Weathering the Storm: Protecting Historical Roofs from Severe Weather

The elegance of historical roofs cannot be denied, especially if you are a fan of older homes and buildings like we are. Appreciated for their beauty and longevity, these roofs—usually of slate, clay, wood, or metal—require a different level of care and attention than asphalt shingles. That means taking proactive measures to protect historical roofs from severe weather throughout the year, and preserve their value and classic look for many years.

In northern NJ, where Slate Roof Professionals is based, it’s not only the upcoming winter, with its ice and snow, that our customers need to worry about. Autumn can bring on strong winds and flying debris, and the summer months often bring hailstorms and heavy rains that can wreak havoc on older, historical roofs. As we all know, natural disasters occupy front-page news all too often these days!

Ways to protect your historical roof

Periodic roof inspections by a professional roofing company will detect any issues that could become big problems when severe weather events hit. With historical roofs, there may be broken wood shingles, cracked tile shingles, or metal that has been dinged from hail or falling debris. It’s always best to find these and address any shingle deterioration promptly to avoid the damage from getting worse—and to maintain the home’s elegant look. This inspection should include the flashing and the inspector should look for areas that need fresh caulking to keep out water.

It’s also critical to keep trees that are close to the house pruned properly to avoid falling limbs that will damage the roof or gutters. Cleaning the gutters every spring and fall will prevent debris buildup that can cause ice dams to build up in the winter or cause water damage to the building.

Has your historical roof been damaged?

Our experienced restoration specialists provide high-quality service and craftsmanship for renovations and restorations of historical roofs on private residences, commercial buildings, and houses of worship.

If you plan to replace a historical roof with appropriate materials, consider the local weather and how the elements may affect the roof. For example, a copper or slate roof may be a better choice for a historical roof in an area prone to fire and other hazards. Replace worn or broken tiles with sturdier ones that can withstand more extreme weather. Install weatherproof sealant, impact-resistant membranes, and additional insulation layers in a historical roof replacement or restoration to provide greater protection for your roof for many years.

Sign up for our winter Snowbird Program

Available in New Jersey through April 1, our Snowbird Program helps protect and maintain your slate, tile, copper, or shingle roof when you’re traveling or out of state for prolonged periods.

With one phone call from your house sitter, property manager, or helpful neighbor, we’ll dispatch our expert roofing team within 24 hours and conduct a roof inspection, and identify and address any problems. You’ll have peace of mind while you are away, knowing your roof is protected against further harm.

Slate Roof Professionals: Your first line of protection for your historical roof

‍From full roof inspections to the finest repairs and historical roof restoration work, discerning property owners in North Jersey and Westchester and Rockland counties turn to Slate Roof Professionals for our years of experience.

Contact us at (973) 857-7300 to arrange an inspection to prepare for harsh winter weather. If you plan to be away this winter, call us for details about our Snowbird Program.