After experiencing a few delays due to material shortages and difficult leak repairs, the roof painting and coating process is now officially underway!
Starting this week, two coats of white primer are being applied to all roof surfaces prior to the application of the final gray color. Additional roof coating material will be applied along with the primer to all areas with the potential for future leaking.
The completion time of the project is dependent on high enough temperatures to properly apply the materials. We are hopeful and continue to pray that the roof portion of the project will be fully completed by mid- to late December.
A commercial painting contractor has also been hired to paint all exterior red/white metal siding panels to match the new gray roof color. This process is also dependent on the weather and by the timing of the roof completion.
We also plan to paint the pavilion after the main buildings are completed and once complete funding for Tier 1 has been received (currently 81%). Thank you for your continued faithfulness in giving!
The project will now be completed as a combination of three coats of both paint and roof coating. Our contractor and the coating manufacturer suggested that we pursue this combined option due to limited coating color choices and that coating colors fade much quicker than high quality roof paint.
Both low slope roofs will be fully coated to seal and protect from future leaks and will be completed with 15 year manufacturer and 15 year workmanship warranties.
All remaining surface areas will be painted with Sherwin Williams exterior roofing paint (15 year workmanship warranty). All transition points, seams, or penetrations with the potential for leaks will be coated prior to being painted.
Our contractor is adding additional metal flashing and coating over the primary area of concern (front hallway) to fully cover the transition points and resolve the leaks.
We have received 72% of the cost to complete Tier 1 of the overall project. Thank you for your faithfulness and financial support!
Washing the steeple
Sample section of new roof color
New drain pipes were added to the worship center downspouts to allow rainwater to now drain properly and prevent standing water on the main entrance roof.
The entire roof has been pressure washed to remove dirt and debris and prepare the roof for coating.
All rivets, seams, and penetrations in leaking areas have been coated with a high quality urethane sealant and an extra layer of rubber seam tape to prevent any future leaks.
Through two months of applying materials and evaluating after each rainfall, leaks have been identified and stopped. Contractor continues to inspect after every significant rainfall.
A team of church members (men and women), along with a third party consultant, are making final evaluation of colors to staff and leadership team.
The application of the coating should be completed within the next 45-60 days, weather permitting. Painting of the steeple and vertical panels will be completed during this timeline as well.
Thank you for your faithfulness in giving! We are 3 months in to our 6-month giving campaign and we have received 56% ($140,000) of what is needed to complete Tier 1 (Goal: $250,000).
The initial phases of the project have begun. The roof has been completely pressure washed and an additional urethane sealant has been added to all areas where water could possibly penetrate. New drainpipes have been added off of the main entrance roof to allow proper drainage and to prevent ponding water. Final sample materials are being tested to currently before the product is delivered and applied to the roof.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve finalized bids from competing contractors for the roof sealing project. Through this process, we discovered the needed internal repairs are less extensive and expensive than originally projected. The best bid we received is from a reputable contractor and comes with a 15-year, no-leak warranty.
The good news is that the total cost for the project (roof sealant, exterior painting and wood accent trim) will now cost $50,000 less than originally expected. We have updated the project tiers below to reflect this cost reduction.
Currently, we have over $137,000 either committed or already given toward the cost of this project. For the remaining amount needed to complete this campus restoration, if each individual giver or family participates at an average of $100/month for the next six months, we can finish the project together! While we understand that not everyone can give the same amount, any amount given can benefit our ability to reach our community.
This project is important to repair and preserve the facility that God has given us as well as enable us to carry out the mission and vision of our church in our community for years to come. Please prayerfully consider your part and submit your pledge or donation through the links on this page or in one of our giving boxes on Sunday.
For photos of the roof condition prior to the start of the project, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.
God has done amazing things through our church over the past 33 years. We propose this campus restoration initiative to advance our mission and vision now and for years to come. We ask those who call Faith home to join us in this effort.
The Story So Far: October 2021-Present
- Exposed seams allowing leaks
- Fading, chipping and cracking paint all across roof sections allowing exposed metal to rust
- Rusted and missing fasteners
- Deteriorating pipe boots, caulk and sealant
- Multiple leaks in the Worship Center, Children’s Center and Student Center
- Internal water damage
- Rotting plywood roof decking
- Internal water damage
Roof Replacement Costs
History of Unity
Our church has an amazing history of working together to fund major campus projects in order to fulfill our local mission:
Restoration Projects and Goals
Tier 1 - $225-250K
Tier 2 - $275-300K
Tier 3 - $325-350K
Frequently Asked Questions
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Metal roofs have a life expectancy of between 40-60 years and the oldest section of the church’s roof was installed over 30 years ago. Thousands of dollars have been spent in the past ten years to make temporary repairs. The aging of the roof sections, the types of repairs that were needed, and the fading and cracking of the paint were all major determining factors on the scope of the project.
We are working hard to build and maintain a healthy balance in our building fund for maintenance projects, improvements and emergencies. We are planning to fund the campus restoration project separate from our regular building fund.
We are still in negotiations with two contractors concerning warranties. The minimum guaranteed warranty is 10 years renewable for another 10 years.
Based on conversations with tenured church members, we’ve discovered that some leaks have existed for at least 15 years.
No, the coating will reseal all areas of the metal roof sections where caulk is now deteriorating and leaking. The work will also replace any rusted fasteners and repairing the leaking flat metal roof section on the front of the building by removing the metal, replacing all rotten wood decking underneath, and adding a TPO membrane roof that will be tied into the rest of the existing roof correctly.
As an added benefit to the necessary repairs, the change of roof color and corresponding exterior painting will improve the presentation and curb appeal of our buildings.
A total metal roof replacement has been estimated to cost nearly a million dollars and comes with a 20-year warranty. A total shingle roof replacement has been estimated to cost at least $465,000 and comes with a 10-year warranty. Both estimates are base prices and would likely increase significantly due to the amount of labor needed for such large projects and with the need to add plywood decking for a shingle roof replacement.
Our roof has not completely reached the point where a replacement roof is essential, but we are still dealing with many leaks and aging. By coating and making needed repairs now, the roof’s life will be significantly extended.
This project provides us the opportunity to invest in our mission of leading people to active faith in Jesus now and for the next generation.