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Smith Builders Roofing excels with pristine craftsmanship in the ARMA Excellence Awards

ARMA - Bronze award home
November 12, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.

By Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA).

Smith Builders Roofing, a highly esteemed roofing and siding company servicing homeowners in Maine, undertook the monumental task of the Schooner Head roofing project.

Located in Acadia National Park, Schooner Head is a breathtaking coastal area renowned for its scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged cliffs. Photographers and nature enthusiasts flock to this spot to capture its dramatic rock formations and picturesque lighthouse.

The residence at Schooner Head is an 8,000-square-foot private estate that sits on 6.81 acres atop the cliffs overlooking Frenchman’s Bay in Bar Harbor. Immersed in a project full of intrigue, the builders worked on the beautiful home without ever crossing paths with its mystery owner. The absence of the relationship only deepened their desire to create a masterpiece. For a prestigious estate of this magnitude, the project required a roofing solution that combined functionality, aesthetics and longterm durability.

Smith Builders Roofing was tasked with delivering a high performance roofing solution, leaving no stone unturned. This technical marvel involved meticulous attention to detail, including a comprehensive inspection and necessary repairs on the roof deck to ensure a solid foundation for the new roof. The exceptional execution of this roofing project earned Bronze recognition in Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association’s (ARMA) 2023 Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program.

“We are thrilled and honored to have received a national award and recognition for our work,” said Bill Weidner, project manager at Smith Builders Roofing.

The award is a testament to Smith Builders Roofing, who worked diligently to deliver a premium roofing system that exceeded the expectations of the project.

Asphalt shingles: Elite performance and protection

At the outset, Smith Builders Roofing embarked on a journey of perfection by methodically stripping away the existing roofing material down to the roof deck. The decking underwent a rigorous inspection process to identify any underlying issues that could compromise the integrity of the new roof. The team promptly executed necessary repairs to ensure a rock-solid base for the forthcoming installation.

With years of experience in the industry, Smith Builders Roofing skillfully selected the optimal roofing materials for the Schooner Head project, prioritizing durability, longevity and aesthetics. Their research and handpicking process resulted in high quality materials that would withstand the test of time and elevate the property’s visual appeal, creating a harmonious blend that sets this roofing project apart. Smith Builders Roofing employs a team of top-tier professionals who are dedicated to their craft and possess an unmatched understanding of roofing techniques. With an unparalleled work ethic, the team flawlessly executed the project by carefully placing every shingle, tile and panel to ensure a seamless integration that maximized the roof’s functionality.

To provide exceptional protection against leaks, Smith Builders Roofing applied a comprehensive approach by utilizing a combination of GAF StormGuard and Grace Ice and Water Shield. The team strategically placed self-adhering barriers in critical areas, such as eaves, valleys and around roof protrusions, effectively preventing water penetration and safeguarding the roofing system’s integrity.

Furthermore, to reinforce the roof and its resistance to adverse weather conditions, the talented team at Smith Builders Roofing installed GAF Felt Buster underlayment across the remaining sections. This additional layer is a reliable shield, ensuring optimal performance and prolonged lifespan.

For efficient water management, the contractor positioned the drip edge along the eaves and rakes of the roof. This essential feature plays a vital role in directing water away from the vulnerable roof edges, effectively mitigating potential damage caused by water infiltration.

Recognizing the importance of a strong foundation for the shingles, the experts at Smith Builders Roofing utilized GAF ProStart starter strips, thoughtfully placing them on the eaves and rakes to provide a secure and dependable base for the subsequent shingle application. A solid foundation establishes that the roofing system is more resistant to external forces, guaranteeing longterm stability.

Selection of high quality roofing materials: Weathering coastal Maine

Smith Builders Roofing selected GAF® Timberline Ultra HD® Shingles in Pewter Gray as the primary roofing material for the project, acquiring 60 squares of these shingles. Renowned for their superiority, these shingles offer a multi-dimensional appearance reminiscent of traditional shake shingles, mirroring the original roof while providing increased resilience. A high wind, six-nail pattern was employed to bolster their resistance against high winds making them a perfect fit for the coastal area. The architectural shingles were ideal, delivering exceptional strength and outstanding performance.

The coastal Maine environment poses various challenges to roofing systems, including extreme temperature fluctuations, strong winds, heavy rain and exposure to salted ocean air. However, the Dura-Grip Adhesive properties of the GAF® Timberline Ultra HD® Shingles enable them to endure winds up to 130 mph, providing the necessary strength and stability to withstand powerful coastal gusts. This high wind resistance is crucial to prevent shingle damage and maintain the roof’s integrity.

Furthermore, the 25-year stain guard properties of the shingles contribute to their long-lasting protection against moisture-related issues, such as algae growth and discoloration. This feature is particularly valuable in preserving the roof as the region is prone to high humidity and moisture.

To reinforce the roof further, Smith Builders Roofing implemented advanced weatherproofing measures as an integral part of the roofing system. From innovative underlayment systems to expertly installed flashing, Smith Builders chose every component to create a barrier against moisture intrusion, effectively safeguarding the property from the relentless forces of nature.

