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Historic Church Installs High-Tech Roof

Shingles placed just in time for church to weather Hurricane Irene

Thanks to the efforts of volunteer church members, the St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston now has a new roof overhead. Scrambling high atop the famous Roman Catholic Church on Boylston Street, the church members replaced heavy, old slate shingles with lightweight polymer tiles.

The new tiles are manufactured by DaVinci Roofscapes. “The research I did showed that the Bellaforté tiles from DaVinci have a long lifespan and can withstand a wide variety of severe weather,” says Father Peter Grover, OMV. “We selected the slate gray color of tiles which has received many compliments from our members and the neighborhood residents.”

After stripping the roof of the heavy slate shingles, it took the team of seven several days to install the copper flashing in the valleys and dormers of the roof. Then the Bellaforté tiles went up. “This product truly looks like the original slate tile that was placed on our church and chapel more than 75 years ago. The Bellaforté product allowed us to preserve both the historical look and feel of our facilities. We also gained the advantage that these polymer tiles resist fire, high winds and severe weather. That gives us all peace-of-mind knowing that our church facility and seminary are protected.”

Grover says installation was fast and easy, including an integrated rain gutter, leading edge tab and rain dam. The shingles are about twenty percent lighter in weight than natural slate shingles.

“Five of our volunteer church members had previous roofing experience and one is a professional roofer. Working as a team, we were able to re-roof all of our pitched roofs, including the main church and chapel. We were especially happy to get this project completed before the heavy rains associated with Hurricane Irene came to our area. With the new roof in place, we had no problems at all with the high winds and driving rain associated with the storm.”

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