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Severe Storm & Damage Prompts Church to Take Action

Project at a Glance

“The WindClamp was a much needed product after our roof sustained damages from a wind storm with 90mph winds. I was amazed that such a small clamp would strengthen our roof against future wind storms. It was strong and incredibly easy to install. S-5! has given us the peace of mind that our roof installation will serve our church for many years to come.”

- David Cowart, Operations Manager, Church For All Nations

The Situation & Results

Church For All Nations is a dynamic, growing, multi-cultural body of non-denominational Christian believers, with two campuses in Colorado Springs and mission outreach throughout the world. The Northeast campus features a 49,000-square-foot, engineered Varco Pruden metal-clad building with a Varco Pruden SSR metal roof.

A severe windstorm of 90 mph gusts swept through the area, resulting in partial roof damage. The wind had lifted up the front edge of the roof, peeling back the roof on its gable ends. With ever-increasing frequency and magnitude of wind events throughout the country, including Colorado, an existing roof is more likely to experience localized or total failure as wind forces try to tear the roof from its mountings. Church For All Nations needed a long-term solution to protect and preserve its roof.

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What Worked

The S-5! team recommended the WindClamp™ 2X – or external seam clamp – to protect and preserve the roof against the area’s strong winds. Placed over the seam at designated intervals, WindClamps are designed to prevent multiple modes of failure on standing seam and other concealed-fastened metal roofs, including male-to-female seam separation and/or total separation from its mounting clip.  This retrofit enabled Church For All Nations to preserve its roof and gave them peace of mind that their roof will serve the church community for years to come.

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Long Term Outlook

The WindClamp 2X was easily retrofitted to the existing roof, bringing it into code compliance without costly structural changes, and the roof is ready to withstand the next extreme wind event. The church can rest assured knowing the WindClamp will continue to protect the service life of the roof for years to come.

Church For All Nations is featured in another case study involving snow guards and utility solutions. You can read more about that project here

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We’ve appreciated the partnership that we’ve had with the folks at S-5! over the past 20+ years. You not only get a quality product that stands the test of time, but you benefit from a relationship with a family and a team that stands behind their products.

- David Cowart, Operations Manager, Church For All Nations

S-5! Products Used

S-5! WindClamps utilize one setscrew for easy installation and are tailored to fit your roof profile to provide the best fit and increased wind uplift performance.

A wind clamp, otherwise known as “External Seam Clamp” is a small aluminum clamp placed over the seam at given intervals to prevent male-to-female seam separation and/or seam separation from its mounting clip. They significantly increase the wind resistance capacity of the panel system.

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