Tongue And Groove Patents (Class 52/539)
  • Patent number: 10597874
    Abstract: A body portion 100 of a front substrate 10 includes first side surfaces 105 and second side surfaces 106, each of the second side surfaces 106 being arranged at a position protruding toward the outer side along a width direction 100a than the first side surface 105. Each of the first side surfaces 105 includes a side flange 105a. A protruding width of the side flange 105a from the first side surface 105 is equal to or less than a protruding width of the second side surface 106 from the first side surface 105. A metal roofing member 1 is arranged on a roof base while abutting at least the second side surface 106 against a second side surface of other metal roofing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Nisshin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Izumi, Yuugo Oota, Tomoyuki Nagatsu, Norimasa Miura, Katsunari Norita, Kenichi Okubo, Motonori Kurotaki
  • Patent number: 10253506
    Abstract: An insulating siding panel comprises a backing member, and a siding member. The backing member comprises a front face, a rear face, a top face, and a bottom face. The siding member has an upper end, a lower end, and a nailing divot. An upper end of the backing member combines with the upper end of the siding member to form a tongue. A groove is defined in the bottom face of the backing member that is complementary in shape to the tongue. the nailing divot of the lower panel may be concealed by a front section of the backing member of the upper panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: PROGRESSIVE FOAM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick M. Culpepper, Jason L. Culpepper
  • Patent number: 10167639
    Abstract: A flush face wall tile is provided that can be installed on an exterior wall of a building to protect it from rain and/or sun. The wall tile may have a tapered profile such that a thickness of the wall tile between a front face wall and a rear wall increases from a bottom portion of the front face wall to an upper portion of the front face wall. A plurality of these wall tiles can be installed on the wall such that the front face walls of each tile are substantially aligned along a longitudinal axis to form a flush exterior wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ludowici Roof Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Smith, Joseph B. Shultheis
  • Patent number: 9951525
    Abstract: Floor covering hard panels having at least on two opposite edges, coupling elements made in one piece with the panels, so that several ones of such panels can be mutually coupled, whereby these coupling elements provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the panels, as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges and parallel to the plane of the panels, and whereby these coupling elements are made such that the panels can be rotated into and/or out of one another at least along the above-mentioned edges. The panels are provided, at least on the above-mentioned edges, near the top side, with a part from which has been removed an amount of material such as by a bevel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventor: Bernard Paul Joseph Thiers
  • Patent number: 9850669
    Abstract: Floor covering hard panels having at least on two opposite edges, coupling elements made in one piece with the panels, so that several ones of such panels can be mutually coupled, whereby these coupling elements provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the panels, as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges and parallel to the plane of the panels, and whereby these coupling elements are made such that the panels can be rotated into and/or out of one another at least along the above-mentioned edges. The panels are provided, at least on the above-mentioned edges, near the top side, with a part from which has been removed an amount of material such as by a bevel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventor: Bernard Paul Joseph Thiers
  • Patent number: 9605432
    Abstract: Interlocking roof shingle has a front rounded tongue on the first side edge; a tongue on the first end edge; an elongated groove assembly on the upper surface with a groove defined therein; a groove in the second end edge of the body; a groove in the second side edge of the body; and an elongated tongue assembly on the lower surface. In an embodiment of the invention, the front rounded tongue of an upper roof shingle is inserted into the elongated groove assembly of a lower roof shingle while at the same time a leg of the elongated tongue assembly of the upper roof shingle enters into a groove in the second end edge of the lower roof shingle for interlocking upper and lower shingles. The tongue on the first end edge is inserted into a corresponding groove in the second end edge of an adjacent roof shingle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Roberto F. Robbins
  • Patent number: 9359769
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of foam backing panels for use with lap siding and configured for mounting on a building. Also disclosed are lap siding assemblies and products of lap sidings. One such embodiment of the foam backing panel comprises a rear face configured to contact the building, a front face configured for attachment to the lap siding, alignment means for aligning the lap siding relative to the building, means for providing a shadow line, opposing vertical side edges, a top face extending between a top edge of the front face and rear face and a bottom face extending between a bottom edge of the front face and rear face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Progressive Foam Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Wilson, Patrick M. Culpepper
  • Patent number: 9140018
