Fans and Community Rally to Replace Barrel Roof at Roadside America

Crews from Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling battled winter weather to install a new fully adhered EPDM roofing system from Mule-Hide Products Co.

Crews from Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling battled winter weather to install a new fully adhered EPDM roofing system from Mule-Hide Products Co. Photos: Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc.

Lovingly and meticulously crafted over a period of more than 60 years, the 6,000-square-foot display of miniature villages at Roadside America in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania, has been featured on the HISTORY channel and in such books as “1,000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz and “Weird Pennsylvania” by Matt Lake. To area families, however, the museum is more than just a funky tourist attraction. It is a treasure that has been shared by four generations—one that must be passed on to future generations.

So, when the building’s nearly 65-year-old barrel roof began to fail, threatening to shutter the museum and put its gems in storage for good, the community and fans far and wide rallied. Nearly $80,000 was raised, roofing crews worked in between winter storms, and a new EPDM roofing system was installed to protect the masterpiece below.

A Life’s Work

Dubbed “The World’s Greatest Indoor Miniature Village,” the display at Roadside America is the life’s work of its sole creator, Laurence Gieringer. Fascinated by miniatures from an early age, he made the first piece in 1902 and continued expanding the collection until his death in 1963. The result is a breathtaking snapshot of American rural life spanning more than 200 years, from a frontier town with saloons and horse-drawn wagons and carriages to a 1950s Main Street with a movie theater and tail-finned Chevys. The collection includes 300 hand-built structures, 600 miniature light bulbs, 4,000 tiny figurines, 10,000 hand-made trees, working model railroads and trolleys, moving waterways, wall paintings, and replicas of such landmarks as Mount Rushmore, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and Henry Ford’s original shop in Dearborn, Mich. The twice-hourly patriotic “Night Pageant” features an illuminated Statue of Liberty and the playing of America’s national anthem and Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America.”

Originally housed in the basement of Gieringer’s childhood home and later in the carousel building of an abandoned amusement park, Roadside America moved to its current home in 1953. Still a family business, it is now owned by Gieringer’s granddaughter Dolores Heinsohn, and operated by his great-granddaughter Bettina Heinsohn and her husband Brian Hilbert.

A Preservation Mission

A carpenter by trade, Gieringer fabricated the rafters for the museum’s 80-square-foot-by-123-square-foot barrel roof

Years of water penetration had damaged the existing roof, and a complete tear-off and replacement was in order. The original rafters and roof deck were sound.

Years of water penetration had damaged the existing roof, and a complete tear-off and replacement was in order. The original rafters and roof deck were sound. Photos: Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc.

himself. In 2016—63 years later—they and the original wood plank deck were still in place. According to Carl Rost, general manager of contractor Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling Inc. of Wernersville, Pennsylvania, the hot-mop-down tar roof had been coated “20 times more than it should have been.” Time and weather had taken their toll. A severe snowstorm in January 2016 brought wind and tree damage. Consistent rain would cause leaks into the attic, with water sometimes dripping to the show floor below.

An elaborate water collection and removal system was created to protect the priceless miniatures. Buckets were placed in the exhibit and items moved whenever water started dripping to the show floor. Tarps—22-feet-by-22-feet—were hung in the attic, zig-zagging through the space to catch water and funnel it into 55-gallon barrels, which were then emptied by pumps.

Supporters Rally

While the patches and stopgap measures had done their job, they clearly were not a permanent solution. A new roof—and a major fundraising effort to pay for it—were needed.

Even with Bachman’s Roofing and the teams at roofing system manufacturer Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. and the Reading, Pennsylvania, branch of building materials distributor ABC Supply working to keep costs as low as possible, the new roof would cost $80,000. Roadside America launched a GoFundMe.com campaign, raising nearly $19,000. Two anonymous donors contributed the remaining $60,000.

For many supporters, including Bachman’s Roofing Owner and President Eric Bachman and ABC Supply Branch Manager Jeff Smith, helping Roadside America was a matter of ensuring that a family tradition spanning four generations lives on. Their parents had brought them to the museum as children. They, in turn, took their kids, who are now sharing it with their families.

