Despite being little more than a decade old, the metal roof at Penobscot Bay YMCA has failed and is in the process of being replaced at an estimated cost of $150,000, according to Executive Director Troy Curtis.

"It appears to be defective metal," Curtis said.

Curtis said the roofing company, architects and contractor involved in the construction of the original roof in 2002 are no longer in business.

The Y, located at 116 Union St., opened in November 2011 following a $10.5 million fundraising effort, Curtis said. He said the original roofing manufacturer ceased to exist and the general contractor — H.E. Sargent — has been purchased by another company.

At the time, companies involved in the construction underwent vetting as well as interviews during the competitive bid process, Curtis said, adding the downturn in the economy likely contributed to the company closures.

Curtis said the Y's insurance company will not cover replacement costs of the metal roof.

"The roof would have been covered if it had been a natural disaster," he said, adding law firm Bernstein Shur investigated the possibility of recourse against the original installer and manufacturer to no avail.

Instead, the cost of replacing the roof will be funded from a reserve account established by the Y board in 2002, Curtis said. He said the reserve account was created for a situation such as roof replacement. According to an email sent to members of the Y by Curtis, "…no operational funds will be used to pay for the new roof."

About two years ago, bubbles began appearing on the metal roof and it began rusting from the middle out, though there have been ongoing issues with leaking, Curtis said.

"This roof has been leaky since day one," he said, noting areas around the facility's skylights were particularly prone to leaks.

A new roofing company, IRC Industrial Roofing Co., is performing the replacement, Curtis said. He said the company is well-established and assuaged board concerns about being in a similar situation in 10 years. In addition, the new roof will be rubber on the back half of the building, he said. The manufacturer chosen for the front-side metal roof is Firestone and includes an extended warranty, Curtis said.

Repairs to the roof are expected to be complete by the end of March.

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