Travel through the back roads of Ohio and you may come upon the City of Green, near Akron. If you do, make sure to visit Southgate Park. That’s where you’ll find a historic barn (134 years old!) with a new DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roof.
Back in 1883 the timber-framed Standard Pennsylvania style barn was constructed with a real slate roof on the homestead of the Hartong family. After more than a century of service, the worn out slate roof — and the rotting wood structural support system beneath it — have finally received a facelift.
“After reviewing all our choices it was easy to make the selection of a DaVinci Roofscapes Single-Width composite slate roof,” says architect Chas Schreckenberger, AIA and principal of Braun & Steidl Architects. “The appearance of the composite slate, its lightweight composition, affordability and durability all made it the obvious choice for this project.”
The next step required gaining approval on the roofing choice by the City of Green and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office (which awarded a grant to finance the roof’s replacement). The challenge of recreating the 1883 date on the roof, plus detailing the entire roofing job for the Hartong barn, required a great deal of collaboration between the team at Absolute Roofing and Construction, Inc. and Braun & Steidl Architects. Started in the spring of 2016, from start to finish, the roof frame reconstruction and tile installation took about six months.
“There were two significant challenges in this project,” says Chris Kamis, president of Absolute Roofing and Construction, Inc. “First, we were working alongside the framing team to make sure the structure was secure and ready for the roof installation. Second, we had to configure the 1883 date carefully.
“The DaVinci product was slightly different in dimension from the original slate, so it took several layouts to accurately recreate the date. The original date on the roof had been very faded, so we had some guidelines. In the end, the roof looks terrific with the 1883 date in Evergreen tile colors showing up beautifully against the Slate Black tile background.”
The completed roof project received the Contractor of the Year Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry in 2016 in the commercial specialty category.