    Abstract: A cladding element (100), for use in a building envelope, comprising a first face (101), a second face (102) and a peripheral edge member, the first face and second face being spaced apart to define an intermediate portion of predetermined thickness (t), the peripheral edge member extending around the intermediate portion. The first face (101) comprises a profiled portion (106) simulating a masonry weather joint aesthetic thereby minimizing dirt and debris accumulation on the profiled portion of each cladding element in a constructed wall section. In addition the profiled portion provides a self-cleaning functionality. The profiled portion also provides an improved shadow zone contrast when arranged in a building array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: James Hardie Technology Limited
    Inventor: Darren Southwell
  • Patent number: 9109363
    Abstract: An interlocking panel system including: a pair of panels, each including: a front face including a fastener notch; a rear face; a top edge, wherein the top edge includes a top front edge that extends above a top rear edge; and a lower edge, wherein the lower edge includes a front edge that extends below a bottom middle edge and a bottom rear edge, further wherein the bottom rear edge extends below the bottom middle edge; wherein, when the lower edge of the first panel is placed onto the top edge of the second panel, the bottom front edge of the first panel covers the fastener notch of the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: William Grau
  • Patent number: 8915036
    Abstract: An interlocking panel system for top-down or bottom-up installation on an underlying structure including a plurality of panels, with an uphill course and a downhill course where each panel is generally rectangular, having an uphill edge and opposing downhill edge. An interlocking member is disposed along the uphill edge, and a receiving member adapted to receive the interlocking member and a joining flange are disposed along the downhill edge. A first panel is positioned on an underlying structure. In top-down installation, a clip is disposed along the downhill edge of the first panel and affixed to the underlying structure, and a second panel is engaged with the receiving member of the first panel. In bottom-up installation, the first panel is affixed to the underlying structure, and a second panel is engaged with the interlocking member of the first panel, and then affixed to the underlying structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Quality Edge, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Vander Laan, Mike Moerler, Todd Alexander
  • Patent number: 8904729
    Abstract: Hard panels formed from a wood-based material and having a decorative layer for floor coverings are provided, at least on two opposite edges, with coupling devices made in one piece with the panels wherein similar panels may be coupled together to form a floor covering, wherein these coupling devices provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the plane of coupled panels, as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of coupled panels. These coupling devices are constituted of a tongue and a groove. The top side of the tongue has a protrusion that cooperates with a meshing recess located in the lower side of the upper lip of the groove of the coupling devices, and a portion extending generally parallel with the plane of the panel to form a contact surface cooperating with the lower side of the upper lip of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, Sarl
    Inventors: Bernard Thiers, Mark Cappelle
  • Patent number: 8898977
    Abstract: This prefabricated locking quoin block is used to construct the surface of buildings. The surface of the block has decorative portions resembling brick, stone, wood, or other construction materials. Preferably the surface of each block has both a raised and a recessed decorative portion, so as to form, when assembled, a quoin corner assembly resembling sawn or quarried stone blocks. Installers can attach the assemblies to conventional building structures and install cladding materials such as vinyl siding without needing to alter the blocks other than to adjust the base block for height. The block includes wedge locks to securely connect adjacent blocks matingly to each other. Installers thereby are able to assemble a secure stack of quoin corner blocks and attach it to a building with few additional steps, saving time, labor, and cost in construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Francesco Gulino
  • Patent number: 8806830
    Abstract: Floor element of the type which, at least at two opposite edges, comprises coupling means enabling two of such floor elements to cooperate with each other at the respective edges, wherein the floor element comprises at least two components, as well as entity-forming means, which, starting from the aforementioned components, can form an entity including the components, wherein said components can adopt at least two mutual positions, whether or not by means of the disruption of the entity formed by said entity-forming means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Benny Schacht, Luc Vanhastel, Mark Cappelle
  • Publication number: 20140215945
    Abstract: Exterior building siding for aesthetic and protection of the building against wind, rain and solar energy by attaching each horizontal plank from the top of the wall downwardly that includes a starting strip where each plank is interlocked to the plank above it. Each of the horizontal planks includes a top wall portion that fits snuggly into an “L-shaped” groove above it so that the panels can be firmly locked together vertically in a downwardly fashion to prevent any wind uplift against the siding or moisture intrusion. In the preferred embodiment, an adaptor strip is bonded to a conventional siding plank for trap lock engagement. Each adaptor strip has a longitudinal recess to reduce mass and volume and a mid panel support for strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Top Down Siding, LLC
