors explain why they choose Tri-Flex®.
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