Handmade History: Standing seam zinc roof installation

Another lovely mini-update from our current upstate project: the handmade, standing seam zinc roof has been installed over the entrance! A lot of exterior projects have come together this week, including the near-completion of the mudroom addition, plus the finishing touches on the four chimneys that were completely rebuilt atop the roof.

Left: The aluminum siding being removed. Right: The exterior after the siding and door trim and pediment have been removed.

Another big project was the facade of the home itself. After the ugly, 1970s aluminum siding was stripped off to reveal the original wooden planks the home was sheathed in when it was built, focus turned to the entrance. As you can see, we removed the trim and pediment in favor of more historically accurate elements.

Hand-crimped, baby!

Like this standing seam roof. It features vertically aligned crimps in the zinc (which is a super durable, corrosion-resistant metal, perfect for elements like this), which not only give some great visual interest and texture, but these crimped seams hold the metal together and direct water towards the miniature gutter, which keeps rain runoff from falling directly onto somebody entering the home. I love when form and function come together to keep my hair from getting wet. Genius!

Left: The finishing touches being put on the roof. Right: The completed roof sitting pretty over the entry.

When restoring a house, we like to stay as true to the original building techniques as we can. That means, if something would have originally been made by hand, we find skilled artisans to reproduce it faithfully using the same by-hand methods, which is exactly what we did with this roof. It was made the old-fashioned way—hand-bent, hand-fit, hand-soldered. Just knowing that fact makes this roof all the more incredible!

One thought on “Handmade History: Standing seam zinc roof installation

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