    Inventor: Lief Eric Swanson
  • Patent number: 8793958
    Abstract: Hard panels formed from a wood-based material and having a decorative layer for floor coverings are provided, at least on two opposite edges, with coupling devices made in one piece with the panels wherein similar panels may be coupled together to form a floor covering, wherein these coupling devices provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the plane of coupled panels, as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of coupled panels. These coupling devices are constituted of a tongue and a groove. The top side of the tongue has a protrusion that cooperates with a meshing recess located in the lower side of the upper lip of the groove of the coupling devices, and a portion extending generally parallel with the plane of the panel to form a contact surface cooperating with the lower side of the upper lip of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, Sarl
    Inventors: Bernard Theirs, Mark Cappelle
  • Patent number: 8782988
    Abstract: A prefabricated wall panel has a precast body including at least one decorative design element. In addition, the wall panel includes a mounting element having a first end embedded in the precast body and a second end projecting from the precast body. A groove is formed between the precast body and the second end of the mounting element along a first edge of the precast body. A tongue is formed along a second edge of the precast body opposite the first edge. The tongue and groove cooperate to allow prefabricated wall panels to be more easily installed on a support substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Boral Stone Products LLC
    Inventors: David H. Wolf, James S. Belt, William Smith, Donn R. Vermilion, Wayne Buoni, Joy Stickel
  • Patent number: 8728609
    Abstract: A roof tile having a mesh covered foam core with a cement-based protective coating, a roof covering formed from such tiles and methods for making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Carlos Torres, Wilber Dale McIntire
  • Patent number: 8695303
    Abstract: Exterior building siding for aesthetic and protection of the building against wind, rain and solar energy by attaching each horizontal plank from the top of the wall downwardly that includes a starting strip where each plank is interlocked to the plank above it. Each of the horizontal planks includes a top wall portion that fits snuggly into an “L-shaped” groove above it so that the panels can be firmly locked together vertically in a downwardly fashion to prevent any wind uplift against the siding or moisture intrusion. In the preferred embodiment, an adaptor strip is bonded to a conventional siding plank for trap lock engagement. Each adaptor strip has a longitudinal recess to reduce mass and volume and a mid panel support for strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Top Down Siding, LLC
    Inventor: Lief Eric Swanson
  • Patent number: 8631625
    Abstract: Hard panels formed from a wood-based material and having a decorative layer for floor coverings are provided, at least on two opposite edges, with coupling devices made in one piece with the panels wherein similar panels may be coupled together to form a floor covering, wherein these coupling devices provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the plane of coupled panels, as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of coupled panels. These coupling devices are constituted of a tongue and a groove. The top side of the tongue has a protrusion that cooperates with a meshing recess located in the lower side of the upper lip of the groove of the coupling devices, and a portion extending generally parallel with the plane of the panel to form a contact surface cooperating with the lower side of the upper lip of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, Sarl
    Inventors: Bernard Paul Joseph Thiers, Mark Gaston Maurits Cappelle
  • Patent number: 8627631
    Abstract: Hard panels formed from a wood-based material and having a decorative layer for floor coverings are provided, at least on two opposite edges, with coupling devices made in one piece with the panels wherein similar panels may be coupled together to form a floor covering, wherein these coupling devices provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the plane of coupled panels, as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of coupled panels. These coupling devices are constituted of a tongue and a groove. The top side of the tongue has a protrusion that cooperates with a meshing recess located in the lower side of the upper lip of the groove of the coupling devices, and a portion extending generally parallel with the plane of the panel to form a contact surface cooperating with the lower side of the upper lip of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, Sarl
    Inventors: Bernard Paul Joseph Thiers, Mark Gaston Maurits Cappelle
  • Patent number: 8621811
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an extruder for producing a thermoplastic material having a first and second portion comprising an axially extending barrel and a screw conveyer axially disposed within said barrel so as to define a passage for conveying thermoplastic material from an input through a melt zone to an output. Furthermore the present invention discloses an insulation member comprising an elongated insulation member formed of a thermoplastic insulating material, said insulating member having a top edge, a bottom edge, and first and second side edges; the top edge comprising a protrusion, said top edge extending beyond a corresponding top edge of a corresponding panel of siding; and the bottom edge comprising a ledge, said ledge operable to overlap the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Steven David Hartman
