Key Priorities for Fire Station Project Include Visual Appeal, Resistance to Algae and Wind

When the Burlington Fire Department decided to replace its aging steep-slope system, the goals included finding a system that would look good, stand up to high winds and resist algae growth.

When the Burlington Fire Department decided to replace its aging steep-slope system, the goals included finding a system that would look good, stand up to high winds and resist algae growth.

The firemen and firewomen of the Burlington Fire Department, located in Burlington, Wash., reportedly respond to about 1,800 service calls a year. The members of the department are on call 24/7, handling a variety of emergencies, both big and small.

Whether it is fighting a fire, performing a search and rescue, or something as simple as retrieving a driver’s keys from the car, the city’s bravest are too busy to have roof issues make their days more difficult. When the fire station began to experience leaks that required countless repairs and patchwork solutions, the City of Burlington knew it was time to replace the entire roofing system and ensure that the firefighters were safe from the elements.

Over the last few years, leaks began to appear more frequently in the fire station’s roof, with the worst leaks occurring in the paramedic’s quarters and in the firehouse’s workout room. The water would drip down on the firefighters and ceiling tiles became discolored, creating an unpleasant appearance throughout the firehouse. The intense winds in the area would also cause the shingles of the roof to become loose and fly off.

“The roof was patched several times over the years. We filled the voids as we went,” says Brandon Bond, a lieutenant on the Burlington Fire Department for the last 10 years. “After a while, the patches and replacements weren’t working and the leaks were getting harder to fix. At that point, we knew it was time to replace the whole roof.”

For their new roof, the city wanted a material that was visually appealing and performed against algae and wind. Also, because this was a city project, they wanted to find a contractor who was nearby and a roofing material that was manufactured locally—all of which showed pride in their community. When they considered the criteria, along with the size of the roof—24,000 square feet—the city chose to go with asphalt shingles because they provided a high level of longevity and durability while keeping it affordable.

Asphalt shingles offered a heavyweight, wind-resistant roofing material with a number of color options, making it the optimal choice among the design team. Wind resistance was an important factor because the old roofing system sustained considerable wind damage. The winds in the area can reach 65-70 miles per hour.

Selecting the Right System

Cascade Roofing Company from Burlington was hired to install the new roof on the fire station. The company has been in business for nearly 30 years and works on both commercial and residential roofing projects. The owner of Cascade, Rick Steiner, explains that asphalt shingles were used on the fire station for a number of reasons.

“Shingles were used because of the different pitch heights of the roof, their affordability and their great look,” Steiner says. “The algae-resistance was also a must. Algae grows like weeds in Washington, due to the moisture in the air and fluctuating temperatures.”

Algae flourishes in humid climates and its spores can be carried by the wind. The temperate but rainy weather found in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. produces an environment for algae to thrive in. While algae is not known to cause damage to roofs, the dark streaks are unsightly.

“Burlington is very wet, whether it’s raining or if we’re dealing with the humidity,” says Lauren Wilkins, a firefighter at the Burlington Fire Department since 2012. “We wanted the new roof to provide some resistance to algae so that it looked good as compared to the other surrounding roofs in the area.”

Cascade used shingle manufacturer PABCO Roofing Products, located in nearby Tacoma, Wash. PABCO’s algae-resistant Paramount Signature Cut Shingle in Oakwood color was selected for the project because it provided exceptional curb appeal. An aggressive modified sealant was used as well as high-wind shingle application—6 nails—to add resistance to wind uplift. PABCO Paramount starter shingles were applied over PABCO Universal Starter to provide a double-layer base. A synthetic underlayment along with an ice and water shield on the leading edges were also used. Shasta HD Ridge was applied to the ridge and hips of the roof to complement the roofline.

The roof system was installed by Cascade Roofing Company using shingles manufactured by PABCO Roofing Products.

The roof system was installed by Cascade Roofing Company using shingles manufactured by PABCO Roofing Products.

Keeping it Local

The City of Burlington was thrilled to choose local companies for the project. The manufacturer, contractor and even the supplier were all located nearby. This provided Cascade an avenue for necessary materials to be delivered quickly, allowing them to stay under budget and ahead of schedule. The project took about two weeks and 230 squares of shingles to complete, which is equivalent to the number of shingles necessary for the company to roof six or seven regular-sized homes.

“It’s easily the biggest shingle job I’ve ever done,” Steiner says. “But the design of the building along with the high-profile look of the shingles made the project look incredible. The city has a roof that’s going to last a very long time.”

