Restoring a building to its former glory is a rewarding part of retrofit projects. Drexel Metals Inc. was proud to be a part of such a wonderful undertaking, which made Drexel Metals the manufacturer of choice to supply the materials for the East Lake High School Retrofit. This school is one of seventeen schools in the Pinellas county area of Florida and serves more than 2,000 students from the Tarpon Springs, East Lake, Palm Harbor, and Oldsmar communities. It was placed in the top ten percent of all high schools in the state of Florida in the 2011 ranking ofFlorida schools. It was also one of only two schools in their district to be recognized for academic excellence by the state of Florida.
Drexel Metals was excited to be part of the project to give this deserving school a new roof. For this project Drexel Metals used their DMC 175S roof panel in Slate Blue, which was perfect for the Florida blue sky. This is Drexel Metals’ most popular roof system. The 1-3/4” Snap Lock profile provides a continuous interlocking metal roof system. The system offers the designer a concealed fastener and clip application that provides for expansion and contraction. The Snap Lock metal roof system and the DMC 175 Clip design can be installed quickly therefore reducing labor costs. This is a simple installation with extremely high design pressures to resist hurricane force winds. This metal roof system is available in steel or aluminum and is approved for use on Weather Tightness Warranty projects.
The forensic architect, Robert Whitcomb of C.B. Goldsmith and Associates Inc. who won an award for the reroof of East Lake high school, chose the DMC 175S roof system because it eliminated the cost of seaming panels. This allowed the contractor, Hennessy Construction Services, to remove or replace individual panels without having to disassemble a standing seam. This allowed greater flexibility when installing and saved time since they did not have to seam the panels.
The East Lake High School roof was investigated for metal finish failure ten years ago and was subsequently repainted. The traffic on the panels during the repainting work caused the roof to have leak problems so the roof was put on a list of school roofs to be replaced. This project was not a retrofit design in the normal roofing sense because the contractor reused some of the existing roofing materials. They did this by tearing off the existing metal panels and salvaging the existing insulation. Theyalso left the existing metal zee purlins used to support the old roof panels in place. They were able to use less landfill space by recycling 575,000 pounds of steel from the existing roof panels and saved $60,000 in salvage cost. Drexel Metals provided the contractor with a portable roll-forming machine so that they could roll form the roof panels on site, which was helpful since most panels were 80 feet long.
Drexel Metals is a leading supplier of equipment, materials, and technical support for the Regional Manufacturing of metal roofing. Drexel Metals supplies contractors and distributors with the equipment and materials to fabricate metal roofing panels on-demand through a low cost supply chain versus purchasing prefabricated metal roofing panels.
Drexel Metals puts a strong emphasis on integrity and customer service, particularly in the area of finding solutions to the specific challenges facing individual customers. Drexel Metals puts the power to cost-efficiently fabricate high quality metal roofing components on-demand.
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