  • Patent number: 8615951
    Abstract: A slat wall assembly comprising a first slat, an attachment assembly, and a second slat. The first slat includes a body and a lower flange. The body includes an upper edge and a lower edge. The lower flange emanates from the lower edge of the body. The attachment assembly is associable with the lower flange of the first slat and facilitates attachment of the first slat to an existing wall. The second slat includes a body and an upper flange. The body includes an upper edge and a lower edge. The upper flange emanates from the upper edge of the body. The upper flange is configured to be insertable into the lower flange of the first slat and retainable therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Koschco, LLC
    Inventor: Paul James Kosch
  • Patent number: 8584432
    Abstract: A panel, especially floor panel comprises a core produced of a wood product or a mixture of a wood product/synthetic material. The panel includes a top and a bottom, and is provided with mating hook elements on at least two opposite lateral edges thereof. The first hook element is formed by a profiled section which is essentially open to the top and the second hook element is formed by a profiled section which is essentially open to the bottom. The profiled section on the first hook element forms a projection which is essentially facing the top and on the second hook element forms a projection which is essentially open to the bottom. Two identical panels can be interconnected and interlocked by an essentially vertical joining movement in the horizontal and the vertical direction. At least one of the projections is deviated during the joining movement in the horizontal direction and then snaps into a locking edge which extends essentially in the horizontal direction to vertically lock the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Flooring Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Roger Braun
  • Patent number: 8584423
    Abstract: Floor panels and floor elements therefore are made of sheet-shaped cores which are formed with sealing means for preventing or counteracting changes in the properties of the floor panels caused by moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Tony Pervan
  • Publication number: 20130255174
    Abstract: A panel system includes elongated panels coupled together at a seam portion with respective interlocking portions at corresponding vertical ends to provide a substantially planar surface. In siding panel systems, joined siding panels are provided in vertically arranged rows that further couple together along adjacent horizontal edges of the respective rows of siding panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Royal Mouldings, Limited
    Inventors: Brian L. STAFFORD, Steven A. MITCHELL, Brandon NADLER, Michel BOULANGER
  • Publication number: 20130212969
    Abstract: A panel system includes elongated panels coupled together at a seam portion with respective interlocking portions at corresponding vertical ends to provide a substantially planar surface. In siding panel systems, joined siding panels are provided in vertically arranged rows that further couple together along adjacent horizontal edges of the respective rows of siding panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Royal Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Royal Group, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8511040
    Abstract: A panel, in particular floor panel, with a core of wood material or a wood material/plastic mixture, a top side and a bottom side, which panel has on at least two opposite lateral edges a profiling corresponding to one another such that two identically embodied panels can be connected and locked to one another by an essentially vertical joining motion in the horizontal and vertical directions, wherein the locking in the vertical direction can be brought about by at least one tongue element movable in the horizontal direction, which element snaps into place during the joining motion behind a locking edge extending essentially in the horizontal direction, is characterized in that the tongue element is formed in one piece out of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Kronotec AG
    Inventors: Roger Braun, Carsten Groeke
  • Publication number: 20130205699
    Abstract: A fiberglass siding piece may be formed. The fiberglass siding piece includes an upper seating portion of the fiberglass siding piece. The upper seating portion includes a plurality of angled siding seats. The fiberglass siding piece further includes a main portion of the fiberglass siding piece, and a lower seating portion of the fiberglass siding piece. The lower seating portion includes a plurality of angled siding seats. The angled siding seats of the upper seating portion are configured to receive the plurality of angled siding seats of the lower seating portion of an adjacent fiberglass siding piece. The upper seating portion may include slots configured to accept fasteners to fasten the fiberglass siding piece to a building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel A. Gately
  • Patent number: 8438814
