Dicor Introduces Polar White TPO Roofing Color

Elkhart, Indiana-based Dicor Products has added a new “whiter than white” color choice to its DiFlex II TPO roofing materials for RV manufacturers.

epdm-tpoTPO is basically a plastic and comes in several colors and has a textured surface. TPO doesn’t weather the same way EPDM does, so you won’t have the white powder that gets on you when you work on the roof. Because TPO is a plastic, the roof is the same color all the way through. TPO roofing is glued down to the roof decking in the same way that EPDM is, but using a different adhesive.

The new polar white roofing material provides a greater cooling factor through a high reflectivity rating for RVs, according to a company news release.

Polar white joins the line of extra flexible, non-fleeced backed DiFlex II TPO roof coverings also offered in dove, grey, ivory, and tan.

“The superior reflectivity of the polar white finish really helps keep the heat off the RV,” said Tom Grubaugh, Dicor Products national OEM sales manager.

“Today, some of our OEM customers are taking heating and cooling efficiency into account in their product design and our new Polar White DiFlex II helps them achieve their goals.”

dicor-products-roofDicor Products has been a supplier of EPDM and TPO roofing for the RV industry for more than 20 years. Quick to adapt to changing OEM needs, Dicor Products currently offers the largest selection of roofing membranes and roof colors available for RVs, including its recent innovative offering of DiFlex II TPO membranes, according to the release.

Manufacturers find DiFlex II TPO to be a very flexible TPO membrane that is easy to install for snug, watertight fit on virtually any roofing surface. It is also compatible with all Dicor aftermarket cleaners, protectants, sealants, and bonding adhesives, and can be installed with Dicor’s matching lap sealants for a fully coordinated appearance.

Much like EPDM, DiFlex II remains flexible in cold weather and, unlike PVC and some TPO, resists hail damage and cracking even in cold weather. It is not affected by ponding water or environmental contaminants and is easily repairable throughout its lifetime.

DiFlex II comes with a 12-year limited warranty.

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Dicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

We are also well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers. Thier Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website:  www.dicorproducts.com

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Dicor Adds 4th Color to New TPO Roofing Material

Elkhart, Indiana-based Dicor Products has added the color “Cream” as a fourth color option to its new TPO roofing material called DiFlex II, continuing to extend the range of roofing choices available for RVs.

epdm-tpoDiFlex II already featured the hues of Dove (bright white), Tan, and Grey.

“Four color choices is unheard of in RV roofing. DiFlex II really gives manufacturers some striking new options to help differentiate their RVs and enhance the overall attractiveness of their product,” said Jeff Gaff, general manager of Dicor Products, in a news release.

“At Dicor Products, we are all about continuous improvement and bringing new products to the fore to help spur innovation in appearance and function.”

“The new DiFlex II TPO material is a very flexible, non-fleece-backed membrane that is easy to install for snug, watertight fit on virtually any roofing surface,” said Gaff.

“It is also compatible with all Dicor aftermarket cleaners, protectants, sealant, and bonding adhesives, and can be installed with Dicor’s matching lap sealants for a fully coordinated, beautiful appearance.”

The material is embossed with a light pebble pattern to dull harsh reflections and provide a classic look.

dicor-products-roofLike EPDM, DiFlex II remains flexible and UV resistant throughout its lifetime. It is even flexible in cold weather and less prone to cracking than other TPO material, Gaff explained.

It is easily repairable throughout its lifetime, and not affected by ponding water or environmental contaminants, plus it comes with a 12-year limited warranty.

DiFlex II is currently available in pre-cut widths and will soon be provided in rolls.

Widths are 8 feet, 6 feet, and 9 feet 6 inches, with available lengths of 21 , 25, 30, 36, and 40 foot lengths.

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Dicor Products

Dicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

We are also well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers. Thier Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website: dicorproducts.com

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It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
—Claude Bernard

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Dicor Introduces How-to Videos on RV Roof Care, Repair & Restore

Dicor Products has added more videos to its expanding library of helpful care, repair, and restore information for RV roofs.

