The current three-tier asphalt shingle roof has an industry life span of 15-20 years; it is currently over 30 years old and past its serviceability. We plan to replace it with a high-grade, copper roof possessing an industry lifespan of 100+ years. Investing in a long-term roof now will save significant money. By way of comparison and accounting for only 2% inflation, we estimate replacing a 25-year-asphalt-roof four times would cost almost $300,000.
Estimated Cost = $170,000
The Need for Replacement
The current asphalt roof is decades past its serviceability. The plywood "subfloor" of the roof is too thin to use standard roofing nails. Shingles become dislodged in high wind and leaks are not uncommon. Shade cover around the roof encourages moss and lichen growth, discoloring and decreasing the lifespan of the roof.
Supporting the Belfry
The belfry is supported by four 4x4 beams encased in quarter-inch pinewood box-frames. The long-term structural integrity of the belfry is questionable. We will reinforce the existing structure and remove rotted wood to ensure that our bell will ring for 100+ more years.
A Copper Roof that Lasts
Metal roofs are much more durable and longer lasting than asphalt shingles. Metal roofs made of premium metal such as copper possess industry lifespans of 100+ years. Copper is particularly well suited to the shady location of our sanctuary because it is naturally moss resistant, reducing long-term deterioration.
Professional Design and Contruction
A preliminary architectural envelope survey allowed us to receive rough estimates from two professional roofers to complete a cost-benefit analysis of asphalt, steel, and copper alternatives. We will agree to final costs and move to install a copper roof with professionally designed construction documents for quality assurance.
Quality is About the Details
Roof replacement costs are much higher with professional design to meet historic preservation standards, but the results are profound. The truism that "you get what you pay for" in quality assurance is real, and it is required to meet the standards of the grant money for which we are applying.