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Historic roof with moss

What You Should Know About Historic Roof Restoration

A historic roof is more than just an old roof. A historic roof carries plenty of meaning and plays an essential part to the structure of a building. Historic roofs are commonly found on landmark buildings, churches, and mansions. Like all types of roofs, historic roofs will require restoration at some point. Continue reading to learn more about historic roof restoration projects!

Indicators A Historic Roof Needs Restoration

A historic roof cannot be restored if no damage is detected. If a historic roof has never been restored before, there is a decent chance it has some damage. Before restoration is scheduled have the roof inspected.

Common signs a historic roof needs restoration are:

  • Rotten spots on the roof
  • Excessive Moss
  • The ceiling is discolored

What Are The Benefits of Historic Roof Restoration?

When any structural element is “restored”, benefits can be countless. Here are five common benefits of historic roof restoration:

  • Additional damages can be prevented or mitigated
  • More High-Quality products exist now than decades ago
  • Restoration will extend the longevity of the roof
  • Restoration will enhance the aesthetics of the roof
  • Restoration can uncover roofing issues not previously spotted

Restoring A Historic Roof is Worth It

Historic roof restoration preserves an old roof with historical significance. With a historic roof part of a building with a notable presence, keeping the structure in its original form is invaluable.

How Long Does Historic Restoration Take?

Historic roof restoration can be a challenging process, but if you hire the right professionals, the project can be successful. Historic roof restoration requires a meticulous evaluation. Once the evaluation is completed, professional roofers set out the logistics and get started. Every historic roofing restoration project will vary from another but historic roof restorations usually take a few weeks to complete

Professional Roofing Services in Smithfield, RI

Rhode Island Slate Roofing offers a variety of professional roofing services throughout the state of Rhode Island. When you need a roof installation, repair, or restoration, you can count on our professional team to get the job done! With our experience, expertise and resources, we can get the project done right the first time! Contact us today to get started!

Slate Roofing Shingles at RISD

Historic Slate Work at RISD

Our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing recently worked on some of the historic slate roofs at the Rhode Island School of Design! Our team was happy to work with the school and complete the roof restorations on the school’s beautiful buildings!

Slate Roofing at RISD

Our team was thrilled to be involved on this project. We replaced a number of old roofs around the campus, making repairs where we could. The beautiful slate roofs at RISD have withstood rain, snow, even hurricanes, but eventually even slate needs to be repaired!

We visited these beautiful buildings, and examined the roofs for damage, making repairs where possible, and replacing the entire roof in situations where it was warranted.

Slate Roofing Shingles at RISD

From minor repairs to full roof replacements, our team was happy to do anything it took to restore these slate roofs! We’re happy we were able to be a part of this project, and we look forward to working with RISD again in the future!

If you need to repair or replace the slate roof on your home, business, or historic building this winter, our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is ready to assist with your needs! Reach out to our team today to learn more about our roofing services.


More About Historic Roof Repair

In Rhode Island and New England we are blessed to live in an area filled with history. Part of that history is historic homes. And part of historic homes, are historic roofs. Rhode Island Slate Roofing is one of the few roofing contractors in the state that has the knowledge and know-how to safely repair historic roofs.

About Historic Roofs

Historic Roofs can be made out of a few different materials. Materials such as shingles, slate, metal, or even clay tile. In New England, the most common place to see historic roofs are on old churches, barns, and farmhouses. Historic roofs give any building a distinguished  look. The most common form of historic roofing is slate, especially in this geographic region, because of the abundance of slate in the North East.

Historic Slate Roof Repair

If you own or are in charge of an building that has a historic slate roof, its important to make sure you are dealing with a roofing contractor who is experienced in this particular area of roof repair. When making the decision to repair or replace a historic roof, the experience of the contractor will be a great asset to any homeowner. For example, if your roof has major flashing issues, it will require the remove of large amounts of slate. Depending on other factors it may make sense to do a complete replacement. Your roofing contractor can help you with this decision making process.

If you have a troublesome historic roof in Rhode Island or Massachusetts, contact Rhode Island Slate Roofing today with any questions.