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Gibbs Magnet Elementary re-roof was completed in early 2013 for the Little Rock School District. The architect of record was Rex Morris, with Morris and Associates. The Patina Green roof panels are a favorite for the faculty. The addition of new metal gutter, wall panels and soffit made the building “pop” in appearance. This job was a milestone in our company for a couple reasons. This was the first time that we used an engineered pedestal attachment system to support our light gauge framing. The trusses had to be engineered to span the existing hallways and rest on load bearing walls. Sadly, job superintendent Andy Jepko was hit head on by a drunk driver in an auto accident as the job was about to close. The driver lost her life and Andy was severely injured. After much rehabilitation Andy was able to walk again and resume his life. At the end of 2016 Andy came back to work for Freedom Roofing in the office as a project manager. Everyone is glad.


Freedom Roofing faced many challenges when installing the new roof system, which consisted of a metal deck, fully tapered polyisocyanurate insulation with an R-30 value, ¼ inch gypsum board, and the mechanically attached membrane. “The exterior of some parts of the building was made up of aluminum composite material (ACM) panels, so we had to coordinate with the ACM contractors to install the two systems together,” Kirk explained. “We shared flashing details for each product and then worked with each manufacturer’s technical department.” Access to the building was also tricky. “The building was close to existing campus buildings and Interstate 30,” Kirk said. “This was also a multi-story building so building access was tight. We had to basically stage the uploading and downloading of materials around the other contractors. Our job superintendent Oscar Jimenez deserves a lot of credit for ensuring this installation went smoothly.”


This roofing project was in excess of 150,000 square feet of roof area. This huge remodel was completed with general contractor Baldwin & Shell for the Little Rock School District in 2016-17. The existing ¼”/12 slope metal roof had multiple panel joints that were leak issues. We installed new continuous standing seam panels in excess of one hundred and eighty feet in length. These new full length panels will overcome the ¼/12 per foot slope issues. New skylight systems were also installed into the new roof system and flashed with 60mil Sarnafil membrane. The new skylight systems were composed of new metal deck, insulation and membrane. Project manager, Kevin Brannon, in our office worked with the architects, Morris and Associates and WER to solve major specification detail issues. The tie-ins of these multiple roof systems were the critical issues facing Oscar Jimenez, roofing superintendent. 


For the Greer's Ferry High School project, 24-gauge Galvalume coil from Drexel Metals was formed to Drexel Metals’ DMC 200S profile, with 18-inch striated pans with hot butyl sealant applied during forming. “We always manufacture panels with striations,” Kirk says. “Striations help mitigate the appearance of oil canning. We run the panels with pencil ribs and we’ve never had any problems with oil canning. ” Some panels measured up to 50 feet long. The entire project was approximately 26,000 square feet. The barrel vault roof over the gym and the two side sections, where panels on the barrel were curved onsite and laid down perfectly on the structure. From there, metal worked as a great transition to the two sloped side roofs. We were able to match the school colors and provide a leak-free roofing system.


The Sarnafil RhinoBond system. This system uses Sarnafil’s proven PVC membrane, which is attached using RhinoBond’s advanced induction welding technology. Installation involved tearing off the built-up roof, replacing the decking, filling in some skylights, putting on a tapered insulation system and also filling the flutes of the metal roof with recovery board. Then the Sarnafil membrane was installed with RhinoBond induction welding. RhinoBond secures the membrane directly to specially coated plates, all without penetrating the roofing membrane. The result is a roofing system with improved wind performance that requires 25 to 50 percent fewer fasteners and plates. In addition, since the fastening points are spread out across the roof deck in a grid pattern rather than concentrated in the seams of the membrane, the wind uplift load is distributed more evenly. The result is less point loading on each fastener, enabling the system to achieve higher wind ratings with fewer fasteners.

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