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Maytown Reformed United Church of Christ

Maytown, PA


April 2018

While trimming some trees, the Maytown Reformed UCC had a bird’s eye view of their roof and noticed some hail damage to the slate. They submitted a claim to their insurance company who brought in GSM Roofing because they wanted a local company with expertise in slate roofing. GSM was able to provide a new roof to the church with the money that they received from the claim.

The church was built in 1805 and had a slate roof. It was very important to the congregation to restore the roof to its original condition. The first thing GSM had to do was remove the damaged slate and expose the roof deck. The deck was in very poor condition, constructed of open spaced lathe. The lathe was overlaid with new 5/8” CDX plywood prior to installing the underlayment and the ice and watershield. The existing slate was a unique clipped corner design, which served no purpose but added to the roof aesthetics. In order to match the original look GSM installed North Country Black slate 11’ X 20” with clipped corners and attached them with #1 x 1 ¾” copper nails. The existing snow guards were replaced with matching, Seigar “C” Snowguards. All new 16 oz copper flashings and hip and ridge caps were installed. The roof was completely restored to as good or better than the original. The angel with a trumpet weather vane had been taken down many years ago for repair but was never reinstalled. GSM fully restored the angel weather vane and returned her to her home atop the church above the beautiful new slate roof.

Project Highlights:

  • North Country Black Slate with clipped corners to match the existing roof
  • Seigar “C” snowguards
  • 16oz Copper Flashings and ridge caps
  • Restored historic church with slate that will last 100 years

“It has been a pleasure doing business with you and your company! All of our contacts with your workers have been very positive! Eric was always willing and able to answer any questions that we had on site. I also appreciated your availability and prompt responses to all our questions!”

Linda Good, Maytown Reformed UCC

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I did get a chance to inspect the roof of this church last week. There was no damage to the roof, it is actually in quite good condition since it was installed in the late 80's or early 90's. The leaks they are experiencing are at the flashing transitions to the stone masonry and one at a brick masonry chimney.

But I did want to tell you that I was very impressed with Austin, the young fellow that ran the lift for me. I am not sure I have ever had such a smooth and accurately-placed ride. It wasn't the highest roof I ever had to look at, and maybe the equipment rental was newer, but still, it was refreshing to see the competence of that young fellow.

Dave Stakem Adjuster June 28, 2022