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Summary

The essential ingredients for replacing and maintaining a historic roof are:

  • Understanding the historic character of the building and being sympathetic to it.
  • Careful examination and recording of the existing roof and any evidence of earlier roofs.
  • Consideration of the historic craftsmanship and detailing and implementing them in the renewal wherever visible.
  • Supervision of the roofers or maintenance personnel to assure preservation of historic fabric and proper understanding of the scope and detailing of the project.
  • Consideration of alternative materials where the original cannot be used.
  • Cyclical maintenance program to assure that the staff understands how to take care of the roof and of the particular trouble spots to safeguard.

With these points in mind, it will be possible to preserve the architectural character and maintain the physical integrity of the roofing on a historic building.