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Thomson company's work featured in magazine

Thomson Roofing and Metal Company put a lid on their competition. One of the company's projects was featured in the May 2005 issue of Professional Roofing magazine.

"This is our number one trade magazine. It's the official publication of the National Roofing Contractors Association. It's a huge accomplishment for us to get in there," said Mark Jenkins, general superintendent at Thomson Roofing.

The project worth publicizing was a new roof system the company installed on the Walton Way Temple Congregational Children of Israel-Reform in Augusta.

The temple was built in the ĺ

  • ˛60's with a curved parabolic roof.

    The original design called for flat-seamed copper pans on the roof, but this was too expensive.

    Instead, a built-up roof system of multiple layers of felts, asphalt, and gravel was installed.

    When a new roof was needed in 2004, the owner decided a standing seam metal roof would be more attractive.

    Roofing contractors resisted, saying there was no way to economically conform a standing-seam metal roof to the curves in the profile of the temple.

    Thom-son Roofing Company recommended a PVC membrane roof that would give the appearance of a metal roofing system at an economic cost.

    "Metal roof systems are not for every building," Mr. Jenkins said. "Now roofing contractors have a solution for building owners who want the look of metal."

    The project had many difficulties.

    Traditional membrane roof systems have seams installed perpendicular to the slope, but the temple seams needed to lay parallel to the slope to aesthetically accommodate the raised dłęcor ribs.

    "It was difficult making sure there were no leaks," said Mike Williams, job foreman. "But the most difficult thing was the layout of the ribs themselves, making sure they were uniform."

    Installation of a temporary roof prevented leaks during three hurricanes while the new roof was being installed. Mr. Jenkins said they also invented and crafted a couple of tools to speed up installation rate.

    Thomson Roofing began tearing off the existing roofs in September, and completed the job in November 2004.

    "The owner and the architect were tickled pink that we were able to do the job for what we estimated. That's good, because in construction, you don't always have a win-win situation," Mr. Jenkins said. "It was a good job, a success."

    Web posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005

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