Southern Charm: Graham Roofing

Southern Charm: Graham Roofing

Bobby Hooks started a roofing company with two friends as a means to make money while still in college. Nearly five decades later he’s built a business legacy that rivals any competitor in his market, and fostered an extended family of loyal employees still getting it done on a daily basis — continuing to make Graham Roofing Inc. (GRI) one of strongest commercial and industrial roofing firms in the Deep South.

While it may not have been the original plan he had in mind when he entered Mississippi State University in 1968, roofing turned out to be the best avenue for Hooks to put his long-standing work ethic and years studying at MSU’s College of Business and Industry to the test. After college, the trio continued to work on the business and officially incorporated in 1971, a few years before the EPDM explosion and other product advancements revolutionized commercial roofing across the country.

Published at Wed, 04 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000

New Construction Project Tests Contractor’s Mettle

New Construction Project Tests Contractor’s Mettle

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

Independence High School in Frisco, Texas, was conceived as an impressive new construction project on a tight schedule. The standing seam metal roof of the building was a key component in the architectural planning, as it was designed to provide aesthetic appeal for the massive structure while minimizing the view of mechanical equipment for passers-by on the ground.

The roof also was comprised of several low-slope sections, which were covered with a modified bitumen system. Both the metal and modified systems contributed to the building’s energy efficiency, helping the project achieve LEED Silver status.

The roof systems were installed by the Duncanville, Texas, branch of Progressive Roofing Services. Randy Dickhaut, the company’s general manager, indicated the project was completed in approximately one year—an ambitious schedule for a job of this size. “It was a challenging new construction job,” he says. “There were a lot of logistics involved, but in general, the job went very well.

A Tale of Two Roofs

The first goal of the project was drying in the metal decking. A two-ply, hot–mopped modified bitumen system manufactured by Johns Manville was installed on 24 decks totaling approximately 195,000 square feet of low-slope roof area. The system was applied over two layers of 2 1/2-inch polyiso insulation and 1/2-inch JM Securock cover board. The system was topped with an Energy-Star rated cap sheet, DynaGlas FR CR.

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

In the nine sections where the 88,000 square feet of metal roofing was installed, two layers of 2 1/2-inch polyiso insulation were attached, along with plywood decking and self-adhering TAMKO TW Tile and Metal underlayment. The standing seam metal roof system was manufactured by McElroy Metal, and the company provided the manpower and equipment to roll form the panels on the job site. Roof panels were the company’s 22-gauge Maxima 216 panels in Weathered Galvalume. These panels were complemented by 24-gauge Flush panels on walls and soffits.

The roll former was mounted on a scissor-lift truck. The eaves of the building were approximately 36 feet off of the ground, so a sacrificial panel was used to create a bridging effect to help guide panels to the roof. “Basically, the roll former went right along with us,” Dickhaut recalls. “We would pull 30 or 40 squares of panels, then drop the machine and move to the next spot. We were able to roll the panels right off the machine and lay them in almost the exact spot they would be installed.”

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

The length of some of the panels posed a challenge, and as many as 12 crew members were needed to guide them into place for installation. In the steep-slope sections, crew members had to be tied off 100 percent of the time, so retractable lanyards were used to help keep safety lines out of the way.

The roof was mechanically seamed using a self-propelled industrial roof seamer manufactured by D.I. Roof Seamers. “We call it walking the dog,” notes Dickhaut. “One man can operate the equipment, and he just walks it every inch of every seam.”

The metal roof was designed to hide the mechanical equipment for the building, and Progressive Roofing completed work on two deep mechanical wells before the HVAC equipment was installed. “In the wells, we used McElroy’s Flush panels for the vertical surfaces and transitioned to the metal roofing,” notes Dickhaut. “In the bottom of the mechanical wells, we installed the Johns Manville modified roof and flashed the curbs.”

Rising to the Challenge

Dickhaut points to a few challenges on the job, including the length of the panels and the weather. “Overall, the job went really well,” he says. “The architects did a great job on the design, and McElroy has really good details. It was a pretty straightforward process. There was a lot of wind and rain we had to cope with. When you have a 100-foot panel that you can’t kink or scratch, it can get kind of tricky. You just have to be very careful.”

