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Hail storms are not uncommon in Nebraska, and many times they can be very severe with hail ranging from a half-dollar to a softball in size. When these towering storms come rolling through, everything in their path is in extreme danger. That was the case recently when two buildings, managed by Greenleaf Properties, found themselves in the crosshairs of just such an event - and this storm lasted nearly seven hours. The resulting damage was extensive, and both of their buildings needed immediate repairs. Ayars & Ayars Inc. was called in to assess the damage.

Ayars & Ayars Inc., a design-build general contractor in Lincoln, NE, is no stranger to these storms. The contractor tackles building projects from extremely complex to simple retrofit metal roof systems. Started in 1985, the diversified construction firm has been building projects with an in-house team now of over 100, with offices in Lincoln, Omaha and Twin Cities, MN. They have built major projects like schools, health centers, retail, warehousing and manufacturing utilizing tilt-up, precast, masonry, wood-framed and pre-engineered metal buildings. Some notable customers include FedEx, Monsanto and Speedway. They have a long-standing affiliation with Butler® Manufacturing of Kansas City, MO and are a member of many other industry related associations.

Having a 20-year relationship with Roof Hugger LLC of Lutz, FL, the company knew immediately what course of action to take to get these buildings safe and back in the dry. The existing, original metal roofs have a 1:12 pitch/slope and were 12” o.c. screwdown panels that were installed in 1984 and 1990. Takeoffs were done, prices collected, and needed components and new roof panels were ordered.

Roof Hugger urgently fabricated all 20,480 lineal feet of special factory-notched sub-purlins and shipped them in just 7-days from the receipt of the purchase order. The custom zee-shaped sub-purlins had a web height of 2.90 inches to accommodate installing 3-inches of new unfaced-fiberglass insulation between the old and new roofs. Then new 26-gauge Galvalume Butlerib® II metal panels were installed over the Roof Hugger sub-purlins. Start to finish, installation took less than 60 days.

Ayars & Ayars Inc. have completed multiple Roof Hugger projects over the years and will surely do many more in the future knowing that this type of metal-over-metal roof replacement is a simple and quick answer to aging and damaged metal roofs subjected to the wrath of Mother Nature.

For more information on Ayars & Ayars, Inc., visit and for Roof Hugger LLC visit Roof Hugger is a member of the LSI Group Inc. with headquarters in Logansport, Indiana.

About Roof Hugger

roof hugger logoRoof Hugger notched sub-purlins enable replacement of new metal roof panels over an old metal roof. They can be used over screw-down or standing seam roof systems and can accommodate new standing seam or screw-down panels. Roof Huggers also maintain integrity of original design loadings; achieve "thermal break" air space between old and new roof sheets; allow for optional insulation; and are laboratory and load tested—with certified load charts. For more information on metal-over-metal retrofit re-roofing, contact Roof Hugger at 800-771-1711 or visit

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