We will show how we installed this New Roof, Amazing Details

Ryan Restorations is unique because we have specialized in the historic restoration of slate roofing, tile roofing, and copper roofing systems since 1999. We also fabricate a wide range of architectural copper ornaments, including finials, dormers, vents, crestings, and other decorative roofing elements for historical restoration projects.

We recently put on a New Ludowici Flat Slab & Copper roof in Evanston’s Lake Shore Historic District.  It is a beautiful Historical Landmark Home, Site # 395.    During some periods in the history of architecture, the roof imparts much of the architectural character. It defines the style and contributes to the building’s aesthetics. 

Here we are going to show you some of the intricate details we accomplish for a project like this.  One challenge for our specialty is problem-solving skills. We have to appear like a detective trying to find missing pieces. Configurations of these roofs are complex and it can be a guessing game.  So come along with the team of Ryan Restorations to enjoy what goes on when we come to install a New Roof.

Now we rise above to get a better look at the craftsmanship of your local historic roofing specialist. While of course we love to show off the finished project, here we are showing just how much goes into the setup and actual work itself. This illustrates how extremely steep the roofs can be.

Overhead view to learn how to install a new slate tile copper roof
Overhead view showing how to install a new roof

In the image above, the front door is on the right hand side to give you some perspective since the home is so large. The black debris netting is easily seen on bottom left, but it is there everywhere. Debris netting is even higher on the far left hand side.  The Material Hoist is on the far left, which goes up and down to bring the tile up.

Our story is going to show how we work from all different angles.  We realize that so much is done that cannot be appreciated unless you were up there on the roof with us.  For beginners, the next image will show how the wood latter is connected with a jack and planks. It is nailed with 16 Penny (3 inch nails).  You can also see the supply of tiles that are readily available, and there is a strategy where the tile is stacked.

Ladder with Jack and Planks for new roof installation
Ladder connected by Jack and Planks

And to appreciate how organized the process is, this next picture goes above the roofer to show how the ladder is hooked to the roof jack. The right side of the ladder lays parallel in the valley.

Ladder with Jack and Planks parallel to valley
Ladder parallel to valley

Coming back down and now going around the chimney, notice all the fall protection equipment on each roofer.

Roofers with fall protection
All roofers need fall protection for optimum safety
 Roofers with fall protection being safe
Safely working making the job more enjoyable

In the images above, in addition to emphasizing the safety, one may be rather impressed with the amount of tile we need to bring on to the roof.   That is part of our craft to know the best layouts in order to have the entire process be efficient too.  In the next photo we show ridge cap tiles neatly organized.

Ridge Cap Tiles organized for New Roof Installation
Ridge Cap Tile organized

There is so much always going on during a new roof installation.  Here is an example showing so many varying topics including new valley flashing already installed and new tar paper installed. The tile is being laid down and is installed with 2 Copper Nails. 

New Tile being laid down for Roof Installation
New Tile being laid down

And next you can see how everything begins to shape up after everything is installed, including the ridge cap tiles that were neatly stacked.  Only thing new to mention is the copper roof vent, on the top right that we previously did not talk about.

New roof finished with Ridge Cap Tiles installed
Section of new roof completed with ridge cap tiles installed

Looking at the above finished section, it is hard to imagine where the entire project began.  There was massive roof damage done due to an Evanston Hail Storm, which is not noticeable from this image we took.  We had to go back and forth with the insurance companies, then hired engineers and insurance adjusters.

Before we learn about a new roof installation
New roof upon our arrival for first inspection

The damage was severe to both the tile roof and copper roof portions too.

Tile damage before learning of new roof installation
Tile damage from hail storm
Copper and Tile damage before learning of new roof installation
Copper damage in addition to tile damage from hail storm

It is almost like looking at this nice image of Ryan Restorations working from afar, where it is of course scenic, but it is hard to appreciate all the work actually being done.

Learning how to install a new roof from afar
Learning how to install a new roof from afar

Then getting closer shares a completely different perspective.

Learning how to install a new roof from close up
Learning how to install a new roof from close up

But even a house of this magnitude needs to be seen from different directions to ensure you do not miss anything.  At another angle you get to see the new skylights that have been installed.

New roof with skylights
New roof is getting new skylights too

The Aerial view going up just above the roofer working by the valley shows the roof 90% installed. All the scaffolding and wood boards are visible.

Almost completed new roof
90% completed new roof

This is the story of Ryan Restorations installing New 100 Year Roof. We continue to foster this ancient craft. Very little has changed. The technology that helped the most is electricity, but not much beyond that when you are on the roof.   We still use old tools and old methods.

Learning how to install Historic Landmark Roof
Historic Landmark gets new roof

So now we finish with some images from this gorgeous New Evanston Slab Tile Roof and Copper Roof.

New Historic Landmark Roof completed from side above
Side angle of Historic Landmark with new roof

So when you see us showing projects such as this, you now have a portion of the answer of a favorite question we are asked the most, “Wow, just how do you do it?”.

New Historic Landmark Roof completed from above
Above Historic Landmark with new roof