Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs
Jeffrey Havelin, P.E.
The purpose of this (One-Hour) course is to provide the architect or engineer with a fundamental understanding and a technical knowledge of historic clay tile roofs.
Historic roofs are being improperly repaired or replaced with alternative roofing materials, to the detriment of the historic integrity and appearance of the structure. Increased knowledge of the characteristics of Historic Clay Tiles and its detailing and installation on the roof can lead to more sensitive interventions in which original material is preserved and the building's historic character maintained.
This course will review the history of clay roofing tiles and will include a description of the many types and shapes of historic tiles, as well as their different methods of attachment.
A complete internal and external inspection of the roof structure and the roof covering is recommended to determine condition, potential causes of failure, or source of leaks, and will help in developing a program for the preservation and repair of the tile roof. Before initiating any repair work on historic clay tile roofs, it is important to identify those qualities important in contributing to the historic significance and character of the building.
This course is based entirely on the web version of the National Park Service Preservation Brief 30 which is entitled “The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs” as published by the National Park Service- U.S. Department of the Interior.This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
This course will specifically review the history of roofing materials and will provide an understanding of Historic Clay Tile roofs:
This course would be very informative for Architects or Professional Engineers that are involved with historic buildings.
Benefit to the Attendees
This course recommends various measures that will provide an increased knowledge of the characteristics of historic clay tile roofs. Proper detailing and installation of historic roofing materials can lead to more sensitive interventions and the building's historic character maintained.
The primary focus of this course has been to provide an increased knowledge of historic clay tile roofing; their correct detailing and installation on the roof can ensure the original material is preserved and the building's historic character maintained. Along with a thorough understanding of any written history of the building, a physical investigation of the roofing and its structure may reveal information about the roof's construction history.
Details contributing to the character of historic clay tile roofs are described and guidance is offered on maintenance and the degree of intervention required at various levels of deterioration.
This course is based entirely on the web version of the National Park Service Preservation Brief 30 which is entitled “The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs” as published by the National Park Service- U.S. Department of the Interior.
The link to the course materials is as follows:
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The primary role of the consultant is to ensure the life of the building, a knowledge of historic construction techniques and the special problems found in older buildings is essential. The consultant must assist the owner in planning for logistical problems relating to research and construction. It is the consultant's responsibility to determine the best ways to ensure that the character of the original clay tile roof material is preserved and maintained.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.