There was no question about helping Roadside America, Rost says. “Eric met with Brian and, within minutes, told him ‘We have to make this work.’”

EPDM Roofing System Selected

A 60-mil EPDM roofing system was chosen for its ease of installation on a barrel roof, its durability and its cost-effectiveness.

After the original roof system was removed, fiberboard insulation boards were fastened to the existing deck with screws and plates. The EPDM membrane was fully adhered using a fast-drying, freeze-resistant, low-VOC bonding adhesive. Photos: Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc.

The original plan was to recover the existing roof, reducing costs and, with winter weather at hand, allowing the crew to get the job done as quickly as possible. Once work began, however, the damage caused by years of water penetration was evident and the job switched to a complete tear-off and replacement.

EPDM roofing systems are common in Berks County, where Shartlesville is located. The membrane’s ease of installation on a barrel roof reinforced the choice to use it on Roadside America’s building.

“We’ve done quite a few barrel roofs and have found that EPDM works best,” Rost says.

Roofing membranes have “memories,” he explains. Rolled tightly for shipping, they want to snap back to that state when laid out on the jobsite. They must be given sufficient time to flatten out prior to installation, or wrinkling can occur. EPDM membranes “relax” much more quickly than other membranes do, particularly in the cold temperatures that the Bachman’s Roofing crew would be working in. The membrane also remains flexible in hot and cold temperatures, enabling it to be easily curved over the barrel roof’s rafters.

“We knew that EPDM would give us a fast, wrinkle-free installation,” Rost says.

EPDM also is less slippery than other membranes, points out Rob Keating, territory manager with Mule-Hide Products, helping ensure that snow will not slide off the curved roof, potentially injuring a museum guest or employee walking below. A snow rail manufactured by Alpine Snow Guards was specified and installed to alleviate previous issues with snow and ice sliding down the roof and damaging an air conditioning compressor.

A black membrane was chosen for its lower cost and because, with eastern Pennsylvania having more heating days than cooling days, it could help the museum manage its heating costs, Rost says. A 60-mil membrane was selected for its durability and long expected lifecycle, he adds, helping the museum reduce its ongoing maintenance costs and prolong the day when re-roofing would again be required.

The rafters—made of one-by-twos, one-by-fours, one-by-sixes, one-by-eights, one-by-tens and one-by-twelves to create the roof’s barrel shape—were still sound.

Fiberboard insulation boards were fastened to the existing deck boards with screws and plates. To accommodate the roof’s irregular shape and the cold temperatures, the EPDM membrane was fully adhered using a fast-drying, freeze-resistant, low-VOC bonding adhesive.

In addition to the barrel roof, the crew replaced an existing 625-square-foot low-slope section of EPDM roofing on one side of the building’s front.

Working Around Winter Weather

January and February bring snow, sleet, ice and wind to Shartlesville—certainly not ideal conditions in which to undertake a re-roofing project. Despite unfavorable weather forecasts, the Bachman’s Roofing crew began work as soon as the necessary funds had been raised and Roadside America gave the green light.

Roadside America is dubbed “The World’s Greatest Indoor Miniature Village.” On display at the museum are more than 300 hand-built structures, 600 miniature light bulbs, 4,000 tiny figurines, and 10,000 hand-made trees, as well as working model railroads and trolleys. Photos: Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc.

“The displays inside are priceless, and if they were damaged by water they couldn’t be replaced,” Rost says. “So, we said we’d work through the bad weather, taking time off as necessary.”

Work began on January 9, 2017. Thanks to some interference by Mother Nature, what normally would have been a one- or two-week job took six weeks. A crew of 10 completed the tear-off and eight professionals installed the new roofing system.

“Our crew endured,” Rost says. “One morning they called to tell me that they wouldn’t be able to work that day. I said ‘The storm went through last night. What’s the deal?’ They said that the parking lot was a sheet of ice. I had to see for myself, so I drove out there. The moment I got out of the car, I fell onto the completely iced-over parking lot.”

