The Purcell House, a beautiful and unique Norman style house listed on the National Historic Register in Alliance, Ohio, had a number of slate roof issues. The primary problem was near the intersection of the turret roof and the main roof.
The first thing we needed to do on this project was set up scaffolding to both safely access the roof area and to protect windows, doorways and several antique exterior lanterns.
Once the scaffolding was securely in place we were able to begin carefully removing slate from the ridge of one roof downwards past the side of the turret.
Our craftsmen are quite comfortable working in unique work environments. We won't hire just anyone to work with us, and once hired, our employees tend to stay. It often takes four to five years of steady effort to achieve competence in this trade.
As work progressed, you can see that a large area of rotted wood in the valley between the turret roof and the main roof of the building had been removed. Obstructions, like ice and leaves lead to leaks and rot.
Our craftsmen opened up the roof, replaced some rotted wood and installed Grace Ice and Water Shield in a large area of a trouble prone area stretching from the ridge down past the turret all the way to the gutter/leader box at the bottom edge of the roof. Now it is time for the challenging work putting the roof back together.
Our team members then began some additional work on a dormer as others carefully re-laid slate and installed flashing up past the side of the Turret.
It took over five days of steady work and four craftsmen to finalize the project. We ended up replacing about 15% of the slate we removed and were able to supply replacement slate of the same vintage, type, color and patina. Once re-installed the slate looked as if it had never been disturbed and our team did a lovely job of crafting and installing the copper work up the very long curved wall at the side of the dormer. Most of the team's painstakingly critical work behind the dormer ended up being hidden from view.