Steel Design Works handles an array of design and consulting projects across many different industry verticals. Because of that, we frequently hire contractors or work with local companies to provide further insight on projects or to outsource the labor. Our latest project was redesigning the rooftop of a large convenient store with numerous locations throughout Miami-Dade County in Florida. Steel Designs Works collaborated with Z Roofing & Waterproofing, a recommended Miami Roofer, to manage the roof design and complete the building. Below are further details on the convenient store roof construction.
Original Roofing Status:
The original roof on the convenient store measured 2,400 square feet and was made of a generic, low-density tar mixture. The roof had been in place since the store’s inception in 1987 and had not been inspected or modified since that time, so there many defects. The rooftop coating was extremely worn and cracking, there were several holes that went straight through to the underlayer, and there were many broken seals along HVAC shafts and piping.
- Complete commercial roof repairs
- Solar panel installation
- Protective roof coating of bonded tar or gravel, pending the price
Management also showed interested in a green initiative, asking whether they should include plants and make a “green roof”.
New Roofing Replacement:
After consulting with Z Roofing, Steel Design Works decided to proceed with replacing the outdated roof. Contractors began by installing a new Thermoplastic (TPO) roofing system. The primary benefits of this material are high-temperature tolerance and heavy resistance to the UV radiation from direct sunlight, which is common in this area of Florida.
After laying the materials and allowing the roof to set, Steel Design Works then installed photovoltaic (PV) solar panels to manage the building’s energy needs. PV solar panels were mounted on the top tile layer of the roof. These absorb sunlight and convert it into energy for the building. With the placement of more than 120 panels across the rooftop, energy usage was no longer a problem, decreasing building costs by 47% within 30 days of completion.
The final element of the project was the green roof initiative proposed by the convenient store’s CEO. It would involve several hundred plants at premium pricing. This idea was rejected by the board of directors due to pricing concerns and the potential weight-bearing load capacity of the roof structure. However, in an effort to appease management, contractors did place a few stand-alone plants on the roof in one corner to make a small “green space” that employees can now relax in on their breaks.
The overall convenient store roof construction was a success because of the strong leadership exhibited by Z Roofing & Waterproofing and the contractors at Steel Design Works. We look forward to collaborating again in the future on other projects in the Miami area.