    Abstract: Hard panels formed from a wood-based material and having a decorative layer for floor coverings are provided, at least on two opposite edges, with coupling devices made in one piece with the panels wherein similar panels may be coupled together to form a floor covering, wherein these coupling devices provide for an interlocking in a direction perpendicular to the plane of coupled panels, as well as in a direction perpendicular to the edges concerned and parallel to the plane of coupled panels. These coupling devices are constituted of a tongue and a groove. The top side of the tongue has a protrusion that cooperates with a meshing recess located in the lower side of the upper lip of the groove of the coupling devices, and a portion extending generally parallel with the plane of the panel to form a contact surface cooperating with the lower side of the upper lip of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Bernard Paul Joseph Thiers, Mark Gaston Maurits Cappelle
  • Patent number: 8397459
    Abstract: A fiberglass siding piece may be formed. The fiberglass siding piece includes an upper seating portion of the fiberglass siding piece. The upper seating portion includes an angled siding seat. The fiberglass siding piece further includes a main portion of the fiberglass siding piece, and a lower seating portion of the fiberglass siding piece. The lower seating portion includes an angled siding seat. The angled siding seat of the upper seating portion is configured to receive the angled siding seat of the lower seating portion of an adjacent fiberglass siding piece. The upper seating portion may include slots configured to accept fasteners to fasten the fiberglass siding piece to a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel A. Gately
  • Patent number: 8387325
    Abstract: An insulated siding member and a method of fabricating an insulating siding member is described. The siding member may include a siding panel, an insulation member and a backing layer. The siding panel may have a cavity that may serve as a molding receptacle to allow the insulating material to be molded directly into the cavity of the remainder of the siding panel. The cavity may also allow for the insulation layer to be applied directly to the panel, whereby there may be no need for an additional adhesive layer to attach the insulation member with the siding panel. Thus, the backing layer may be attached directly to the insulation member. The siding member may have a configuration that may also allow the siding member to be easily engaged with or be interlocked with another siding member to provide for better and more uniform insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Provia Products
    Inventors: William Mullet, Clinton Anderson, Donald Harris, Ron Wierzbicki, Chris Wren
  • Patent number: 8302361
    Abstract: A panel, in particular floor panel (1, 2), with a core of wood material or a wood material/plastic mixture (17), a top side (18) and a bottom side (19), which panel has on at least two opposite lateral edges (I, II) a profiling corresponding to one another such that two identically embodied panels (1, 2) can be connected and locked to one another by an essentially vertical joining motion in the horizontal (H) and vertical (V) directions, wherein the locking in the vertical direction (V) can be brought about by at least one tongue element (3) movable in the horizontal direction (H), which element snaps into place during the joining motion behind a locking edge (4) extending essentially in the horizontal direction (H), is characterized in that the tongue element (3) is formed in one piece out of the core (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Kronotec AG
    Inventors: Roger Braun, Carsten Groeke
  • Patent number: 8245476
    Abstract: A system of fastening elements that attach to the building surface, including a backband with cambered support surfaces and catches, to support vinyl log siding slats with interlocking edges, and provide a log appearance to the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Vladimir Sergounine
  • Patent number: 8234831
    Abstract: A locking system for mechanical joining of floorboards (1, 1?) which have a body (30), a lower balancing layer (34) and an upper surface layer (32). A strip (6) is integrally formed with the body (30) of the floorboard (1) and extends under an adjoining floorboard (1?). The strip (6) has a locking element (8), which engages a looking groove (14) in the underside of the adjoining floorboard (1?) and forms a horizontal joint. A tongue (38) and a tongue groove (36) form a vertical joint between upper and lower plane-parallel contact surfaces (43, 45) and are designed in such manner that the lower contact surfaces (45) are on a level between the upper side of the locking element (8) and a plane containing the underside (3) of the floorboard. Also, a floorboard having such a locking system, a floor made of such floorboards, as well as a method for making such a locking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Välinge Innovation AB
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 8205400
    Abstract: A solar roofing system is described that is adapted for managing the flow of water down a roof. The system includes at least one roofing panel adapted for supporting photovoltaic material and at least one splice plate for interconnecting adjacent roofing panels. The roofing panels have a trough adapted for receiving water flowing down the roof and redistributing the water away from the splice plate. Anchoring clips secure roofing panels to the roof and space roofing panels from the roof for improved air circulation beneath the panels. Closure assemblies are used at edges of roofing panels to conceal electrical wiring from photovoltaic material sheets and to close off edge gaps formed by a terraced roofing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Luma Resources, LLC
    Inventor: Gary E Allen
  • Patent number: 8205403
