Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)
Finding the Right Roof
Finding a roof that could not only last for a long time but look good and match the existing metal was a challenge for West Liberty High School. Duro-Fleece 60-mil membrane provided both and proved the right choice for the job.
West Liberty High School was designed to put all of the district’s K-12 students under one roof. And it’s a big roof. Built in 1988, the school in the central-Ohio village of West Liberty began a $30-million renovation project in 2015. The goal was to upgrade into a state-of-the-art high school. According to Superintendent Kraig Hissong, the project encompasses just about every facet of the building, from 22,000 square feet of new space and technology upgrades to updated windows, HVAC and a new roof.
“Finding a roof that could not only last for a long time but look good and match the existing metal was both a priority and challenge for us,” Project Architect Melissa Spires says. The roofing contractor selected — Ohio-Indiana Roofing of Springfield, Ohio — specified Duro-Last’s DuroFleece 60-mil membrane in a custom color — taupe. The Duro-Fleece 60-mil membrane was adhered, with a water-based adhesive, to glass-faced Hunter Panels polyisocyanurate insulation mechanically attached to the deck. The existing roof was a ballasted EPDM single-ply roofing system. Due to the large area of the roof, the installation was scheduled to take place over two summers.
However, Ohio-Indiana completed the entire project during the summer of 2015 before classes started. Superintendent Hissong had spoken to other school administrators who have used Duro-Last products on their roofs and had confidence in the system. “We’re very happy with the way the roof went on,” he says. “The color match is excellent, and the installation is very nice. The roof looks great and matches the metal soffit as intended. Getting the project done early was an added bonus.”
Spires was also confident in the choice. “Because this was a publicly bid project that called for PVC, we are often required to go with the lowest bid,” she says. “We’re very pleased that Duro-Last was selected, as it was one of our top choices.
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of School Planning & Management.