Asphalt roofs take top prizes


The winners of the 2015 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC) awards were announced, and it was no beauty contest.

Although the winning projects each feature aesthetic and innovative design, none were chosen for their looks alone. The top three winners this year — a high school, a luxury condominium complex and an upscale home — were chosen because of the vital way asphalt roofing was used to solve a key issue and protect valuable assets.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) honored D&D Roofing with the gold award for the new roofing system installed at the Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Colorado. The school selected a redundant BUR system to protect the school’s staff, students and equipment from a variety of different weather conditions, including heavy snow storms, hail, high winds as well as the effects caused by the blazing sun.

The silver award was given to IronClad Exteriors, Inc. for its work on The Grand Lodge at Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. This luxury condominium complex located at a ski resort required a new asphalt roof that would prevent heat from escaping through the attic and causing ice damming when snow melts and refreezes at the eaves.

Tom Goldston Roofing received the bronze award for the Rosenthal Residence in Glennbrook, Nevada. This beautiful home in South Lake Tahoe required fire-resistant asphalt shingles because it’s situated in a heavily wooded area. The homeowners also wanted the shingles to resemble the look of the original wood shake roof.

Asphalt roofing played a key role in each of these projects, providing the perfect aesthetic look while using multiple durable layers to protect the buildings.

“These winning projects illustrate that when a building requires protection and reliability, asphalt roofing can also provide a solution that incorporates beautiful design,” said Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “Whether through protection from the elements, reliable insulation or fire-resistance, asphalt roofing solved a problem for each building while meeting the aesthetic requirements of the job.”

The annual QARC awards program honors North America’s best architects, contractors and specifiers who use asphaltic roofing materials on low- and steep-slope building projects. The program honors the residential and commercial roofing projects that demonstrate the beauty, affordability and reliability of asphalt roofing.

ARMA is now accepting submissions for the 2016 QARC awards campaign. For more information about the QARC Awards or to submit a project visit