Southport Waterfront

Cedar Wood Roof – Southport, CT

Southport Waterfront Roofing – Cedar Shingle Style

Western Red Cedar Premium Tapersawn Shingle  –   24”in length   **   7/8”butt thickness

Overlooking Long Island Sound, this Shingle-style masterpiece designed by Mark P. Finlay Architects, was built by Hobbs Inc. We were selected as the roofing contractor to install the roofing, flashing, gutters and siding shingles.

The roofing system began with the careful installation of Grace Ice & Water Shield® self-adhered roofing underlayment (a premier membrane composed of two waterproofing materials—an aggressive rubberized asphalt adhesive backed by a layer of high density cross laminated polyethylene). This product installed over the entire roof sheathing surface and carried up all roof penetrations. The purpose was to create a watertight sub-roof membrane.

Following the installation of the Grace Ice & Water we installed a cold framed roof system.  The purpose of a cold frame system is to create a roof that has proper ventilation while not being vulnerable to the pitfalls of ice damming. The first step we take when installing a cold frame system is to construct a ventilation system. We did this by installing a copper insect screen and a lead coated copper drip edging at the eaves and partnering the eave vents with a ridge vent.

Subsequently we installed pressure treated 2”x 4”sleepers over each roof rafter. After the  sleepers we installed 1”x 3” spaced sheathing (also referred to as: “lath” or “battens”). When the budget permits a cold framed roof system is a great way to give a property owner peace of mind with a belts and suspenders”” mindset. In a nutshell a cold frame roof is a roof built on top of a roof. While cold framing is a method more common in alpine regions it has proven to be a cost effective way to have the security of weather tight roof, while maintaining the free flow of air beneath the wood roof installation that is vital to the longevity of a wood roof.

cedar wood substructure

Roof mounted solid copper roof mounted shank and circle gutter hangers were then installed; spaced at approximately 24”and fastened with stainless steel screws.

All of the roof flashing components, the masonry thru-wall flashing and through to the flue flashing at the chimneys  were fabricated out of 20 oz. cold roll red copper. All copper flashing materials were fastened with copper nails.

For the wood roof shingle the architect selected a 24” Western Red Cedar Premium Cedar with a hefty 7/8”thickness at the butt. The shingles were installed at 7” exposed to the weather. This particular shingle was a privilege to work with.Because the property was within 15 miles of salt water, we fastened all of our roofing shingles with Type 316 stainless steel shingle nails.

The copper gutter and leader system was comprised of 6”half round gutter and 4”plain round leader.

The custom copper finial was fabricated from 24 oz. copper



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