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McElroy Metal’s 238T symmetrical standing seam panel solves problem for Georgia technical college

April 27, 2021

Aging roofing and poor details on four adjacent buildings on the Central Georgia Technical College campus in Warner Robins, Ga., got to the point they were beyond another temporary repair job. After approximately 10 years of patching the problem, the college wanted a permanent solution and eventually elected to re-cover the modified bitumen roofing with symmetrical standing seam panels from McElroy Metal.

Most of the roofing – a mix of modified bitumen with aluminum coating and some existing metal sections – was simply old and had weathered until it had no useful life cycle remaining.

“This facility could have been successfully reroofed with any of several low-slope options including single plies and modified bitumen,” says Jody Usry of Edifice Consulting Inc. of Bryon, Ga. “The system chosen was in our client’s best interest in this particular application because the shape and slope of the building made continuous-run panels practical and cost-effective. It could also be installed over existing sections covered with modified bitumen and sections already covered with metal roofing.”

Usry says the existing roof system, due to age and workmanship, was substantially under-attached to the cementitious wood fiberboard decking. The metal option, unlike other systems, made it practical to leave the poorly attached roof systems in place and attach exclusively to the steel framing, which reduced expense, construction time and risk exposure.

McElroy Metal’s 238T symmetrical standing seam panel is setting a new standard for performance with ease of installation, outstanding wind uplift and strength characteristics, individual panel replacement capability and jobsite roll forming for long length panels. The symmetrical legs are topped with a mechanically seamed cap, which can be removed when the replacement of a damaged panel or panels is required.

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