Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof

Bellaforte polymer slateThanks to the efforts of volunteer church members, the St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston now has a new Class A Fire Rated roof overhead. Scrambling high atop the famous Roman Catholic Church on Bolton Street, the church members replaced heavy, old slate shingles with lightweight polymer tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"The research I did showed that the Bellaforte synthetic tiles from DaVinci have a long lifespan and can withstand a wide variety of severe weather," says Father Peter Grover, OMV. "We selected the slate gray color of lightweight roofing systems which has now received many compliments from our members and the neighborhood residents.

"This green roof construction truly looks like the original slate tile that was placed on our church and chapel more than 75 years ago. The Bellaforte product allowed us to preserve both the historical look and feel of our facilities. We also gained the advantage that these polymer tiles resist fire, high winds and severe weather."

Bellaforte slateVolunteer Installation Effort
After stripping the roof of the heavy slate shingles, it took a team of seven several days to install the copper flashing in the valleys and dormers of the roof. Then the Bellaforte imitation slate shingles went up.

"These pieces feature a snap-fit, interlocking mechanism, so installation was fast and easy," says Grover. "The include an integrated rain gutter, leading edge tab and rain dam and are about 20% lighter in weight than natural slate shingles. These factors worked together to help us complete the roof installation quickly.

"We were especially happy to get this project completed before the heavy rains associated with Hurricane Irene came to our area. With the new roof in place, we had no problems at all with the high winds and driving rain associated with the storm."

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