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).

  • Patent number: 7832176
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are photovoltaic building materials and related methods of manufacturing and installing such materials. In one embodiment, a modular roofing structure comprises a photovoltaic shingle panel having a planar lower surface and an upper surface, and a rigid back member having a length the same as or greater than the length of the shingle panel and attached to the planar lower surface of the shingle panel. The roofing structure also includes at least one electrical contact pad on a lower surface of the back member, and at least one electrical conductor electrically coupled to the shingle panel via the lower surface and passing through the back member and out the lower surface. In such embodiments, the electrical conductor is electrically coupled to the at least one contact pad and extends past a front end of the back member sufficient to electrically contact a contact pad on another back member of a separate modular roofing structure couplable to the first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. McCaskill, Matti Kiik
  • Patent number: 7833383
    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: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Wilson, Darrell R. Heine, John J. Andrews, Louis T. Hahn, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20100196647
    Abstract: Disclosed roofing shingles and related methods of manufacturing provide a reinforced material that strengthens the bond between shingles by reducing the affect of heat on the sealant/adhesive between shingles in one or more areas where sealant/adhesive is applied or where it contacts other shingles once installed on a roof deck. The reinforcement material acts as fiber reinforcement to the sealant/adhesive. The reinforcement material intertwines with the sealant/adhesive, and thereby helps the shingles resist delaminating or slipping or blow-off when subjected to high heat conditions or on very steep sloped roofs. The reinforcement material helps retain the strength of the adhesive bond between shingles in these conditions by providing fiber reinforcement to the adhesive bond.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: BUILDING MATERIALS INVESTMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael L. Bryson, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20100192499
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are 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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: BUILDING MATERIALS INVESTMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael L. Bryson, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20100124606
    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: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: ELK PREMIUM BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul G. Wilson, Darrell R. Heine, John J. Andrews, Louis T. Hahn, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20100123264
    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: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: ELK PREMIUM BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul G. Wilson, Darrell R. Heine, John J. Andrews, Louis T. Hahn, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20100055399
    Abstract: A roofing material, such as laminated shingles, comprising fines deposited on an upper surface of the roofing material, particularly on one or more non-weathering regions, such as on the headlap region, and/or shim layer. The fines may be deposited, for example, as a strip from about 0.5 inches to about 2.5 inches in width and extend the length of the roofing material at a fixed position from one edge of the roofing material to the opposite edge of the roofing material. The fines may comprise mica flakes, copper slag, coal slag, sand, talc, expanded clay, slate flour, powdered limestone or silica dust.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: Building Materials Investment Corp.
    Inventors: Steven F. Rosko, Stephen A. Buzza, John B. Wells, Troy D. Morales, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20090320383
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved fastening technique for single ply roofing membranes comprised of thermoplastic polymer material. In one embodiment, a method of installing a roof on a structure may comprise providing a single-ply roofing membrane comprising thermoplastic polymer material, and periodically securing rigid strips over a roofing deck. In such embodiment, the rigid strips have thermoplastic polymer material on corresponding exterior surfaces thereof. The method may further include laying the roofing membrane over the roofing deck, where the rigid strips are located between the roofing deck and the roofing membrane. Then the method may include heating the roofing membrane and the rigid strips simultaneously, perhaps using a heat induction technique, such that thermoplastic polymer material on the exterior surfaces of the rigid strips fuses directly with the thermoplastic polymer material of the roofing membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: BUILDING MATERIALS INVESTMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Taylor, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20090320405
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are photovoltaic building materials and related methods of manufacturing and installing such materials. In one embodiment, a modular roofing structure comprises a photovoltaic shingle panel having a planar lower surface and an upper surface, and a rigid back member having a length the same as or greater than the length of the shingle panel and attached to the planar lower surface of the shingle panel. The roofing structure also includes at least one electrical contact pad on a lower surface of the back member, and at least one electrical conductor electrically coupled to the shingle panel via the lower surface and passing through the back member and out the lower surface. In such embodiments, the electrical conductor is electrically coupled to the at least one contact pad and extends past a front end of the back member sufficient to electrically contact a contact pad on another back member of a separate modular roofing structure couplable to the first.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: John R. McCaskill, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20090291260
