Patents by Inventor Matti Kiik

Matti Kiik 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).

  • Publication number: 20150176281
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates, according to some embodiments, to single ply roofing membranes comprising a top layer, a scrim layer, and a bottom layer. A bottom layer may comprise a bottom layer surface having at least one non-embossed band and an embossing region comprising embossing. Embossing may extend from the bottom layer surface into the bottom layer and may comprise truncated pyramids or frustums with curvilinear bases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Li-Ying YANG, Matti Kiik, Keith A. Ahrens, Helene Hardy Pierce, William J. Broussard, Joseph Smith
  • Patent number: 9021760
    Abstract: A roofing system comprising laminated roofing shingles having a reduced-width headlap portion and a buttlap portion, wherein the roofing system comprises a plurality of courses, and wherein a trailing edge of a subsequently installed shingle in a course overlaps the leading edge of an adjacent previously installed shingle in the same course. The reduced-width headlap portion of the roofing shingles has a width that is less than the width of the buttlap portion. The roofing shingle comprises a first and a second shingle sheet and the lateral edges of the first shingle sheet are aligned with the lateral edges of the second sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Matti Kiik, Larry Scott Reed, John Richie McCaskill, Jr., Michael Allen McLintock, Michael L. Bryson, Daniel Coleman DeJarnette, Michael Scott Kirk
  • Patent number: 8925262
    Abstract: A solar ridge vent includes an elongated laterally flexible panel having edge portions and ventilation grids extending along the edge portions. Channel members extend along the edge portions of the panel and define channels that have channel openings facing inwardly. The channels are sized to receive edges of auxiliary components to hold the auxiliary components on the ridge vent. The auxiliary components may be ridge cap shingles, slate cap shingles, light emitting emergency location panels, or fluid heating panels. In a preferred embodiment, solar power generating panels are configured to be mounted on the ridge vent with its edges held in the channels. A remote electrical box has chargeable batteries, a power inverter, and an AC outlet to provide electrical power in an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Sudhir Railkar, Walter Zarate, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20140260001
    Abstract: A solar roof shingle for providing AC electrical power when exposed to sunlight includes a shingle frame having a bottom panel supportable on a roof deck, a top panel, and a thickness between the bottom panel and the top panel. The solar roof shingle also includes a solar collector mounted to and covering at least a portion to the top panel of the shingle frame, with the solar panel producing DC electrical energy at DC terminals when the solar collector is exposed to sunlight. A nano-inverter is disposed within the shingle frame between the bottom panel and the top panel and is electrically coupled to the DC terminals. The nano-inverter converts DC electrical energy to AC electrical energy available at AC terminals mounted to the shingle frame. The nano-inverter has a maximum power rating of 150 Watts or less so that it produces substantially less heat during operation allowing the thickness of the solar roof shingle to approach that of a standard roofing shingle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Matti KIIK, Daniel E. Boss, Tommy F. Rodrigues, Sudhir Railkar
  • Publication number: 20140260078
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates, according to some embodiments, to articles, systems, and methods for roofing a structure including, for example, layered shingles comprising a plurality of layers. A layered shingle may comprise, in some embodiments, an upper layer and a backing layer comprising a low density aggregate, wherein the backing layer is fixed to the substrate-facing surface of the upper layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BUILDING MATERIALS INVESTMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael L. Bryson, Casimir Paul Weaver, Daniel E. Boss, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20140259999
    Abstract: A solar roofing panel has a rectangular body with solar cells exposed on the upper surface of the body and an electrical junction box on the lower surface of body along the forward edge portion thereof. A cutout is formed in the upper edge portion of the rectangular body at a corner thereof. When a plurality of solar panels are arranged on a roof in courses with an upper course partially overlapping a lower course, the junction boxes of roofing panels in the upper course are disposed in the cutouts of roofing panels of the lower course. Accordingly, the solar roofing panels present a low profile mimicking the profile of slate-style shingles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Tommy F. Rodrigues, Sudhir Railkar, Walter Zarate, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20140259998