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

Photos: Lynn Cromer Photography, Ferris, Texas

The Texas weather made the schedule unpredictable. “We were on that job over a year, so we caught all four seasons,” he says. “Weather had a huge impact. We dealt with extreme heat, humidity, snow, ice, mud, monsoon-type rains. Texas throws anything and everything at you.”

Whatever the conditions, Progressive Roofing was ready. “We show up locked and loaded,” Dickhaut says. “We attack it. We have seasoned veteran roofers that lead the pack. On that particular project, we had an architect, roofing consultants, an owner’s rep, and a general contractor. We would also bring in the McElroy and JM reps periodically for consultation. It’s really a team effort.”

TEAM

Architect: Corgan Associates Inc., Dallas
General Contractor: Lee Lewis Construction Inc., Dallas
Roofing Contractor: Progressive Roofing Services Inc., Duncanville, Texas

Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 21:00:10 +0000

Apex Tool Group Names Jeff Campbell VP of Sales and Channel Marketing North American Hand Tools

Apex Tool Group Names Jeff Campbell VP of Sales and Channel Marketing North American Hand Tools

SPARKS, Md. — Jeff Campbell recently joined Apex Tool Group (ATG) as vice president of sales and channel marketing, North American Hand Tools. He’s responsible for sales and channel marketing efforts in ATG’s Industrial, Construction, and Automotive distribution channels which include all North American Hand Tools product lines, such as GEARWRENCH®, Crescent®, Lufkin®, and Wiss®.

Campbell reports to John Constantine, SVP and president, North American Hand Tools. “We are very pleased to welcome Jeff to the ATG team,” said Constantine. “He brings a wealth of experience to this key role. We look forward to Jeff’s continued success in building brands and helping our customers win.”

Most recently with Werner Co., Campbell served as senior vice president of North American Sales for its Werner ladders and fall protection, Knaack jobsite, and Weather Guard truck and van products.  Before Werner, he worked for Newell Brands as vice president of sales for its IRWIN and LENOX tool brands, among others, and was responsible for all U.S. sales in its professional distribution channels.  Campbell holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lambuth University.

For more information, visit www.apextoolgroup.com.

Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Making Landings at Boot Ranch Waterproof

Making Landings at Boot Ranch Waterproof

Luxury apartments in Florida are now waterproof with Polystick® underlayments.

The Landings at Boot Ranch, three-story luxury apartments in Palm Harbor, FL, gets Polyglass’ self-adhered multi-ply waterproofing system. Roofing contractor Quality Roofing, Inc. installed Polystick® MTS and Polystick® TU Plus high temperature underlayments beneath concrete tiles.  Polyglass’ WB-3000 (a fast-drying, low VOC primer) was used to enhance the adhesion of the underlayments to the wooden deck.  With Florida’s climate, Polystick MTS and Polystick TU Plus are an excellent choice for this 220,000 square-foot reroof project.  The waterproofing system has a 30-year warranty.

Polystick® Underlayments
Polystick underlayments are self-adhering waterproofing membranes specifically designed for concrete, tile, metal and shingle roofs. Polystick MTS and Polystick TU Plus are high temperature underlayments approved for environments to 265°F.

Polystick TU Max is a homogeneous rubberized asphalt waterproofing membrane designed specifically for use as an underlayment in adhesive foam or mechanically fastened roof tile applications. TU Max features a superior polyester reinforced surface fabric which provides for exceptional durability, UV exposure rating, and proven foam set adhesion. Additionally, the surfacing has been tested to comply with all minimum requirements for roof tile applications including skid resistance, tile stackability and high temperature ratings.

Learn more about Polyglass underlayments.

Editor’s note: This project profile first appeared on the Polyglass website and can be viewed here.

Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 21:13:21 +0000

Preserving History at Indiana State University

Preserving History at Indiana State University

The State of Indiana approved a $16 million renovation project

The State of Indiana approved a $16 million renovation project that restored Normal Hall to its former glory. This photo shows the exterior after the renovation was completed. Photo: Indiana State University

Completed in 1909, Normal Hall is the second oldest surviving building on the Indiana State University campus in Terre Haute, Ind. Since then, Normal Hall has undergone multiple renovations, including an addition added in 1957. But by 2010, the grand neo-classical building was largely unoccupied and falling into disrepair. The hall maintained its perch at the center of campus, but years of service to its tens of thousands of students had taken their toll.

“We try to preserve the history of ISU here on campus,” says Seth Porter of ISU facility management. “But between roof leaks and other issues, it was becoming an eyesore.” So, the State of Indiana approved a $16 million renovation project and partnered with architectural firm arcDESIGN to bring the building back to life.

“This renovation will return Normal Hall to its rightful place in the center of campus life,” says ISU President Dan Bradley. “The project will provide a valuable new resource to students while preserving and re-energizing a significant historic structure in the heart of campus.”

Aside from the stately Indiana limestone, the building had to be redone from the foundation to the roof. And the history that makes Normal Hall special also made for unique challenges in the design and renovation process.

They Don’t Build Them Like They Used To

“People will say, ‘They don’t build them like they used to,’” says Greg Miller, project manager from arcDESIGN. And in many cases, “It’s a good thing they don’t!”

Normal Hall has undergone multiple renovations

Normal Hall has undergone multiple renovations since it was completed in 1909, but by 2010, the neo-classical building was largely unoccupied and in need of major structural repairs. Photo: Indiana State University Archive

Normal Hall was originally designed for and used as the university’s central library. At that time in history, after the Civil War and before the 1920s, libraries were built in a certain way. Due to open flames of gas lighting and unreliable supply of electricity, indoor lighting at the time could have been dangerous to a library’s collection. So, libraries were designed to maximize natural light, with plenty of windows, skylights, and even glass floors. Instead of structural walls, Normal Hall’s six levels of bookshelves—or “stacks”—were designed to be structurally self-supporting, independent of the rest of the building.

Miller led the design team through the challenging process of removing the six-level stacks and replacing them with four new floors for offices and building systems. A portion of the stacks system was salvaged and reconstructed, providing the same view patrons would have had more than 100 years ago.

The Biggest Challenge

During construction, crews discovered unstable structural conditions on the north side of the building adjacent to the original six-story stacks system. The entire exterior wall had to be removed and replaced, all while supporting the existing attic and roof nearly 60-feet above the ground floor.

To do this, crews constructed a mammoth 60-foot-high temporary structural system in and through the six-story iron stacks system still in place to support the original attic and roof deck. The north wall was completely removed and reconstructed. Structural steel columns supporting roof trusses were replaced while ends of deteriorated roof trusses were reconstructed in place.

“It was a monumental feat,” Miller says. “It was a great example of teamwork by Indiana State University, design consultants and the contractor.”

The Roof System

For the roof replacement portion of the project, arcDESIGN collaborated with The Garland Company Inc., a leader of high-performance roof and building envelope solutions. Garland worked with local roofing contractor Associated Roofing Professionals (ARP) to install a new modified bitumen roof system with a high albedo coating.

All existing roofing was removed to structure and Garland’s StressPly EUV fiberglass-polyester reinforced, SBS and SIS modified bitumen membrane was installed to provide long-term waterproofing protection.

Associated Roofing Professionals installed a new modified bitumen roof system

Associated Roofing Professionals installed a new modified bitumen roof system manufactured by The Garland Company. After the modified bitumen membrane was installed, the roof was then coated with Garland’s Pyramic white, nontoxic, reflective acrylic coating. Photo: The Garland Company Inc.

The roof was then coated with Garland’s Pyramic white, nontoxic, acrylic coating, which helps preserve asphaltic or modified bitumen surfaces and significantly reduces under-roof temperatures to create a more energy-efficient environment.

