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Feature 50 JANUARY 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM S BY CLAIRE TRAGESER PHOTOS COURTESY WEDGE ROOFING Precise Work: A Tricky Roofing Job for Micro Tool Company S mall Precision Tools started in Sw itzerland in the 1890s and originally specialized in manufactur- ing fine timepieces, or what we call watches in the modern day. From there, it evolved into a company that specializes in manufacturing high precision micro-minia- ture tools w ith microscopic dimensions, oftentimes narrower than a human hair. T hose include semiconductor bonding tools and fine ceramics. is craftsman was in need of some specialized craftsman- ship of a different kind at one of the company's subsidiaries. e roof on its manufacturing facility in Petaluma, California, had to be replaced. But there was a big wrinkle to the job: About 60 percent of the roof area was not accessible by tradi- tional methods. On top of that, the manufacturing operations had to continue 24 hours a day, five days a week, without any interruptions. So an experienced roofing contractor who could be innova- tive and able to think outside the box was required. A local company, Wedge Roofing, fit the bill perfectly. Zero Margin for Error Wedge Roofing has been in business for 40 years and special- izes in cost-effective, high-quality new roofing, reroofing, roof repairs, roof coatings, emergency roof leak repairs, roof mainte- nance, solar roofing, and eco roofing. It has about 45 employees, with a team of 8 to 10 being used on this job. Gary Harvey, general manager of Wedge Roofing, said his company was up to the challenge of undertaking this special- ized job with zero margin for error. " T he existing roof system was a single-ply membrane at the end of its ser viceable life," Har vey said. " T here were multi- ple water intrusion points, which were a potential hazard to the ' lab-coat clean' manufacturing areas in the structure. T he ROOF SPF SILICONE