Patents by Inventor John G. Freshwater

John G. Freshwater has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8381489
    Abstract: A system and method for cutting shingles according to which a plurality of cutting blades are mounted on the outer circumference of a cutting cylinder, and the cylinder is rotated with the blades engaging the sheet while effecting relative translational movement between the cylinder and the sheet so that shingles are cut from the sheet upon one rotation of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Freshwater, Olan Leitch
  • Publication number: 20120270015
    Abstract: The present invention relates to roofing materials for roofs, sidewalls and other exterior surfaces exposed to the weather such as, but not limited to, asphaltic and non-asphaltic roofing materials, wherein color coated metal flakes cover up to 100% of the weathering surface of the roofing materials. The metal flakes are coated with a colored coating material by fluidizing the flakes in an air stream, spraying pressurized air and colored coating material, and curing the coated metal flakes. The present invention also relates to methods of making roofing materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Olan T. Leitch, John G. Freshwater, Matti Miik
  • Patent number: 8197893
    Abstract: The present invention relates to roofing materials for roofs, sidewalls and other exterior surfaces exposed to the weather such as, but not limited to, asphaltic and non-asphaltic roofing materials, wherein color coated metal flakes cover up to 100% of the weathering surface of the roofing materials. The metal flakes are coated with a colored coating material by fluidizing the flakes in an air stream, spraying pressurized air and colored coating material, and curing the coated metal flakes. The present invention also relates to methods of making roofing materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Olan T. Leitch, John G. Freshwater, Matti Kiik
  • Patent number: 7861631
    Abstract: A system and method for cutting shingles according to which a plurality of cutting blades are mounted on the outer circumference of a cutting cylinder, and the cylinder is rotated with the blades engaging the sheet while effecting relative translational movement between the cylinder and the sheet so that shingles are cut from the sheet upon one rotation of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Freshwater, Olan Leitch
  • Publication number: 20090178523
    Abstract: A system and method for cutting shingles according to which a plurality of cutting blades are mounted on the outer circumference of a cutting cylinder, and the cylinder is rotated with the blades engaging the sheet while effecting relative translational movement between the cylinder and the sheet so that shingles are cut from the sheet upon one rotation of the cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Freshwater, Olan Leitch
  • Publication number: 20090117329
    Abstract: The present invention relates to roofing materials for roofs, sidewalls and other exterior surfaces exposed to the weather such as, but not limited to, asphaltic and non-asphaltic roofing materials, wherein color coated metal flakes cover up to 100% of the weathering surface of the roofing materials. The metal flakes are coated with a colored coating material by fluidizing the flakes in an air stream, spraying pressurized air and colored coating material, and curing the coated metal flakes. The present invention also relates to methods of making roofing materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Olan T. Leitch, John G. Freshwater, Matti Kiik
  • Patent number: 6530189
    Abstract: There is provided a hip, ridge, or rake shingle, which includes a shingle panel and at least one rigid back member. The shingle panel has a substantially planar lower surface. The at least one rigid back member has a length substantially the same as or greater than the length of the shingle panel. The rigid back member is attached to the substantially planar lower surface of the shingle panel. The rigid back member includes a step in thickness in a cross-sectional plane perpendicular to the substantially planar lower surface and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the rigid back member. In addition, the thickness of the rigid back member at the high level of the step is greater than the thickness of the rigid back member at one of its ends. There is also provided an asphaltic adhesive including from about 62% to about 99% by weight of an asphalt cement; from about 0.5% to about 15% by weight of a first thermoplastic having a glass-transition temperature in the range from about 190° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Freshwater, Willard Calvin Hudson, Jr., Clark Daniel Maytubby, Larry Scott Reed, Frank Clydean Richey, Younger Ahluwalia
  • Patent number: 6418692
    Abstract: There is provided a hip, ridge, or rake shingle, which includes a shingle panel and at least one rigid back member. The shingle panel has a substantially planar lower surface. The at least one rigid back member has a length substantially the same as or greater than the length of the shingle panel. The rigid back member is attached to the substantially planar lower surface of the shingle panel. the rigid back member includes a step in thickness in a cross-sectional plane perpendicular to the substantially planar lower surface and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the rigid back member. In addition, the thickness of the rigid back member at the high level of the step is greater than the thickness of the rigid back member at one of its ends. There is also provided an asphaltic adhesive including from about 62% to about 99% by weight of an asphalt cement; from about 0.5% to about 15% by weight of a first thermoplastic having a glass-transition temperature in the range from about 190° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Elk Corporation of Dallas
