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Up on the roof at BV

MANLIUS — There are various buildings in the Bureau Valley School District in need of roofing upgrades in varying degrees.

However with a tight budget, knowing exactly what roofs need to be repaired and what roofs just need to be re-coated is crucial.

To get a better idea of the kind of maintenance needed, the school board agreed to spend $5,070 to have a thermal imagining scan performed on each roof.

Members from the building and grounds committee recently met with a roofing specialist to get recommendations. The specialist recommended purchasing the roof scan.

Superintendent Dennis Thompson explained with the scan option, a probe would be sent down into the roof. That probe would be able to sense moisture collected in areas were there are leaks.

“If you see a separated asphalt piece, you can see it, but you can’t tell if it’s saturated underneath with water. When you go to repair it, you’re not going to know that until you actually tear the roof off and find the wet insulation underneath,” he said. “This way if we discover some of these things, we may not have to take off the entire roof; we might repair one part and resurface another part.

“Looking at a roof and knowing what’s under the roof are two different issues,” he said.

Thompson compared the scans to instruments firemen use to find hot spots in buildings.

“The roof gives off a differential heat loss due to how much moisture might be collecting in the insulation of the roof that you cannot see,” he said.

The specialist also discussed removing stones, that collect on the tops of BV South’s roof and re-coating various roof surfaces throughout the district.

Board member Bill Gebeck said he thought a few guys from the community might be able to do that type of work, which would help save on costs.

A photograph of the BV School in Wyanet was also passed out on Monday, and Thompson pointed out several areas that are in “disrepair” and would need to be replaced, as they were the original roofs from when the buildings were first built.

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