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St Sophia Greek Orthodox Church of Valley Forge

Jeffersonville, PA

Church Dome Leak Repair & New Metal Roofing System Installation

January 2012

Hovering high above a church dome on a January Sunday morning with a priest isn’t exactly where you’d expect to find a GSM Roofing team. But, when the 11th hour call came in to take over roof installation and repair project and stop a stubborn leak in the dome of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, GSM took the challenge and committed to getting the job done for the scheduled dedication.

After numerous attempts by the roofing contractor first hired to do the job, Horst Construction made the decision to call upon the expertise of GSM Roofing. Armed with years of experience, and a blessing or two from above, the GSM team stepped in to install the new roofing system and finish the work the original contractor could not.

Despite the extremely tight timetable and the pressure knowing iconographers from Greece were in flight to Montgomery County, to paint the iconic murals on the ceiling of the domes, GSM relied on its skill and proven expertise to quickly resolve the leak.

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“We needed an experienced company to help us out in a pinch and you guys jumped at the challenge and got it done for us. The client is very pleased with the workmanship of the final product. GSM is a high class operation and I am so glad to have been able to work with you on this project.”

Scott Burkholder, Project Manager, Horst Construction

Project Highlights:

  • Installation of the metal roofing system
  • Fabrication of the windows and trim
  • The domes were dried in with Grace Ultra Ice and Water Shield and then covered in 032 aluminum in the coppertone color
  • ATAS standing seam metal panels were installed on both domes
  • Brackets were installed for the base and top and the crosses

In the end, GSM and Reverend Father Peter Thornberg ascended to the top of the dome to bless and install the crosses that serve as the crowning glory of the new church. For GSM, some days just don’t get any better than that.

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I just wanted to send a quick thank you to all of you for your help in getting together the final invoices for Reading and North Temple. You all are the best and it is always a pleasure working with you!

Have a great day,

Cindy Yates June 28, 2022