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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Recently the Scioto County Commissioners signed the final documents pertaining to Five Star Roofing and the work it had done in installing a new roof on the courthouse. In the 9-page document it outlines the conditions of the warranty for the work.

The document states the warranty on the roof will last 20 years for material and three years for labor.

“Five Star will, subject to the terms and limitations described herein, repair any leaks in the system for a period of three years and for the cost of the labor to perform the repair work for a period of 17 years, beginning on the effective date (4-5-13) entered above,” the document states.

Five Star is also asking to be notified in a timely manner about any issues, but no later than 30 days after a leak has been discovered. If it’s determined the leak in question is not the result of defects in Five Star’s workmanship or materials then they will not be responsible and the cost for repairs will be on the owner.

Exclusions to the warranty include not being responsible for repairs, leaks or damages caused by natural disasters, acts of negligence or misuse by the owner or inadequate or improper maintenance.

Other exclusions to the warranty include acts of vandalism, civil disobedience and war and riots.

In February, the commissioners entered into a contract with Five Star Commercial Roofing for $99,990 to replace the existing roof of the courthouse.

The scope of the work included removal of the existing roof and laying down a layer of starbond cold applied modified bitumen, then placing a base sheet on top of that, then adding another layer of starbond cold applied modified bitumen on top of that. Crews then added a 14-foot poly-flex fiber membrane then another layer of starbond cold applied modified bitumen.

Finally crews apply a cover layer of Starfire Aluminum Chips. Aluminum chips were installed as an effort to keep the temperature of below 120 degrees. The current roof kept the temperature below 200 degrees.

The extent of the damage left by the previous roof has made the majority of the fourth floor uninhabitable with some damage beginning to appear on the third floor of the building.

Mike Crabtree, Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners, said now that the roof is repaired, the county can look into the extent of the damage on the fourth floor and ways to fix it.

Those plans include looking for someone that would be interested recycling the steel from the remains of the former Scioto County Jail that are on the fourth floor of the courthouse.

In March, a change order on the project was approved by the commissioners that called for an additional $23,000 to be spent on the project to replace a layer of insulation between the roof and the concrete that had become damaged over the years.

On March 18 the offices of Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge Matt McFarland’s offices became flooded as a result of a clogged downspout causing damage to most of the office. As a result, the county brought in Mike Asebrook of Asebrook and Co. Architects/Inspectors to examine the roof and make recommendations on how to prevent further flooding in the future.

Crabtree called the completion of the roof a good thing and said it needs to sit for two months and not be disturbed before any final inspections can be conducted.

“It’s finished to this degree. It’s got two months of curing. We’re going to have Asebrook take a look and make sure everything that he inspects is satisfactory,” Crabtree said. “Once everything is cured out, we’re going to have Roto-Rooter come in and make sure all the drains are clear 150 feet down, like he (Asebrook) had suggested,” Crabtree said.

He said nothing can be done now because any damage done to the roof in the next 60 days will be the county’s responsibility.

According to the Scioto County Auditor’s office, a total of $122,990 was paid by the county to Five Star Commercial Roofing.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.

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