Comrade Igor Gabro brings us a stunning roof undergoing repairs to some sections with the remaining ones staying in place. Organic roofing at it’s best!
I’ve been meaning to update the site with better organization. Robert’s question and this discussion about seamed pipe boots was the motivation I needed… There are a lot of videos on Youtube, but they are mostly in foreign languages and even alphabets, making a search for trad roofing techniques very difficult for english-speakers. I’m starting to compile the best videos on a new page here: https://tradroofing.wordpress.com/how-to/
Here’s our discussion from the Trad Roofing forum and the video another member of the group submitted to help with his journey: https://youtu.be/w7lAFq7j3qg
Comrade: Aidas Danisevicius shares photos of his boyhood home? The post includes video of a roof tour, and up-close photos of the joinery. They claim the house is from 1600. I have my doubts that the roof is original, but it’s very early: at least and century and a half, maybe two from my experience surveying similar old roofs in america on aged structures.
This shot does a great job of showing process and finish in the same photo. Every region has unique styles but they all follow the rules of trad roofing: full joinery. I’m a big fan of the transverse seams on the valley intersection.
Why is this superior?
- There is no lap, anywhere. The entire functioning surface is fully in view. Just like a membrane.
- If any individual piece is damaged: in can be removed and replaced without disrupting the remaining assembly.
- All intersections are fully seamed, twice over.
An old roof I captured while in Virgina.
This roof is nearly 100 years old, has fully seamed details and is still functioning perfectly. How many times did their neighbors pay for asphalt re-roofs over the years as this proud roof continued to give a return on initial investment?
This is a wholly transcendent system: I can’t image why any honest roofer who assess their conscious could imagine doing anything other than this: every time.
This is a foundation seam. With this technique you can construct standing hips, bread pans (the alternative to z strips), curbs, or any place where you want or need an alternative to a lay-down seam.
Just a greatly executed roof on some interesting architecture.