Clear Sailing For Metal Roofing

Replacement is the cost-effective choice for a yacht-club roof.

The Bradenton Yacht Club roof is made of 18-in.-wide Snap-Clad roof panels in .040 aluminum on the club’s main building.

The blue, aluminum roof on the Bradenton Yacht Club, Bradenton, FL, replaced an old, tired roof, giving the building new life. Removing the old roof was more economically sensible than repainting it, which would only delay its inevitable replacement. More than 25,000 sq. ft. of 18-in.-wide Snap-Clad roof panels in .040 aluminum from Petersen Aluminum, Elk Grove Village, IL (, was installed on the club’s main building. The panels were finished in Pac-Clad color Interstate Blue and feature pencil ribs. Installation by Crowther Roofing and Sheet Metal, Sarasota, FL, took place over two months.

“Crowther is a professional company,” said Bill Wheeler, the club’s rear commodore and reroof project manager. “They were great, and a big part of the success of this job. They’re a no-nonsense professional roofing company that gets the job done right. Plus, the job site was never a mess.”

Crowther tackled the building’s steep slopes using snorkel and boom equipment. The equipment was also used to deal with limited access to the rear of the building due to its location near the marina, said Kevin Callans, the company’s president. “This was a steep building with some strange configurations, so we encountered some issues with taking off the existing roof and putting the new roof on. We’re fortunate to own equipment that allows us to access these types of jobs with challenging site issues, and our cranes and high-reach machines allowed us to perform successfully.”

The Crowther team suggests metal roofing whenever possible, Callans said, “because it’s the best product and longest lasting in this part of Florida. We chose Petersen for this job because of their availability of aluminum, and aluminum simply was the best option for the close proximity to saltwater. Snap Clad is a friendly product for reroof applications because it allows for undulating in aging decks.”

To remove the existing roof and apply the new roof, the steep roof slope was navigated with cranes and high-reach machines. The Interstate Blue color is a yacht club tradition.

The decision to buy a new metal roof was straightforward, Wheeler explained. “We knew that metal was the only product that would address our main concern, which was holding up in a hurricane with winds of 140 mph or more. We went with standing-seam heavy-gauge aluminum because that was the best option,” he concluded.

“I also did a lifecycle cost analysis and determined that a new roof would cost us less over its lifetime than maintaining the existing roof,” Wheeler said. “Repainting it would have worked, but every three years it would have looked bad and would need to be addressed again. Plus, immediately surrounding our building are many white boats that cost between $300,000 and $1 million each, and there was no way we would allow any kind of spray-based repainting job near those boats.”

The yacht club spent a year looking into roof replacement. “We looked at every coating there is, and our main concern was appearance. Previously we had a blue metal roof, which was installed in 1990. We chose Interstate Blue because it’s the darkest blue Petersen sells, and because of yacht club tradition,” Wheeler noted.

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