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Lyric Theater getting a new roof

By Staff | Jun 23, 2017

Brad Wangler, of Rugby Spray Foam, and Sue Steinke, president of Friends of the Lyric, pose among the debris of the Lyric’s stripped roof

The Lyric Theater is currently in the process of getting its roof repaired.

Service provided by Brad Wangler and Dereck Welk of Rugby Spray Foam, the crew of seven began construction this past Monday, June 19.

‘The board voted to give these local contractors an opportunity to do this job. We are a local community sponsored theater, and it was important to us to use a local contractor,” President of the Friends of the Lyric, Sue Steinke said.

According to Steinke, the board has known since the transition of the theater in 2012 that the roof needed repairs. Over the past year, it was clear that repairs needed to be completed soon. “They’ve got to do a really good job of preparing the roof, and they have got quite a ways to go. When you walked on [the roof], it was actually squishy,” she said.

Wangler and Welk initially took a core sample of the roof, which revealed about a three-inch layer of material full of moisture underneath the existing rubber roofing. Because of this, the board knew the roof would have to be removed and replaced completely.

“Cost is going to be based on a sliding scale of how deteriorated the roof is. We didn’t know when we stripped the roof off what we were really going to find,” Steinke said, explaining that the board did build in some worst case scenario contingencies for rotted areas in the event that new sheeting would need to cover the structure to repair any of those deteriorated areas.

Stripping down to the original roofing material will also allow for some blown in insulation to be installed into the attic. There is only about four inches of original insulation in the attic now, according to Steinke.

“The building is such a large space with restricted access to the attic under the long expanse of the roof that stripping this down to the original roofing material will allow us to open up some access holes from the top side to get about 18 inches of insulation into the attic,” she said. “This additional insulation will greatly improve our heating bills in the winter and keep it cooler in the summer.”

Construction is expected to last at least a week.

After the roof repairs have been completed, the board plans to renovate other areas of the theater, including replacing interior lighting and adding a digital marquee outside.

“The most important thing right now is the roof over our heads,” Steinke said. “This is a big project for the Lyric, but we are grateful to the community for its continued support so that we can make these important upgrades to keep our local theater viable for many years to come.”

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