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Metal roofing adds local touch to much-needed retail center

To call the community of Northlake, Texas, booming would be an understatement. The town is located just outside the Fort Worth metro area, and in the 2010 census its population totaled just 1,724. In January 2020, that figure had grown to 5,000, with no signs of slowing. Developers are working hard to keep up with demand, and the new Chadwick Commons shopping center is one the latest entries in the town’s efforts to meet expanding retail needs. The center’s stylish looks incorporate a rustic palette of materials that recollect the area’s rural roots.

Chadwick Commons’ first of two planned – and identical – 17,000-sq.-ft. retail buildings opened in late 2019. The buildings are sited on either side of the entry boulevard for a new apartment complex. Bookending each end of the buildings are clerestoried towers, featuring stone and timber cladding topped by the regional favorite – standing-seam metal roofing in a classic Charcoal Gray finish, paired with metal coping in a contrasting Slate Gray.

Designers with Plano, Texas-based Cross Architects specified PAC-CLAD Tite-Loc roofing panels from Petersen for the metal roofing, along with sheet metal from the company for the coping. The rooflines of the towers are angled back, with extending eaves providing needed shading from the strong North Texas sun. Roofing pros from GNP Sheet Metal of Forney, Texas, installed the panels and coping, with Plano-based Strategic Construction serving as general contractor.