June 26, 2008

Bid Process to Begin For New Library Roof

A design flaw has faced the Scotland County Library with roof problems since the building was constructed in Memphis in 1990 and now finally has forced the board of directors of the local facility to agree to replace the trouble spot.

“We have had problems with the roof ever since I took over as director,” said Scotland County librarian Melissa Schuester. “We had to place buckets around the library to catch the water dripping from the ceiling.”

The moisture problem was caused by condensation build up between the roof and the ceiling. The original design did not include ventilation for the ceiling area, causing condensation to build up between the insulation and the plywood sheeting.

Not only did the moisture cause problems below, but it also was blamed for additional issues with the roofing, as the plywood decking used for the project was likely too thin for the distances it was spanning between roof trusses. Combined with the moisture, these boards became warped and ultimately popped the joints causing further roof and ceiling problems.

The library has installed ventilation alleviating the moisture concern and also made adjustments to the insulation above the ceiling area. However the damage caused has ultimately made the roof replacement necessary.

The Kirksville library was forced to tackle similar measures, installing a new roof just a few years ago. Both projects were designed by the same architect.

The board hired Architechnics, Inc. of Quincy, IL, to handle the roof redesign for the 5,400 square foot facility. Bids will be sought in July with plans for completing the project later this summer. Plans call for removal of the existing roofing material all the way down to the trusses, with installation of new sheeting, felt, ventilation and shingles.

Schuester stated the library has secured a $16,000 low interest loan through USDA and also has received community donations to help offset some of the cost of the project. The library has been able to set aside additional funds in the building account to offset what originally was estimated as a $55,000 project before recent material and fuel cost increases likely forced that number higher.

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