Patrons of Ardmore Public Library have probably already heard, but the building’s roof is being replaced this week.
The original roof, a  partially metal structure with asphalt, will be replaced with a TPO membrane roof. Metal flashing will also be replaced. Library Director Daniel Gibbs said in the past, some small leaks in the roof have come through to offices in the building.
“It’s got granules on it, and those granules had finally come off,” Gibbs said. “Weather, time and everything else has been bearing down on it.”
The 15-day project began on Monday. The library roof is one of the first in a string of roof replacements the city is planning. The library project is the first conducted through the Oklahoma Roof Asset Management Program, a state government program.  
“Government entities can use the state’s contract for roofing,” Gibbs said.  “The vendor we’re using services our part of the state. We’re actually the first roof in the city doing it this way. The library is sort of the trial.”
The project will cost roughly $92,000, including the $3,000 administrative fee for the asset management program. The roof alone costs about $89,000.
“The city pays that fee to the state, because they’ve already gone through the process of getting the quotes and bids,” Gibbs said. 
A strong chemical smell, a side effect of the adhesive roofers are using, fills the front of the building. Gibbs said soon, the smell will move to the back of the building, where his office is located. 
“Hopefully that will be gone when they’re done putting the rubber down,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs said the sounds of construction haven’t been as disruptive as one might think.
“There was kind of a racket earlier,” Gibbs said. “Honestly, you don’t hear it much out [in the library], but there was some banging and clanging.” 
Gibbs said the library moved into its current location on E Street NW in 1999. Since then, they’ve not encountered any major roofing issues.
“Most of the problems with water we’ve had have been coming up from the ground level,” Gibbs said. “We had that repaired, and we had some problems back in the day with the seams of the building, but the roof has held up pretty well.”