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Ludowici Roof Tile, Inc and the 91-year-old roof

Oklahomans are about as comfortable as one can get with the unpredictable weather that we see throughout the year. Hail storms in the spring, tornados in the fall, ice in April, torrential rains in the middle of the summer; we have seen it all. For fortunate homeowners, replacing their standard roof is a simple and straight forward process.  But we have customers with not-so-standard roofs and unique insurance policies. Denny Hitt McConnell is one of those customers.

History runs deep in Oklahoma City. The way a home was built in the early 1900s is different than the way they’re built today. Materials used and processes implemented, have changed over the last century and that includes the way a home was roofed. For McConnell, his unique tile roof had a great deal of history and was quite resilient, especially for being in Oklahoma. In the spring of 2015, he saw a hail storm blow through that damaged his 91-year-old tile roof in an historic Oklahoma City neighborhood. These tile roofs were designed to last 100 years, and McConnell nearly saw the “lifespan” of his roof play out until the end. However, when it came to replacing a 100-year-old roof tile, a unique approach had to be taken.

Mike Muller, a Majestic Roofing project manager, found that these tiles were signed by Ludowici Roof Tile, Inc., a 400-year-old Italian family business, which now has its operations in New Lexington, Ohio. With a promised life span of over 100 years, the Ludowici terra cotta product is not only beautiful, but one of the most sustainable and green construction products available. Terra cotta roof tiles have protected shelters and homes for more than 10,000 years and have evolved in the hands of generations of craftsmen.

Mike was able to contact a Ludowici representative to take a look at McConnell’s roof. With tiles dating back to 1924, it was understood that the McConnell roof may not be an exact match to the old roof. However, the Ludowici representative brought tile samples with an array of colors. The original roof was a total of five different colors, called a “confetti” roof. 50% of Ludowici’s products are still crafted by hand, which is fortunate for McConnell as they were able to custom-blend colors that would closely match the tiles of the old roof. Once Mike and the representative decided on the approach they would take with what color tiles, it was suggested that the McConnell’s add copper flashing, copper valleys and copper nails to last as long as the new roof will. The durability and the timelessness that copper elements provide are the perfect complement to the brand new terra cotta tiles that will last for the next 100 years.

Since the saga of the McConnell’s leaky roof began in the spring of 2015, a replacement roof closely resembling the old roof was the only option. With the help of Majestic Roofing, the Ludowici Roof Tile, Inc., and the patience of the entire McConnell family, Denny Hitt McConnell’s roof is back to its pristine condition that it once was in 1924.

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