Chapter 1:3 Colonial adaptations

Chapter 1:3 Colonial adaptations

Chapter 1:2 Guild system <

Terneplate was available in easily transported boxes similar in size and weight to a bundle of asphalt shingles. This made it a great choice for the early colonial metalworkers. They would join the “plates” together to form a long strip, which would become their roofing pan. This fabrication was usually done on-site, or very close to the final destination of the material. These strips could be rolled up into “coil” and carried onto the roof where the two legs of the pan where formed on the roof. This process is not so different from their guild counterparts in Europe, but the difference has more to do with what happened in the details. The american craftsmen, having no knowledge of the guild secrets or knowledge base, did not have the training to seam edges together on details. What they did have was solder. Anyone performing metal roofing in those times would have supplemented their income with other tin-shop work when there were no roofs to do. They would have already been well versed in tinning, soldering kettles, pots, and any other durable item needed by the town. They applied this tin-shop knowledge improperly to their roofing designs: which started us down a path of soldered roofing elements.

The loss of the guild knowledge, and the adaptations of the early settlers to invent their own style of metal roofing has left us with some questionable techniques and foundations still in our DNA.

Chapter 1:4 Thomas Jefferson

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