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Metal roof’s advantages are elementary in Alabama school’s reroofing effort

When schools embark on making capital improvements, ensuring those projects won’t come with ongoing maintenance bills is a big concern. Getting a bond issue passed or receiving another significant form of one-time financing can be easier than adding another ongoing expense to an already tight budget. This is why many schools turn to metal roofing – they know the material will perform over the long-term, with little to no upkeep required.

This was exactly the decision administrators with the Birmingham City Schools in Birmingham, Ala., made when they opted for Petersen’s PAC-CLAD metal roofing for the Martha Gaskins Elementary School. Though the school was only 15 years old, its asphalt-shingle roof had been posing problems for years. Working with consultants from Stephen Ward & Associates, they opted for PAC-CLAD Tite-Loc panels. Now, 60,000 sq. ft. of the .24-gauge steel panels in a Slate Gray finish have replaced the failing asphalt.

Tite-Loc panels bring together structural performance and architecturally appealing aesthetics. The panels’ bold seaming is a big plus on the Martha Gaskins Elementary School, as it calls out the sprawling structure’s ridged rooflines. Below the surface, the panels are installed with a concealed-fastener, floating clip system that allows for thermal expansion and contraction – an advantage in hot Alabama summers.