Red shingle roof in Kings Mountain, NC



Ormand House, Kings Mountain, NCWest End Historic District in Kings Mountain, NC, preserves the Ormand House, a red shingle roof structure that exhibits many details of the bygone roofing era called embossed tin shingles. In 2014 the owners asked us to preserve the stamped shingles with the latest coatings and techniques.

Over Ormand's House history, owners have carefully maintained the original 1800s construction and its many additions, such as expansive porches. One modern modification: an indoor bathroom!

The present owners, Helen and George Hatch, have continued the tradition of caring for the past--doors, windows, shutters, porches and roofing. Helen emailed me that George...

"knows each shingle by name. He scrubbed each one with a wire brush, painted with some type of paint that stabilizes rusted surfaces, then covered it(each shingle) with roof red."

Ormand House in 2012

At first glance the roof appears well maintained compared to many I have seen. Yet the owners had some specific concerns, such as:

.....1.incorporating some new metal shingles with the old tin ones, and
.....2.possible leaking developing
.....3.traditional red tint

The older stamped shingles portrayed the vintage style. Today, no company manufactures that exact profile; Berridge Mfg comes closest, as you will see further in this article.

For a variety of technical reasons, both my field manager and I agreed independently that the expense of an extra intermediate application of a water based acrylic formula would better serve the owners over a longer period of time. We also felt that a solvent based aliphatic urethane, specially tinted in traditional red, would highlight the shingle design best.

Red shingle roof in Kings Mountain, NC, in 2012 Front right view of red shingle roof

Prep and primer stage

No photos exist of that stage due to long distance. Word did arrive that neighbors complimented the owners on their new shiny, silver roof!!

Old tin shingles and new metal version

For those individuals who are investigating using new shingles, mixed in with old ones, this project illustrates what you can expect. The new shingles are from Berridge.

Since the size and metal composition is different between old and modern, new shingles need to be inserted carefully. Keep any use separate from the old shingles. In this case, the use along the bottom row presented the fewest risks of future leaking. Also their placement just above the standing seam panels above the porch helps mute the design difference to the eye.

The traditional embossed tin homes, such as this red shingle roof, rarely leak. If leaking occurs, the reason is invariably related to the chimney and roof valleys--easy to repair. Many an owner has been persuaded to tear off an antique gem, like this one, because less than 2% area is causing a problem.
The asphalt shingle roofers, god bless them, have reduced the number of stamped tin roofs considerably.

At the end of this page(on large size screens), there are enlargements of old/new shingles for those deciding to blend or to keep or to discard.

New shingle row under old tin row
Old and modern shingles

New shingle coated with acrylic by Roof Menders, Inc
Old and modern shingles with ACRYLIC

New shingle coated with traditional red top coat
Old and modern shingles with WEARCOAT

Repairs on red shingle roof

The earlier repair of a break in the roof where a chimney once existed is quite obvious. The work in 2014 blended the repair more adroitly. In addion, the crew performed fully reinforced work over a larger area of concern to the owners. Pin holes visible from inside bothered them.

My field manager can handle almost any leaking problem connected with metal roofing, therefore, he profiled extra mesh and material into the existing shingles. This step may not appear like a difficult step, but Lester Mobley is one of a handful of roofers on the east coast that can perform this level of work.

2012 photo of chimney repair Area of red shingle roof formerly with chimney Enlarged view of 2014 chimney repaired area by Roof Menders, Inc

Three details rarely noticed by visitors

First detail: The owner opted to keep the bottom line of shingles as age has treated them. Some would describe the appearance as "wrinkled" or maybe "jagged". Others see charm or character. If straight lines, like in new construction, are desired, that option also is available.
View of edge of roof after work by Roof Menders, IncClose of red shingle roof edging

Second detail: The ornaments on the roof ridge is a sign of distinction. At the present time, the only source of this type of ornamentation is WF Norman, located somewhere in the midwest. This company still uses their old presses to make these items. The Ormand House ornamentation is from an unknown manufacture.
Ornaments of red shingle roof in 2012 Ornament coated by Roof Menders, Inc

Third detail: The owner creatively incorporated the roof tint into the porch, shingle and door color scheme. Even the porch floor blends beautifully with the overall look.
Porch detail includes traditional red tintSide view of Ormand House

Enlarged photos

Acrylic on old  and new shingles
New shingles with acrylic

Wearcoat on old and new shingles
New shingles with Wearcoat

Close up of porch detail using traditional red in three areas
Porch details

Middle dormer with curtains, shutters and red shingle roof by Roof Menders
A beauty in good care by its owners

Ormand House 2014
Ormand House 2014

Are you looking for a tin roof contractor?

If you are seeking an experienced company to offer an estimate for the purpose of preserving your existing roof, please contact us. You would discover alternatives available, each with pros and cons. If you request a quote, any restoration work would be performed by my crew.