The Metal Roofing Bible is an open source project, intended to be the ultimate guide for building successful, permanent metal roofs.  I’m the author, Kurtis Hord. I travel the country to inspect old roofs, teach, and build permanent roofs myself. Check the blog for updates on chapters and content.  You can find daily project photos, copper roofing, and metal roofing inspiration from my projects at: kwhord – Instagram

First proof-of-concept for live-in solo roofing/preservation: Andrew Marks, in 2015 flew me to Arkansas to live onsite, for 9 months. I worked alongside Andrew, and his wife Karen while they were framing the interior, learning how to sort slate, and Andrew even became a slate roofer during the process…


Before Andrew Marks, I was studying seamed roofing in place of American solder techniques.  

I started my seamed roofing journey in 2013.  It led me to meet Andrew Sanchez, and the folks at Casa Buena Builders, in providence Rhode Island, when Andrew contacted me looking for information on folding a valley top, on the Slate Roofing Bible, forum.. he ended up coming 13 hours to learn how to make the seam.  We worked on several projects together before I left rhode island to pursue specialty consulting and installation.

Before seamed roofing: In 2007 I founded and operated Patina Slate & Copper, in Louisville, KY.


I educated myself in architecture, drafting, and sheet metal surface development from an early age, and when I became a homeowner I applied all this to design the restoration back to original with a more period-appropriate kitchen.

Later, I took on the restoration of the roof and gutters of that building, including copper built-in gutters.  which lead me down the path of studying architectural metal work.


Kurtis Hord, Architectural Design Samples

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