For more than 50 years, K-12 school districts and higher education institutions have trusted Sika roofing and waterproofing systems to protect their facilities from the ravages of sun, wind, ice and rain. Sika roofs deliver many benefits including:
Low life-cycle costs - help facility managers control capital expenses, HVAC operations costs and the cost of roof maintenance
Proven Performance and Sustainable Solutions
Sika roofing systems provide the most versatility for school design. Whether the roofing system is low- or steep-sloped, exposed or paver ballasted, Sika has the proven solution. Sika systems offers both highly-reflective, white membranes as well as stocked and custom color options.
With ENERGY STAR® compliant EnergySmart roofing, you'll start saving on HVAC costs immediately; savings that keep on going for generations to come and savings you can redistribute to vital educational spending. EnergySmart's heat-welded membrane technology quite simply delivers performance and durability you can count on for decades.
The reflective roof used on this building was a Sika Sarnafil adhered, EnergySmart Roof® system, which has been shown to significantly reduce a building’s energy expenses related to air-conditioning. The light color of the membrane reflects the sun’s rays, decreasing heat flow through the building envelope and thus reducing the energy required to cool an air-conditioned building. “Even during construction and before the HVAC system was installed, the building stayed cool because of the reflective Sika Sarnafil roof,” said Debra Shockley, quality control manager at RossTarrant Architects.
Depending on load capabilities and other application-driven requirements, green roofs can be planted with herbs, grasses, flowers and even trees in an exciting variety of colors, textures, scents and heights. Patios and walkways can become a useable part of the roof environment. Today it’s clear: vegetated roofs offer many social, environmental and economic benefits.
Because of the complexity of green roof designs, and the fact that the waterproofing membrane is buried beneath the growth media and vegetation, it was important to find a membrane that would offer long-term watertight protection. According to Smith, three waterproofing membranes were considered: a fluid-applied bitumen, a sheet-applied bitumen, and the Sarnafil G476 membrane.
The finished roof received high marks from the architect, owner and contractor. “Sika Sarnafil’s claims of a superior product were backed up not only in the design phase, but also in the construction phase,” architect Jason Smith of Kieran Timberlake Associates stated. “We believe Sika Sarnafil offers a good value and we have confidence in them and their products. In fact, we’ve specified the Sika Sarnafil system on all green roofs we’ve done since this project. The less we have to worry about roofs, the better off we are.
Realize your design with a Décor Roof System. Décor is the ideal choice for new or existing buildings that call for the appearance of a metal roof, yet require maximum watertight performance. Décor Roof Systems deliver aesthetics, design flexibility, proven performance and low life-cycle costs.
The school district originally wanted the new C. B. Jennings Elementary School to have a metal roof for aesthetic reasons, but Friar Associates believed the Décor system was a better choice for them, according to Brian A. Solywoda, AIA, vice president at Friar Associates.
The Décor system looks like a metal roofing system but has hot-air-welded seams and requires less maintenance, and we knew it would perform better than a metal roof,” Solywoda stated. “In fact, we’ve specified the Décor system for the Science and Technology Magnet School of Southeastern Connecticut, also in New London; Torringford Elementary School in Torrington, CT; and the Seymour High School in Seymour, CT; — all with good results.”
Sika offers three waterproofing systems - Loose-Laid System, Self-Adhered System and Grid System – to address the variety of plaza deck conditions including pedestrian plazas, vehicular plazas, balconies, terraces and observation decks.
As the new home to the University of Northern Iowa’s (UNI) men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams — as well as a performance venue for concerts, wrestling and other events — the McLeod Center is host to over 370,000 visitors per year. Many of these visitors travel across the McLeod Center Plaza that connects the Center with the UNI-Dome football coliseum, which means they are also walking over locker rooms and storage facilities underneath the plaza. In order to prevent water from entering those areas, it was vital that the waterproofing membrane installed underneath the plaza was a proven player.
John Mirchich, associate director, construction administration at UNI, was also happy that D. C. Taylor Co.’s proposal including the Sarnafil® membrane was selected. “We had D. C. Taylor Co. install Sarnafil roofing membrane on a portion of the UNI-Dome four or five years ago, and it has worked out very well,” he said.
A solar roofing system can reduce your energy consumption costs and your reliance on the utility grid while providing a high performance roofing system. Solar modules can last more than 25 years, necessitating a long lasting, "solar ready" roofing system. Sika's solar-ready vinyl roof systems are durable and have been proven to last for decades.
Just as a well executed fast break is appreciated in basketball, a quality roofing installation done under a tight deadline is also worthy of admiration. When Progressive Roofing of Phoenix was assigned the task of reroofing the Wells Fargo Arena at Arizona State University in Tempe, they had approximately 60 days to complete the 87,000 square feet installation. And if that wasn’t difficult enough, they also had to cut out 1,780 penetrations in the roof for solar panels that were being installed.
Fortunately, the roofing system selected for the Arena was one that Progressive Roofing of Phoenix had a lot of experience with. “Sika Sarnafil is one of the better manufacturers of roofing membrane, and the system is a pleasure to put down,” said Steve Elsley, project manager at Progressive Roofing. “We always seem to have one or two Sika Sarnafil projects going on.”
Recycling reduces the environmental impacts of producing new materials at the beginning of the life cycle and the burden on landfills at the end. The feasibility and technical capability of recycling vinyl is well established.
Sika has invested in state-of-the-art processing equipment that enables large scale recycling of post-consumer vinyl roofs back into roofing products. These products include walkway pads, protection membranes and roofing and waterproofing membranes.
The Carver-Hawkeye Arena at the University of Iowa’s Iowa City campus has been the site of many winning performances, including that of its roof. The 48 mil, mechanically attached Sika Sarnafil roof had done its job admirably for 25 years, until an unusually severe storm damaged parts of the roof in the spring of 2006. Yet, like a dedicated athlete who refuses to give up the game, the aging membrane continues to perform today in its new, recycled rendition as roofing walkway membranes. Meanwhile, its Sika Sarnafil replacement roof continues the legacy of being a high performing player
The Sika Sarnafil EnergySmart 60 mil, S327 mechanically attached system was selected for several reasons. One was that the new membrane could be effectively welded to the old Sarnafil® membrane during the anticipated phasing of the roof installation.