When it comes to roofing, churches are one of the most difficult––and rewarding––projects we take on. That’s because church roofs are quite unlike standard residential roofs. Each one poses its own set of problems, and repair and installation work is often significantly more complicated. Many church roofs will have architectural features like steeples and parapets that pose even challenges to roofers. But the finished result of a fully restored church roof can be truly breathtaking. Here are a few things you’ll want to think about when considering options for your church roof…
Church Roofing Materials
Roofing materials are a very important consideration for roofers. Historical roofs will often use nonstandard materials, so restoring them will require sourcing acceptable replacements and understanding their unique properties and installation requirements. Some common materials include metal, copper, slate, and clay tile. For this reason alone, it’s a good idea to work with an experienced roof restoration contractor.
Restoration vs. Re-roofing
Once a roof reaches a certain age, owners are typically faced with the option of replacing it (re-roofing) or repairing individual damaged sections or elements (restoration). Roof restoration can range from fixing a small corner that’s been affected by wind or storm damage, to removing all tiles and rebuilding the original design from the ground up. Larger restoration projects also give the opportunity to upgrade the insulation or weatherproofing on heritage properties.
Re-roofing, on the other hand, involves replacing what is there currently with a new design altogether. Re-roofing is a good option if you want to change the look of your property, or if damages have progressed to the point that the foundational structure of the roof itself has been compromised. If you aren’t sure what you need, it never hurts to get in contact with a professional.
Is your church ready for a better roof? Walker Brothers Roofing specializes in church roofs and we’d love to talk to you about yours.