Take a cue from these seven roofing
projects, each of which required creative
solutions to finish on time and within
budget while still delivering the promised results. All seven faced high hurdles
for completion and cleared them with
ease thanks to innovative roofing strategies and the right product choices.
1) Be Flexible When Your
Unforeseen obstacles can sometimes
lead to new discoveries. At Smith Springs
Elementary School in Antioch, TN, bad
weather pushed back the roof’s installation by more than 50 days.
The original specifications called for
How the right specs can make all the difference for roofs with tough requirements
7 Tricky Roofing Problems
The Solutions Behind
HUNDREDS OF INCHES OF RAIN annually made it a challenge
to replace the roof at Ketchikan High School. Ultimately, the
school board opted for a tough KEE membrane.
A SELF-BONDING MEMBRANE replaced the fully adhered
product that was originally specified for Smith Springs
Elementary School in Antioch, TN.
76,000 square feet of fully adhered EPDM,
but with the beginning of the school year
looming, Porter Roofing Contractors
needed to catch up so that the school’s 800
students would have a roof on their new
school. Instead of the fully adhered product, a self-adhered version was substituted.
The self-bonding membrane didn’t need a
separate adhesive application followed by
waiting for flash off, so five people could
put down one 10- by 100-foot roll in about
12 minutes, a job that would have taken
roughly 30 with a fully adhered product.
“We could put down about 25,000 to
30,000 square feet a day with a six-man
crew. We could have never done that pro-
duction with standard bonding adhesives,”
extreme weather and short
schedules impose difficult
restrictions on roofing
projects. FMs who are
preparing for a re-cover or
re-roofing installation may
find their choices limited to
certain materials or
specifications that can stand
up to their building’s unique