Chapter 1:4 Thomas Jefferson

Chapter 1:4 Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson really requires a whole section.  I’ve surveyed monticello twice, and read his original sources on the multiple roofing failures he commissioned.

Anyone familiar with his diaries will have encountered his musings on roofing.  He experiments with many attempts hiring colonial labor to create waterproof parapet gutters, and troughs.  These assemblies fail repeatedly.  He had created a european-styled architecture complete with deep roof gutters, and expected craftspeople with only folk knowledge of pitched roofing to apply the same technology to his bold design.  It is a blunder experienced by the entire country in that time frame, as romantic revival architecture catches on, and more complicated rooflines are in demand, the industry responds with what it knows here in the states, which is soldered single-lock plates applied to any detail that can’t be resolved with the only know seam, which is the hip/valley fold.  These are the design parameters we use today when applying new “historic” roofing to most of these  structures.

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Chapter 1:5 American Terneplate Early Industrial Era


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Folded metal roofs are a joy to create.  The panels are light, and do not require a lot of strength to install.  When the apprentice is trained properly to create patterns, they are simple and worry-free to join together on the roof.   I would like everyone who can, to experience the joy and satisfaction of creating a permanent metal roof.  

To sucesfully fold a metal roof intersections, you must first learn how to create patterns and cut the pans before seaming.  

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