Ornamental Metal


A Beautifully Customized Roof

ornamental roof repair and restoration example from durable slate

The Intrinsic Beauty of Ornament

Many of the historical buildings in this country were built in architectural periods where the aesthetics of the roof was an important element of the overall aesthetics.

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.

Gutter Systems

Repair and Installation

diagram of a rebuilt box gutter for a restored copper roofA well-designed and properly installed gutter system is a very important element of the roof. It is particularly important to maintain built-in gutters, such as box gutters, yankee gutters, and pole gutters. Leaks in these gutter systems can cause extensive interior damage, and, if not properly repaired, may result in structural damage.

Durable Slate can repair or install any type of built-in gutter, and box gutters are a particular specialty. Properly built box gutters with pre-tinned, well-soldered joints and well-scheduled control joints can last many decades with minimal maintenance. An improperly built box gutter structure or poorly installed liner can fail within just a few freeze-thaw cycles.

We also install all types of hanging copper gutters from standard 16oz. k-style to custom heavy gauge gutters with bar stock supports to withstand the harshest winters. We can replicate all ornamental gutters, collector heads, and downspouts.


From Our Clients

I wanted to take a minute to thank Durable Slate and John, the foreman on our recent roofing job, for the work just completed. John was very helpful in explaining and updating me on the work. Despite on-and-off rain, John completed the job without delay which is very much appreciated. The roof not only looks great but it has improved the appearance as the tiles needed to appropriately cover the area were located by your company and installed by John and his crew. A nice upgrade!

— Todd Witt – Cincinnati, Ohio