St. Mary’s Catholic Center

St. Mary’s original tower was installed between 1938 and 1939. Adding a new roof to the main structure and replacing the existing roof around the tower would require incredible skill in order to maintain the tower’s historic integrity.

Background

When you can confidently take on any project, big or small, even restoring a nearly century-old historic structure hardly seems like a challenge. We eagerly accepted this project, knowing we were the only roofing company who could give St. Mary’s Catholic Center the care and attention it deserves.

St. Mary’s original tower was installed between 1938 and 1939. Adding a new roof to the main structure and replacing the existing roof around the tower would require incredible skill in order to maintain the tower’s historic integrity — a nuanced job requiring careful hands and immaculate attention to detail.

St. Marys Catholic Center - Ludowici Clay Tiles - Schulte Roofing®
St. Marys Catholic Center - Ludowici Clay Tiles - Schulte Roofing®
St. Marys Catholic Center - Ludowici Clay Tiles - Schulte Roofing®
St. Marys Catholic Center - Ludowici Clay Tiles - Schulte Roofing®
St. Marys Catholic Center - Ludowici Clay Tiles - Schulte Roofing®
St. Marys Catholic Center - Ludowici Clay Tiles - Schulte Roofing®
St. Marys Catholic Center - Ludowici Clay Tiles - Schulte Roofing®
St. Marys Catholic Center - Ludowici Clay Tiles - Schulte Roofing®
St. Marys Catholic Center - Ludowici Clay Tiles - Schulte Roofing®

Challenges

Clay tile roofs are extremely volatile, and their design and installation are vital to the longevity of the roof. We know this first-hand, spending a lot of time re-roofing projects that other roofers improperly installed. We’ve found that clay roofs tend to be mishandled more often than any other type of roof.

Solutions

On the roof attached to the bell tower, we started by carefully stripping away the damaged roof deck, installing a new deck, and applying an underlayment that was specifically designed for this application. Then, we carefully installed premium tiles by Ludowici, selected for its unique design that limits water absorption and promotes a long lifespan. We used only concealed copper fasteners to attach the clay tiles for a seamless appearance. Now, the structure stands strong once again with a restored classic clay tile roof backed by a 75-year warranty.

For the student center portion of the roof, we initiated a multi-phase approach, including several expansions and repair projects to slowly and seamlessly integrate each phase’s design and materials with the existing structure. This process required an extensive traffic control plan to coordinate efforts moving in all directions. We had to remove the old, construct the new and manage traffic both within the project and surrounding it. The project required multiple crews and project managers that were assigned to different portions of the roof construction in unison according to our master project vision.

The entire assembly went through a series of tests and garnered a 20-year, no dollar limit (NDL) warranty by the manufacturer.

St. Mary’s has stood as a part of A&M’s culture for over 75 years, and with the help of a beautiful, long-lasting roof constructed by our teams at Schulte Roofing, it will stand strong for many years to come.