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RoofPro Stands Up Against Hurricane Irma

Sika RoofPro Hurricane Irma
September 7, 2022 at 6:00 a.m.

By Sika. 

Hurricane force winds are no match for the new roof of American University of the Caribbean. 

In September of 2017 St. Maarten and the surrounding Caribbean islands were hit hard by Hurricane Irma. The Category 5 storm packed a powerful punch, with winds over 185 mph that caused widespread damage to buildings throughout the area. The American University of the Caribbean, however, only sustained minimal damage. Their Sika Corporation RoofPro membrane did not peel or delaminate — only a few skid marks and scrapes from airborne HVAC equipment were left behind from the intense storm.  

While metal roof panels on the adjacent buildings and metal flashings on the AUC building were blown away during Hurricane Irma, the RoofPro membrane in the foreground held fast.  

The RoofPro membrane is still well-bonded all around the tear preventing water from getting under the membrane and moving laterally to find a leakage pathway into the building. All damage was easily repaired.  

Project description 

  • New Construction of Medical Building 

  • 25,500 square feet of 15-year Sikalastic 601/621 RoofPro waterproof membrane on roof 

  • RoofPro membrane was installed in April and May 2013 

Project participants 

Owner: Devry University 
GC/applicator: DCK Worldwide/Expert Roof 

Learn more about Sika in their RoofersCoffeeShop® Directory or visit usa.sika.com. 

Original article source: Sika 

About Sika Corporation 

Sika Corporation, headquartered in Lyndhurst, NJ, is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and solutions for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protecting the construction, residential & home improvement, oil & gas pipeline and the transportation, marine and automotive manufacturing industries. Sika's unique product technologies include concrete admixtures & fibers, mortars, epoxies, urethanes, structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring, pvc and liquid applied membrane roofing systems, thermal insulation, plaster and stucco, below grade waterproofing and acoustical & reinforcing materials. Sika is a global company with a strong tradition in innovation and quality, continuously developing products and solutions that create new opportunities for the company, its employees, and customers. Sika is committed to sustainability development. 



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