Exterior renovations have begun on the Historical Reed House on Victoria Boulevard in the national historic district in Hampton, Virginia. This beautiful yellow brick home, unique for its dormers with elaborate crestings, is under the care of The Roofing Company to bring it close to it's original state when it was built c 1902.
Major repairs on this oldie but goodie include replacing the existing roof with Buckingham Slate, installing new liners on the internal gutters around the entire 2nd story perimeter and drizzling spaces with a copper shine.
The slate roof will be installed using the patented Slate ShieldTM, developed by the Newmont Slate Company in Vermont. What makes this system so special? It applies roofing slate with hooks; a tried and true method used in most of Europe. Another, more traditional method uses solely nails. A major benefit is the slate hooks and waterproof panels install fast and make for easy repairs, which means less labor cost.
The Slate ShieldTM System offers a couple of extra benefits by being lightweight so it can be installed virtually on any house. Until recently, before this system existed, a house was specifically built to withhold the weight of the slate roof. Now, with the lightweight Slate SheildTM System, homeowners have an option, whether you currently have a slate roof already or a shingle roof. You can watch the video for a demonstration of the lightweight slate installation process.
Maybe you’re wondering how heavy a slate roof is? A traditional slate roof can weigh between 8 to 10 pounds per square foot, or 800 to 1000 pounds per square. A “square”, in this case, is enough to cover 100 square feet of a roof area. With an average roof area of 1,500 square feet, that would be up to 15,000 pounds! That is a lot of weight on a house! For comparison, an asphalt shingle roof with the same roof area would weigh somewhere around 6,300 pounds. The burning question here is, what about a lightweight slate roof? You might be surprised to find out it would only be approximately 6,750 pounds! How about that!
The current slate roof on the Reed House is the original roof, which proves once more that a slate roof can last well over 100 years. Here is a prime example of restoring a traditional heavy-weight slate roof to a lighter weight slate that will install faster and, if needed, be easy to repair.
The Reed House roof installation will be happening soon. We invite you to come back to this article and see updated pictures as the project progresses.