“ISU has a strong commitment to the environment, and we were able to help them achieve their performance goals while also contributing to LEED credits with our environmentally-conscious products,” explains Rick Ryherd, area manager for Garland.

The largest—and brightest—rehabilitation involved the stained-glass dome atop Normal Hall. The original dome had deteriorated so extensively that, by the middle of the 20th century, the remaining glass panels were completely removed and the dome was completely hidden. A suspended plaster ceiling sealed off the once grand rotunda. “Imagine just a skeleton, an empty dome with only the ribs visible,” said Miller.

The dome restoration began with historic photos, documents and forensic analysis. The glass art featured distinguished educators and philosophers. Some of the original stained-glass panels were recovered from the building, whiles others had to be recreated. Conrad Schmitt Studios, in Wisconsin, restored the stained glass to its former glory. With the stained glass restored, rehab on the rotunda continued. Inside Normal Hall, the rotunda mural was restored and more than 140 light bulb sockets were re-wired to light the dome. Above the dome, a new 40-foot octagonal skylight was installed, along with supplemental lighting. Below the rotunda, 20 original columns that stretch through the open hall were restored with scagliola and paint finishes.

The crew worked to save original hardware and finishes that hadn’t already been lost to time. They were able to restore and replicate plaster moldings and cornices, save original wood doors and casings, and restore the grand marble and bronze staircase. “The general contractor did a great job preserving the historic detail with the extra time they put into restoring this building,” notes Porter.

The Future of Normal Hall

With all the time and effort put into preserving the history, the team did not forget to focus on the future of Normal Hall. The team, starting with arcDESIGN, incorporated the old and the new seamlessly.

The north exterior wall had to be removed

The north exterior wall had to be removed and replaced, so crews constructed a 60-foot-high temporary structure to support the existing attic and roof. Photo: Greg Miller, arcDESIGN.

For starters, Miller said the design was intended to respect but not imitate the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rather, he said, “the design clearly communicates original versus new construction to patrons.” Miller consulted experts from the team, from historians to a representative from the roofing manufacturer to gather the full scope of the project.

Today, the original stately limestone structure is accentuated by the addition, comprised predominantly of glass and Indiana limestone. The addition houses functional requirements such as stairs, elevators, restrooms and mechanical services, maximizing use of the historic interior spaces.

The renovation was planned and constructed to achieve LEED Certification by the USGBC. Renovation included new HVAC systems utilizing the university’s existing central steam heating plant that runs on natural gas. LED lighting throughout is an energy efficient replacement for the building, originally built with combination gas and electric light fixtures.

100 Years in the Making

Re-dedicated in October 2015, Normal Hall is back in action at the center of campus as home to the university’s Center for Student Success and numerous tutors, counselors and mentors. Below the rotunda, more than 100 years after the building opened its doors, students gather in the university Reading Room and Gallery modeled after the original hall when it opened to students in 1909.

TEAM

Architect: arcDESIGN, Indianapolis, Arcdesign.us
General Contractor: Weddle Brothers Construction, Evansville, Ind., Weddlebros.com
Roofing Contractor: Associated Roofing Professionals, Terre Haute, Ind.
Roof System Manufacturer: The Garland Company Inc., Garlandco.com

Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:29 +0000

Meet Jordan Barker of Barker Roofing, Inc. – the First Winner of National Nail’s STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer Giveaway

Meet Jordan Barker of Barker Roofing, Inc. – the First Winner of National Nail’s STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer Giveaway

The company is celebrating their 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Award, by giving away a FREE STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer weekly.

Did you ever hear the phrase that when you put something out to the universe, it will answer? In Jordan Barker’s case, his answer from the universe was winning a STINGER Nail CH38-2 Cap Hammer from National Nail.

Sounds kind of corny, maybe, but here is what Jordan had to say when we spoke with him recently on the phone. “Not even two weeks ago, my foreman was telling me he sure wished that he had the STINGER Nail Cap Hammer again,” explained Jordan. “We had that same exact model previously but unfortunately we broke it.”