    Inventors: John G. Freshwater, Willard Calvin Hudson, Jr., Clark Daniel Maytubby, Larry Scott Reed, Frank Clydean Richey, Younger Ahluwalia
  • Publication number: 20020078651
    Abstract: There is provided a hip, ridge, or rake shingle, which includes a shingle panel and at least one rigid back member. The shingle panel has a substantially planar lower surface. The at least one rigid back member has a length substantially the same as or greater than the length of the shingle panel. The rigid back member is attached to the substantially planar lower surface of the shingle panel. The rigid back member includes a step in thickness in a cross-sectional plane perpendicular to the substantially planar lower surface and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the rigid back member. In addition, the thickness of the rigid back member at the high level of the step is greater than the thickness of the rigid back member at one of its ends. There is also provided an asphaltic adhesive including from about 62% to about 99% by weight of an asphalt cement; from about 0.5% to about 15% by weight of a first thermoplastic having a glass-transition temperature in the range from about 190° F.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Applicant: ELK Corporation of Dallas
    Inventors: John G. Freshwater, Willard Calvin Hudson, Clark Daniel Maytubby, Larry Scott Reed, Frank Clydean Richey, Younger Ahluwalia
  • Publication number: 20020038531
    Abstract: There is provided a hip, ridge, or rake shingle, which includes a shingle panel and at least one rigid back member. The shingle panel has a substantially planar lower surface. The at least one rigid back member has a length substantially the same as or greater than the length of the shingle panel. The rigid back member is attached to the substantially planar lower surface of the shingle panel. The rigid back member includes a step in thickness in a cross-sectional plane perpendicular to the substantially planar lower surface and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the rigid back member. In addition, the thickness of the rigid back member at the high level of the step is greater than the thickness of the rigid back member at one of its ends. There is also provided an asphaltic adhesive including from about 62% to about 99% by weight of an asphalt cement; from about 0.5% to about 15% by weight of a first thermoplastic having a glass-transition temperature in the range from about 190° F.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Publication date: April 4, 2002
    Inventors: John G. Freshwater, Willard Calvin Hudson,, Clark Daniel Maytubby, Larry Scott Reed, Frank Clydean Richey, Younger Ahluwalia
  • Publication number: 20020011043
    Abstract: There is provided a hip, ridge, or rake shingle, which includes a shingle panel and at least one rigid back member. The shingle panel has a substantially planar lower surface. The at least one rigid back member has a length substantially the same as or greater than the length of the shingle panel. The rigid back member is attached to the substantially planar lower surface of the shingle panel. The rigid back member includes a step in thickness in a cross-sectional plane perpendicular to the substantially planar lower surface and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the rigid back member. In addition, the thickness of the rigid back member at the high level of the step is greater than the thickness of the rigid back member at one of its ends. There is also provided an asphaltic adhesive including from about 62% to about 99% by weight of an asphalt cement; from about 0.5% to about 15% by weight of a first thermoplastic having a glass-transition temperature in the range from about 190° F.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Applicant: John D. Murnane
    Inventors: JOHN G. FRESHWATER, WILLARD CALVIN HUDSON, JR., CLARK DANIEL MAYTUBBY, LARRY SCOTT REED, FRANK CLYDEAN RICHEY, YOUNGER AHLUWALIA
  • Patent number: 6289648
    Abstract: There is provided a laminated roofing shingle having a first shingle sheet and a second shingle sheet. The first shingle sheet has a headlap section and a buttlap section, the buttlap section being about 7 inches or greater in height and including a plurality of tabs which are spaced apart to define one or more openings between the tabs. Each of the tabs has a relatively uniform color throughout the tab. The second shingle sheet is attached to the underside of the first shingle sheet and has portions exposed through the openings between the tabs. The second shingle sheet has at least first, second, third, and fourth horizontal striations thereon across at least partial portions of the second sheet which are exposed through the openings between the tabs. The first striation includes a first elongated quadrilateral area with a substantially uniform dark color throughout the first quadrilateral area. The second striation includes a second elongated quadrilateral area below the first striation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Elk Corporation of Dallas
    Inventors: John G. Freshwater, Willard Calvin Hudson, Jr., Clark Daniel Maytubby, Larry Scott Reed, Frank Clydean Richey, Michael Allen McLintock
  • Patent number: 4559267
    Abstract: A stick-down system for roofing membrane or shingles includes a sealant of compounded bitumen which is a roofer's flux and/or asphalt resin containing from about 3% to 20% by weight of rubber and/or thermoplastic resins such that said sealant exhibits high tackiness at ambient temperatures and is adhesive to an adjacent asphalt shingle. When roofer's flux is the compounded bitumen of choice, the sealant is adhesive to an adjacent shingle at temperatures in the range of from 90.degree.-130 .degree. F. The stick-down system also includes a release sheet having a release substance of either silicone resins, fluorine-containing resins or polyvinylidene chloride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1985
    Assignee: Elk Corporation
    Inventors: John G. Freshwater, Alfred B. Malmquist