Given the roof’s slope, extra attention was paid to safety. Crew members worked carefully, without rushing—particularly when working along the roof’s steep edges. Everyone was harnessed while on the roof and followed all other relevant safety regulations. Rost and the firm’s safety inspector spent extra time monitoring the jobsite.

Mission Accomplished

With the re-roofing project complete, the buckets, tarps, barrels and pumps that once kept Roadside America’s miniature villages dry have been put away. A spring, a summer and an early fall have come and gone, with no leaks. The museum has been saved.

Hilbert extended thanks to those who made it possible. “Without the generous support of so many donors, this project wouldn’t have happened,” he says. “Where do you find that these days?”

Rost adds, “Now future generations can come and enjoy what four generations of our families have already enjoyed.”

TEAM

Roofing Contractor: Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling Inc., Wernersville, Pennsylvania, Bachmansroofing.com
Local Distributor: ABC Supply Co. Inc., Reading, Pennsylvania, ABCsupply.com

ROOFING MATERIALS

EPDM Membrane: Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc., Mulehide.com
Low-VOC Bonding Adhesive: Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc.
Fiberboard Insulation: Continental Materials Inc., Continentalmaterials.com
Snow Guard: Alpine Snow Guards, Alpinesnowguards.com

ABC Supply Opens New Branch in California

ABC Supply Co. Inc. announced that the company has opened a branch in Antioch, Calif. Tom Hennigan will lead the team of associates at this new ABC Supply branch. According to the company, Hennigan joined ABC Supply’s Oakland, Calif., location in 2016 as an outside sales associate. Prior to joining ABC Supply, Hennigan gained extensive experience with exterior building products as a contractor and salesperson, and he will use the industry knowledge he gained to help local contractors find solutions for their business challenges and achieve their goals.

The branch is ABC Supply’s first location in Antioch and one of more than 30 locations in California. “We’re excited to be part of the Antioch community and to build trusting, professional relationships with the area’s contractors,” said Matt Cooper, vice president of ABC Supply’s West Region. “Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for contractors to have access to the products and expertise they need to tackle their projects.”

The Antioch branch is located at 2701 Verne Roberts. Branch hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT, Monday through Friday, and 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT on Saturday. The phone number is (925) 779-1437. 

ABC Supply Offers Building Products to Contractors at the Bowling Green Branch

ABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened a branch in Bowling Green, Ky., located at 125 Hunter Court. The location will offer steep-slope and low-slope roofing and other select building products that contractors need to run their businesses.

Jason Swigart will manage the branch. Prior to joining ABC Supply, Swigart worked for other building products distributors in the Louisville area in positions ranging from inside and outside sales to operations manager. In March 2016, he started at the Louisville branch located at 619 Industry Road as an outside sales associate. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing.

This is ABC Supply’s sixth location in Kentucky. “Our new location in Bowling Green will help contractors in south-central Kentucky have access to the products and services that they rely on for their businesses every day,” says Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region. “Whether it’s working with new or existing customers, Jason and his team look forward to continuing to build relationships with the area’s contractors.” 

Branch hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT on Saturday. The phone number is (270) 782-8787. 

ABC Supply Names 25 Managing Partners in 2017

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has promoted 25 branch managers to managing partner status. The honor is the highest level of achievement among the company’s branch managers and gives them a more prominent leadership role within the company. As managing partners, they join ABC Supply’s National Branch Advisory Board, which advises senior management on a variety of topics. 

To be selected as a managing partner, managers must meet rigorous requirements in the areas of customer satisfaction, associate development, branch performance, safety compliance and excellence in overall business practices.

“We are proud to recognize these 25 managers as outstanding leaders who demonstrate dedication to their teams, customers and communities,” said Keith Rozolis, ABC Supply’s president and chief executive officer. “We encourage our branch managers to be innovative and entrepreneurial. Those who rise to the level of managing partner play an important part in shaping initiatives that help us improve our customers’ experiences and provide more opportunities for our associates.”

