Asphalt Roofing Provides Comprehensive Weather Protection for a Luxury Condominium

“We worked with an architect to design the roof, but 80 percent of the system was based on a design that we’ve developed through our advanced knowledge of the area,” Kircher says. “We are really proud of how we’ve been able to help homeowners save energy and eliminate the need for snow-melting systems. We were excited to shar eour experience and to help out.”

Acclain

The new roof on the Grand Lodge brought acclaim to IronClad not only regionally, but on a national scale, as well. Proud of the work his team had done and the knowledge they were able to share, Kircher submitted the project to the Washington, D.C.-based Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association’s (ARMA’s) annual awards program.

ARMA’s Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC) Awards program seeks to recognize the top asphalt roofing projects in North America for their beauty, affordability and reliability. Each year, the organization names a Gold, Silver and Bronze winner that best exemplify asphalt roofing’s versatility while being able to solve key performance issues for the owner. In January 2015, IronClad Exteriors received the Silver Award for the unique way asphalt roofing was used to provide extreme-weather protection.

Roof installations in the Park City region require different techniques than those used elsewhere in the country,because roofing contractors face challenges posed by a short roofing season and intense winters. ARMA recognized IronClad for its distinctive expertise in this area.

By utilizing advances in asphalt roofing technology and techniques learned from a breadth of experience, IronClad Exteriors installed a system that increased the performance qualities of the roof.

By utilizing advances in asphalt roofing technology and techniques learned from a breadth of experience, IronClad Exteriors installed a system that increased the performance qualities of the roof.


“Our knowledge of functioning roof systems here and our experience with these installations gives us a niche in the market,” Kircher adds. “One big difference in the Park City region is the installation of cold roof systems designed to maintain the ambient outdoor air temperature on the roof surface. We eliminate heat loss from the structure that can increase roof deck temperatures and cause snow to melt and refreeze at the eaves, causing ice dams.”

The roofing company achieves heat-loss prevention in this kind of roofing system by installing nail base or cross venting polyisocyanurate to provide a thermal break between the roof structure and the atmosphere. IronClad Exteriors also used a scientific method to add further moisture protection.

“For the Grand Lodge and other projects, we use a WUFI calculation to help us determine dew points within the roof assembly,” Kircher explains. “This lets us make sure we do not create an environment where moisture is able to condense, causing it to rain inside the home.”

By utilizing advances in asphalt roofing technology and techniques learned from a breadth of experience, IronClad Exteriors installed a system that increased the performance qualities of the roof. This expertise and superior functionality are what the QARC awards seek to showcase. ARMA’s awards program is judged by a panel of industry experts, roofing specialists and leaders in the roofing industry. One judge stated that the project deserved to win because it incorporated “a beautiful use of dimensional shingles,” as well as a “terrific explanation of the job and why asphalt was the best choice.”

When faced with high-maintenance weather conditions, a whole-system installation using asphalt roofing materials can be an effective defense. The multiple layers of material provide enhanced moisture protection, and this durability can ultimately benefit the building itself, as well as the people inside of it.

Team

Roofing contractor: IronClad Exteriors Inc., Sandy, Utah
Architect: WPA Architecture, Provo, Utah

Roof Materials

Asphalt shingles: CertainTeed Presidential Shake TL from CertainTeed Corp.
Insulation: FlintBoard ISO NB (Nail Base) Composite Polyisocyanurate/OSB Roof from CertainTeed
Underlayment: WinterGuard HT advanced waterproofing underlayment and DiamondDeck High Performance Synthetic Underlayment from CertainTeed
Copper snow guards: Ice Control Engineering

PHOTOS: IronClad Exteriors Inc.

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About James R. Kirby, AIA

James R. Kirby, AIA, is director of Codes and Regulatory Affairs for the Kellen Co. He is a licensed architect in Illinois and has a Master of Architecture—Structures Option and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois. Kirby also has a Graduate Certification in Sustainable Building Design and Construction from Boston Architectural College. Kirby has expertise in roof system design and construction, weatherproofing and energy-efficiency of the building envelope, as well as rooftop PV systems. He also is an accredited Green Roofing Professional. Kirby has a strong combination of association experience, as well as roofing expertise, which help serve the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) and the Roof Coating Manufacturers Association (RCMA), among others.

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