Steiner also points out how smooth operations were due to the local theme of the project. “Everything was on-time. The supplier was right across the street and very easy to work with,” Steiner notes. “Even the weather cooperated – it made a potentially difficult project that much easier.”

The firefighters felt the same way. “We thought the hardest thing about the renovation would be continuing our daily operations, but we didn’t run into any problems,” Wilkins says. “They were very friendly and easy to coordinate with when moving equipment. There were no horror stories here.”

Since the renovation was completed, the firefighters are very happy with the new roof. The firemen and firewomen of the Burlington Fire Department can now focus on keeping the residents of Burlington safe.

The unique installation of the roof also earned Cascade Roofing and the fire station project the 2017 Bronze Award in the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-Study (QARC) Awards Program. Each year, ARMA seeks out the most beautiful, affordable and reliable asphalt roofing systems in North America.

Award-winning projects are selected based on innovation, performance and beauty, and recognize projects that lead the way in areas like weather protection, green roofing or unique utilization of asphalt shingles in a roofing system. ARMA is currently accepting submissions for both low- and steep-slope roofing project installations completed in 2017 for its 2018 awards program. Roofing contractors can submit multiple projects through Dec. 31, and there is no fee to enter.

For more information about asphalt roofing systems, the QARC awards program and more, visit the website.

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ARMA Selects Top Installations in North America

The Washington, D.C.-based Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association selected the winners of its Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC) Awards, an annual program that recognizes exceptional roofing projects in the U.S. and Canada.

The Gold Award honored John Foster, a general contractor in Esparto, Calif., for his company’s installation on a star-shaped home. The homeowners required a roofing system with a style that wouldn’t get lost in the bold architecture. PABCO Roofing Products Premier Advantage Granite shingles provided the necessary aesthetic to complement the home while protecting it from the windy, damp coastal environment to which it is subjected.

The Silver Award was given to Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which was called upon to install a new low-slope asphalt roofing system on two buildings at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The contractor chose a SOPREMA three-ply SBS-modified bitumen roofing system with a base sheet and cap sheet that delivered a pristine appearance while protecting the roof from harsh weather and heavy foot traffic.

Precision Roofing, Hialeah, Fla., received the Bronze Award for the roof it installed on Northeast Regional Library, Aventura, Fla. A GAF hybrid built-up/SBS-modified bitumen roofing system using three plies of GAFGLAS Ply 4 Ply Sheet and a Ruberoid EnergyCap 30 Granule FR membrane was chosen because the contracting company knew the system would meet the project’s durability requirements and budget restrictions.

“Each of the submissions we received this year illustrated the beauty and curb appeal that asphalt roofing can provide,” says Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “These winning projects were singled out for successfully using the unique qualities of their roofing materials to deliver superior protection for a building, whether from salty storms, high winds, or other wear and tear.”

The following received Honorable Mentions:

  • Rust Road Project, Grace Construction, New Boston, Mich.
  • Anacortes Home, Old School Roofing, Anacortes, Wash.
  • Mukilteo House, Chris Howard Roofing LLC, Mukilteo, Wash.
  • Mukilteo House, Chris Howard Roofing LLC, Mukilteo, Wash.

The 2016 awards were judged by a panel of roofing industry experts, including leaders from trade associations, architects and members of the media. The judges look for projects that use asphalt roofing technology to provide durability, value and curb appeal.

Diamond-shaped Shingles Are an Option for Historic Homes or Buildings

PABCO Roofing Products introduces its Cascade Signature Cut Shingles.

PABCO Roofing Products introduces its Cascade Signature Cut Shingles.

PABCO Roofing Products introduces its Cascade Signature Cut Shingles. Cascade is a diamond-shaped shingle and a unique option for roofs designed in the classic architectural styles. Featuring the distinctive diamond shape that is recognized by U.S. Patent No. D589, 172 S, Cascade is often specified on historic buildings on or roofs in historic neighborhoods. Cascade features up to a limited lifetime warranty for single family residential structures and a 50-year fully transferable limited warranty for all other structures. All four traditional colors are available with Scotchgard Protector, which PABCO Roofing warrants that the roof will resist the black streaks caused by algae for 20 years. Cascade comes in four different colors: Antique Black, Cambrian Slate, Oakwood and Pewter Gray.

Cascade is UL classified to meet ASTM wind-resistance standards, UL 790 Class A, Fire Resistance Standard and complies with CSA A123.5, Fiberglass Shingle Standard and ASTM D3018 Type I, Fiberglass Shingle Standard.