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Cincinnati Roofing

The Durable Slate Company is a nationally available historic roofing contractor. We specialize in slate, clay-tile, and copper roofing, as well as copper gutters.

This branch serves the entire Cincinnati region, as well as nearby Indiana and Kentucky.

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Local Slate & Tile Experts

The Durable Slate Company knew early on that by focusing on select services, it would be able to fine tune and produce a quality product that couldn’t be matched. Thirty years later, we remain the award winning, premier option for historic roof repair and restoration, including slate, clay-tile, and copper roofing and gutters.

Featured & Recent Projects

March 4, 2021
Muhlhauser Barn, West Chester, OH

The Muhlhauser and Moerlein names are among the most recognizable in Butler County, Ohio and the Greater Cincinnati region. Their families maintained summer homes here and operated some of the largest farms in the area catering to the production of beer. In 1866, Gottlieb Muhlhauser joined forces with Conrad Windisch and started the Windisch-Muhlhauser Brewing […]

August 20, 2018
Our Lady of Peace Chapel – Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

In March 2018, Durable Slate began working on the reinstallation of slate and addition of copper gutters, flashings and downspouts. The project was completed in August 2018. The Our Lady of Peace Chapel was moved from the Williams family’s residence in Anderson Township to Xavier University. The chapel is a centerpiece of Xavier University’s academic […]

February 7, 2022
Residence, Cincinnati, OH

For this project, we performed a slate repair on the Vermont purple and unfading green slates. In addition, we replaced the chimney flashings with new copper.

October 13, 2021
Delta Delta Delta, Indiana University, IN

Indiana College was founded as a college in 1820 and construction began on the Seminary Building in 1822.  In 1838, Indiana College formally became Indiana University.  Throughout the 1800s, the University continued to expand, creating multiple colleges. Tri Delta's roof was partially covered with tile roofing material, while other areas were roofed with Vermont Unfading […]

September 22, 2021
Private Residence, Cleveland, TN

After inspection of this historic property, the chimney flashings and valleys seemed to be past their service life. They had been reworked and patched with roof cement which expands when hot and shrinks when cold. The change in temperature caused leaks in the winter, but it ‘repaired’ itself in the summer when the cement expanded […]

June 14, 2021
Sisters of Mercy, Cincinnati, OH

For this project, The Durable Slate Company performed a slate repair with Vermont black slate, installed terne coated stainless steel chimney flashings, valleys, ridge roll, vent boots, and gutters. We also performed spot pointing and crown repairs on all existing chimneys.

Local Experience, World-Class Roofing

Our artisans are trained extensively, using historically traditional methods hardly seen in today’s roofing industry. The Durable Slate Company has always been committed to keeping their products as historically accurate and aesthetic as possible. Alongside these traditional roofing techniques, we also specialize in the installation, restoration, and repair of copper gutters of all types, including custom styles.
The Durable Slate Company: Cincinnati branch serves the entire tri-state area, as well as Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
From Cincinnati to Indianapolis to Louisville to Nashville, we’re available for all your slate roof repair or copper gutter needs.
copper gutter and downspout, with a stone wall and red clay tile roof

Cincinnati's Copper Heritage

Copper is a beautiful roofing material, whether it is used exclusively or alongside their durable counterparts, slate and clay-tile. The russet shine of new copper is warm and inviting, while the well-aged patina green and brown copper roof resembles our nation's most cherished buildings and statues.

When designed and installed by capable craftsmen, copper roofs provide Cincinnati with a long-term roofing option that requires low maintenance and no painting, unlike other metal roofing options.

As a flexible metal, copper can be adapted to almost any roofing application, but two installation types are common throughout Cincinnati.
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Standing Seam Copper Roofs

Especially common to this area and Northern Kentucky are copper standing seam roofs, often called "tin" roofs. Standing seam roofs include a visible seam that crimps uniform copper panels together in a water tight seal. When performed by an experienced craftsman, these seams add dimension and texture to your copper roof, drawing the eye up to the top-most edge of your historic roof.

A custom standing seam copper roof installed by our professionally trained craftsmen can last for 75 years, possibly in excess of a century.
cincinnati copper standing seam roof with fall foliage and chimney in the background

Flat-Lock Copper Roofs

A flat-lock copper roof is often installed on smaller, shallow pitched roofs or curved structures such as domes and barrel vaults.

For roofs with a shallow pitch, a tight seal is necessary to prevent leaking in case water pools. For this, we seal each seam with an industry leading, lead-free solder to ensure a water tight seal.

As with all copper roofs, flat-lock copper roofs are durable, lasting 75 years or longer, and age gracefully with an accumulating patina.
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Copper Dormers

Copper dormers extend outward from the sloping surface of the roof, usually encapsulating a vent, window, or other roofing structure. Window dormers add usable space to the roofing interior, protect the window inside, providing light and air-flow to the interior. In general, dormers helps to normalize the room's interior. The building's exterior can resemble a quaint cottage or grandiose church, depending on the dormers size, type, and placement.

As you can imagine, copper dormers come in a variety of types and styles. Gable (or Dog-house) dormers have two sloping roof segments that meet in the middle, resembling a dog house. Eyebrow dormers, in which the roofing material carries over the top of the dormer, making up its roof, and resembles a half-closed or sleepy eye. And the beautiful bonnet dormer, with a rounded roofing shape that looks arched when viewed from the front.

While dormers can be made out of wood and other materials, copper dormers enjoy the same incredible longevity as any other copper product and will develop the same antique patina for a wonderfully aged look.
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Call 513-621-3455 for your free estimate*

The Durable Slate Cincinnati office serves most of southwest Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and West Virginia. We offer free estimates on slate, clay tile, and copper roofing as well as copper gutters and box gutters. Our office can be found on Novner Drive, off of Springfield Pike in Woodlawn.

For these areas, as well as the broader United States, we gladly provide free estimates* for slate, clay tile, and copper roofing as well as copper gutters, box gutters, and ornamental metal work.

170 Novner Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45215

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Work We Love

From Charming Cottages to Towering Steeples, We Have the Expertise

  • Residential and commercial slate roofing installation, maintenance and repairs
  • Copper roofs, repair and installation
  • Clay tile repairs and installations
  • Copper gutter repair and installations
  • We are full service roofing contractors who have delivered specialty slate for high end home projects across the United States. We also install and repair spires, steeples and other types of ornamental roofing.

We also offer commercial services, including the following structures:

  • Schools, universities and other educational facilities
  • Churches, temples, synagogues and mosques
  • Hospitals
  • Federal, state and local government facilities and governmental service agencies
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More than a roof. It's a Legacy.