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Large residence features metal roof

Photo: J. MahoneyAffiniti Architects PA specified standing seam metal roofing to cover three buildings for a private residence in Jupiter, Fla. The metal roofing clads a network of roofs, turrets, walkways and outbuildings. A covered walkway leads to an outdoor multiuse entertainment area, which is also under the roof. The entertainment area has views of a swimming pool and an inlet.

The project was designed to make full use of its location and 2-acre property. The residence is located on the east coast of the state, at the end of a peninsula with views of the ocean in three directions. There is a 240-degree view of the Locksahatchee River's headwaters, Jupiter inlet and a historic lighthouse on the mainland. Additionally, the residence features a large banyan tree next to a guest house and stonework throughout.

Brad Knuth, president at Ocean Architectural Sheet Metal Supply Inc., the fabricator, says the metal roofing complements the ocean views. "The back of the house looks north and east toward bridges that go out the inlet to the Atlantic," he says.

Knuth says challenges included fabricating 50-foot-long panels for the main house on-site and hundreds of panels for curved turrets and winding walkways. "The tapered panels went from 1-foot-wide to a few inches wide and had to be fabricated individually before being placed on a special peel-and-stick underlayment," he says. "This was a complex job for these reasons, as well as for its round main roof with special edging and the elegant turrets and metal covered lookouts."

Gulfstream Roofing Inc. installed, 300,000 square feet of Englert Inc.'s Series 1300 profile standing seam roof system in Medium Bronze for the 12,000-square-foot residence.

Bob McDonald, president at Gulfstream Roofing, says, "This was an extraordinary job, not only in size, but also in complexity. But it was not just the amount of roofing material, it was also the magnitude of tapered panels used, all at different angles and 10 times the usual number. That made the work so challenging."

The footprint of the house itself was left intact, but most everything else was replaced or upgraded including covering the exposed pipes and re-wiring electricity to maximize R-value. Brian Collins, of Affinity Architects PA, says the original house on the property had a tile roof that was removed. "The owner bought the house for its land value," he says. "The network of covered patios and walkways and the guest house over the garage were all additions."

Construction Association of South Florida recognized the workmanship of the metal roofing and gave its 2015 Craftsman Award to Fidel Chavez, of Gulfstream Roofing. The project was completed in June 2015.

Architect: Affiniti Architects PA, Boca Raton, Fla.,
General contractor/installer: Gulfstream Roofing Inc., Delray Beach, Fla.,
Fabricator: Ocean Architectural Sheet Metal Supply Inc., Boynton Beach, Fla., (561) 441-4719
Metal roof panels: Englert Inc., Perth Amboy, N.J.,

Photo: J. Mahoney