Slate/Copper Box Gutter Restoration

East Price Hill, Ohio –

This project required the restoration of both the original slate roof system and the copper built-in gutters. When the homeowner purchased the home just two years ago he was told the roof and gutters had already been restored and should be in good shape for the next 50 years! Within one year they found the box gutters were leaking and damaging the soffit area. After a detailed inspection we found a horrific restoration had been completed. The previous contractor showcased his lack of knowledge by replacing slates with the wrong type and color, poorly soldering the copper and not allowing any expansion and contraction to occur in the gutters. They installed copper box gutter liners but never removed the original “tarred-over” liners. Therefore, the old rotten wood was left in place and the new copper box gutter liners were simply tucked under the first row of slate. This poor technique allowed water to immediately run behind the new copper box gutters and cause further deterioration. We found the copper hip/ridge secured with steel screws, directly through the slate and with no sealant applied to prevent leaking. These steel screws were already beginning to rust.

HKC Roofing proposed to restore the slate roof and box gutters. This included replacing all broken, missing and incorrectly installed slates with matching, salvaged, “Peach Bottom” slates. Furthermore, we would need to replace all of the chimney flashings, pipes, valleys, dormers, and hips/ridges with new copper sheet metal. This would complete the slate restoration and allow the roof to last another 100 years or more! The box gutter liners needed to be completely removed, including the copper and old tin so the wood framing could be inspected. The wood needed to be replaced where deterioration had occurred and checked for proper drainage. Afterwards, new copper liners were fabricated and installed. All of the seams were pop-riveted together and soldered for watertightness. Most importantly, expansion joints were installed every 30 feet to allow the box gutters to expand and contract, eliminating stress from the seams and ensuring long-term performance. Please see the before and after pictures below.



Hammond North Condos

Northside, Ohio –

Located on Hamilton Avenue in Cincinnati’s historic Northside neighborhood. The Hammond North Building offers incredible views of Cincinnati from its 20 story penthouse units. The roof had been a sore spot for the owners for over 12 years. The roof, a gravel ballasted EPDM system, proved to be a challenge when searching for leaks and making quality long-term repairs. With this in mind, HKC designed a roof system to eliminate the need for the gravel ballast and focus on a system that would provide lower maintenance costs over the roofs life. We achieved this by vacuuming off all of the rock and fully adhering the new single ply TPO membrane to the insulation board. Tapered insulation saddles were constructed to help eliminate ponding waters in specific areas on the roof.

Roselawn Village

Gulf Manor, Ohio –

After new ownership purchased the 1950’s built community in Cincinnati’s suburb, Roselawn, an aggressive effort was made to restore the property. The community’s roofs were one of the most pressing improvements. The original tile roof system was failing, allowing water to enter the building and it’s residents housing beneath. HKC removed over 60,000 sq.ft. of roof tile and installed a new 50 year dimensional shingle, replacing all of the original sheet metal flashings.

Oxford United Methodist Church

Oxford, Ohio –

The Oxford United Methodist Church can be found at 14 N Poplar Street in Oxford, Ohio, located two blocks away from Ohio’s prestigious Miami University. The church sanctuary was built in 1875; the church encompasses two, 135 foot steeples. HKC Roofing performed an entire renovation to the church’s roof system with a DECRA Stone Coated Product, including the steeples. The original copper box gutters were removed and replaced using the same fabrication methods, and painted the entire exterior of the church. The original hand crafted metal cross, located at the peak of the main roof had been knocked off the church over 15 years ago during a storm. HKC reverse engineered the cross from pieces that were stored away for years. A new 8 foot tall, steel cross was constructed and powder coated before being set in place to complete the project.

Villages at Symmes Crossing

Mason, Ohio –

Shortly after providing reliable repair work for Symmes Crossing, we were elected to replace the communities 170,000 sq.ft. of roofing. HKC worked closely with the client to design an asphalt shingle system that would lower maintenance over the next 25 years. A heavier dimensional shingle was selected among upgraded attic ventilation, and high-quality roof accessories. The project was completed on schedule and on budget with no disturbances to the daily operations.