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a system, methods and compositions for attaching architectural panels to a building surface, such as a wall. In certain embodiments, the system comprises panels, each with upper, lower and side interlocking members. In a preferred embodiment, the upper and lower interlocking members form a modified tongue and groove joint, with a 45 degree angle interface, while the side interlocking members form a ship lap joint. The upper and lower interlocking members may be designed to press the panels against the building surface and to hide the locations of screws or other attachment devices when the interlocking members are engaged. The system provides a stronger and more secure attachment of panels to a building surface, while eliminating the problem of having to disguise the location of the attachment devices where such devices are inserted directly through the surface of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Composite Foam Material Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Myers, Scott Thomas
  • Patent number: 8201372
    Abstract: An insulated siding panel comprises a foam insulation layer, an attachment member, and optionally a veneer layer. The foam insulation layer comprises a front face, a rear face, a tongue along a first end edge, a groove along a second end edge, and a slot defined in the rear face. The attachment member comprises an attachment rail and a member extending transversely from the attachment rail. The member of the attachment member is inserted into the slot of the foam insulation layer. When present, the veneer layer is attached to the front face of the foam insulation layer. When joined with other insulated siding panels, the interlocking occurs along the foam insulation layers to form an unbroken layer of insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Progressive Foam Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Timothy Holt, Patrick M. Culpepper
  • Patent number: 8191333
    Abstract: A method of forming a panel having a core of a wood material or wood material/plastic mixture and a top side and an underside is provided. The method includes forming a profile corresponding to one another on at least a first side edge and a second side edge lying opposite one another. The method further includes forming a hook connection with an upper locking section having a hook element and a lower locking section having a hook element which effects the locking in the horizontal direction, and forming at least one spring element movable in the horizontal direction which effects the locking in the vertical direction (V). The at least one spring element is free in the direction of the first side edge lying opposite by an essentially vertical slot. In the method of manufacturing, the panel is moved at a constant speed when the essentially vertical slot is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Flooring Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Roger Braun
  • Patent number: 8191328
    Abstract: A hardwood floor with a flexible locking mechanism is disclosed. The floor board has a male locking apparatus on one end and a female locking apparatus on the opposite end. Two adjacent floor boards are engaged by sliding the male locking apparatus of one floor board into the female locking apparatus of an adjacent floor board. The female locking apparatus includes a flexible lower lip that moves downward when the male locking apparatus engages the female locking apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: David C. Liu
  • Patent number: 8176701
    Abstract: A system of interlocking decorative panels having a stone decorative element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Leslie D. Cullen
  • Patent number: 8112958
    Abstract: Laminated flooring panels include decorative motifs, mechanically embossed-in-registration surface textures, recessed perimeters, and locking mechanisms. The locking mechanisms facilitate the alignment of adjacent flooring panels. Adjacent flooring panels substantially aligned allow embossed-in-registration patterns to be substantially continuous across adjacent flooring panels. The recessed perimeter prevents the edges of the flooring panel from prematurely wearing. Individual flooring panels within the flooring system may comprise at least one partial sub-panel having a decorative motif and/or embossed surface texture that is complementary with a decorative motif and/or embossed surface texture of a neighboring partial sub-panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Faus Group
    Inventors: Eugenio Cruz Garcia, Vincente Sabater
  • Patent number: 8099924
    Abstract: A panel, in particular a floor panel, includes a core of a wood material or wood material/plastic mixture. The panel includes a top side and an underside. The panel has a profile corresponding to one another on at least two side edges (I, II) lying opposite one another, such that two identically embodied panels can be joined and locked to one another through an essentially vertical joining movement in the horizontal and vertical direction. The locking in the horizontal direction can be effected by a hook connection with an upper locking section having a hook element and a lower locking section having a hook element. The locking in the vertical direction can be effected by at least one spring element that can be moved in the horizontal direction. During the joining movement the at least one spring element snaps in behind a locking edge extending essentially in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Flooring Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Roger Braun
  • Patent number: 8082717
