We installed this new standing seam copper roof on a house in Old Town Alexandria in November. The house was built around 1743 and at one point in it’s life had a metal roof; while getting a permit for the roof replacement I had to do a little research to find what type of material would be architecturally appropriate for the house. I found a permit from 1920, it was permit # 160 and in loopy script writing it mentioned a new metal roof and a total project cost of $75.00; the roofers name was John. W. Padgett. Mr. Padgett would have a heart attack if he saw what the new roof was going cost. [Read more…]
All over the historic areas of Northern Virginia roofs of houses, state buildings and even barns have been protected by what we’ve come to know as the tin roof. [Read more…]
There are many houses in Arlington and Alexandria that are virtually identical to this one, most were built 50 to 70 years ago; this house was probably on its third or fourth roof. As you can see, the existing light gray shingles are old and worn and are at the end of their life. The Owner of this house will soon outgrow it, so it was important to install a new roof that will protect the property but will also add some curb appeal when the day comes to sell it and move on. [Read more…]
This is standing seam tin roof, probably around 40 years old. During high winds the eave edge of the roof was peeled back and flipped over on itself; the owner did his best to push it back and laid bricks across it to hold it down. When the panels flipped over it split the metal along the seams, there was really no repair option, the roof needed to be replaced. [Read more…]
This was one of my favorite projects, the house is around 115 years old and is on the National Historic Register. Although beautiful on the inside; the exterior, specifically the roof, had been neglected. 90% of the roof is completely out of sight so it was easy for deterioration to get out of control. The client called with a small leak in the front part of the house.
Before: you can see the upper flat roof is covered in blisters and various peeling coatings. [Read more…]