    Abstract: A solar ridge vent includes an elongated laterally flexible panel having edge portions and ventilation grids extending along the edge portions. Channel members extend along the edge portions of the panel and define channels that have channel openings facing inwardly. The channels are sized to receive edges of auxiliary components to hold the auxiliary components on the ridge vent. The auxiliary components may be ridge cap shingles, slate cap shingles, light emitting emergency location panels, or fluid heating panels. In a preferred embodiment, solar power generating panels are configured to be mounted on the ridge vent with its edges held in the channels. A remote electrical box has chargeable batteries, a power inverter, and an AC outlet to provide electrical power in an emergency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Sudhir Railkar, Walter Zarate, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20140208675
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates, in some embodiments, to systems, articles, materials, and methods for roofing a structure including, for example, hybrid shingles comprising a first material and a second material. A hybrid shingle may comprise, in some embodiments, a first layer comprising a metallic substrate or a polymeric substrate and at least partially defining a headlap region of the shingle, a buttlap region of the shingle comprising one or more tabs interspersed with inter-tab openings, an outward-facing surface of the first layer, and a substrate-facing surface of the first layer; and a second layer comprising a base and asphalt, having a smaller area than the first layer, and at least partially defining a buttlap region of the shingle, wherein the second layer is fixed to the substrate-facing surface of the first layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: BUILDING MATERIALS INVESTMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Margie A. Beerer, Matti Kiik, Sudhir B. Railkar
  • Patent number: 8763339
    Abstract: An energy saving insulated roofing shingle and related method of manufacturing. One embodiment of the shingle has an insulator attached to, or formed as part of, the interior surface of an outer layer across a portion of the headlap area about equal to the designed exposure surface area of the installed shingle. The insulation reduces the heat absorbed by the shingle and transmitted into the deck that in turn heats the attic space. The disclosed principles reduce the heat load directed into a building from the sun. In addition, the thickness of the insulation under the shingle nailing area may be minimized, thereby allowing for the normal asphalt shingle surfaces to lay against each other. Moreover, to reduce the overall shingle thickness, the insulation could replace all or part of the backsurfacing materials applied to the back of shingles in the location where the insulation is added. Additionally, asphalt applied to the back of the shingle could be reduced to accommodate insulation thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Michael L. Bryson, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20130095293
    Abstract: Disclosed painted roof coverings and related methods of manufacturing such painted roof coverings that use a color coating over the roof coverings instead of embedded pre-colored rock granules on the exposed surface of the roof coverings. By painting a roof covering with a color coating, any kind of top surfacing material, such as rock, plastic, mineral, man-made, or organic granules, may be used in place of the pre-colored rock granules. In some embodiments, it is desirable to size the top surfacing material to provide adequate UV protection and coverage to the weatherproofing asphalt material located below the top surfacing material. Further, the color of the shingles may be accurately matched between batches of shingles, between manufacturing facilities, and even between manufacturers. In addition, designs may be painted on the surface of the roof covering, which was previously impossible using pre-colored granules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel E. Boss, Michael L. Bryson, Stephen A. Buzza, Adem Chich, Dale A. Kelley, Matti Kiik, Paul Richardson, Tommy Rodrigues, James A. Svec, James D. Wells
  • Patent number: 8389103
    Abstract: Roofing material consists essentially of a substrate, a hot melt material applied to one side of the substrate, an asphalt material coating the other side of the substrate and roofing granules disposed on said asphalt material coated on the substrate. The hot melt material may be polyethylene, polyethylene-vinyl acetate, polypropylene, polyvinylidene chloride, polyester, nylon and mixtures thereof. The asphalt material may include non-asphaltic filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Matti Kiik, Daniel LaVietes, Michael L. Bryson, Younger Ahluwalia, Margie A Beerer
  • 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: 8030229
    Abstract: A composite material comprising at least a first layer which comprises a surfactant component, surfactant-generated microcells, a filler component and a binder component; and a second layer which comprises a metallic component. The composite material may further comprise a substrate to which the first layer is adhered. The composite materials have heat insulating, and fire resistant characteristics and are particularly suited for use in building materials and mattresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: ElkCorp.
