Starting in the 19th century, metal roofing became increasingly popular in North America. The invention of galvanized sheet metal in the 1830s revolutionized the use of metal because it protected it from corrosion. Heather & Little specialize in the fabrication, and installation of sheet metal roofs, including Standing Seam, Flat (or soldered seam), and Batten seam roofs in galvanized steel, zinc, tin plate and of course, copper. We’ve worked on some of the most prestigious public buildings in North America, as well as custom luxury homes.
Prior to the 19th century, lead was the other metal in addition to copper, to be commonly used in roofing. Popular for its versatility and malleability, Heather & Little is an expert in the repair and fabrication of lead roofing, including lead shingles, in addition to walls, protective flashing or drainage pipes.
Heather & Little fabricate a variety of metal tiles that marry the style of classic terra cotta tiles such as Spanish Tiles, with a lighter weight and more economical solution. While copper is a popular choice for its beauty and developing patina, we also work with galvanized sheet metal and pre-finished steel .
Cedar shakes and tiles are an iconic, long lasting, and sustainable roofing solution. Shakes are ideal for up-scale neighborhoods or historical homes. Heather & Little provide expert installation and maintenance of cedar roofs in Canada.
Once you've invested in a spectacular roof, you'll want to finish the job with a custom-crafted rain management solution. H&L will design the ideal configuration to maintain a water-tight envelope, then fabricate and install elegant gutters and downspouts using a variety of metals including copper. Downspouts, also know as leaders can be simple or embellished to match your home's aesthetic.
Heather & Little reproduced the original Spanish-style decorative sheet metal tiles that once adorned the building’s roof using 20-ounce copper. We also created finials, conical cupola roofing tiles, and all the ridge, hip and valley tiles that were required to complete this project which was ready in time for the 100 year celebration of the historic building.
When Heather & Little began this project, it had been over 30 years since the roof had last been worked on, and it was in need of extensive repair. Over the course of the next six years the roof was almost completely replaced. All of the original decorative copper was removed from the building before any restorative work could take place. New copper dormers, cornice. finials, copper cresting were reproduced to ensure a perfect aesthetic design.
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