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JUL 2017

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Feature 48 JULY 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM J BY JENNIFER FRAKES PHOTOS COURTESY SPRAY-TEC INC. Giving New Life to an Old Roof J ust as many cities across the nation, Louisville, Kentucky, is experiencing a revitalization of historic districts within city limits. e Portland neighbor- hood of Louisville dates back to the early 1800s and has a vibrant history. e city of Louisville is encouraging companies to invest in the area and contribute to the resto- ration that is taking place. Facilities Management Services (FMS), a commercial cleaning company, rose to this challenge and decided to move their opera- tions and corporate headquarters to the Portland neighborhood. "Moving to the Portland neighborhood was intentional on our part and directly related to our mission. As a certified B Corp, we believe in utilizing our resources to help our employees and our community, and so it was important to us to be present in a community where we can put our mission to work day in and day out," stated Scott Koloms of FMS. (B Corps are for-profit compa- nies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.) e building, though, which was being used as a storage facility for FMS, needed a lot of work — not the least of which was a roof restoration. is is where the experts at Spray-Tec came into play. "e roof is old BUR [built-up roof ] over wood decking. e roof was aging and in poor condition in some areas; however, it did not warrant a full tear-off, especially since the roof was dry underneath the wood," said Anthony Palmer of Spray-Tec. After he and his team carefully evaluated the 20,500-square-foot (1,904.5 m²) roof, they determined that it was a perfect fit for a spray polyurethane (SPF) roofing system. "W hen we evaluate roofs, we want to make sure we have the right fit for the situation. We have a check list for each and every job that takes into account the condition of the roof and the job specifications from the client, among other factors," explained Palmer. For this job, Gaco Western roofing spray polyurethane foam, also called spray foam, and Gaco Western S2000 series high solids silicone coatings were the right fit. Saving Time, Energy, and Money W hen Spray-Tec presented their choice for a roofing system to FMS, the commercial cleaning company was thrilled. ey were It was up to the five-person crew of Spray-Tec to install a coated spray polyurethane foam (SPF) system to a historic building in Louisville, Kentucky. The built-up roof (BUR) was aging, but the roof was dry. ROOF SPF SILICONE

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