What is Historic Restoration?
November 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM
With each historic roofing process, professional craftsmen at H & S Roofing and Gutters in Charlotte will assess each roof for specific history, necessary needs and replacements. “A weather-tight roof is basic in the preservation of a structure, regardless of its age, size, or design. In the system that allows a building to work as a shelter, the roof sheds the rain, shades from the sun, and buffers the weather,” according to the U.S. Department of Interiors.
To establish the roof’s history, typically, we will look into the history of the building to determine original specifications and materials to make the restoration process clearer for us. Along with research into the specs of the roof’s past, a thorough inspection of the structure is performed (as always) to determine past restoration practices and current needs for the structure.
Occasionally, current building codes of materials and techniques may be restricted so an alternative may be necessary. Historic roofing materials may not be available anymore so modern replacements are sought out. A different material used instead of the original should be weighed against keeping the historical character of the roof. A flat roof that isn’t visible doesn’t necessarily need a perfect match between past and present materials. “But if the roof is readily visible, the alternative material should match as closely as possible the scale, texture, and coloration of the historic roofing materials.”
Historic roofing specialist should be willing to take the time to carefully remove old material, seek out rare materials from a limited pool of markets, research and understand the painstaking installation process of those materials. H & S has a sincere interest in providing and installing these materials that goes beyond the money and focuses on the workmanship and being involved in the preservation of history.
As Charlotte’s number one choice in historic roof restoration, H & S Roofing and Gutters knows how to preserve your historic roof without ruining the integrity of the structure.