Most of us remember Thomas Jefferson as the author of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. However, did you know that the roof he designed for the University of Virginia which he founded was recently repaired due to leaks?
That’s the story from Matt Kelley of UVA Today who said the leaking slate roofs of the West Range rooms have been replaced after 180 years! If only modern roofs would last that long. Kelly has this to say:
For the first time in nearly 180 years, the West Range at the University of Virginia has a new slate roof. In the process, workers also discovered evidence of previously undocumented roof structures.
The slate roofs that cap the West Range rooms – part of the University’s historic Academical Village designed by founder Thomas Jefferson – are being replaced. The slate was first installed in the 1830s to cover the original, leaky serrated wood roofs that Jefferson designed.
It cost $900,000 to replace the old roofs Jefferson made. Luckily, you don’t have to spend that much. Good Norfolk roofing doesn’t have to cost much as long as you rely on professionals like The Roofing & Remodeling Company to do the job. This is one way of avoiding costly mistakes.
How much you spend on new roofing in Norfolk, VA depends on several factors. These include the materials used, the kind of work done (whether your roof can be repaired or needs to be replaced), the type of home you have and its location, and the time of the year.
To get a good idea of the costs involved, it’s best to get two or three estimates from roofing companies you trust. There are different roofing materials, styles and shapes so choose wisely. Take a long hard look at what’s available so you can make the best choice.
That way, you can breathe new life into your old home and preserve its beauty. A house would certainly look lovely with a new roof. It’s one way of making your home last and become an important part of history regardless of who lives there.
(Info from As West Range Roof Replacement Continues, Workers Find Evidence of Original Structures, UVA Today, October 31, 2013)