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Award-Winning Dallas Home Roofing Project - AFTER

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Award-Winning Residential Roofing Project - AFTER - Project Profile
A 1920s east Dallas home

Recently, Scott Exteriors won a Golden Hammer award for residential roofing excellence from the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association for a re-roofing project in old east Dallas. It was completed after the June 6, 2012 hail storm that hit the Lakewood area of Dallas, Texas. The project posed numerous, unique challenges related to logistics, storm clean up, dry-in, solar panels, historical designation requirements, safety, customization and more. The home’s existing tile roof was damaged so badly by the hail storm that it was featured on WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas/Fort Worth as part of the station’s hail storm coverage.

For the re-roofing process to begin, many careful preparations had to be made. Scott Exteriors designed a custom copper drip edge to elevate the tile to the proper height, cover the fascia properly and allow excess water under the tiles to drain past the metal. The copper valley metal was custom-designed for the specific tiles, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

Custom copper footings were then designed similar to lead collar flashing, to flash all 54 of the solar panel footings. The final custom work for the copper was created with intricate counter flashing that was cut in different sizes to flash wall/window/wall/window sided roof slopes.

When the new tile that the homeowner selected was ready to be installed, it had to be hand-carried up to the roof because sky lift equipment could not be used. The 4,000 square foot home has 3 stories, and the tiles were so heavy that only 3 could be carried to the roof at a time.

Working on a roof to clean off heavy tile debris and then man-loading 3 heavy tiles at a time up a 3-story ladder made this project particularly challenging, and made safety a high priority! The Scott Exteriors crew followed all OSHA safety guidelines throughout the project, using full rope and harness sets and safety boards around the house. As a result, the project was completed with no accidents or injuries. 

In total, it took 3 weeks to install the beautiful Ludowici tile, integrating the custom copper flashing. There were roughly 30 different roofing surfaces, requiring a significant amount of cutting and detail work. Additionally, the solar company had to re-design the solar panel configuration and footings for their new panels, and Scott Exteriors then had to ensure that the numerous footings were properly sealed when attached to the roof.

Once all of this work was done, Scott Exteriors water tested the roof for leaks….and they could not create any leaks. With the water testing successful, the copper standing seam and flat seam roofing could then be installed and the finishing touches applied. Within the copper roofs, penetration flashings were custom-fabricated from copper and then soldiered. The flat seam metal roofing on the top of the house was also installed and all joints were soldiered.

The homeowner was extremely happy, and Scott Exteriors is very proud of the challenges overcome and the workmanship on this beautiful roof. 

To see BEFORE pictures, click here.

Award-Winning Residential Roofing Project in Dallas - Before

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Project Profile - BEFORE - Award-Winning Residential Roofing Project
A 1920s east Dallas home

Recently, Scott Exteriors won a Golden Hammer award for residential roofing excellence from the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association for a re-roofing project in old east Dallas. It was completed after the June 6, 2012 hail storm demolished the home, located in the Lakewood area of Dallas, Texas. The project posed numerous, unique challenges related to logistics, storm clean up, dry-in, solar panels, historical designation requirements, safety, customization and more. The home’s existing tile roof was damaged so badly by the hail storm that it was featured on WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas/Fort Worth as part of the station’s hail storm coverage.

Historically Designated Area
The neighborhood that the house resides in is a historically designated area, and all aspects of replacing the roofing had to be performed in accordance with the original specifications of the historical home when it was built in the early 1920s.

Storm Cleanup
The magnitude of the damage done to this home by the June 6, 2012 hail storm was astounding. The heavy tile, weighing over 1,000 pounds per square, was smashed into thousands of pieces and falling off the house and onto the grounds surrounding the home, putting the family, pets and visitors in danger. The falling pieces were also damaging the home’s landscaping,

The project required a significant amount of storm clean up, not only because pieces of heavy, existing tiles were falling, but because the 3-story home had leaks in many areas.

Because the home was in a mature neighborhood, surrounded by trees and neighbors, sky lift equipment could not be used – there simply wasn’t room. Instead, the existing roofing materials (located on the roof and around the property) had to be collected and removed by hand. Because tiles were loose and falling, presenting a danger to the home’s residents and visitors, it also presented a safety challenge to Scott Exteriors.

Scott Exteriors immediately began to remove all of the existing tile pieces and haul them away as fast as possible. Because the roof was in such bad condition, footing on the roof, despite wearing full OSHA safety harnesses, was very precarious, and the cleanup process took 3 days.

Dry-In
Next, Scott Exteriors had to dry-in the home. Although it was temporary, the dry-in roofing solution had to keep the home dry for an extended period of time. The specialty tiles selected by the homeowners were taking 3-4 months to arrive after orders were placed, so the dry-in process had to be top notch. And, in addition to the sloped tile roof, the home also has a flat roof patio, a flat roof at the very top of the house and 2 standing seam metal roofs on the back side. All areas were leaking and required dry-in work that would offer a good solution for up to 4 months.

Solar Panels
Making the job even more complicated, there were tempered solar panels all over the back of the roof, which were also smashed. The solar panels were mounted on a total of 54 footings – which meant 54 roof penetrations and areas that could leak!

Click here to see AFTER photos.


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