Historical Roof Inspection

Is Your Historical Building in Need of a New Roof?

A historical roof inspection can present its own unique challenges. Historical buildings constructed prior to the 20th century, regardless of whether a roof replacement has already occurred since then, present hidden dangers that are best addressed by professionals with extensive experience repairing and replacing the roofs of historical buildings. While obvious damage is easy to detect, the underlying problems are typically not visible to the naked eye.

The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development recommends an annual inspection of historical building roofs, typically in spring to repair damage the structure may have sustained during winter. Depending on the type of materials used in the construction of the roof (or the replacement roof), a number of different aspects may be looked at.

  • Pitched Roofs—As the roofs on historical buildings typically employed shingles or standing seam roofing, common areas of weakness include rust, holes, loose or missing fasteners, popped up nails, missing or broken slates or shingles.
  • Flat Roofs—Typically tar and gravel (though previously replaced roofs of historical buildings may be covered with an EPDM membrane), Jancewicz & Son’s team will look for bubbles, blisters, or cracks in the membrane, and inspect the metal flashing, roof drains, and other connected surfaces such as parapets.
  • Gutters—Gutters are common areas where damage occurs, but blockages are usually symptoms of greater problems. Gutters should slope uniformly, though old or damaged gutters can develop low areas that prevent proper drainage. Loose or missing gutters will also need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Eaves—Ice dams and peeling paint (especially on the underside of the eaves) can cause serious damage that may affect the overall structural integrity of the roof.
  • Other—Water stains on interior walls, as well as an inspection of attic spaces, can reveal leakage that must be addressed.

What Sets Jancewicz & Son Apart?

Most notably, our experience and our people. Our roofing services have evolved with the times and technology, helping historical buildings retain their splendor since the early 20th century until today. And our people have a unique knowledge of historically authentic roofing systems because Jancewicz & Son has, in fact, been working on them for nearly 100 years.

In short, we were working on roofs when some of those historical buildings were brand new structures.


For a historical roof restoration estimate, and information about our industry leading roofing warranties, call 1.800.281.3585. Proudly serving our clients for over 90 years in Southern Vermont, Southern New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.

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Since 1933 we have been providing quality home improvement services for residents in Southern Vermont, Southern New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts. Click or call today to get a free quote for your roofing or remodeling needs.


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