Jordan said he was visiting RoofersCoffeeShop.com and saw the contest to win the tool so he entered. He never thought he would win. “I was a little shocked, I don’t win anything ever!” he said.

Jordan is the owner and founder of Barker Roofing, Inc. in Ontario, Canada, a family business that he started in 2004 to serve the Kitchener – Waterloo area and surrounding areas including Cambridge, Listowel, and Kincardine. Barker Roofing, Inc. does both commercial and residential roofing with more of their work being asphalt shingles.

They were voted the best roofing company in the area for the last two years and most likely will win that recognition again this year. Jordan says that his company prides itself on quality and integrity and has since 2004, when it was formed. They strive to go above and beyond in everything they do. In fact, Jordan said he received a compliment from a customer who was returning to the house with groceries and some of his crew stopped roofing to help her carry the groceries.

Quality and integrity is also why he maintains his GAF certified contractor status. “I’ve been GAF certified from the beginning,” explained Jordan. “I’ve used their product for 13 years and never have had a problem with it. The support they give to my company is phenomenal. No other manufacturer offers that level of training and testing for my team.”

Continued growth and education is important for the Barker Roofing, Inc. team. “We always want to keep learning and differentiating ourselves,” Jordan said. It’s one of the reasons he likes RoofersCoffeeShop.com so much.  “I enjoy reading a lot of the articles because they are very insightful and give me new ideas. There’s information on health and safety, or tips for running the business better. I really like to see the projects guys have worked on or hear how they are dealing with frustrations that they may have.”

Jordan said he appreciates the resource that RCS give him related to the industry. “There is no real resource out there that discusses the issues that specifically apply to our trade. We are often looked down on, so it’s nice to have a resource to help give us a level of professionalism.”

Congrats to Jordan on his win! Don’t worry, the contest isn’t over yet! To celebrate their recent 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Award, they are giving away a FREE STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer every week. Enter to win yours today.

Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 03:08:23 +0000

Meet Jordan Barker of Barker Roofing, Inc. – the First Winner of National Nail’s STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer Giveaway

Meet Jordan Barker of Barker Roofing, Inc. – the First Winner of National Nail’s STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer Giveaway

The company is celebrating their 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Award, by giving away a FREE STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer weekly.

Did you ever hear the phrase that when you put something out to the universe, it will answer? In Jordan Barker’s case, his answer from the universe was winning a STINGER Nail CH38-2 Cap Hammer from National Nail.

Sounds kind of corny, maybe, but here is what Jordan had to say when we spoke with him recently on the phone. “Not even two weeks ago, my foreman was telling me he sure wished that he had the STINGER Nail Cap Hammer again,” explained Jordan. “We had that same exact model previously but unfortunately we broke it.”

Jordan said he was visiting RoofersCoffeeShop.com and saw the contest to win the tool so he entered. He never thought he would win. “I was a little shocked, I don’t win anything ever!” he said.

Jordan is the owner and founder of Barker Roofing, Inc. in Ontario, Canada, a family business that he started in 2004 to serve the Kitchener – Waterloo area and surrounding areas including Cambridge, Listowel, and Kincardine. Barker Roofing, Inc. does both commercial and residential roofing with more of their work being asphalt shingles.

They were voted the best roofing company in the area for the last two years and most likely will win that recognition again this year. Jordan says that his company prides itself on quality and integrity and has since 2004, when it was formed. They strive to go above and beyond in everything they do. In fact, Jordan said he received a compliment from a customer who was returning to the house with groceries and some of his crew stopped roofing to help her carry the groceries.

Quality and integrity is also why he maintains his GAF certified contractor status. “I’ve been GAF certified from the beginning,” explained Jordan. “I’ve used their product for 13 years and never have had a problem with it. The support they give to my company is phenomenal. No other manufacturer offers that level of training and testing for my team.”

Continued growth and education is important for the Barker Roofing, Inc. team. “We always want to keep learning and differentiating ourselves,” Jordan said. It’s one of the reasons he likes RoofersCoffeeShop.com so much.  “I enjoy reading a lot of the articles because they are very insightful and give me new ideas. There’s information on health and safety, or tips for running the business better. I really like to see the projects guys have worked on or hear how they are dealing with frustrations that they may have.”

