TEMA Roofing Services provided solutions to every problem that 20 Federal Place and Strollo Architects faced in completing the full winter re-roof of the downtown location.
Instituting a Time-Tested Commercial Roofing Process
With decades of experience under their belt, TEMA went to work immediately upon being awarded the bid, executing the contract and starting the project initiation process (inclusive of internal account management, additional site visits, the ordering of materials, obtaining material delivery dates and ordering site equipment).
Once those phases were complete, the team then moved into the project planning phase. Submittals (product data information and technical product data sheets) were put together and then given to the architect to get permits in place.
Pre-construction meetings were a vital part of this project, as were daily safety meetings (aka “toolbox talks”) to ensure the seamless completion of this difficult project. The re-roof utilized a 60 mil, fully adhered EPDM rubber roof system that came with a 20-year warranty.
(Note: In commercial roofing RFPs, the architectural firm specs out the material and assembly type of the roof system before obtaining bids so that all roofing contractors deliver a bid within the scope of the project.)
What is Fully Adhered EPDM?
EPDM is basically a synthetic rubber roof made of ethylene and propylene. It comes in large sheets and roofers have a few options for attaching it. They can glue the material down, attach it mechanically, or hold it in place with a heavy ballast material like gravel.
EPDM rubber roofing can last up to 40 years, is flexible enough to adapt to structural movement, and is lightweight and resistant to UV and hail damage. Also referred to as single-ply membrane roofing, EPDM roof systems are known to be cost-effective and reliable, with a proven track record of over 60 years of usage within the industry.
Once the roof was installed, sheet metal was delivered to the worksite and installed, as well. The metal was used for the protective edges of the building (also known as a coping cap), three walls and one raw edge that required metal wall panels.
Upon completion, TEMA then scheduled an inspection with the materials manufacturer in order to activate the manufacturer’s warranty for the customer. The warranty was then delivered and the project was officially completed by TEMA within the course of just one month.
High-Safety Commercial Roofing During Winter Months
This particular project presented the need for high-safety roofing measures, due to the location and height of the building. On the City’s behalf, it was imperative for Strollo to work with a commercial roofing company that had experience, knowledge and an unwavering drive to achieve maximum roof safety standards.
TEMA Roofing Services worked diligently to fully comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations for commercial roofing safety practices. The safety aspects of this project were extremely important because workers were actively replacing a roof system that was 100 feet in the air (with pedestrian and vehicle traffic below).
OSHA Commercial Roofing Guidelines
OSHA guidelines for the roofing industry are set forth to keep workers and bystanders safe during various phases of construction. In regard to OSHA commercial roofing safety regulations, there are both mandates and guidelines offered for safe practices within the roofing industry.
Guidelines are inclusive of multiple aspects. Below is a shortlist of examples:
- Fall Protection and Fall Protection Training
Includes information on fall protection equipment to be used and training programs for workers who might be exposed to a fall hazard.
- Surface Safety and Weather Monitoring
Notes that roof surfaces should be inspected for slip hazards, like snow and ice, and weather conditions should be monitored by the employer
- Location of Materials and Building Integrity
States that work-related materials should not be kept less than 6 feet from the roof’s edge and that the building should have enough structural integrity to safely support workers
Unique measures, like implementing a shoot for safe debris disposal and using a crane to raise and lower equipment/materials to the roof, were utilized. Proper roof edge flag lines and ground coordination were also of the utmost importance.
Additionally, TEMA Roofing Services coordinated efforts with the Youngstown Police Department for road shut-down, as needed, and city officials were regularly on-site to help mark-off areas from pedestrian traffic.