Grant allows Utica Library to avoid disaster
The Community Foundation recently invested $125,000 to restore the Utica Public Library’s deteriorating gutters and make repairs to its roof.
The grant came from the following Foundation funds:
Rosamond G. Childs Fund, Watson Lowery Memorial Fund, Sinnott-Sheldon Fund and the Sinnott Family Fund, the Mele Fund. These grants have funded the Library’s gutter and roof renovation project.
This funding allowed for the following:
- Removal of the existing “Yankee” gutter waterproofing system and replacement with a reinforced seamless liquid applied PVC membrane system
- Replacement of the deteriorated gutter trim with one that matches the profile of the existing trim that is part of the original roof.
- Replacement of the open joints between the cornice limestone to make them water-tight.
The new gutters will protect the library from water infiltration which would have destroyed materials and compromise the integrity of the building.
See the before pictures here.