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This red metal roofed home near Gray Court, SC, represents a rare relic of the early days of the embossed tin shingle era. In the 1870s, metal shingle design tended to be flamboyant due to influence of the Victorian period
Before any work
The four photos above illustrate several major points about the project: 1. The embossed tin shingles themselves had not been maintained.
Even with this neglect, the lines of metal roofing appeared to lay respectably flat--a good sign that the roof would shape up with professional workmanship and quality materials.
Our customers demonstrate a love of our American past. The owner of this rural homestead possesses an abundance of this characteristic. Besides working
hard during the week in her profession, she is hands-on renovating the entire property. She insisted on a peculiar request; the fence gates always be closed so that her cows did not meander into the swimming pool!
During the first half of the embossed tin shingle era spanning about 70 years, there were three sizes available: large, medium and small. This roof used the medium and small sizes. A talented tool & die manufacturer near Philadelphia, PA, created the two molds needed to replicate the shingles. Because the shingles were so warped, Dennis Mayerschoff, the owner, had to massage the mold's impressions to overcome damage and age.
Red metal roof restoration
Before any work, as the photo on the above left shows, the roof cried for attention. The photo on the above right confirms three important steps in the work performed:
First, the shingles have been protected and reinforced with a high quality primer. In any old metal roof project, the quality of the primer is the best insurance for the long-term performance of the roof.
The front porch is a good illustration of a cheap job. Modern panels were nailed directly over the 1870s embossed tin shingles. If you look closely at the photo on the left above, you can spot the shingle edges at the roof base. The work included removing the modern panels then applying the reinforced system to the shingles. The profile of the unveiled shingles ties the porch roof with the upper sections.
Dormers and witch's hat
The dormers had been installed after the original construction of the home, probably around 1900 to 1920. The dormers still have the the rural standing seam panels. With the cleanup, painting and detail work, the dormers slide into the early appearance of the home.
Witch's hat, sometimes called witch's cap or candle-snuffer, creates the traditional look. The above two photos illustrate the "before" situation. The small size shingles were damaged around the base, plus hail damage had ruined more than a few.
Above note the before photo of a back peaked roof. Then observe the right photo; the black line creates a crisper line
The side porch roof responded to the new materials. This is the view that the owner sees everytime she walks into her home.
So few of these roofs still exist. With a fortunate sequence of events, this musically talented homeowner engaged us to do our best. The opportunity she gave us is deeply appreciated.
In this photo, some shingles are reproductions, some shingles have been restored, some shingles were primed and coated only. Can you identify which shingles are which?
If you are seeking an experienced company to offer an estimate to preserve your existing roof, one of us would be delighted to visit your residence, discuss the alternatives available and, if requested, submit a quote for restoring your tin roofs. Click here for a map of the geographical work area for my crew and I.
Beyond information about our contracting services, this site is designed for individuals interested in tin roofs--photos, technical tidbits and history. These web pages are prepared by the same contractor that specializes in the restoration of these tin roofs. She enjoys dabbling in website construction, therefore ALL photos and articles are simply presented. All pictures are from Roof Menders projects, the same contractor. If you have questions, just call 610-941-1051 for a chat.