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Saginaw, Mich. — April 19, 2016 — Duro-Last, Inc. announced the winners of the first annual category-specific Duro-Last Project Awards. The categories and winners were revealed at Duro-Last’s National Sales Seminar held in Palm Desert, Calif., earlier this year.
The awards were created to honor Duro-Last contractors who complete outstanding projects in various categories.
“We always say that Duro-Last contractors are the best, and we wanted to do something to recognize the best projects,” said Duro-Last Chairman of the Board Jack Burt. “The Project Award winners are excellent examples of how our contractors go above and beyond to find roofing solutions for their customers.”
• Project of the Year: Gage Roofing & Constructors of South Houston, Texas
Project: Alvin Junior High School, Alvin, Texas
When this school needed a new roof, officials knew they needed a roofing contractor that could provide solutions for the unique roof. Having Duro-Last as a spec for more than 20 years, choosing Duro-Last and Gage Roofing, an Elite Contractor, was an easy choice. This large roof (see photo) had several sections, with varying changes in plane and concrete walls – requiring many different types of products and installation techniques.
In the end, over 150,000 square feet of Duro-Last membrane was used, as well as 110,000 square feet of 2-inch ISO insulation, along with 6,600 square feet of standing seam roof and wall panels. Although the Alvin Public Schools were familiar with Duro-Last, the results of this project exceeded expectations.
“The school was impressed,” said Robin Gage, vice president, Gage Roofing & Constructors. “We were able to furnish them with all of the products they needed to make that system watertight.”
• Best Use of Custom Prefabrication: Harrison Roofing Co., Inc. of San Angelo, Texas
Project: City of San Angelo Foster Communications Coliseum, San Angelo, Texas
As one of the most iconic buildings in San Angelo, it’s important for the City of San Angelo Foster Communications Coliseum to have a roof that is not only watertight, but also looks good. Harrison Roofing realized that a Duro-Last custom prefabricated roofing system was the solution for this unique domed roof. This system had only about 4,500 linear feet of field seams – saving about 9,600 linear feet of field seaming when compared to a typical roll good single-ply roofing system.
“This is the first time in years this building hasn’t leaked,” said Jeremy Harrison, vice president, Harrison Roofing.
• Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky Winner: Nasi Roofing of Minocqua, Wis.
Project: Rapid River Public Schools, Rapid River, Mich.
The campus of Rapid River Public Schools connects multiple buildings with many different shaped and sloped roofs, which required several roofing products and installation techniques. Having installed Duro-Last for more than 30 years, Nasi Roofing was confident in bidding Duro-Last. The project used an array of Duro-Last products that gave the school its first watertight roof in years. The products included four different types of Duro-Guard insulation, Duro-Tuff and Duro-Last membranes, water-based and solvent-based adhesives, and custom prefabricated accessories.
• Metal Roofing Winner: CustomCraft Roofing of Cedar Grove, Wis.
Project: Detached Garage, Cedar Grove, Wis.
Designed to look like the Mayberry Courthouse from The Andy Griffith Show, this private residence garage used EM Lokseam, a standing seam roofing panel from EXCEPTIONAL Metals. CustomCraft Roofing worked with both Duro-Last and EXCEPTIONAL Metals to design a watertight and secure roof that could still replicate the iconic look. EXCEPTIONAL Metals’ easy-to-install accessories and standing seam roofing allowed CustomCraft to complete the project on time and within budget – while also having some fun creating a memorable garage.
• Sustainability Winner: Texas Roof Systems of Laredo, Texas
Project: Hobby Lobby
After a strong storm destroyed a roof on a Hobby Lobby, quick action was needed to fix the damage, and recycling it made sense. With little extra work, Javier Bejarano, the owner of Texas Roof Systems, and his crew were able to remove the damaged roof and send it back to Duro-Last to be recycled by Duro-Last and sister company Oscoda Plastics, Inc. In the end, 17,500 pounds of roofing material from this project was recycled into Protect-All flooring products – keeping it out of a landfill.
• Specialty Roofing Winner: Overhead, Inc. of Toledo, Ohio
Project: Betco Inc., Bowling Green, Ohio
As the largest project ever taken on by Overhead Inc., the Betco Inc. factory building in Bowling Green, Ohio, consisted of more than 300,000 square feet of Duro-Last EV being installed on an existing building in less than seven weeks. Because the client wanted the business up and running as soon as possible, this project required coordination of many different tradespeople on a daily basis – which also resulted in an unpredictable number and size of penetrations.
Both the general contractor and plant engineer on the project were happy with the end result, with the general contractor saying, “Half the time I didn’t even know Overhead was up on that roof. That’s exactly how I wish all of my projects went.”
Duro-Last, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of custom prefabricated, thermoplastic single-ply roofing systems. For more information on Duro-Last, visit www.duro-last.com.