Many of us think of Thomas Jefferson as the author of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. However, did you know he also designed the roof for the University of Virginia which he founded? This is just one example of how slate roofing gives new life to old structures.
Our Country’s Third President Thomas Jefferson was a self-trained architect and the elaborate architectural plan of the University of Virginia was initially his design. He did seek out the advice of professional architects William Thornton and Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Still, just a few short years after its completion in 1826, the roof started to leak. Slate shingles were installed in the 1830s to cover the original, leaky serrated wood roofs that Jefferson designed. Fast forward nearly 180 years when the West Range at the University of Virginia finally received an entire new slate roof.
That new roof cost nearly $900,000 to replace the old roofs Jefferson made. Luckily, you don’t have to spend that much. Excellent roofing by skilled and talented technicians doesn’t have to cost much as long as you rely on professionals like The Roofing Company to do the job. This is one way of avoiding costly mistakes.
How much you spend on new roofing 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.