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Frank Burkhead
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 12:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi! I've just agreed to buy a 250-300+ year old Colonial house (former inn) in the Philadelphia, PA region, and it needs a new roof. Currently it has badly deteriorated asphalt over cedar shakes (with lath strips over the rafters), and though this is not leaking, it's a fire hazard (unlined chimneys, of course), so it must go. I'd love to replace it with slate. I can get enough to do the roof for free from local barns about to be demolished. The look would be perfect for the house, not to mention the other clear benefits. I was planning on decking the roof with old hardwood barn floor boards that are also being given to me. I was wondering if installing a slate roof is any more difficult than installing asphalt? The roof in question is a simple, fairly steep gable with no dormers or valleys. The ridge and rafters are arrow straight and solid, no rot or bowing noticeable. I've installed asphalt roofs before, what I need to know is can I do this myself (with the Slate Roof Bible, of course) or do I need to hire a specialist? Thanks!
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Joe Jenkins
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 09:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

YES, you can do it yourself, especially if you have some prior roofing experience. Slates nail on just like asphalt shingles, except you don't want to nail them down tight (you'll break the slates) and you don't want to walk on them during installation. You'll need a few special tools, such as a slate cutter, slate hammer, and ladder hooks, as well as the usual roofing tools such as roof jacks and planks. But if you have a supply of sound used roofing slates, you'd be crazy not to put them to use on your building. And the Slate Roof Bible would be an indispensable investment.

I have heard back from a lot of people who have salvaged slates from buildings being demolished and then installed them on their own buildings with no prior roofing experience whatsoever (after reading the Slate Roof Bible, of course). You can do it!
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nancys
Posted on Thursday, September 01, 2005 - 05:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My name is Nancy and I live here in the Cleveland, Ohio area in Brecksville. My husband and I just purchased 65 acres in Harrison County which is about an hour and 45 minutes south of here. There is an old log cabin on the property with a slate roof. I've had the cabin looked at by several restoration companies. They say it was built around 1820-1840. It has a slate roof that is sort of green/gray, really pretty. I'm told it is vermont weathering green slate.

We would like to sell the cabin to a restoration company who would dismantle it to remove from the property. The companies that looked at it so far tell me they are very interested in the structure, buth they will not be using or wanting the slate. Would you know anyone you can put me in contact with that buys log cabins and or would be interested in purchasing the old slate shingles. I can have them removed during the dismantle process and saved.

Call me or email me back if you are interested or know some one that buys these types of buildings and materials. I can email you a photo of a shingle. They are quite large pieces.

Thanks for reading my letter.

Nancy Slusarczyk
440 537-2026 (cell)
440 526-8613 (home)

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