In 1986, the Manatee County, FL School Board had to resolve a two-fold problem: leaky roofs that must be replaced every five to seven years, and the continual maintenance that is inherent in these lesser quality roofs. Manatee County has more than 35,000 students in 450-plus buildings, which must withstand tropical storms, blazing Florida sun, high humidity, and strong winds. The roofing problem had become a major concern. After careful consideration, the owner and design firms of David Gracy Associates and Mark Ramaeker Architects selected FiberTite® Roofing Systems from Wooster, OH-based Seaman Corp. as the solution. Only FiberTite Roofing Systems are engineered with DuPont Dacron® polyester fibers and Seaman-developed DuPont Elvaloy® KEE coating technology built in to reinforce their durability. The FiberTite Roofing System eliminates leaks and problems caused by ponding water, and stands up to the harshest of environmental conditions.Today, the Manatee County School Board has made FiberTite its “roof of choice” and has installed more than 2.2 million square feet of FiberTite membrane. That includes the first roof installed in 1986, which is still performing and has retained enough of its physical properties to exceed those of most other systems’ new membranes.