Dicor-Rudy-videos-webpage-640x330Introduced by Dicor Products’ roofing expert icon, Rudy, the reports help RVers care for their units with the correct aftermarket cleaning, repairing, protecting, and restoring products, according to a company news release.

The videos and reports break down such projects as sealant repair, roof coating, and roof cleaning into easy-to-understand steps that encourage RVers to take better care of their RVs with the available products, adding value and longevity to their RVs.

“This is part of our ongoing outreach to the RV consumer and the RV aftermarket,” said Dave Majewski, vice president of sales and marketing for Dicor Products.

“There are many things the RV owner can do for themselves to care for and preserve the value of their RV. The roof is oftentimes an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ part of the RV, but it should actually be the last thing that is ‘out of mind’ because it is so vital to protecting the RV and its contents. These videos are meant to empower RV owners with the proper techniques and materials to keep their roofs in good condition.”

dicor-products-roof“You could look at it as a ‘Roof Awareness’ program that can enhance the RV experience and help RVers make optimum use of the aftermarket products available. These are all things dealers and manufacturers should get behind.”

Rudy, The Dicor Products Answer Man

Dicor Products wants to make your RV ownership experience as easy and trouble-free as possible.

Rudy has many of the answers you need.

Visitors to Dicor Products’ care page can also sign-up for twice-monthly e-bulletins on these topics while accessing a broad range of articles along with such videos as:

  • Coating a Metal RV Roof
  • Cleaning and Protecting an RV Roof
  • RV Roof Repair
  • Determine Your RV Roof Type
  • Applying Lap Sealants

Some of the articles also address wheel cover and tire care/inflation topics.

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epdm-tpoDicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

We are also well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers. Thier Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website: dicorproducts.com

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It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
—Claude Bernard

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Dicor Introduces CoolCoat to Keep RVs Cooler

To help RVers escape the heat, Elkhart, Indiana-based Dicor Products has introduced a new heat-reducing coating option to its two-part coating system for EPDM rubber RV roofs.

The company’s new CoolCoat Insulating Coating uses advanced MicroCells technology to reduce heat transfer from the RV roof to the RV interior.

Tests show that this new ceramic coating can reduce the interior temperature by as much as 29 percent from the roof temperature.

The temperature reducing coating material is a new alternative to the popular acrylic coating that RVers have used for years in Dicor’s two-part coating system for EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) roofs, according to a company news release.

Dicor Products said it is critical to prepare the roof with the cleaner/activator (first part) before applying either coating (second part) to ensure maximum coating adhesion.

CoolCoat contains MicroCells, which are nano-sized spheres, inside of which a vacuum has been created, which helps to dramatically slow heat flux—the rate of heat transfer from one surface to another, according to the release.

Dicor CoolCoat Insulating Coating

In this case, the heat transfer is from the RV’s exterior roofing surface to the RV’s interior surfaces, from where the heat can radiate into the RV. Using such vacuum-filled spheres is similar to the way a Thermos works in keeping liquids hot and cold for an extended period of time.

When CoolCoat cures, the MicroCells become tightly packed and help create a tough coating that reflects and dissipates heat by minimizing heat flux. This allows everything under the roof to stay cooler, longer—thereby reducing the load on air conditioning and saving energy, the company noted.

The durability and longevity of the EPDM coating is also improved. As with the other parts of the coating system, CoolCoat Insulating Coating is easy to apply and dries quickly.

Like Dicor’s EPDM Roof Acrylic Coating, CoolCoat extends the life and beauty of rubber roof membranes in forming a protective barrier with superior resistance to harsh weather and ultraviolet light, the company noted.

CoolCoat Insulating Coating is expected to be available at RV dealers and stores starting this month.

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Dicor Products delivers smart ways to make RVs more functional, better-looking, and more dependable for RV buyers.

Dicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

Dicor are also very well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers.

Their Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website: dicorproducts.com

https://www.dicorproducts.com

Worth Pondering…

When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.

