AHS roof nears finish line

Published 12:04 am Thursday, July 30, 2015

David Franklin poses with Kelvin Mathis in front of AHS. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

David Franklin poses with Kelvin Mathis in front of AHS. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

“We’re good. That’s all there is to it.”

That’s how C & C Construction lead man David Franklin described the construction company’s work on the cupola on top of Andalusia High School.

Franklin and his buddy, Kelvin Mathis, were busy Wednesday replacing the rotten wood on the small structure at the top of the school.

“It doesn’t take but two of us to take care of something like that,” Franklin said. “We’re working on the cupola by ourselves. We had another crew putting the shingles on there.”

Franklin said a crew of three roofers shingled the AHS main building’s roof, which is 85 squares, or 8,500 square feet, on each side.

“That’s a fantastic job for three people,” he said. “We call a guy a little Smurf. He’s (Jared) about 4-foot-11. That sucker can put on some shingles.”

Franklin said he believes it took the crew two weeks to do the main building, adding that the Bonifay, Fla. company roofed the junior high school and athletic facility, as well.

“We’ve done all of the shingles and the flat roofs on it,” he said.

When asked what it’s like to work on the roof during hot weather, Franklin said it’s like working in 135-145 degree heat.

“You got to drink plenty of water and have a lot of breaks,” he said.

Franklin said he’s been in roofing all of his life.

“This job is coming out pretty good right now,” he said about the cupola. “We’ve got a couple of things to tidy up on the ends, and put the railing on the tupelo. We’re making it look like it was when we took it down.”

Franklin said the cupola will be finished by the start of school, which is Aug. 10.