The cornerstone of the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church in San Angelo, Texas was laid in 1887. Since that time the church has seen many changes. The most recent is the addition of an impact- and fire-resistant Multi-Width Slate polymer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.
"The copper roofs on this church were destroyed twice by hail in the past 10 years," says Sam Colson, national restoration and construction estimator for Jim Filipowicz and Associates. "Church members came to us for a recommendation of a roofing product that would hold up against severe weather conditions and ideally replicate the slate look on the building when it was originally constructed. After doing product research and seeing the variety of selections available from DaVinci, we knew their composite slate product was the ideal solution."
After contacting other churches across the country — including in hail-prone areas — the church grounds and building maintenance team at Emmanuel Episcopal Church made a presentation to church members to familiarize them with the polymer roofing material. "With its warranties and the quality of the product, we all knew we were making a decision not just for our current situation, but for those who will follow after us," says Ski Lisewsky, a junior warden at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
The church leadership selected an Aberdeen blend of five colors to complement the stone exterior on the historic church. The eye-catching blend of imitation slate tiles includes dark gray, light brown, dark purple, green stone and dark stone colors.
"We saw many samples of colors available from DaVinci," says Lisewsky. "With our stone texture there was no doubt that the Aberdeen blend was the best look for what we were trying to achieve. When the sun hits the church at the right time, with the colors of the garden and all the colors of the Aberdeen roofing, it looks just wonderful."
According to Lisewsky, there has been nothing but praise for the synthetic slate roofing selection. Both congregation members and local residents have complimented the new roof.
"This went from a sad situation of our copper roof being declared a total loss by the insurance company to an exciting change for our church," says Lisewsky. "The JFA team was great to work with. They kept us informed every step of the way. From start to finish, we're pleased with this project, the product and the people involved in helping us acquire this new roof."
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