hausdok Posted January 11, 2010 Report Share Posted January 11, 2010 Here's a roof that I think TIJers would love to inspect. Karen Rotter of Manitowoc, WI is enjoying a new cedar shingle roof this winter that duplicated the thatched-look shingle roof that had been on her home for the past 85 years. Shingle thatching is a technique that's been around for about a hundred years. Back in the early part of the twentieth century we didn't have a lot of thatchers in this country but we had an abundance of roofers accustomed to installing cedar shingles. So, when some homeowners wanted thatched roofs, roofers here tried to duplicate the look of a thatched roof with cedar shingles instead. Most of these old thatch-look roofs are long gone; so, when Mrs. Rotter decided she wanted the same roof she turned to Brandon Bartow, president of Bartow Builders, Manitowoc. Bartow decided that he could duplicate the look but it wasn't easy - he literally had to invent a special press and clamp to form the shingles and then boiled them right there on the front lawn, formed them and then installed them. To read more about this unusual roof cover, click here. (Many thanks to Mrs. Rotter for allowing TIJ to re-print the photo of her house for this story.) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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