    Abstract: The invention relates to a panel having means for the detachable connection of adjacent panels by means of pivoting, the means provided comprising, on a first edge, a projecting tongue (3) with a lower and upper tongue surface (4, 5) which divides the edge into an upper and a lower edge section (7, 6), the second edge situated opposite the first edge having a groove (8) which corresponds to the tongue of an adjacent panel and which is enclosed by an upper-side and a lower-side panel section, the upper tongue surface having a projection (13) with a contact surface (14) which is directed rearwardly in the direction S of the upper edge section, and the upper-side panel section having on its lower side a recess which at least partially accommodates the projection and which has a complementary surface (16) interacting with the contact surface, the complementary surface interacting with the contact surface of an adjacent panel in the pivoted-in state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Dirk Dammers
  • Patent number: 8074417
    Abstract: A roof or wall covering comprising a plurality of horizontal courses of molded plastic panels each formed with a single row of simulated shake shingles. The panels have a continuous upper interlock flange that facilitates inner-engagement of the panels of overlying courses without cumbersome handling of numerous small interlock fingers which can be missed during installation. Cooperating detents are provided between the overlying lower and upper marginal edge regions which facilitate proper positioning of the panels and which support the weight of the panel during securement to a wall surface. A bottom interlock flange is supported transversely across a rear side of the panel by vertically-spaced support plates which facilitate both liquid drainage and air circulation through the installed wall covering. In the preferred embodiment, the panels in alternate courses are identically formed with different shake patterns for enhancing the natural appearance of the wall covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Exteria Building Products, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Trabue, Stefan Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20110283646
    Abstract: A roofing shingle includes a headlap portion and a tab portion. A layer of a first granular material is adhered to a back side of the headlap portion and defines a first surface. A bead of tab sealant extends longitudinally on a back side of the tab portion. A longitudinally extending groove is formed in the first surface of the back side of the headlap portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: OWENS CORNING INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL, LLC
    Inventors: Donn Vermilion, Stephanie A. Rinne, Michael S. Ugorek, James S. Belt, Bert W. Elliott, David P. Aschenbeck, Barry M. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8061097
    Abstract: An insulated siding panel comprises a foam insulation layer, an attachment member, and optionally a veneer layer. The foam insulation layer comprises a front face, a rear face, a tongue along a first end edge, a groove along a second end edge, and a slot defined in the rear face. The attachment member comprises an attachment rail and a member extending transversely from the attachment rail. The member of the attachment member is inserted into the slot of the foam insulation layer. When present, the veneer layer is attached to the front face of the foam insulation layer. When joined with other insulated siding panels, the interlocking occurs along the foam insulation layers to form an unbroken layer of insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Progressive Foam Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Timothy Holt, Patrick M. Culpepper
  • Patent number: 8042309
    Abstract: A cast veneer wall panel includes a backing panel having a rear face and a front face. The front face includes a boundary wall and a continuous abutment extending around a perimeter of a casting field. The cast veneer wall panel further includes a facing panel formed from a cast material that is received and held within the casting field. The facing panel includes at least one design element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Boral Stone Products LLC
    Inventors: David H. Wolf, Harold C Attebery, II, Jeffrey E. Klotz, James J. Dottavio, David C Hines, Joy M. Stickel, Joshua Broehl, Jamison Float
  • Patent number: 8028486
    Abstract: Floor panels and floor elements therefore are made of sheet-shaped cores which before application of the surface of the floor panels are formed with sealing means for counteracting changes in the properties of the floor panels caused by moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Tony Pervan
  • Patent number: 8011155
    Abstract: A locking system for mechanical joining of floorboards (1, 1?) which have a body (30), a lower balancing layer (34) and an upper surface layer (32). A strip (6) is integrally formed with the body (30) of the floorboard (1) and extends under an adjoining floorboard (1?). The strip (6) has a locking element (8), which engages a looking groove (14) in the underside of the adjoining floorboard (1?) and forms a horizontal joint. A tongue (38) and a tongue groove (36) form a vertical joint between upper and lower plane-parallel contact surfaces (43, 45) and are designed in such manner that the lower contact surfaces (45) are on a level between the upper side of the locking element (8) and a plane containing the underside (3) of the floorboard. Also, a floorboard having such a locking system, a floor made of such floorboards, as well as a method for making such a locking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 8006455
    Abstract: A backed panel comprising a facing panel and a backing panel. The backing panel has a groove, recessed portion, or any other suitable type of relief channel adapted to receive a side edge portion of a facing panel of an adjacent backed panel. By providing a space to receive a side edge portion of an adjacent facing panel, the relief channel may enable an improved lap joint to be established between adjacent backed panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Exterior Portfolio, LLC
    Inventors: Paul J. Mollinger, Paul R. Pelfrey, Larry R. Fairbanks