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Ward Hamilton
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Username: Olde_mohawk_masonry__historic_restoration

Post Number: 50
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 11:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Joe... this roof is the quintessential example of the problem with the slate roofs in upstate NY (Albany-Schenectaady-Troy.) It is cheaper to pay some shingler to come and replace the asphalt than to re-install slate that'll last "forever." So that's what the owners do.

There are rows and rows (thousands?) of two family homes in Schenectady with failing flashings. Most were built around 1920. Better than 90% are Sea Green with an occassional pennsy gray (my roof) or something fancy (unfading grn or purple, or even red.)

It's $7k or $8k to replace the flashings and make repairs and keep the slate. Or, for the same mnoney, get a 30 yr shingle. So, they rip off and replace, knowing that a slate roof will still require upkeep and maintenance, whereas the asphalt is 'problem free' for a few years.

Unfortunately, the cost to do the work makes it prohibitive such that, by the time an owner is ready to address their roof appropriately, it is a mess, and very expensive.

I have attempted to get McArthur's owner to consider a trade-work-for-beverages scenario... Or is that a question for "How much should it cost?" ;->
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Joe Jenkins
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Username: Joe

Post Number: 319
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 - 03:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Looks like a candidate for a new slate roof.
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Ward Hamilton
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Username: Olde_mohawk_masonry__historic_restoration

Post Number: 45
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 12:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is the roof of our favorite gin mill ... the replacement asphalt shingles have already failed, but the sea green on the front is in good shape. McArthur's Pub, State St., Schenectady, NY

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