Ask any property owner or manager - reroofing a 7-year-old structure is a hard project to swallow. But that was the best option for The Belvedere at State-Thomas condominiums in Dallas.
Working with Aspenmark Roofing Solutions in Dallas, Tonya Martin of RTI/Community Management Associates Inc., which manages the facility, realized that moving forward with the reroof presented opportunities to address the leak problems while also significantly improving the performance, efficiency and environmental friendliness of the roof.
While several contractors told Martin to flood coat the roof with asphalt, Chris Zazo and his team at Aspenmark had a better idea - roof the 104-unit building with GenFlex’s Peel & Stick™ TPO, a product that combines efficient installation with high reflectivity and durability.
As a company that has abandoned the old-style petroleum-based products for low-slope applications, Aspenmark often considers GenFlex Peel & Stick TPO for projects, but it was particularly appropriate for this one. When Zazo first surveyed the job, he found himself surrounded by more than 200 HVAC units - all of which would have to be suspended in the air to replace the roofing material. The units were hoisted above the roof using rope-and-chain and several 6-by-6 wooden supports, while all units were kept running. Using Peel & Stick TPO meant Zazo could complete the roofing portion of the project in a one-step process.
“Given a small workspace and all the obstacles on the roof, Peel & Stick TPO was perfect for this job,” said Zazo, President of Aspenmark. “The product is easy to install, comes with the outstanding support GenFlex provides, and offers green benefits.”
The 150,000-square-foot project took Aspenmark’s crews four weeks to complete in the spring of 2008, during which they not only recovered the original BUR system on the flat portion of the roof, but also completed a retrofit that added almost 100 much-needed attic vents on a shingled portion of the roof.
According to Zazo, the benefits of the GenFlex Peel & Stick TPO roof will extend well beyond the simple application. With an instant 30-degree reduction in the ambient temperature of the roof, tenants may see greater comfort from the extremely hot Dallas climate as well as decreased energy costs. The property managers can feel confident that the new roof will stand up to the heavy foot traffic that more than 200 HVAC units add to a roof - and that any damage would be easily spotted on the white surface and even more easily repaired.
As for Zazo, he’s happy knowing that he completed another job as efficiently and greenly as possible.
“Installing a clean, green roof is the least we can do to reduce our carbon footprint,” he said. “It just makes life easier for everyone.”
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