Concrete Tile Roofing Protects Canadian Hotel from the Elements

The tile is sourced from natural geologic material and contains no chemical preservatives. It also is 100 percent recyclable at the end of its lifespan on the roof (approximately 75 years with little maintenance).

To ensure the new hotel could withstand the subarctic climate, a concrete tile roof was specified. The distinctive concrete tile was chosen for its energy efficiency, durability and aesthetic appeal.

To ensure the new hotel could withstand the subarctic climate, a concrete tile roof was specified. The distinctive concrete tile was chosen for its energy efficiency, durability and aesthetic appeal.

Rocky Mountain Sundeck & Roof’s crew of 12 to 15 men installed a self-adhered ice and water barrier to a plywood deck on each of the hotel buildings. For ventilation, battens were installed and finally about 60,000 square feet of concrete tile tops the hotel’s roofs.

In addition, Hanson notes the courtyard, which features fire pits, swimming pools and other amenities for guests, actually is a 48,000-square-foot flat roof. The roof covers underground parking for the Moose Hotel & Suites. Hanson’s crew torch-applied the SBS modified bitumen membrane before the courtyard was meticulously landscaped.

Problem Free

Hanson says the entire job was without difficulties. The roof tile, which shipped from California, arrived on time and undamaged. Two tower cranes onsite blocked off the street and loaded the roofing materials for the crew.

There were no accidents on the job. “Our guys remained safe with retractable harnesses and temporary anchors,” Hanson says. “And then we also had telescopic lifts helping us reach the roofs, which were 12:12 and 13:12.”

Hanson’s crew began work in December 2014 and finished in May 2016, which was on schedule. “We had to wait for framing so we weren’t constantly there,” Hanson recalls. “We’d get a building done and then we’d go onto a different project until the framers moved on.”

Mission Red was the color chosen for the concrete tile roof.

Mission Red was the color chosen for the concrete tile roof.

Probably the biggest surprise was Mother Nature’s cooperation. “We had no snow for a year basically and it stayed warm, which is really rare,” Hanson says. “If we were going to do this project this year it would be a completely different scenario because it’s -30 right now for the next three weeks and a lot of snow. During this project, the weather stayed around 0 and we had very little snow in the town site, so it really helped us to get the job done.”

Darch is encouraged by the public acceptance of the hotel. “The client is very happy and, of course, what really helps is that the guests view the hotel positively as a unique place to stay,” he says. “It’s already become a destination hotel.”

Photos courtesy of Boral Roofing.

ROOF MATERIALS

Concrete Tile: Saxony Slate 900 in Mission Red from Boral Roofing
Ice and Water Shield: SOPREMA
Snow Retention System: TRA Snow & Sun Inc.
SBS Roof System: Colphene Flam 180 and Sopralene from SOPREMA

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About Christina A. Koch

Christina A. Koch is editor in chief of Roofing.

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