This photo was taken in 2011, when the roof was 30 years old. With very minimal maintenance, the roof continues to hold up very well. Flashings and transitions have continued to hold nicely.
This project was featured in SPF Magazine because of its architecturally unique shape and glass material needing special accommodation. As a hi-tech medical facility, it was a high traffic area with limited access, requiring minimal interruption in medical operations or sound disruption. Whiting Construction was able to accommodate their needs and provide a gravel covered SPF roof.
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Sometimes we do get off the roof at Whiting Construction. This time, it was to spray the steel forms used by PCL construction for pouring the concrete columns which will support the new Ernest F. Lyons bridge. SPF is applied to the forms for the purpose of retarding cooling of the concrete as it cures within the molds.
Pictured here are Lloyd Hughes and Jake Neves applying SPF to a section. The molds were sprayed on the ground and then lifted into place via crane.
The image on the left shows the concrete deck after the old roofing has been removed. The black coloring is a primer applied by Whiting Construction to aid in the adhesion of SPF to the deck. The pre-existing edge flashing has been removed and replaced with a 7” vertical rise gravel stop flashing. All wooden A/C sleepers and curbs have also been removed and replaced with galvanized metal units. The image on the right shows the same roof deck after SPF has been applied.
Having already planned to re-roof their 4 story facility earlier in the year, the need for a new roof became all the more urgent after Hurricanes Frances & Jeanne hit in August and September. The existing roof system consisted of poly-vinyl membrane mechanically fastened overtop of insulation board on a steel deck. The storms had caused much of the membrane to pull off and tear away. The remaining membrane was removed and SPF was sprayed directly to the steel deck. Shown here are Jake Neves and Mike O’Bryan applying SPF. The roof was finished with 30 mils of elastomeric coating.
Gene Whiting and Lloyd Hughes are shown applying SPF which will later receive gravel on top. With superior insulation and waterproofing value, this commercial office space has stayed cool and dry for many years. The old tar and gravel roof was cleaned and new edge flashing installed around the roof perimeter.
In this picture, you can see the application of an SPF system being performed on an industrial warehouse facility. You can just make out the spray exiting the gun and the slight discoloration on the deck in front of the applicator’s feet where the foam is beginning to rise. As the applicator is moving back applying more foam, the area ahead of him is rising and hardening.
Damaged by the hurricanes, this commercial warehouse facility received a new SPF roof in October of 2004. The remainder of the old fiberglass felt roof was torn off down to the plywood deck. The deck was sprayed with the black primer shown in the image below to aid in the adhesion of SPF. The roof was finished with elastomeric coating.
The Howard Johnson Hotel was badly damaged by Hurricane Frances in 2004. The hotel’s property features twin two-story buildings with guest rooms, as well as a one-story building with the lobby, restaurant, and meeting rooms. Whiting Construction installed SPF on the roof sections of the one story building in 1998. The two guest wings were covered by modified bitumen roof systems. When hurricane Frances left, the entire roof of the west wing was laying in the pool and parking lot. The tectum deck was left fully exposed and the guest rooms suffered extensive damage. Whiting Construction applied a new coated SPF roof to the entire wing and repairs began inside on new guest rooms.
While the hotel was still recovering from this damage, Hurricane Jeanne came along behind Frances and decided to “stay” at the hotel as well. Once again, the SPF sections installed by Whiting Construction suffered no damage but the last remaining modified bitumen roof–the hotel’s east wing–was destroyed just as the west was during Frances. The entire hotel property is now protected by coated SPF systems. Hurricanes may come and go, but a Whiting roof stays!
This building in the Maritimes Condo Complex sits directly on the oceanfront and felt the full force of both hurricanes. The first image seen here shows the roof during a routine inspection in August of 2004. Note the excellent condition of this 4 year old roof and the dense foliage surrounding the building. The second image shows the same roof from the same angle after the hurricanes. The roof looks untouched by the high winds and rain, but the trees and plants nearby tell another story. What other roof system can take such a direct hit by two storms of up to category 3 strength and suffer no damage? When it comes to hurricane survival in Florida, there is no better way to protect your investment than with a Whiting Construction roof.