Jordan said he appreciates the resource that RCS give him related to the industry. “There is no real resource out there that discusses the issues that specifically apply to our trade. We are often looked down on, so it’s nice to have a resource to help give us a level of professionalism.”

Congrats to Jordan on his win! Don’t worry, the contest isn’t over yet! To celebrate their recent 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Award, they are giving away a FREE STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer every week. Enter to win yours today.

Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 03:08:23 +0000

Military Goes Metal with DECRA

Military Goes Metal with DECRA

29 Palms Military Housing Get DECRA Metal Roofing.

The desert is a difficult place to build and work; there are physical and environmental challenges to overcome. In the desert environment of 29 Palms, the military was tearing down old housing and building new homes for personnel. Since this is a military installation there were added challenges.

The first challenge was the environment. The desert of 29 Palms experiences high winds over 90 mph. Because of their unique interlocking design, DECRA panels have a 120 mph wind warranty, and have been tested to a velocity of 150 mph. Furthermore, the interlocking panels provide protection from the elements.

Steel is strong and lightweight. DECRA panels weigh only 125 – 150 pounds per square installed. The lightweight, easy to install characteristics of DECRA panels were important to the health and safety of the installation crew; dehydration and exhaustion are a constant concern in the heat of the desert. The lightweight panels were easy to carry up the roof, but strong enough to permit other trades to work on the roof without damage.

An added benefit of DECRA Tile & Shake is the ability for batten installation. A recent study out of Oak Ridge National Labs confirms that the air space created by a batten installation helps reduce heat build up in attics, and prevent it from moving into the conditioned space; a true benefit for a desert climate. Although the DECRA Villa Tile used in the 29 Palms project is a true barrel tile and is installed Direct to Deck, it allows for a 3 inch airspace. This airspace acts much like the installation used for DECRA Tile and Shake, allowing for airspace to help prevent heat build up in attic space.

DECRA Roofing Systems profiles require little to no maintenance, are fire safe, are attractive in appearance and enhance overall curb appeal. Also, all of the DECRA Roofing Systems steel panels meets sustainability requirements for the military.

Learn more at www.decra.com.

Published at Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:39:25 +0000

Cordless Concrete Nailer

Cordless Concrete Nailer

TOWSON, Md — DEWALT launched the new 20V MAX* Cordless Concrete Nailer (DCN890), an operationally gas-free nailer designed for use in concrete and steel applications. Running on a DEWALT 20V MAX* battery, this tool eliminates the need for fuel cells and provides a consistent, powerful alternative that operates on the user’s existing battery platform. The nailer is ideal for commercial framing and tracking, mechanical and electrical installations, and both insulation surface prep applications.

As a fully-electric tool, the 20V MAX* Cordless Concrete Nailer resolves several frustrations identified in gas concrete nailers. The inconvenience of maintaining and storing fuel cells on the jobsite is now eliminated and the fully-electric tool has a wider operable temperature and altitude range. Additionally, the fully-electric design also makes the tool highly consistent and easily serviceable.

Published at Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Metal Roofing System Is the Answer for Rocky Mountain Home Retrofit

Metal Roofing System Is the Answer for Rocky Mountain Home Retrofit

When it came time to replace the roof on this Colorado

When it came time to replace the roof on this Colorado custom home, the owner wanted a roof system that would look good and stand up to the elements. He chose the Riva Classic Copper Shingle from Vail Metal Systems. Photos: Vail Metal Systems

When the owner of a home situated in the Rocky Mountains was faced with replacing his 10,000-square-foot roof, he had a daunting set of criteria. He wanted a roof that would last longer and look better than the wood shake roof he had in place. He also wanted a roof that would be fire resistant, and one that would stand up to the elements in this harsh environment, as the home was situated high above the ski areas of Vail and Aspen in Colorado.