    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 metal flakes cover up to 100% of the weathering surface of the roofing materials. The metal flakes may be applied to the surface in striations or bands separated by conventional roofing granules or may be blended with conventional roofing granules. The metal flakes may have antimicrobial potential and may provide resistance to microbial growth to roofing materials when dispersed in or applied thereto. The present invention also relates to methods of making the roofing materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventors: Matti Kiik, Michael L. Bryson, Margie A. Beerer
  • Patent number: 7587864
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are photovoltaic building materials and related methods of manufacturing and installing such materials. In one embodiment, a modular roofing structure comprises a photovoltaic shingle panel having a planar lower surface and an upper surface, and a rigid back member having a length the same as or greater than the length of the shingle panel and attached to the planar lower surface of the shingle panel. The roofing structure also includes at least one electrical contact pad on a lower surface of the back member, and at least one electrical conductor electrically coupled to the shingle panel via the lower surface and passing through the back member and out the lower surface. In such embodiments, the electrical conductor is electrically coupled to the at least one contact pad and extends past a front end of the back member sufficient to electrically contact a contact pad on another back member of a separate modular roofing structure couplable to the first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. McCaskill, Matti Kiik
  • Patent number: 7563733
    Abstract: A composite material comprising a first layer which comprises a surfactant component, surfactant-generated microcells, a gel catalyst component and a binder component, and a second layer which comprises a metallic component is provided. The first layer may further comprise a filler component. In addition, 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: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: ElkCorp
    Inventors: Younger Ahluwalia, Matti Kiik, Thomas D. Karol
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080060777
    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: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Applicant: ELK PREMIUM BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Wilson, Darrell Heine, John Andrews, Louis Hahn, Matti Kiik
  • Patent number: 7309668
    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: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Wilson, Darrell R. Heine, John J. Andrews, Louis T. Hahn, Matti Kiik
  • Publication number: 20070218250
    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: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Inventors: Matti Kiik, Daniel Lavietes, Michael Bryson, Younger Ahluwalia, Margie Beerer
  • Publication number: 20070068108
    Abstract: A single layer roofing material having a headlap portion and a tab portion wherein the headlap portion has a color-value gradient or gradation and the tab portion has tabs and openings. The tabs may have a relatively uniform color. Openings between tabs expose the color gradient of the headlap portion when a first sheet of the roofing material is installed over a second sheet on a structure. A plurality of horizontal striations may be used to establish the desired color-value gradient. An illusion of depth or thickness is created when the roofing material is applied to a structure, such as a roof deck. The amount of tone and contrast may be selected to create the desired illusion of depth or thickness. The amount of contrast may be varied depending upon the color selected for each roofing material. The number of horizontal striations and their width may also be varied to provide the desired color-value gradient. Tab color, shape and size may also be varied to enhance the illusion of depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Publication date: March 29, 2007
    Inventors: Matti Kiik, Larry Reed, John McCaskill, Michael McLintock, Michael Bryson, Daniel DeJarnette, Michael Kirk
  • Patent number: 6990779
    Abstract: A roofing system having a multiplicity of courses of roofing shingles and interply material having at least one course of interply material overlapping at least about ten percent of a first course of shingles and a second course of shingles overlapping at least a portion of the interply material and the first course of shingles. More than about 40% of the first course of shingles is exposed after installation. The roofing system has a class A fire resistant rating. Roofing shingles having particular utility in the roofing system of the present invention are also disclosed. In preferred embodiments the shingles have an exposure width of at least about 60% of the shingle, more preferably at least about 64% of the width of the shingle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Matti Kiik, Allen Mclintock, Michael Bryson, Kevin L. Beattie
  • Patent number: 6936329
    Abstract: A fastener-free composite roofing product comprising a roofing material and an interply material attached to the roofing material, wherein the interply material includes an adhesive coating on one side. The interply material is attached adjacent to an edge of the roofing material to permit a major portion of the interply material to be folded away from the roofing material for application to a roof. The adhesive is effective to secure the roofing product to the roof without the use of nails or other fasteners. The roofing material may be a roofing shingle or roll roofing, and the interply material is comprised of a water resistant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: ElkCorp.
    Inventors: Matti Kiik, Michael Bryson, Micheal Allen McLintock, Kevin L. Beattie
  • Publication number: 20050124250
    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: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Publication date: June 9, 2005
    Inventors: Paul Wilson, Darrell Heine, John Andrews, Louis Hahn, Matti Kiik