S2500 Retrofit is the Smart Choice for Smoky Mountain Knife Works

Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville, Tennessee, features a 55,000 square foot retail showroom with thousands of name brand cutlery on display, a museum with one of the nation’s largest collections of cutlery memorabilia and trophy wildlife as well as a museum quality collection of Native American relics and Civil War materials. The company’s Collectibles Department, which specializes in vintage and collectible knives, purchases knife collections from around the country. After purchase, collectible knives are marketed in the retail showroom, by private party sale to dealers or over the Internet on eKnifeWorks.com.

Two years ago, the company decided to replace an existing older R Panel roof with an Englert Series 2500 2" mechanically seamed metal roof system. Designed primarily as a structural metal roof, this Armco style metal roofing panel is the industry's most extensively tested metal roof system, with over 70 years of history in the field. The S2500 system incorporates a unique heavy-duty interlock clip that secures the metal roof panels while allowing thermal expansion and contraction.

To eliminate the need to remove old roofing materials at a high cost as well as any business interruption that can cut into profits, the owner chose to cover the old roofing material with a Roof Hugger metal-over-metal roofing system.   As a result, the company was able to save up to 70% of the labor cost for preparation of an old roof while keeping the business open during construction.

President and CEO Kevin Pipes chose 60,000 square feet of Englert Pacific Blue, 24 gauge, 16 inch wide panels for the project. “We love the new roof and the job the roofer did installing it,” he reports.

Tim Lombardi, Project Manager, and Greg Julian, owner of Julian Sheet Metal were the primary leads on this project.  They especially liked that Roof Hugger was easy to install over the existing roof and that lifting the Englert Multi Panel Rollforming Machine up to the roof to run and install panel increased efficiency and decreased time waste on the project.

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