St. Mary’s Catholic Center

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 builders 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. The new roof addition and replacement of 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, 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. They’ve found that clay roofs tend to be mishandled more often than any other type of roof. The student center posed yet another intriguing challenge for this project: the expansion project was to be built over the existing building.

Solutions

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

The student center posed yet another intriguing challenge for this project: the expansion project was to be built over the existing building. Schulte Roofing 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 both directions, to remove the old and to build the new. The project required multiple crews and project managers that were assigned to different sections of the roof to work in unison according to our master project vision.

In the end, the existing tectum deck was replaced. To produce a quality assembly, our team began with a thorough cleaning. Then we installed insulation and roofing materials. The entire assembly went through a series of tests and garnered a 20-year, no dollar limit warranty by the manufacturer.

St. Mary’s has stood as a part of A&M’s culture for over 75 years, and thanks to Schulte Roofing, it will stand strong for the next 75 to come.