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On August 12, 2010 around 1:30 pm a summer storm swept through the St. Peters, Missouri area. It has not been determined if it was straight line winds in excess of 100 mph or a tornado that hit The Plaza at 94 strip center owned by Corporate Group.

The Plaza is made up of three buildings. The building farthest to the north was hit the hardest. The roof had a firewall separating a 4-ply built up roof system from a Sprayed Polyurethane Foam (SPF) roof system. On the west side of the firewall was the 4-ply built-up roof and to the east was the SPF roof. The 4-ply built-up roof was between 12-14 years old. The SPF roof was 12 years old and installed by R&A Contracting.

R&A Contracting re-coated the SPF roof a month before the storm and its new 10-year warranty for the SPF section of the roof went into effect. When the storm hit, it destroyed the 4-ply built up roof. The 4-ply roof was torn off all the way down to the metal decking, strewn all over the parking lot, and in some cases, pieces were found over two blocks away.

The SPF roof system remained intact and fully adhered to the metal deck. A small HVAC unit was literally ripped out of the roof and dropped further down the roof, causing damage to the SPF roof. There was other minor damage to the SPF roof from debris and the 4-ply built-up roof that landed on top of the SPF roof as it was being ripped off the metal decking by the storm. The SPF roof even remained waterproof despite the punctures in the SPF roof system from flying debris.

These pictures are all the proof you need that our SPF roof systems are up to the challenge of extreme weather conditions. Call R&A Contracting today at 636-387-7557 for a free inspection of your roof.

I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO