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.
I was thinking that sometime around 2138 or 2140 someone is going to see my name on the permit when it comes time to replace this roof again; at that point the house will be almost 400 years old.
Before: the rear roof was asphalt shingle and the front was really old cedar shake.
I made the copper roof panels in the shop with the red and white machine you see in the back of the shop.
I made these panels on the red and white machine you see in the back.
To save time in the field I took precise measurements of the roof, the chimney and all the pipes that penetrate the roof. I made new copper flashings for all the penetrations in the shop a few days before we started the job.
all parts of the copper roof custom made in the shop before the job starts
this is the collar that will surround the furnace flue pipe in the rear of the house
We removed the old roofing and installed new underlayment to protect the building from weather while installing the new copper panels. Once the copper panels are on the roof the underlayment you see serves no purpose whatsoever.
The chimney flashings are all double locked and require no sealant or solder and will easily last 100+ years.
We finished the copper roof first and then waited for a few days for the house to get a fresh coat of paint. After the painters were done we came back to install new copper gutters and downspouts.
The clover shaped brackets you see on the standing seams are cast bronze snow guards; the guards are mounted to the seams and will prevent ice and snow from sliding off and damaging the gutters or anything below. The snow guards hold the ice back until it melts or breaks the ice up into small harmless pieces.
If you like what you see call anytime and ask for Tom