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Books and water don’t mix, so roof leaks and libraries definitely don’t belong together. The Frankfort Public Library in Frankfort, Illinois, knows this firsthand. For years, the library’s staff had to protect its books from damaging leaks due to a failed roof.
“It requires more than just buckets,” says Pierre Gregoire, director of the library, of dealing with the leaks. “One of the bad leaks was over the teen books. We had to shift all our bookshelves.”
The single-ply white membrane placed on the roof of a 1998 library expansion was discontinued a couple of years after its installation. Unsurprisingly, the library felt the effects of the faulty membrane during the years to follow.
“There have been cracks and we’ve been trying to fill them and so forth, but it had gotten so bad,” says Gregoire. “It had been enough time, so it was overdue for replacement.”
After the library acquired a state grant to cover half the project cost, Ridgeworth Roofing was the successful low bigger on what would prove to be a small but complicated job.
Working with Jonathan Murawski of Robert Juris & Associates Architects, Ridgeworth’s experts removed the failed single-ply roof, which covered three different roof decks. A large HVAC unit and architectural screen complicated the installation by creating tight working conditions for the crew. The Ridgeworth team worked around the library’s schedule without disruption and installed the necessary insulation as well as a Carlisle TPO roof system of just under 4,000 square feet. The system included a long-term Carlisle warranty to ensure that the library sees many watertight years ahead.
“Ridgeworth did a very full and complete job,” says Gregoire. “They did the job very quickly, very professionally, and they did not disrupt the library.”
Aside from the new roof and the dry bookshelves, Gregoire is pleased with another outcome: The library, which uses electric heat, has seen reduced electric bills as a result of the added insulation.
“As you can imagine, that helped a tremendous amount,” he says.
Since the installation, the library hasn’t had a single leak. “We’ll be good for a while,” Gregoire says.
And as for Ridgeworth Roofing?
“They were excellent,” he says.
Project Snapshot: Frankfort Public Library