Roofing Systems

Composite Shakes Makes the Grade

Built in the late 1980s, Maurice O’Meara’s duplex home in Vail, Colo. has seen its share of winter storms. Over the years, the real cedar shake roofing overhead simply wore out. The owners opted for DaVinci Multi-Width Shake tile in a Mountain color blend. With a Class A fire rating and a Class 4 impact rating, composite roofing from DaVinci has steadily grown in popularity throughout Colorado.

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Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, British Columbia

A Newsworthy Roof-Raising

A 22-year renovation of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, was completed recently as workers finished their efforts replacing the 1894 structure’s massive roof. Designers with Vancouver’s Proscenium Architecture & Interiors, Inc., opted for standing-seam zinc for the complicated project, which required extensive detailing to address a large number of pitch changes and other transitions. Finished in a traditional prePATINA blue-grey color, the new roof complements the building’s natural stone façade.According to architect Hugh Cochlin of Procenium, details were all drawn by hand. “That’s definitely old school, but particularly appropriate

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Get Fleeced

EPDM roofing systems can be specified with a 55-mil fleece layer adhered as a backing for long-term protection against high winds, hail and punctures. These FleeceBack membranes are also well-suited for roof gardens and solar applications and can be installed with Flexible FAST adhesive, which reinforces the fleece for increased protection.

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Austin Hall, Sam Houston University, Huntsville, Texas.

Metal Makeover

The stainless-steel roof topping historic Austin Hall on the campus of Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, was only 10 years old when it began to fail, due to a seaming plan not appropriate to its low-slope design. So, though it was less than a decade old, it was recently replaced with a more appropriately engineered standing seam copper roof. The 238T and 138T symmetrical standing seam panels enable watertight performance because there is now interruption of sealant in the seam at clip locations.

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Solar Appeal

The Snap-Clad 24-gauge panels in Weathered Zinc added to the farmhouse-styled design on this Chicago residence by Evanston, Ill.-based Kipnis Architecture + Planning. Standing-seam metal roofing provided an easy attachment option for rooftop solar panels. The seams allowed for solar panels to be clamped into place without need for roofing penetration.

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The Museum Built by Gatorade

Gainesville, Fla., recently added an unusual new institution to its cultural landscape—the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention, which is dedicated to both commemorating and inspiring the kind of innovation that built its namesake founder’s career. Dr. James Robert Cade is best known for inventing Gatorade, but his inventions stretch from football helmets to protein shakes. The museum’s design, by Baltimore-based GWWO Architects, features a circular core and extending arms that create a sense of motion. Corrugated metal panels clad the façade, complementing the high-tech image that’s at the heart of the museum’s mission. 

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Northwestern Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

No Chicago H2O Blues

Very near Lake Michigan in Chicago, Northwestern Medical Center faced several challenges in bringing a new campus building to life. Designed by Perkins+Will, the project involves a phased construction where a 14-story base building is presently under construction; a 20-story tower addition is planned for construction in five to 10 years. Since the project is built-out to all property lines there are no at-grade landscape areas, which presented a particular challenge given the city’s Dept. of Stormwater Management permit requirement that the project account the total building mass and footprint. Translation: 10,000 cubic ft. of stormwater detention was required. Further, city code requi

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Compare and Contrast

Designers with R2L:Architects in Washington, D.C., paired two profiles of metal panels in a recent project to create a rooftop common area for an apartment project in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. The prePATINA graphite-grey Flat Lock Tiles and Standing Seam Panels help define the space, with a geometry that’s complemented by other materials in the plan. 

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EPDM Roofing System Provides Durability for Freemasons

The Freemason lodge in Indianapolis, known as Millersville Lodge No. 126, first convened in 1852 in the home of one of its members. The current temple—the building where the masonic lodge meets—was constructed in 1925. Over the years, the Freemason lodge has seen many construction improvements and restorations. While the lodge has tried to maintain as much of the original building materials as possible, some of the building elements have deteriorated over the years, not the least of which was the roofing system, which has been replaced more than once.By 2017, the lodge trustees began considering enhancements to their existing Carlisle SynTec Sure-Seal 60-mil EPDM roofing system w

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Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Subway Station, Toronto

Custom Flair

No two panels are alike in the 1000-plus-panel standing seam roof wrapping the futuristic new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Subway Station in Toronto. Each of the Classic Bright Rolled Panels features an individual taper and length, fabricated using a CNC turret. Though thoroughly modern, the roof of the Grimshaw Architects-designed station also features hammered seams for an old world appearance.

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