Puerto Rico was hit hard in 2017 from multiple hurricanes (Irma and Maria). Unfortunately, the Ardent Mills facility in Puerto Rico sustained damage to the roof, including the grain and flour silos. Because of the sensitive nature of food processing, it was imperative they find a quick solution that would not contaminate any product. Ardent Mills turned to their national roofing partner, CentiMark.
Before CentiMark could assess the damage, a structural engineer had to evaluate the building and deem it safe to access the roof. Once that was done, CentiMark conducted a complete roof evaluation to determine the extent of the damage and the best long-term solution.
In this case, the solution was not a “one size fits all.” There ended up being a few different solutions based on the deck type, building height and the need for varying degrees of wind load. Many of the flat roof surfaces on the manufacturing and office facilities were replaced with 60 mil TPO membrane that was either mechanically attached or fully adhered.
The grain and flour silos received a hybrid coating called VersaFlex - a spray application with granules spread during the application that provide a non-slip finish. The coating is a fast drying, highly durable and long-term solution that will withstand high winds.
This project was challenging as much of the work was completed on roofs over 100 – 150 feet in height, requiring our crews to be fully tied off 100% of the time. The fall arrest systems were anchored to the concrete decks and upon completion, the anchoring holes were patched with grout and concrete filler.
The Ardent Mill’s project was completed while maintaining regular business operations and without any contamination to their products. Additionally, the workmanship and materials are backed by CentiMark’s 20-year Single Source Warranty.
Thank you, Ardent Mills, for trusting CentiMark with your roofing needs!