More than 130,000 sq. ft. of Metl-Span CF36R insulated panels were utilized to re-roof the 8-building Haughton Middle School complex in Haughton, LA. The 2 ½” panels were finished in Cool Bright Red and replaced a standing seam metal roof that was not performing properly.
“The old roof had been a problem for years,” said Lauren Marchive, project architect with Newman Marchive Carlisle, Inc., Shreveport, “and the Bossier Parish School Board wanted it gone.”
The design team researched three options: 1) removing the roof and installing decking with a new roof over it; 2) using a single ply membrane system with insulation over the existing roof; and 3) removing the roof and installing an insulated metal panel system.
After consideration, the School Board determined the insulated metal panel system was the best solution. “Metl-Span was included in our bidding process and was the successful low bidder,” according to Marchive. “We had used Metl-Span roof and wall panels before on a Louisiana Department of Transportation building and the success of that project is what convinced us that this was a good option.”
Other factors that contributed to the selection of the Metl-Span system were thermal insulation qualities and the speed and ease of installation. “School remained in session during the renovation and it was important to minimize the disruption as much as possible,” Marchive said.
Installation of the Metl-Span panels was done by Louisiana Roofing Contractors, LLC, Bossier City, LA. “The biggest challenge was working around the school schedule,” according to Paul Tipton, owner. “We literally tore off the old and installed the new on a daily basis and made the roof watertight overnight, of course.”
The architectural design of the new roof was basically unchanged from the original. “There was quite a variety of different slopes to contend with and lots of details on the dormers,” according to Tipton. “But the system worked really well and achieved the design and performance everyone was looking for.”