ASHEVILLE, N.C. - W.P. Hickman Co. received the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) classification for roof edge systems following a complete review of the company's design and manufacturing practices.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - W.P. Hickman Co. received the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) classification for roof edge systems following a complete review of the company's design and manufacturing practices. The company is the first to receive this classification under a new UL evaluation program for roof edge systems. The program incorporates the ANSI/SPRI ES-1 roof edge system wind resistance testing protocols, as required by the 2003 International Building Code.

Companies receiving classification are authorized to apply the UL mark to those roof edge system products that have been found to comply with ES-1 requirements and are subject to UL's ongoing audit program requirements.

"We've observed an increased interest in using the ES-1 roof edge standard, both because of the growing number of states which have adopted the 2003 IBC and as a result of the horrific wind events over the past two years," said Dwayne Sloan, principal engineer for UL. "UL created the roof edge system testing program because we recognized a need for an independent organization which could identify and evaluate ES-1 compliant companies and products."

Products from W.P. Hickman receiving the UL classification include the Permasnap® coping product family, and the Econosnap®, Safeguard®, TerminEdge™ and MBED® fascia product lines. A UL engineer will return to W.P. Hickman periodically to ensure they continue to produce ES-1 compliant edge systems.

For more information, visit www.ul.com or www.wph.com.