WASHINGTON D.C.  – A star-shaped home, a PGA National Resort complex and a new library are winners of the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC) Awards, an annual program that seeks to recognize exceptional roofing projects in the United States and Canada.
The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) selected the projects from among nearly 30 commercial and residential roofing projects submitted by contractors from the U.S. and Canada. This year’s QARC program paid close attention to the way contractors utilized advances in technology and shingle design, and showcased asphalt’s durability to install a high-performing roofing system.
The 2016 awards honored John Foster, a general contractor in Esparto, Calif., with the Gold Award for his company’s beautiful and unique installation on a star-shaped home. The homeowners required a roofing system with a style that wouldn’t get lost in the bold architecture. Designer asphalt shingles provided the necessary aesthetic to complement the home, while also protecting it from the windy, damp coastal environment it is subjected to. 
The Silver Award was given to Advanced Roofing Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which was called upon to install a new low-slope asphalt roofing system on two buildings at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. The contractor chose an SBS-modified bitumen roofing system that delivered a pristine appearance while protecting the roof from harsh weather and heavy foot traffic.
Precision Roofing received the Bronze Award for the roof they installed on Northeast Regional Library in Aventura, Fla.. The new library required a high-performing, durable system that would protect the building for years to come. The contractor chose a hybrid built-up/SBS-modified bitumen roofing system because they had extensive experience with asphalt roofing’s longevity and knew the system would meet the project’s budget restrictions.
Asphalt roofing played a key role in each of these projects, providing the perfect aesthetic look while using multiple layers and components to protect the buildings. 
“Each of the submissions we received this year illustrated the beauty and curb appeal that asphalt roofing can provide,” said Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “These winning projects were singled out for successfully using the unique qualities of their roofing materials to deliver superior protection for a building, whether from salty storms, high winds or other wear and tear.” 
The 2016 QARC recipients are:
Project Name: Star House
Company: John Foster, General Contractor
Esparto, Calif.
Project Description: This residential asphalt roofing system relied on PABCO Roofing Products Premier Advantage Granite shingles to provide a beautiful design while protecting the home from high winds and a salty, damp coastal environment. 
Project Name: Devonshire at PGA National Resort and Spa− Court and Cove Buildings
Company: Advanced Roofing Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Project Description: A SOPREMA three-ply SBS-modified bitumen roofing system with a base sheet and cap sheet was installed to protect the roof from the foot traffic and use of heavy equipment required to service the building’s many air conditioning units.
Project Name: Northeast Regional Library
Company: Precision Roofing
Hialeah, Fla.
Project Description: This GAF hybrid built-up/SBS-modified bitumen roofing system used three plys of GAFGLAS® Ply 4 Ply Sheet and a Ruberoid® EnergyCap™ 30 Granule FR membrane to offer protection and durability to a new library building.
Honorable Mentions
Rust Road Project
Grace Construction
New Boston, Mich.
Anacortes Home
Old School Roofing
Anacortes, Wash.
Mukilteo House
Chris Howard Roofing, LLC
Mukilteo, Wash.
Willow Court Project
Rain Guard Roofing
Twin Falls, Idaho
The 2016 awards were judged by a panel of roofing industry experts, including leaders from multiple trade associations, architects and members of the media. The judges look for projects that use asphalt roofing technology to provide durability, value and curb appeal.
For more information about the QARC Awards program, please visit www.asphaltroofing.org