Roofing along the bay

Doyle Inc. Roofing helps renovate Bay Harbor Yacht Club

  • Workers loosely laid a specially designed drainage mat before installing the paver system.
  • The patio deck extending off the second-floor ballroom also serves as the roof over the spa.
  • Workers loosely laid a specially designed drainage mat before installing the paver system.

Located along the shore of northern Lake Michigan, Bay Harbor Yacht Club is a private, member-owned social club nestled into the western shoreline of Bay Harbor Lake within Bay Harbor, Mich. Recognized as a Distinguished Emerald Club of the World by The BoardRoom magazine, Bay Harbor Yacht Club is a stately building surrounded by a deep-water marina and sandy beach.

Considered the social center of Bay Harbor community, Bay Harbor Yacht Club serves more than 600 members and guests who enjoy a pool, tennis courts, fitness center and variety of restaurants. Recently, club management embarked on an expansive project to refurbish and renovate the entire club. Project highlights include a 7,500-square-foot state-of-the-art wellness and fitness center; “The Kid’s Club” activity center; all-season indoor grill room with covered terrace, bar and wine display; new spa; new aquatics center; renovated main-level dining and gathering space; and a revamped outdoor dining venue.

One of the most popular spots in the club is a large patio deck extending off the second-floor ballroom that also serves as the roof over the spa. The roof system was failing and leaking water into the club’s interior. Doyle Inc. Roofing, Cheboygan, Mich., was selected by the project’s architect to repair the club’s popular gathering place.

A better system

The Doyle Inc. Roofing crew began work on Bay Harbor Yacht Club in May 2020. The roof area had permanent railings in place, so workers blocked off the stairs to ensure the team’s safety for the project’s duration.

Workers removed the old tile pavers and coating system down to the 4,000-square-foot concrete deck. Because the only access to the roof was through the club’s conference center and ballroom, workers manually loaded debris onto carts in the ballroom and then wheeled the carts through the building.

A masonry contractor ground the concrete deck until it was smooth. Next, the Doyle Inc. Roofing crew primed the deck with CAV-GRIP® 3V Low-VOC Adhesive/Primer. After priming, the six-person team applied Flexible DASH, a two-part urethane adhesive, to the deck.

“We originally were asked to apply a waterproof coating, but after learning the specifics of the project and visiting the job site, together with Versico’s team, we designed and recommended a TPO membrane and paver system,” says Joel Ross, owner and president of Doyle Inc. Roofing.

After the adhesive set, the crew installed 135-mil-thick VersiFleece® TPO membrane.

“Next, we loosely laid a specially designed drainage mat to provide not only drainage but also protection before installing the Versico Hanover® Porcelain Paver system,” Ross says.

Aye aye, captain!

To complete the project by Memorial Day, Doyle Inc. Roofing workers constructed a temporary heating system that allowed them to work long hours and weekends during inclement weather. Thanks to the dedicated team, the new and improved patio plaza was completed on budget and in time for the club’s busiest season. The patio roof now provides a welcoming place where members can relax and socialize while enjoying spectacular views of Lake Michigan.

“One of the most rewarding parts of the project was designing a functioning waterproof system that drains properly and is aesthetically pleasing for members to enjoy,” Ross says. “We are proud to have completed the patio on time while seeing its transformation and beauty come alive.”

Chrystine Elle Hanus is Professional Roofing’s associate editor and an NRCA director of communications.

Project name: Bay Harbor Yacht Club
Project location: Bay Harbor, Mich.
Project duration: May 4-22, 2020
Roof system type: TPO membrane and pavers
Roofing contractor: Doyle Inc. Roofing, Cheboygan, Mich.
Roofing manufacturer: Versico Roofing Systems, Carlisle, Pa.


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