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The Story Behind Rooftop Equipment

The innovation began in 1982, when Bob Burns developed a “one step” dispensing and rolling machine called “The Better Spreader.” Since his first invention, Bob founded Rooftop Equipment Inc and patented several other solutions to help roofers complete their jobs.

Continuous Innovation for the Roofing Industry

1982 14” Singlewide Better Spreader

1982 14” Singlewide Better Spreader

As roofers frustrated with the mess of expensive spray rigs and metal hoppers, we sought a simple, clean method of applying bonding adhesive. The BetterSpreader was born.

1991 Doublewide Better Spreader

1991 Doublewide Better Spreader

A contractor asked for a faster, wider adhesive applicator with the simplicity of our Singlewide Better Spreader. Our Doublewide Better Spreader was invented doubling the speed.

1996 40″ Tank Spreader

1996 40″ Tank Spreader

A roofing contractor asked for an even faster way to spread bonding adhesive on large, totally adhered roofing projects. Forty inches of disposable spreadability did the trick.

1999 150# Membrane Roller

1999 150# Membrane Roller

A membrane manufacturer found the top surface of fleeceback membranes to be uneven and wavy.  When using low rise spray foam adhesive, the foam would lift the membrane.  Simply, the existing weighted roller designs were not sufficient. Our 150# Membrane Roller succesfully flattened the membrane and the split roller design makes it easy to turn.

2001 The SuperBead Applicator

2001 The SuperBead Applicator

A roofing contractor called with an application problem for one-part urethane, low-rise foam insulation adhesive.  Their application process included a steel hopper, a series of ports and movable parts. Clean up was a nightmare. Rooftop Equipment’s polyethylene tank for The InsulLiner offered even bead application of insulation adhesive and easy cleanup.

2003 Four Bead Applicator

2003 Four Bead Applicator

An adhesive manufacturer wanted to sell a two-part insulation adhesive without the mess and expense of pressurized spray equipment.   We developed a mechanical pressure system for a Four Bead Applicator.

2005 Thirteen Bead

2005 Thirteen Bead

Applicator contractors, architects, and designers were looking for a way to apply more than 4 beads for two-component adhesives. The Thirteen Bead spaces needed to be as close as 3” on center.

2006 Add-A-Weight Roller

2006 Add-A-Weight Roller

Contractors asked for a lighter weight membrane roller which would still provide the pressure to the top of a membrane and do it at a lower cost.  This led to the Add-A-Weight Roller which uses weight that is already on the roof!

2006 Titan Hand Roller & Frame

2006 Titan Hand Roller & Frame

Roofers came to us because small, flimsy paint rollers would not hold adequate material when dipped.  Titan Hand Rollers are constructed with a heavy-duty steel frame to hold 8-inch rollers with a large 4 inch diameter, and yet it fits in a 5 gallon pail.

2007 Tank Spreader SingleWide 14”

2007 Tank Spreader SingleWide 14”

Roofing distributors kept telling us how contractors loved The Super Spreader, but it was just too wide for smaller jobs. The Tank Spreader SingleWide has the same easy clean up polyethylene tank, but in the smaller size.

2009 Titan Hand Roller 16”

2009 Titan Hand Roller 16”

Disappointed with the slow hand application of coatings and adhesives, Rooftop Equipment identified the problem and developed the heavy-duty steel frame 16-inch Titan Rollers.  They keep up with the physical demands of motivated contractors.

2014  Profile Rollers

2014  Profile Rollers

The ever increasing need to apply coating to ribbed metal panels was met by developing a patented roller design to accommodate the ribs of a metal panel.  7 Standard Profiles were designed to be used with both the 8” Titan Hand Roller frame and the 14” SingleWide Tank Spreader.

2015 V Manifold

2015 V Manifold

Clogged manifolds were a constant frustration when contractors were dispensing two-part insulation adhesive.  Rooftop developed the V Manifold with straight flow paths to reduce clogging and easy cleaning.

Why Choose Us?

29

Years increasing productivity, efficiency, and profitability

350+

Distributors Worldwide

15

Industry solution products developed

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