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NOV 2018

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48 NOVEMBER 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM school that originally had a granulated modied bitumen on it that was 26 years old, and it was beginning to leak. To x the problem, the architect specied an EverRoof Urethane Roof coating using the Ever•ane System. But the roof was not a straightforward system to coat. "It was very cut up with re walls and parapet walls everywhere," Tooley said. And there would be a lot of roof to cover. •e project was approximately 97,000 square feet (9,011.6 m²), including all the parapet walls. To get the job done, Tooley brought a team of seven men, including himself. Elite Roong Systems employed up to 32 people in 2017, but had a total of 17 employees at the time of this project. •e seven-person crew arrived on site to start the job on January 10, 2018, at 7:08 a.m., Tooley said. •ey would nish on January 27, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., for a total on-the-job time of 17 days. •at kind of precision is needed in a roof coating job! Challenges: Up and Over Tooley was well aware that his team could not allow any odors to travel from the roof, down through the vents, and into the school. School was in session, and students would be sensitive to the odors. "Being a school, we had to make sure intake ventilation was covered, so we used carbon ber covers on intake vents," Tooley explained. "We knew ahead of time that would be an issue and took care of that so there weren't any complaints." Tooley knew to do this because he has worked with schools and hospitals in the past, which often have vents on the roof. "Anytime there are vents on the roof, if anything smells funny… it' ll suck it o˜ the roof, and people will complain on it," Tooley said. "I knew not even to take a chance and just get every- thing covered." He and his crew took it even one step further. "We used a lemon scent additive to mask the smell of the Xylene solvent in the urethane," Tooley said. Tooley's team installed the lters before beginning the coatings application. "We had no complaints on the project for any smells," he explained. •ere was another challenge on this job, which involved all the parapet walls. "•e school was broken up into three wings with a 10-foot-tall [3 m] re wall between each wing and a narrow ladder to climb up and over to the next wing," Tooley said. •at extra wall caused a problem for moving equipment and materials around the roof. W hat was more, there was new sod installed a week before Tooley's crew began the project so they could not drive on the new grass to access the building to load materials. "We only had one to two access points to access the roof," Tooley said. "Since school was in session, we were not allowed to use the front of the building during school hours, which further inhibited the process of loading the roof." To solve this particular conundrum, the Elite Roof Systems team had to carry a lot of its stu˜ up and over the wall using a rope. Luckily, this wasn't the team's rst time using this method. "Sometimes we get on a job that has a lower roof and an upper roof, so to get everything to the upper roof, we have to use a rope," Tooley said. W hen they could use lifts, they were from Lizzy Lift. The crew again used the spreader to apply the white topcoat. That layer was applied at the same thickness as the terra cotta at an average of 1.5 gallons per square foot (61.1 L/m 2 ). This roof was not a straightforward shape for the crew to cover. "It was very cut up with fire walls and parapet walls every where," said Richard Tooley, founder and president of Elite Roofing. VENDOR TEAM Big Rock Supply Safety equipment supplier 330 Meyer Rd. Bensenville, IL 60106 (630) 350-2300 www.bigrocksupply.com EverRoof Coatings manufacturer 13827 Carmenita Rd., Ste. 200 Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 (702) 966-9961 www.everroof.com Lizzy Lift Equipment manufacturer 185 S York St. Elmhurst, IL 60126 (866) 465-4999 www.lizzylift.com Rooftop Equipment Equipment manufacturer 4617 New Castle Rd. New Wilmington, PA 16142 (800) 222-6454 www.rooftopequipment.com Green School Roof

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