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New Interlocking Clay Roof Tile Installation and Copper Flashing Installation in Memphis, TN

  • February 27, 2020
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Founded by Robert Lewis Sr. in 1914, the R.S. Lewis Funeral Home has been in continuous operation in downtown, Memphis, TN. On July 27th, 2014, the R.S. Lewis Funeral Home celebrated its 100th Anniversary. It is believed to be the oldest operating funeral home in Memphis and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The home has held services for many prominent African Americans, most notably Martin Luther King Jr. who was assassinated on April 5th, 1968. To date, thousands still gather at this historic funeral home to mourn his passing.

In early 2018, Renaissance Roofing, Inc. performed a Magellan Building Assessment and it was determined that the funeral home required a complete clay tile roof restoration. This included the need to replace the historic clay roof tiles with new ceramic roof tiles. Our work included the removal and disposal of the failing original Ludowici Chicago T1 French clay roofing tile along with decorative H-11 Hip Rolls, C-24 Ridge Crestings, correlating terminals, clay wall cladding, concrete Lifetime barrel tile and asbestos hip rolls from the lower roof structure. During this disposal process, our crew would also remove the existing copper valley metal, copper wall flashings, copper dormer flashings, waste stack and continue with the rotted wooden battens, underlayments, and wood decking. All would be removed, properly disposed of and ultimately replaced.

 

Shown above is the original early 1900’s era Ludowici Chicago T1 French clay tile roof with decorative clay fittings as photographed by Renaissance Roofing, Inc. in January 2018. All clay roofing tile and supporting materials would be removed and replaced.

 

Shown above is the original circa 1920’s era Ludowici Chicago T1 French clay tile roof with decorative H-11 Hip Rolls laid in mortar as photographed by Renaissance Roofing, Inc. in January 2018.

 

After receiving samples and data, the selection of a clay roofing tile was made; a La Escandella Flat interlocking roof tile produced in Spain. The profile of the La Escandella Flat tile has the look and feel of the French profile and installed in a very similar fashion. With the new La Escandella Flat clay tile, Renaissance Roofing, Inc. also provided all the correlating hip and ridge tiles, hip starter tiles and 3-way ridges to finish the clay portion of the roof.

Our installation included redecking of rotted areas of the wood decking, new felt and Ice & Water underlayments, new wooden batten, and counter battens, new 16oz. copper valley metal, 16oz. copper wall flashings, custom fabricated diamond pattern 16oz. copper dormer cladding, 16oz. copper chimney flashings and new 6” K Style aluminum gutters and down spouts.

The result was a brand-new roofing system clad with the La Escandella Flat clay tile which emulated the failing Ludowici Chicago T1 French tile roof. Renaissance Roofing, Inc. was able to maintain the authentic look and feel of the original roof dating back to the early 1900’s with the promise of a roofing system that will last a generation or longer.

 

Shown above is the newly installed La Escandella Flat clay roofing tile. This perspective shows the 16oz. copper valley detail, hip installation and custom fabricated 16oz. diamond pattern dormer flashings as photographed by Renaissance Roofing, Inc.

 

Shown above is the newly installed La Escandella Flat clay roofing tile. This perspective shows the full completed roof including the hip and ridge details and correlating 16oz. copper flashings as photographed by Renaissance Roofing, Inc.

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