North Shore Congregation Israel

North Shore Congregation Israel Synagogue

Glencoe, IL

Completion Date: September 2008

Building Overview

  • This one-of-a-kind temple was built in the 1960s and has often received praise among the architectural community for its unique and untraditional design. The synagogue’s roof is a fragmented conglomeration of varying angles and slopes that is further complicated by an abundance of rooftop skylights. 

The Challenge

  • After experiencing leaks, the synagogue opted to replace the aged system with a similar combination of SPF foam and protective coatings. The decision was based on the previous system’s longevity and the fact that few alternatives could be easily, or safely, installed on such a steep and treacherous slope.


  • Before IRC could apply any new materials, they had to remove the old roofing system. After the old materials were removed and the building’s concrete roof deck was exposed and cleaned, they began applying the new BASF foam system.
  • IRC then applied two layers of United Coatings™ Diathon® Roof Coating over the SPF insulation at a rate of 1.5 gallons per 100 square feet. The basecoat was pumped directly out of five-gallon pails using an airless spray pump at 3,000 PSI.
  • Applied at a rate of one gallon per 100 square feet, the second coat of Diathon® Roof Coating was slightly thicker than the first. When all four roof sections were covered with SPF and Diathon® Roof Coating, IRC moved to the United Coatings™ Kymax™ Coating application. They applied two separate coats of United Coatings™ Kymax™ at ⅓ gallon per 100 square feet per coat. 

Key facts

  • United Coatings™ Kymax™ Coating features a low-VOC formulation that allowed the congregation to continue functioning during the application process.

Materials Used

United Coatings™ Diathon® Roof Coating

United Coatings™ Kymax™ Coating 

Job Details

Glencoe, IL
Job Size
12,000 square feet

Insulated Roofing Contractors (IRC)

Louisville, KY

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