Learn how to install a new Ludowici roof
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 roofingtile 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 with two peaks.    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 Ludowici roof
Overhead view showing how to install a new Ludowici roof

In the image above, you get exposure to every perspective since the home is so large. From safety to efficiency, we cover it all.

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 Ludowici 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.

Ladder with Jack and Planks for new Ludowici roof from above
Ladder positioned perfect for efficiency

Coming back down and you will notice all the fall protection equipment on each roofer.

Ludowici Roofers with fall protection
All roofers need fall protection for optimum safety
Ludowici 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 Ludowici tiles neatly organized.

Ludowici Tile organized for New Roof Installation
Ludowici 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 tar paper installed. The tile is being laid down and is installed with 2 Copper Nails.

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

And next you can see how everything begins to shape up after everything is installed.

New roof finished with Ludowici Tiles installed
Right side of new Ludowici roof completed

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 actual being done.

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

Then getting closer shares a completely different perspective.

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

The Aerial view tells it all from all the scaffolding, wood boards and tiles are all visible.

Aerial view of new Ludowici roof being installed
Aerial view of new Ludowici roof being installed

This is the story of Ryan Restorations installing a New Ludowici 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.  So now we finish with some images from this gorgeous New Evanston Slab Tile Roof and Copper Roof.

New Ludowici Roof completed from above angle
Above angle of home with new Ludowici 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 Ludowici Roof completed from afar
Scenic view far away from new Ludowici roof