The elevation of this home is almost 10,000 feet, and snow loads are a major concern, as are high winds and exposure to ultraviolet rays. The homeowner needed a durable roof system that was designed for the Rocky Mountains, one that would add value to his investment.

He found the answer in Vail Metal Roof Systems. The product was originally developed in the Vail area more than 20 years ago by David Plath and his partners at Plath Construction for just these sorts of issues. “At the time, the roofs in Vail were failing in 15 to 20 years,” Plath remembers. “Maintenance cost were a huge, chronic problem for all types of roofing except cedar shakes. Clay tile was breaking at catastrophic rates. Copper standing seam roofs were being destroyed by sliding snow and ice dropping from upper roofs.”

Once installed, the copper panels

Once installed, the copper panels have an exposure that is 32 inches wide by 11 inches tall. Panels are held in place with clips that are fastened to the substrate, allowing for expansion and contraction. Photos: Vail Metal Systems

Plath’s goal was to develop a metal shingle product that was efficient to install, needed little or no maintenance, and could be priced competitively with standing seam metal roof systems. He came up with a metal shingle concept comprised of a folded panel 37.125 inches long and 13.5 inches wide, designed to look like four individual shingles side by side. When the product is installed, the exposure is 32 inches wide by 11 inches tall.

“I chose the metal shingle design because of its long history, with evidence of copper shingle roofs lasting centuries,” Plath recalls. “The copper shingle design was first tested in the winter of 1994. Our design didn’t invent metal shingle roofing, of course, but we did find a way to create a product with four metal shingles per panel. They were indistinguishable from custom, handmade metal shingles made by master craftsman.”

The Riva Series metal shingle has developed a history of meeting the needs of area homeowners since its invention, according to Plath. The company offers the product in copper and zinc, as well as steel and aluminum substrates pre-painted with PVDF coating systems in a variety of solid colors and print-coated patterns. “The durability of the roof system has been proven over many years with hundreds of installations, and we have a track record second to none in meeting these types of vigorous needs,” he says.

Replacing the Roof

For the Rocky Mountain retrofit project, the Riva Classic Copper Shingle was chosen. The original roof system had an insulation value of R-39, and the goal was to keep the house well insulated while installing the new roof system. This required a highly trained installer for the new roof, and no one had more experience than Plath Construction, the company originally co-founded by David Plath and now run by current owners Alberto Ortega and Francisco Castillo.

Ortega and Castillo worked in conjunction with Schaeffer Hyde Construction, the general contractor on the home when it was originally built. Rob Faucett of Schaeffer Hyde Construction was the project manager on the roof replacement project.

Photos: Vail Metal Systems

Photos: Vail Metal Systems

After the old roof was removed, the Vail Metal Roof system was installed. A layer of Grace Ice and Water Guard was applied to the deck, and new copper flashings and metal panels were installed per the manufacturer’s specifications. Clips were used to fasten the panels to the substrate and still allow for expansion and contraction. On this project, ridge vents were installed to control moisture buildup from the interior of the building.

The home was built with natural stone in a gorgeous landscape, and the homeowner wanted a roof system that would blend well with these architectural elements and make a strong statement as it stood up to the tough conditions. He found the right answer in the Riva Classic Copper Shingle, and he is pleased with the aesthetics and the performance of the roof, according to Plath.

At one time the product was licensed to another company, but Plath was recently thrilled to announce he is personally involved with Vail metal shingles once again as the owner of Vail Metal Systems. “Our customers love the product,” Plath says, “We have testimonials unlike anything I’ve ever heard throughout my career. It’s been my dream to manufacture this product and make it available to the industry, and relaunching Vail Metal Systems is the perfect retirement plan for a guy that doesn’t know when to slow down.”

TEAM

General Contractor: Shaeffer Hyde Construction, Avon, Colo., Shaefferhyde.com
Roofing Contractor: Plath Construction Inc., Eagle, Colo., Plathroofing.com
Metal Roof System Manufacturer: Vail Metal Systems, VailMetal.com

Published at Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:00:01 +0000