ABC Supply’s 2017 Managing Partner program inductees are: Darren Brennan of Topeka, Kan.; Patrick Bryan of Nolanville, Texas; Dan Carpenter of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Jeremy Crawford of Cheverly, Md.; Danny Duncan of Pineville, N.C.; Ken Dunn of Raleigh, N.C.; Paul Fields of Coal Valley, Ill.; Kyle Fisher of Huntington, W.V.; Bill Fleming of Fenton, Mo.; Gary Jenkins of Buffalo, N.Y.; Matt Kenney of Florence, S.C.; Eric Kuchan of Portland, Maine; Josh Landrum of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Holly Lockey of Fort Myers, Fla.; Jason McCulley of Syracuse, N.Y.; Martin Mejia of Houston; Matt Noury of Keene, N.H.; Donnie O’Sullivan of Pembroke Park, Fla.; Robert Olson of Hudson, Fla.; Scott Prentiss of Lewiston, Maine Scott Smith of Mansfield, Ohio; Ryan Stanton of St. Cloud, Minn.; Brad Stinson of Cincinnati; Paula Stumbo of Lexington, Ky.; and Rocky Yasko of Erie, Pa.

The new managing partners continue to oversee their respective branches while taking on the additional responsibilities that come with achieving managing partner status.

ABC Supply Opens New Branch in Illinois 

ABC Supply Co. Inc. announced that the company will open a new location in Elgin, Ill. The branch will be managed by Rocco Ranallo. Ranallo began his career in the industry as a contractor in 2001. In 2013, he joined ABC Supply as an outside sales associate at the company’s Crystal Lake, Ill., location. After excelling in that position, Ranallo was promoted to manager of the Niles, Ill., branch. 

With his construction background, Ranallo has experienced firsthand the challenges that contractors face each day, and he aims to provide the product and industry knowledge they need to build thriving businesses and achieve their goals, noted the company. 

“Elgin is one of the largest cities in Illinois and continues to grow,” said Jim Welch, vice president of ABC Supply’s Midwest Region. “By opening this location, we are bringing the ABC Supply brand of superior service to contractors northwest of Chicago and making it easier for them to access the high-quality products and professional expertise they need to tackle their projects.” 

The address for the new location is 1147 Timber Drive, Elgin, IL. The phone number is (847) 628-6048. For more information, visit the company’s website.

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces MVP Award Winners

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the winners of its 17th annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, recognizing roofing workers from Irvine, Calif.; Commerce City, Colo.; Lakeland, Fla.; Cumming, Ga.; Charlotte, N.C.; LaGrange, Ohio; and Houston.

The MVP Awards program honors roofing professionals based on their contributions in one or more of the following areas: on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance, contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions.

The 2017 MVP Award winners are:

  • Narciso Alarcon, superintendent at Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., for community service and volunteerism and other noteworthy contributions and activities.
  • Justin Cooper, foreman at Flynn, Commerce City, Colo., for outstanding on-the- job performance.
  • Manuel Cortez, foreman at Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., for contributions to a team effort.
  • Robert Detweiler, foreman at Centimark Corp., Lakeland, Fla., for community service and volunteerism.
  • Don Gautier, superintendent at Chamberlain Roofing & Waterproofing, Houston, for outstanding on the job performance and on-the-job safety performance.
  • Roy Jones, superintendent at Rike Roofing Services Inc., Charlotte, N.C., for other noteworthy contributions and activities.
  • Mearl Kline, foreman at West Roofing Services Inc., LaGrange, Ohio, for on-the- job safety performance.
  • Clifton Mead, field worker at Tecta America Southeast LLC, Atlanta, for contributions to a team effort.

Additionally, the Alliance named the following MVP Award finalists:

The Alliance also named Alarcon as a finalist for on-the-job performance and contributions to a team effort, Cooper for other contributions and activities, Gautier for contributions to a team effort, and Kline for contributions to a team effort.

For more information about the MVP Awards program or next year’s nominations, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

Offices & Warehouses

Workforce Essentials, Clarksville, Tenn.

Team

Roofing and Wall Panel Installer: Modern Heating Cooling Roofing, Clarksville, (931) 647-0815
Architect: Lyle Cook Martin Architects, Clarksville
Metal Panel Distributor: Commercial Roofing Specialties Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

Workforce Essentials is a private, non-profit organization providing workforce development services for the Tennessee Department of Labor in a nine-county area.

