Jefferson Properties – West Jefferson, NC
Challenge: Old roof, desire for open rafter look from the inside, improved drainage from roof and excellent insulation
Client: Thomas Banks, Developer
Insulation: Varied — minimum 2 inch foam (approximately R14)
Project: 85,000 square foot retail shopping center and residential housing
Reflective Value: 85 Percent
Solution: Conklin Sprayed Foam Roofing System With Rapid Roof III
In his 50 years in construction and development, Tom Banks had a proven track record of taking on unique challenges and leaving behind success stories. So, when the real estate developer heard about the abandoned Thomasville Furniture plant in West Jefferson, North Carolina, he saw the building’s potential. Tom believed that this abandoned “white elephant” could be transformed into a combination of upscale townhomes, retail and dining establishments known as Jefferson Station that would breath life back into the community.
Due to the complexity of the project, Banks selected Conklin’s sprayed-in-place polyurethane foam and Rapid Roof III. 100 % acrylic elastomeric coating to meet the energy code and also provide a long lasting roofing system. The use of spray foam also had an aesthetic benefit of preserving the rustic loft appearance afforded by the wood timber rafters. Since foam does not require the use of fasteners through the deck and provides the best installation value, it was the obvious choice. Finally, the use of Conklin foam and coating system allowed for direct application over existing roofing systems, minimizing the need for messy tear off and high cost of material disposal. The plans called for for installing the spray foam, over properly prepared, fully adhered EPDM, gravel-surfaced built up roofing as well as aluminum coating, ranging in age from 10 to 16 years old. Removal of the existing roof systems was limited to the loose gravel, and any wet or blistered areas. Since the roof is located in a valley and would be visible from the surrounding high ground making up the rest of West Jefferson, a white reflective and energy efficient roof was desired. Given the close proximity to the mountains, the roofing system had to offer excellent wind uplift resistance, withstand extreme thermal cycling during the rapid seasonal changes and provide long-term energy efficiency for its occupants.