rotecting the building from the elements is one of the first steps to take in any preservation or adaptive reuse project.  This can involve historically correct repair or may require a whole new roof.

Roofing services are provided through our sister company, The Durable Slate Company (Both Durable Slate and Durable Restoration are subsidiaries of The Durable Group).

Durable Slate performs repair, restoration, and replacement of all types of historical roofing including slate and clay tile roofing; double-lock standing seam; soldered flat-lock metal roofs in copper or terne-coated stainless steel; and wood shake roofs.

Slate Roofing

Slate roofs have been installed on buildings for more than a thousand years.  This practice was brought to the New World by European settlers.  Nothing else quite matched the durability, aesthetics, and fireproof qualities that were available with slate. This same quality remains today. As one of the largest installers and restorers of slate roofing in the world, The Durable Slate Company can handle any type of slate roof on any kind of building. With the largest stock of reclaimed slate in the country, we can match many slate roofs when original looking aesthetics are important in a historic restoration or a new addition to a historical building.

Durable Slate is proud to employ some of the best slate roofers and foremen in the country.  One of our elite foremen, Jeremy Decker, was awarded the 2004 National Roofing Contractor Association (NRCA) National MVP Award for his craftsmanship, leadership, and work ethic.

Clay Tile Roofing

Clay tile roofing has been in existence for more than 10,000 years.  Many early buildings in China, Babylonia, Egypt, Rome, and Greece were roofed in clay tile.  Production and installation methods which were used thousands of years ago have evolved little, and many similar techniques are still in use today. In America, European settlers brought this ancient craft with them, and evidence of clay tile roofs have been found in the early settlements of Roanoke, Jamestown, St. Augustine, and New Orleans. By the mid-seventeenth century, clay tile manufacturing had migrated to America in a big way, encouraged by building and fire codes in urban areas that encouraged clay tile use due to their fireproof qualities.

Today, Durable Slate installs and restores all types of clay tile roofs. However, our specialty is restoration requiring tile to be relaid with new felts. The repair and restoration of old clay tile roofs should only be done by a roofing contractor with such expertise. Much of this type of clay roof restoration today is being carried out by contractors who lack in-depth knowledge and skill in this area, resulting in many ruined clay tile roofs. Durable Slate also carries one of the largest inventories of re-claimed clay tiles in the country and can match many types, sizes, and colors of old clay tiles no longer manufactured. Whether the need is repair due to storm or fire damage, or leakage due to worn out felts and/or flashings, or a new addition that needs to match existing clay tile, Durable Slate is a leading contractor in clay tile roofing.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has a history that extends many centuries. In the early part of this country’s history, many important buildings were roofed with lead, copper, and tin (tin-plated iron). Today, the options for metal roofing for historical buildings include similar choices. Lead is still used, though mostly in Europe. Copper has stood the test of time and is workable in many different applications. Terne-coated stainless steel (tin and zinc coated 304 stainless steel) can be used where corrosion or run-off of copper might be a concern.  With proper fastening, skilled handling of joints, and adequate consideration for thermal and building movement, a well-installed metal roof can last many decades with little or no maintenance.

As the owner of his own sheet metal roofing company, Herman Jeffries brought decades of experience in historical metal roofing when he began his employ at Durable Slate in 1991. Having installed thousands of squares of historical metal roofing in career that has spanned four decades, Herman has experienced and worked with just about any situation one may face when installing a metal roof.

Ornamental Roofing

Many of the historical buildings in this country were built in architectural periods where the aesthetics of the roof was an important element of the overall aesthetics. Though slate and metal roofs have much intrinsic beauty, patterns in the roof and ornamental elements such as finials, collector heads, and other fancy metal roof protrusions added another aspect of beauty to the exterior fabric. These items can also uniquely customize new roof installations.

Ornamental-patterned slate roofs and ornamental metal-adorning historical roofs are a forte of Durable Slate. Rick Ladina, a five-time winner of the Builder’s Exchange Craftsmanship award, has crafted some of the most beautiful roofs to be seen in the country today.  A graduate in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Rick has also applied his artisanal craft to the most challenging part of our historical roofing work – steeples and spires.  Durable Slate is one of the leading restorers of steeples and spires in the country today.

Gutter Systems

A well-designed and properly installed gutter system is a very important element of the roof.  In particular, leaks in built-in gutters, such as box gutters, yankee gutters, pole gutters, etc., can cause extensive interior damage, and, if not properly repaired, may result in structural damage.

Properly built box gutters with pre-tinned, well-soldered joints and well-scheduled control joints can last many decades with minimal maintenance.  An improperly built gutter structure or poorly installed liner can fail within just a few freeze-thaw cycles.  Thus, this work done right is critical to the long-term water tightness of the exterior envelope.

Durable Slate is expert in the restoration and replacement of the various types of gutter systems found on historical buildings.  With decades of experience in built-in gutters and hanging, soldered gutters (OGEE, half and quarter round, as well as custom designs), Bill Philhower has completed hundreds of such projects for us.