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June 15, 2009
Why you should feel good about your roof

Homeowners with slate and tile roofs are doing something good for the environment, without even knowing it. You don’t think about it much. It’s just there, protecting your home, family and valuable possessions. But did you know that having a slate or tile roof makes your home more environmentally friendly than one covered with asphalt […]

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April 28, 2009
Is your roof leaking around the chimney?

This guest post comes to you from Mark Sherby, Director of Quality Control at The Durable Slate Company: Chimney leaks are some of the most difficult leaks to diagnose. There are many reasons for chimney leaks, and it is not always possible to identify the specific reason for the leak. Even when an estimator sees an […]

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April 8, 2009
Another Opinion on ‘This Old Wasteful House’

This op-ed piece in Monday’s New York Times has people all over the historic preservation community talking. So, I figured I’d chime in. In said piece, Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, stresses the importance of energy efficiency to historic homeowners. While most were quick to agree with him (at least those I […]

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March 5, 2009
Spring is in the air

Every year it seems as though it will never come for us Ohioans. But with a high today of 58 degrees, it seems we have hope that spring is finally on its way. This time of year is popular for spring cleaning and de-cluttering the house. But what about making sure those things on your […]

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February 12, 2009
How to Handle Storm Damage on Your Roof

Our advice to homeowners experiencing storm damage on their roofs: Call your roofer IMMEDIATELY if you suspect there might be a problem. You will want to get on a roofing contractor’s schedule of inspections as soon as possible. The quicker you get someone out to look at your roof, the sooner repairs can be scheduled […]

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February 5, 2009
The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Names Durable Slate Foreman MVP

It’s not every day that field employees in the construction industry get recognized for their hard work. Unless, of course, it’s a historic election year and your name happens to be, “Joe the Plumber.” That is why The Durable Slate Company is proud to announce that one of its top foremen, Chad Chambers, has been presented with […]

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January 21, 2009
Prevent Harmful Ice Dams on Your Roof

Did you know that many older homes are either without felt or have deteriorated felt between their slate and wood deck? This does not provide adequate protection during harsh winters. When there is a heavy snow accumulation on the roof, the warm temperatures from inside the house can melt the snow at the bottom of […]

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December 12, 2008
Glynn Academy gets a lift

As the Glynn Academy project is coming to an end, I thought it was appropriate to reflect upon how far it’s come. Watch Shawn Beckwith describe the restoration project in THIS VIDEO. Enjoy! Background information about the project: The Durable Restoration Company, along with T&T House Moving and Heavy Rigging Inc. from Green Cove Springs, Fl., was contracted […]

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December 4, 2008
Award Presented for Restoration of Ace Pilot’s Columbus Home

The Durable Restoration Company was awarded the Preservation Merit Award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office for its restoration work on Eddie Rickenbacker’s childhood home. Awards were presented on Saturday, November 1, during a noon luncheon at the Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad Station in Columbus.The quaint house located at 1336 E. Livingston Ave. was built in 1895 by Eddie […]

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October 7, 2008
Natural versus Synthetic Slate

Lately it seems that people are quick to endorse synthetic slate roofing materials without much history to support their approval. Some people rave that synthetic slate is much cheaper than natural slate, lighter, more durable, has a 50+ year warranty and it’s typically recycled. But it seems that few people mention its fading qualities and the fact that the […]

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