NYC Canoe Club Experiences Smooth Sailing with Steel Roofing System

NYC Canoe Club Experiences Smooth Sailing with Steel Roofing System

While hundreds of people from the Sebago Canoe Club took paddle in hand this summer to explore the waters of New York City’s Jamaica Bay, Phil Giller and other club volunteers remained on land, seeking shelter from the sun’s harsh rays.

For 75 years and counting, the Sebago Canoe Club located in Canarsie, Brooklyn has served as a cultural, educational and recreational resource for New York City small boat enthusiasts. Members have access to a clubhouse and club boats, boat storage, instruction programs in sea kayaking, sailing, and flatwater racing and a cabin on Lake Sebago in Harriman State Park. But until this past summer, members did not have access to a sheltered area to perform necessary work and maintenance on the boats to keep them ship shape.

More than 100 boats are stored on the club’s property in 16 shipping containers that are each 44 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8 feet high and spaced 20 feet apart. “It just made sense for us to find a roofing system that would fit between two of the shipping containers to create a workroom that we needed to maintain and fix our boats,” says Giller, who is a member of the club’s board of directors.

Because the Sebago Canoe Club is a volunteer run, 501C3 nonprofit, membership organization, Giller says monetary resources are limited for these types of projects. He and other members scoured the Internet in search of a quality custom-built Steel Roofing System that would stand the test of time at a cost that fit within the club’s budget.

“We found SteelMaster Buildings, and I called them to see if they could help us,” says Giller, who is a carpenter. “They were phenomenal – their engineers drew up the plans and added gutters and made the arch a foot higher to give us the space we needed. They made sure that the plans met all city and state codes and sent us a stamped copy of the drawings which we have to have since the club is a New York City park. I was extremely impressed with SteelMaster’s customer service and the quality of their product.”

All SteelMaster arch panels are precision cold formed from high-quality Galvalume TM Plus coil stock and manufactured to specifications of exacting form and fit. Each arch panel has a 7 1/2″ depth corrugation and a cross corrugation depth of 1/4″, which provides superior strength that increases with the gauge of the steel utilized. All SteelMaster panels are pre-cut, die-punched, and designed to overlap and align perfectly with each adjacent panel. This translates to fast, simple, and economical construction time. Bolt holes are punched 7″ apart down each seam with a double row of holes at 9″ overlap at every connection. The cross corrugations are eliminated at the overlap to create a weather tight seal. The triple seam overlap arch section to arch section has a minimum 1″ overlap on each of the three faces.

“We did the work of putting the roofing system together ourselves over the course of four weekends, and we didn’t have any problems at all,” said Giller. “The installation instructions are on the SteelMaster website, and they were easy to follow. I was initially worried that because our budget was so small for this project we wouldn’t be able to find a great product and great customer service – but SteelMaster proved us wrong.”

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