New fire house boasts innovative roof
Cedar shakes on Park City roofs help new buildings fit into the décor of an old mining town, but they’re also like matchsticks on a roof, explained Scott Adams, assistant fire chief for the Park City Fire Services District.
Flying embers from wildfires light the roof shakes and can bring down a building from the top down.
"In the fires in California, some of the biggest problems with losing homes were wood-shake roofs," he said.
That’s why the new fire station on Holiday Ranch Loop Road has metal shakes.
Dennis Duce with Nielco Roofing and Sheet Metal said more people are understanding the importance of fire-resistant roofing, but high oil prices have caused options using petroleum, like asphalt shingles, to go up about 40 percent in price.
Metal shakes last much longer than asphalt and are now comparable in price. A company out of Ohio can also mold the shakes to resemble wood.
A machine about the size of the fire house with footings set about 18 feet deep stamps the shakes into shape with an impact that shakes the floor, Duce said with a smile.
Adams said they went with the metal shakes not just to follow their own instructions, but also to show citizens what this alternative roof would look like.
Joan Jacobson and her husband had the shakes put on their home on Aerie Drive and said they love it.
"We’re very happy with our roof," she said.
A lot of people have already been following the instruction to install any kind of noncombustible roof, Adams said.
"We wanted to showcase this as another option, just taking two technologies and putting them together," he explained.
The metal shakes are also Energy Star rated, Duce said. The metal keeps heat inside and the paint reflects heat from the sun, cutting heating and air conditioning bills. The recycled metal content in the shakes is also high, he said.
Many area buildings are choosing a type of metal roofing that aids the snow in sliding off. The shakes prevent the sliding which often causes the snow to hang from the edge and is aesthetically unappealing. But the way the shakes are assembled reduces the risk of damage from ice damming, Duce said.
Adams said the District is hoping the new firehouse to be ready for operation the beginning of November.
For more information on Classic Metal Roofing Systems, contact
Nielco Roofing and Sheet Metal
5780 South 300 West, Murray
For more information on the new fire station, contact
Park City Fire Services District
730 Bitner Rd 649-6706
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