Workforce Essentials is a private, non-profit organization providing workforce development services for the Tennessee Department of Labor in a nine-county area.

Roof Materials

To meet design objectives, four different PAC-CLAD products were selected. The roof uses 20,500 square feet of 16-inch, 24-gauge Silver Metallic Tite-Loc Plus panels. The façade features 7,800 square feet of Precision Series wall panels finished in Sierra Tan and installed vertically. Complementing the façade is 4,000 square feet of 12-inch Almond Flush panels installed as soffit. In addition, 4,520 square feet of 24-gauge Medium Bronze flat sheet was used for fascia and trim.

“The Tite-Loc Plus panels were long—85 feet—and were rollformed onsite,” says Bill Kimbrough Jr., estimator and project manager for Modern Heating Cooling Roofing. “Getting them up to the high roof was a challenge. All other profiles were fabricated and delivered by Petersen. Currently, PAC-CLAD is about the only product we use.”

Metal Panel Manufacturer: Petersen Aluminum Corp.

The roof uses 20,500 square feet of 16-inch, 24-gauge Silver Metallic Tite-Loc Plus panels.

The roof uses 20,500 square feet of 16-inch, 24-gauge Silver Metallic Tite-Loc Plus panels.

Roof Report

Workforce Essentials is a private, non-profit organization providing workforce development services for the Tennessee Department of Labor in a nine-county area in the middle of the state. Located on a highly visible urban-infill site, the new Workforce Essentials headquarters and career training center is situated at a “gateway entry” intersection to the downtown district. The new 40,000-squarefoot facility consolidates services that had been provided at agency offices previously scattered around the city. After initially considering renovation of an aging building on the site, the organization’s board of directors determined that construction of a new, energy-efficient headquarters was a better course of action. Good visibility and an easily identifiable aesthetic were important to site selection and building design criteria.

Different departments within the building are visually and strategically defined in separate wings and entrances. The administrative office wing to the south is defined by a vertical brick corner tower and sloping metal roof planes and cladding. The larger career training center portion of the building is introduced by metal wall panels in a calming color palette of Sierra Tan. Thematic entry canopies, protruding aluminum sunshades and aligned horizontal fenestration tie together the architectural composition. The overriding idea is for the building to serve as a machine with different parts working together for a common purpose.

Brad Martin, principal/designer at Lyle Cook Martin Architects, explains: “Workforce Essentials has a variety of regional offices throughout the area it serves. All are different and very few are freestanding. The organization has never really had a corporate look or identity. Now, with this new building, we can incorporate its design features and architectural aesthetics into future new buildings and renovations and begin to develop an iconic look.”

Photos: Petersen Aluminum Corp.

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Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces 2016 – 2017 Board of Trustees

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress announces its board of trustees for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

James Patterson, senior vice president—procurement for Centimark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa., is elected president of the Alliance; Thomas Saeli, CEO of Duro-Last Inc., Saginaw, Mich., is elected vice president and Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, Texas, is elected secretary-treasurer.

Additionally, the following are approved to serve on the board of trustees:

Bob Bechtoldt, president and chief executive officer of Douglas Colony Group, Commerce City, Colo.
Nelson Braddy, chief executive officer of King of Texas Roofing Company LP, Grand Prairie, Texas
Dane Bradford, president of Bradford Roof Management Inc.., Billings, Mont.
Bob Daly, president of Kaw Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Kansas City
Naomi Dupre, president and CEO of Kirby Fiberglass, Pueblo West, Colo.
Ken Farrish, president of Atlas Roofing Corp., Atlanta
Josh Kelly, president of OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass.
John Massarelli, vice president of sales and marketing for Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Herndon, Va.
Paul Mitchell, strategic initiatives and alliances for Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance, Beachwood, Ohio
Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Ill.
Chris Schmidt, director of sales for USG Securock Roofing Systems, Chicago
Tom Walker, executive director of commercial roofing for ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis.
David Workman, president and chief executive officer of RoofConnect, Sheridan, Ark.