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Masterful Metalwork.

Though slate and metal roofs have much intrinsic beauty, patterns in the roof and ornamental elements such as finials, collector heads, decorative cornice, and other fancy metallic roof protrusions add another aspect of beauty to the exterior fabric. These items can also uniquely customize new roof installations.

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Beauty & Strength

For over 40 years The Durable Slate Company has been the premier choice among architects and contractors for ornamental metalwork. We've been honored to work on many of America's most cherished buildings and homes, including Florida's State Capital Building, Iowa's Steeple Square, and innumerable high profile churches country-wide.

Exceptional roofs demand exquisite and equally lasting ornamentation. Our highly trained tradespeople have the skill and resources to meet your copper design demands. Whether it's restoring a unique copper piece or building something entirely new, you can expect a high quality product and service.

Featured & Recent Projects

May 26, 2020
St. Andrew’s Church, Roanoke, VA

The St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Steeple/Masonry Restoration Project took place in Roanoke, Virginia. Construction began on March 23rd, 2014, and ended on December 5th, 2014. The principal features were 2 steeples clad in ornamental copper and slate. The approximate cost was $2,400,000 and covered around 2,000 Sq. ft. (the steeples). The goal of this project […]

January 1, 2020
Steeple Square, Dubuque, IA

Encompassing more than 100 feet of new copper, Steeple Square’s upper steeple has been restored through the craftsmanship of Durable Restoration. Standing at 211-feet, Steeple Square, one of the tallest churches in the Dubuque area, underwent general construction earlier this year. Durable Restoration handled the steeple’s complete metal restoration, and Gronen Restoration, serving as construction manager, […]

March 18, 2021
Norwegian Embassy, Washington D.C.

In 1905, Norway established their first embassy in Washington, D.C. and it ranks among Norway's largest. The United States and Norway's close relationship strengthened between 1825 and 1940 when over one-third of Norway’s population emigrated to the United States. Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and The Durable Slate Company are collaborating on this project.  While Whiting-Turner is […]

March 4, 2021
Residence, Cincinnati, OH

For the lower balcony roof, The Durable Slate Company installed 16 oz flat-lock copper flooring, standing seam panels (added to the parapet walls), and parapet caps. In addition to this, pre-fabricated drip edge detail at the eave was installed and pre-fabricated standing seam panels were secured to the decking. Before After

January 29, 2021
Residence, Washington D.C.

For this project, we completed a pickup and relay concerning the front face of the roof, installed new custom copper dormers, re-framed the box gutters, adding new liner, as well as matched, historic Corbels, Dentals, and trim flashing, all in copper. Each copper element was artificially aged with a patina solution for an antique look. […]

January 8, 2021
5809 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA

Among the marvelous mansions lining historic St. Charles, one building truly stands out. Affectionately dubbed “The Wedding Cake House”, this 3-story 13,000 square foot building resembles a tiered wedding cake, thanks to its minute flourishes, Corinthian columns, and uniform white paint (which is rumored to be sugar sweet). Built in 1896 for local grocer Nicholas […]

More than a roof. It's a Legacy.