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1700's Farm House

Near Emmitsburg, Maryland

We worked with the owner and thier carpenter on this project as a new wrap around porch, second floor balcony (sleeping porch) and exterior siding were installed in conjunction with the installation of a new roof.  FHTC installed a new standing seam, galvanized metal roof which replaced the existing roof that was over one hundred years old.  The new roof was designed to improve the ventilation inside the home for the laundry dryer, the sewer, the kitchen exhaust, two bathroom exhaust fans and a propane fired furnace.

As we have observed many times, those who came before us realized that old log buidlings were drafty, leaky and hard to maintain.  So to have many of our clients albeit after they removed the old layers of siding, lath and plaster.  On this project the logs are once again being covered to help keep out the rain, wind and reduce maintenance.  We feel this covering of the logs does more to presserve the orginal builing than any other approach.  The logs are still exposed to the interior throughout.

Our work included the fabrication and installation of a new roof, new gutters and downspouts as well as a lightning supression system for the home as well as a new lightning supression system for the barn.

We will add more information regarding this project upon completion, as we are still working on this job site.

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Tired Existing Roof Is at the End of Its Life

Tired Existing Roof Is at the End of Its Life
Old Roofing Is Worn Out and New Porches Will Require Complicated Valley Construction

Old Roofing Is Worn Out and New Porches Will Require Complicated Valley Construction
This is the beginning steps to fabricate a vent stack that will be soldered into the roof.  The riser (or pipe) is sribed fitted to match the roof pitch and then located onto the 'pan' (re: the blue circle).

This is the beginning steps to fabricate a vent stack that will be soldered into the roof. The riser (or pipe) is sribed fitted to match the roof pitch and then located onto the 'pan' (re: the blue circle).
The pan has been cut and the stack is now installed.  The tabs that were visible in the previous picture are now underneath the pan and out of site.

The pan has been cut and the stack is now installed. The tabs that were visible in the previous picture are now underneath the pan and out of site.
The cap is installed and will be improved with screening.  This cap will remain removable as will the actual conductors that convey the various vented gasses.  The stacks that we install are oversized allowing the actual vents to be changed over time.  As our roofs are expected to last a century or more, the mechanical system will be changed within the roof's life expectancy.

The cap is installed and will be improved with screening. This cap will remain removable as will the actual conductors that convey the various vented gasses. The stacks that we install are oversized allowing the actual vents to be changed over time. As our roofs are expected to last a century or more, the mechanical system will be changed within the roof's life expectancy.
Our craftsmen work with countles variations in material and tools.  Here you can see a vent stack that has been installed in a pan that meets a valley, a ridge, a change in roof pitch and covers a new plywood base and 'skip sheathing' that is original to the home.

Our craftsmen work with countles variations in material and tools. Here you can see a vent stack that has been installed in a pan that meets a valley, a ridge, a change in roof pitch and covers a new plywood base and 'skip sheathing' that is original to the home.
As with any re-roofing project care must be taken to protect the contents of the building.  Here we can see portions of the old roof that were partially removed yet kept in place to keep the building dry.  Installation of a roof of this quality can take a crew of four upto or a little longer than a month.

As with any re-roofing project care must be taken to protect the contents of the building. Here we can see portions of the old roof that were partially removed yet kept in place to keep the building dry. Installation of a roof of this quality can take a crew of four upto or a little longer than a month.
When all things are considered we believe that "No building is better than the roof that is on it"  In the foreground is one of the clients gardens.

When all things are considered we believe that "No building is better than the roof that is on it" In the foreground is one of the clients gardens.
The bulk of the roofing has been installed.  The chimneys are temporarily wrapped since the flashings are not complete.  The lower enclosed portion of the side porch is the location of a unique 'cricket' that is especially made to accomodate this lower window.

The bulk of the roofing has been installed. The chimneys are temporarily wrapped since the flashings are not complete. The lower enclosed portion of the side porch is the location of a unique 'cricket' that is especially made to accomodate this lower window.
Step Flashing Around Masonry Is Let Into Cut Mortar Joints To Create The Best Weather Seal

Step Flashing Around Masonry Is Let Into Cut Mortar Joints To Create The Best Weather Seal
Galvanized, Terne, and Copper Can All Be Soldered to Make Even Complex Flashing Assemblies Like This Perfectly Weathertight.

Galvanized, Terne, and Copper Can All Be Soldered to Make Even Complex Flashing Assemblies Like This Perfectly Weathertight.
Gutters and Downspouts are Soldered For a Watertight Seal -- Note Braided Copper Lightning Suppression System Conductor

Gutters and Downspouts are Soldered For a Watertight Seal -- Note Braided Copper Lightning Suppression System Conductor
Roof Complete and Lightning Suppression System Installed -- Galvanized Metal will Dull to a Mild Grey Within a Month

Roof Complete and Lightning Suppression System Installed -- Galvanized Metal will Dull to a Mild Grey Within a Month
Lightning supression system being installed on the adjacent barn.  This roof is nearly fifty feet above the ground as measured at the ridge.

Lightning supression system being installed on the adjacent barn. This roof is nearly fifty feet above the ground as measured at the ridge.