    Inventors: Younger Ahluwalia, Matti Kiik, Thomas D. Karol
  • Patent number: 8025765
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a multi-layer nonwoven fiber material, and related methods of manufacturing the material. In one exemplary embodiment, the fiber material includes a first layer of directionally aligned fibers together with a second layer of randomly dispersed fibers dispersed over the first layer. Consistent with one exemplary method for manufacturing a nonwoven fiber material, the method includes dispersing a first plurality of fibers horizontally in one or more predetermined directions, as well as dispersing a second plurality of fibers horizontally in random directions. In such an embodiment, the second plurality of fibers is dispersed over the first plurality of fibers. Moreover, an exemplary embodiment of a roofing shingle employing a nonwoven fiber material as described herein is as disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Paul G. Wilson, Darrell R. Heine, John J. Andrews, Louis T. Hahn, Matti Kiik
  • Patent number: 8017531
    Abstract: A composite material comprising a substrate having an ionic charge which is coated with a coating having essentially the same ionic charge and a metallic component adhered on one or both sides of the coated substrate. The coating consists essentially of a filler material comprising clay and a binder material. The substrate is preferably fiberglass, the filler material may further comprise at least one additional filler selected from the group consisting of decabromodiphenyloxide, antimony trioxide, fly ash, charged calcium carbonate, mica, glass microspheres and ceramic microspheres and mixtures thereof and the binder material is preferably acrylic latex. The metallic component is preferably aluminum foil. The composite material has heat insulating and fire resistant characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: ElkCorp
    Inventors: Younger Ahluwalia, Matti Kiik, Thomas D. Karol
  • Patent number: 8012310
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a multi-layer nonwoven fiber material, and related methods of manufacturing the material. In one exemplary embodiment, the fiber material includes a first layer of directionally aligned fibers together with a second layer of randomly dispersed fibers dispersed over the first layer. Consistent with one exemplary method for manufacturing a nonwoven fiber material, the method includes dispersing a first plurality of fibers horizontally in one or more predetermined directions, as well as dispersing a second plurality of fibers horizontally in random directions. In such an embodiment, the second plurality of fibers is dispersed over the first plurality of fibers. Moreover, an exemplary embodiment of a roofing shingle employing a nonwoven fiber material as described herein is as disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Paul G. Wilson, Darrell R. Heine, John J. Andrews, Louis T. Hahn, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20110189433
    Abstract: A roofing material comprising an upper surface and a lower surface, wherein the upper surface includes reduced-particle size granules and may further include a reduced-thickness face coating. The thickness of the upper surface is related to the particle size of the granules deposed on the face coating. A smaller particle size granule than those used in traditional roofing shingles is utilized in the upper surface which may allow for a reduced-thickness face coating while not sacrificing the retention of the granules on the surface of the roofing material or desired physical characteristics. The face coating may include a reduced amount of filler material, such as mineral fillers, than face coatings of traditional roofing materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: Building Materials Investment Corp.
    Inventors: Matti Kiik, Tommy F. Rodrigues, Sudhir B. Railkar, Adem Chich
  • Publication number: 20110185668
    Abstract: A roofing system comprising laminated roofing shingles having a reduced-width headlap portion and a buttlap portion, wherein the roofing system comprises a plurality of courses, and wherein a trailing edge of a subsequently installed shingle in a course overlaps the leading edge of an adjacent previously installed shingle in the same course. The reduced-width headlap portion of the roofing shingles has a width that is less than the width of the buttlap portion. The roofing shingle comprises a first and a second shingle sheet and the lateral edges of the first shingle sheet are aligned with the lateral edges of the second sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: BUILDING MATERIALS INVESTMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matti Kiik, Larry Scott Reed, John Richie McCaskill, JR., Michael Allen McLintock, Michael L. Bryson, Daniel Coleman DeJarnette, Michael Scott Kirk
  • Publication number: 20110159237
    Abstract: The disclosed principles provide a roofing product and related methods of manufacturing having antimicrobial properties. The antimicrobial properties are provided by an antimicrobial delivery system including antimicrobial materials compounded, e.g., mixed together and melted, with polymeric materials. The antimicrobial delivery system is applied to roof covering material during the production process. The roof covering material may be sheets, shingles, panels, or roll stock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: BUILDING MATERIALS INVESTMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael L. Bryson, Paul G. Wilson, Matti Kiik, Phillip Kleinlauth
  • Publication number: 20110052901
    Abstract: A composite material comprising a first layer which comprises a prefabricated microcells component, surfactant-generated microcells, a surfactant component, a filler component and a binder component and a second layer, which comprises a metallic component. The composite material may further comprise a substrate to which the first layer is adhered. The composite materials have heat insulating and fire resistant characteristics and are particularly suited for use in building materials and mattresses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: ELKCORP
    Inventors: YOUNGER AHLUWALIA, MATTI KIIK, THOMAS D. KAROL