Copper Shingles Furnish a Durable Maintenance Solution for a Historic Church Spire

Steeplejack installs copper shingles over original decking.

Steeplejack installs copper shingles over original decking.

Steeple repair specialists are often faced with the results of long time deferred maintenance and optimistic maintenance and the First Congregational Church in Hudson, Ohio was no different. When CIS Steeplejacks of Litchfield, Ohio inspected the structure, their steeple had been having chronic leaking issues, and they sought to furnish a long term solution. Removing and replacing the original wood shingles with asphalt strip shingles 25 years previous had bought some time, but not as much as the Church had hoped. Depending on such maintenance intervals did not seem sustainable, so the client was open to consider more durable materials for such a remote structure as the church spire. They considered going back to the original wooden shingles, since they had performed well and because the structure of the spire was built to support them. In the end, however, a copper shingle was specified. This type of solution permits movement of the spire and furnishes superior protection from the elements. The Church can now remove the spire from its list of ongoing maintenance concerns for the next one hundred years, at least.

List of Steeplejacks and Riggers.

Locking, blind nailed copper shingles.

Locking, blind nailed copper shingles.

Copper clad access door, base of spire.

Copper clad access door, base of spire.

Crane sets spire finial.

Crane sets spire finial.

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