The contractor applied StormGuard and Grace Ice & Water Shield before the shingles to enhance the roofing system’s performance. This combination of protective layers creates a watertight seal and provides an extra defense against potential water infiltration, ensuring the roofing system is more resistant to leaks and water damage.

The selection of GAF® Timberline Ultra HD® Shingles for this seaside project exemplifies a well- informed choice from a technical roofing perspective. Their superior Dura-Grip Adhesive properties, wind resistance, and stain guard capabilities make them an excellent fit for the demanding coastal environment. These additional measures fortify the roofing system against the elements, ensuring the property owner’s long-lasting protection and peace of mind.

Architectural considerations: An estate on a cliff

Nestled on the rocky cliffs of coastal Maine, the Schooner Head property is a stunning display of architectural prowess and natural beauty. Valued at an impressive six million dollars, this estate boasts an expansive 8,000-square-foot home that captivates with its modern design. The residence features a sweeping roofline that commands attention, accentuated by a striking double chimney centerpiece. As one’s gaze draws upward, the roof becomes an undeniable focal point, elevating the visual impact of the entire property. The skills exhibited by Smith Builders Roofing played a crucial role in enhancing the property’s allure. The interplay between angles, slopes and architectural elements creates a dynamic visual experience for those fortunate enough to behold it.

The roofing project at the Schooner Head residence presented unique challenges due to its distinctive architectural features. The steep three-story roof, adorned with elegant arches around windows and doorways, necessitated precise shingle placement to maintain consistent lines and achieve an aesthetically pleasing outcome. Multiple skylights and stacks over entryways and windows added further complexity to the project. Moreover, the existing large chimneys underwent a thorough evaluation to verify the competency of the flashing system.

In addition to the technical aspects, it was also essential to fulfill the client’s desire to maintain the look of shake shingle roofing. The solution was GAF® Timberline Ultra HD® Shingles, which give the appearance of traditional shake shingles and offer enhanced durability, making them the perfect fit for this high value property.

The captivating allure of the Schooner Head property results from its magnificent location, modern design and intricate roofing details. The dramatic sweeping lines of the roof and the striking chimney centerpiece provide an exquisite finishing touch. Thanks to the finesse of the experts at Smith Builders Roofing, the estate’s architectural splendor leaves a lasting impression on all who see it. The contractor has masterfully blended form and function, significantly contributing to the estate’s overall character.

Looking to the future and continued excellence

Smith Builders Roofing is gearing up for an exciting year in 2023 with an impressive lineup of projects on the horizon. As a reputable roofing company, they are set to make their mark in the industry with several noteworthy endeavors, including multiple ventures featuring copper-accented roofs that showcase their expertise in working with high quality materials.

One of their latest and most significant undertakings is the large-scale renovation of a historic coastal property. This project highlights Smith Builders Roofing’s dedication to revitalizing architectural gems and reinforces its reputation as a trusted custodian of heritage structures.

It’s worth noting that Smith Builders Roofing has a consistently robust workload, completing an average of 180 roofs annually. This remarkable volume speaks to the trust placed in their capabilities by a diverse range of clients, further establishing their position as a leader in the roofing industry.

Excellence in asphalt roofing: Winning bronze

Smith Builders Roofing’s exceptional work on the Schooner Head project earned them well-deserved recognition through ARMA’s Excellence Awards.

“As a highly reputable local roofing company, this achievement is a testament to the work we do every day. It has fueled our excitement to expand and deliver exceptional results!” Weidner added.

The finished project is a prime example of the team’s dedication and expertise, propelling the company toward future success and expansion. Schooner Head presented various technical obstacles and rigorous standards, but the team persevered and delivered a roofing solution that excels in all facets.

ARMA acknowledged Smith Builders Roofing’s outstanding performance with the Bronze Award in the Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program. This achievement highlights their position as a leading company in the roofing industry. The contractor even created a brochure highlighting the winning project, which they plan to share with other industry professionals at a local roofing expo.

“ARMA congratulates the team and wishes them continued success as they strive toward winning the Gold Award,” stated Reed Hitchcock, ARMA Executive Vice President.

ARMA’s Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program recognizes the top steep- and low-slope asphalt roofing projects across North America based on four categories: Reasons for Selecting Asphalt, Performance, Beauty and Distinction. Each year, ARMA receives submissions showcasing asphalt roofing as the ideal solution for residential and commercial projects. The awards program has become an industry-wide competition, covering the full spectrum of asphalt roofing systems.

This year was record-breaking, with 127 submissions celebrating success stories, innovative solutions, and complex artistry while promoting the core benefits of asphalt roofing systems. A panel of industry experts selected seven projects as winners of the 2023 Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program.

To learn more about the awards program or ARMA, visit asphaltroofing.org.

Learn more about Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) in their Coffee Shop Directory or visit www.asphaltroofing.org.



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