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Just a few weeks ago in the upper Midwest, we received over 12 inches of heavy snow in just one storm. It seems an appropriate time to share the important role of snow and ice guards in roofing systems where snowfall is an annual challenge.
Roofing materials such as slate, metal/copper, tile or synthetic materials will not absorb moisture as snow piles up, which leads to the danger of falling ice and snow. Sunlight, gravity and a warm attic will force the heavy snow off your roof in one dangerous event. Decks, sidewalks, landscaping, and other important property and areas of human traffic need protection from these dangers.
One important note: Snow and ice guards should not be installed on asphalt shingle low-slope roofs due to the risk of causing snow dams.
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A large and complex roof restoration project is underway in Joplin, Missouri, where two Victorian-era houses will be repurposed to create the Joplin Historical Neighborhoods living history museum. Thanks to the generosity of the David and Debra Humphreys family, the Schifferdecker and Zelleken houses will have new roofing systems that will utilize the same Buckingham Slate that topped the original structures.
Quarried in Virginia, Buckingham Slate is a durable and aesthetically beautiful material that can last up to 150 years. “What makes these tiles unique to other slates — and they are considered to be the Rolls-Royce of slate in America — is there is mica that is in the content of the slate that gives it a glisten or a sparkle that sets it apart from a Vermont slate or a Pennsylvania slate,” said Tony Raleigh, Historic Roofing Specialist at Renaissance Roofing.