Historic Restoration & Specialty Roofing

Some of the most beautiful roofing materials come from nature.  And that use of these natural materials is what has added to the beauty of historical buildings still standing in our communities.

Ledegar Roofing has expertise in all roofing systems, including historical restoration projects when attention to detail is important. 

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Slate and Clay Tile

Slate and clay tile are two of the types of roofing materials we see in specialty or historic commercial restoration projects.  Visit the links above for more information.


Copper roofing offers character, low maintenance, and a lifetime solution to your roofing needs. The primary advantage of metal roofing is the drastically increased longevity. Many copper roofs are in place for centuries or longer. In what one building may need to be re-roofed five to eight times with shingles, a copper roof would only needLourdes Hall-Winona_clay tile_copper.jpg to be installed once.  With its flexibility and malleability, copper covers irregular roof structures much more easily. The warm bronze tones that copper has in the beginning can weather into an elegant variety of green shades. The copper roof can be treated to maintain the bronze tones or speed up to the green color change. Copper roofing may also add increased value to your home.

Hixon House_La Crosse WI.jpgMany historical restoration projects include copper accents and
details.  Such pieces required expert craftsmanship.
Ledegar Roofing ask professional metal fabricators to customize
metal for any job, especially those that are required to be historically accurate.

Wood Shakes & Shingles

Wood shakes, most commonly known as Cedar Shakes, are as old as roofing itself. When man moved out of his thatched hut and into permanent building structures, he needed a product that would provide years of protection for his homestead. Since the only inexpensive, readily available building material was lumber, wood shakes were born.

Wood Shakes_McDonalds La Crosse WI.jpgWood shakes and wood shingles are manufactured from western red cedar, cypress, pine and redwood trees. Shakes are split from logs and reshaped by manufacturers for commercial use. They are thicker near the base than shingles; generally one or both surfaces are split to obtain a textured effect. A split and resawn shake has a split face and sawn back. A taper sawn shake has a natural taper and is sawn on both sides. Wood shingles are sawn on both sides and have an even taper and uniform thickness.

Wood shakes provide you with a time-proven durable roof that will last for years to come along with a second-to-none sense of natural beauty and rustic colonialism. Wood shakes are eligible for a 20 or 25 year limited warranty, with a life expectancy of approximately 40 years.