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Restoring a Historic Roof in Charleston?
Here’s What You Need to Know
In the city of Charleston, much of the building stock is governed by historic districts of one sort of another and the covenants that accompany then designed to maintained the city’s historic flavor.
Nearly everything below Calhoun Street is part of the Old Historic District, where every external change to an edifice is subject to approval from the Board of Architectural Review (BAR). The Old City District covers King and Meeting streets all the way up to the Crosstown. The buildings on these streets are subject to fewer restrictions on what can be done. The roofs of many historic buildings were key part of their aesthetic appeal, and thus are subject to some design and material limitations. Consequently, before repairing or replacing a roof on a historic house, it’s wise to consult with experts.
Here are five things the homeowner of every historic house needs to know.
1. No Matter How Old, It Needs to Protect
2. Historic Houses Didn’t Use Asphalt Shingles
• Clay Tiles – European settlers used clay tiles from the time of their first arrival at Charles Towne Landing in 1670 until about the mid-1800s. Flat tiles were nailed in or secured by pegs and mortared together to keep out the wind and rain.
• Slate – Durable and fireproof, but expensive, slate was particularly popular on Gothic Revival homes of the rich and famous in part because it comes in many shapes and sizes.
• Wood Shingles – The common man’s roofing material, wood shingles come in all shapes and sizes. Here in the South, most wood shingles were cut from the plentiful cypress and oak trees. They were the first shingles replaced by asphalt because wood is not fireproof, which became abundantly clear during the great fire of 1838 and then again during the Civil War.
• Metal – During the 1700s and 1800s, copper was used on the many domes and cupolas that dot the Holy City. Corrugated iron, tin and zinc were also used for roofs, but they retained heat in the days before air conditioning.
3. Expertise is Required to Work with These Materials
4. Should You Repair or Replace?
5. You Need a Contractor Who Has Spent Time at the B.A.R.
Palmetto Roofing is able to resolve any issues associated with this historic roofs. From roof repair, to storm damage, to replacement, they specialize in maintaining, preserving, and doing what’s necessary for business and homeowners who enjoy this charming feature. Find out how they can help you with your roofing needs. Call 843-801-9227 or visit PalmettoRoofing.com.
Process is everything to us here at Palmetto Roofing- We are always happy to meet whatever your needs are. We know that each project is different and demands different attention.
Flat roofs are a very important aspect of Charleston’s unique charm- the Palmetto Roofing team is uniquely qualified to handle these special projects & help preserve our beautiful skyline!