Shadows on the Teche

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Shadows on the Teche, New Orleans, LA after durable restoration work has been completed

Shadows-on-the-Teche was completed in 1834 with a cypress shingle roof.  It was re-roofed in 1978 with slate and copper flashings and box gutters.  The ridges were capped with Welsh ridge tiles from the Charles Davison Company of Buckley, Flintshire.

2013 was the first year The Durable Slate and Restoration Companies had the opportunity to work on Shadows-on-the-Teche.  During this time, the structure’s Vermont Semi-Weathering gray green roof was just 35 years old.  Salvaged Vermont Semi-Weathering gray green slate that was approximately the same age was used for this repair. 

In addition to this, we also performed work on the box gutters, dormer flashings, ridges, downspouts, and chimneys.  The box gutter liners were removed to show the old wood.  This wood was removed and replaced with a treated wood to allow the copper to expand and contract without treating or binding.  New box gutter liners were installed with 24-ounce copper and control joints installed in the middle of the front and rear gutters.  The valleys, step and counter flashings were all replaced with 20-ounce copper.  The masonry behind the chimney was deteriorated, so they were repaired with historic lime mortar.  When the mortar was set, the chimneys were reflashed in 20-ounce copper.

Since then, we have gone back multiple times for maintenance work on the slate and plaster.




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