—Edward Teller

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Elkhart’s EV Dream Dies as RVs Surge Anew

Elkhart, Indiana, is known as the RV capital of the world.

Newmar factory tour, Nappanee, Indiana. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The city suffered badly when the recession hit, and demand for recreational vehicles all but screeched to a halt. That’s when local and state leaders started looking for ways to bolster the area’s manufacturing industry, reports NPR.

The northwestern Indiana County saw electric vehicles (EV) as its salvation after its unemployment rate soared to 20 percent—the highest in the nation at the time.

Electric cars were supposed to be the silver bullet to revive Elkhart’s economy. President Obama visited twice, promising stimulus funds to spark a new economic engine in EVs.

A common criticism of President Obama’s $800 billion stimulus package has been that it failed to produce anything—that while the New Deal built bridges and dams, all the stimulus did was fill some potholes and create temporary jobs.

One success the Obama administration duly claimed is the rebirth of the EV industry in the U. S.

Automakers unveiled a number of mass-market EVs, which saw small but rising sales. Battery and parts manufacturers built 30 factories and created new jobs.

It was all part of an effort to promote “green” manufacturing and put a million electric cars on the road by 2015, reports Pro Publica.

The question was: Would it last?

Elkhart once believed it would.

Eager to seed a new industry, the county witnessed EV ventures sprout out of nowhere as the stimulus took off in 2009.

This is Amish Country. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

But by late summer 2011, what had sprouted were mostly weeds. The parking lot of the Think Electric Vehicle factory had an ample supply of them and looked deserted.

There wasn’t a single car in the parking lot. The doors were locked and the windows dark.

At the back of the 200,000-square-foot facility were about 120 road-ready models, called the Think City—a little two-seat fully electric coupe that has a range of about 100 miles before it needs to be recharged.

Hundreds of laid-off factory workers were supposed to have found jobs churning out these Norwegian company’s bug-like, plastic-bodied cars.

Today the Elkhart factory employs two.

That’s right—just two employees are working in this auto plant. At its peak, the plant employed 25 workers. Then two waves of layoffs dropped the payroll down to just two people.

It’s a far cry from the more than 400 that Think Electric Vehicle promised it would hire two years ago.

In June (2011), Think’s parent company filed for bankruptcy.

The decision left the Elkhart plant on the brink of extinction until the American subsidiary was purchased by a Russian entrepreneur who promised to restart production in early 2012.

Then in late January (2012), its largest shareholder and battery maker, Ener1, which received $118 million in stimulus money, also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, reporting that the demand for EVs “did not develop as quickly as anticipated.”

Navistar International had received $39 million in stimulus money to build 400 electric delivery trucks in the first year. But by early 2011, it had hired about 40 employees and assembled only 78 vehicles.

Little remains of Elkhart’s dream of becoming the EV capital?

Elkhart’s economy, however, is on the way back with the RV industry again leading the way.

Welcome to Nappanee, Indiana. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

They’re heartened by a rebirth in the industry that some here thought might never bounce back—the RV business.

“Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated,” says Gregg Fore, president of Dicor Corp. Its companies supply components to RV manufacturers.

Fore says the industry’s downturn was brutal, with business falling off close to 60 percent. But demand for RVs has come back strong, he says.

In 2011, the industry produced more than 250,000 RVs. That’s 100,000 more units than the low-water mark in 2009.

Dicor’s factories are once again humming—and hiring, he says. And Fore believes the market for motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and campers is here to stay.

But one thing that hasn’t changed, he says, is that the fortunes of Elkhart and its 51,000 still lives or dies with the RV industry.

Nearly half of all the jobs in Elkhart County are in manufacturing. And fully half of Elkhart County’s manufacturing jobs are in making RVs and their parts.

The “free” money has now been spent.

The RV industry has come back—it always comes back and without stimulus money from the White House.

This is why government should get out of the business of telling the people they should drive.

Worth Pondering…

Keep your eyes on the horizon and blaze a trail.

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