Historic Roof Replacement in New Jersey

Historic Roofing in NJ, Just Got Easier

Many people are under the misconception that natural materials are always better, but when it comes to building supplies, that’s not the case. Natural products are susceptible to a variety of issues caused by the weather and the deteriorating effects of the sun’s rays. Rain and wind do more damage to natural materials, and UV radiation does a number on their rich coloring. The cost of natural materials is high, and the amount of maintenance required to keep them looking their best is often more than people bargained for. 

With DaVinci Roofscapes’ composite slate and cedar products, there’s no cracking, flaking, termite damage, or yearly maintenance. The composite roofs offer the beauty of nature without the hassle associated with it. When you look upon your new polymer roof, there’s no way you would be able to tell that it isn’t a natural substance – but your wallet will notice the difference.

A common problem homeowners and building managers face when choosing slate for a roof is all the additional work that goes into the installation. Slate is heavy, and most buildings aren’t up to the task of supporting a roof made with it. In order to bear the immense weight, buildings need intensive foundation modification and structural rafters. With DaVinci Roofscapes, you get the appearance of slate without needing structural modifications.

If you’re wondering about how DaVinci Roofscapes will stand up to the sun, rest assured that there will be little to no fading. DaVinci uses the best UV stabilizers in the industry, so the color you choose for the roof is the same color you’ll have years down the road. There are also no dye lots, so if an addition is in your future, DaVinci can match the color of a sample tile from the existing roof. No one will ever know that your addition wasn’t part of the original structure. 

Where natural materials are susceptible to damage, DaVinci Roofscapes excel. They boast a Class A fire rating, the highest available and far superior to natural materials in fire-resistance. Their impact rating of 4 means they can withstand constant pounding from hail up to 2 inches in diameter. And their wind resistance is rated to withstand 110 MPH winds, or a category 2 hurricane. All of this and they come with a limited lifetime warranty.

The metal accents that accompany a DaVinci Roofscape are easy to match with your other aesthetics. You have a wide choice of copper accents or powder-coated aluminum for your trim and open valleys.

What about a cedar shake roof? The quality of natural shake has gone downhill a lot because old-growth trees are no longer used. Now they don’t last nearly as long as they used to, and they’re prone to all sorts of problems, such as curling, rotting, and cracking, to name a few. A DaVinci cedar shake roof won’t have any of those issues. The grain looks natural, the grooves are deep to lend dramatic shadowing to your roof, and each shingle is built strong enough to be the first line of defense you want for your home.

Historic Roofing That Lasts Longer Without the Hassle

With everything mentioned above, it’s no surprise that historical buildings are turning to DaVinci Roofscapes to replace their roofs. Homeowners and building managers love the protection and lack of maintenance for their historical buildings, and DaVinci Roofscapes meet the strict mandates for historical buildings in Morris County, N.J. Churches, hotels, hospitals, homes and others have relied on DaVinci to keep their historical look and feel. Many of these historical buildings are making the switch to DaVinci Roofscapes because of the superior protection they offer over natural materials.

In many locations, cedar shake roofing, which was a popular option in historical times, is no longer allowed because of the fire risk. DaVinci Roofscapes offers the same look and allure of cedar shake with no risk to your structure or surrounding buildings.

Owners of historical buildings also love that they can get the specific colors they need to make their buildings look as authentic as possible. It’s traditional for buildings of certain styles to use colors true to their origins, and with DaVinci, they’re able to get the specific colors they need at a fraction of the cost of natural materials. As an additional bonus, algae and moss will be a thing of the past, and insects won’t be attracted to the roof.

The lack of maintenance is a big plus for historical homes, but the lifetime limited warranty that comes with DaVinci Roofscapes adds peace of mind from knowing that the roof has coverage where natural materials don’t. The stress that homeowners normally experience during high winds and hail will evaporate under the strength of their new roof.

Returning a historical roof to its former glory used to bring on headaches, repairs, and a hefty price tag. That would give anyone nightmares. DaVinci Roofscapes takes the anxiety out of historical roofing and does so inexpensively.

To complete your historical roof, don’t forget the gutters: We’re expert at installing copper gutters to finish off your historical roofing needs.

What About Historical Siding?

Beyond our historical roofs, we also offer HardiePlank siding. James Hardie’s products are so realistic, you’ll never be able to tell they’re not real wood. Since their siding is made of fiber cement, mold can’t get a foothold, and termites will completely pass your home by. You won’t need to paint HardiePlank siding, it’s guaranteed not to rot, and its Class A fire rating will lower insurance premiums as soon as it’s installed. The sun’s rays work as hard as they can to bleach the color from everything they shine on, but HardiePlank guarantees their color won’t fade for 15 years.

HardiePlank boasts the title of most popular siding in North America for its timeless look and the strength it lends to the structures it sides. While they offer a more modern, sleek look, their natural wood-grain look is perfect for historical buildings that want to keep the appearance of their natural roots. Their siding gives the appearance of antiquity, but their color choices are anything but outdated, running the gamut from light and cool to dramatic and fresh. Any house sporting HardiePlank will look amazing, year after year.

Their siding provides a lot of options for historical homes, including vertical siding, shingle siding, and even wood-like trim to give your home the natural look you’re after, but with longevity and little fuss.

A Historical Building Also Needs Windows

One standout feature of many historical homes is the windows. You will know instantly if an upgraded window doesn’t fit the aesthetic or feel of a historical home, but upgrades are often necessary because so many historical windows suffer unacceptable energy and heat loss. When the new window is a Marvin Window, you can rest assured that its look and feel will provide the historical features you’re aiming to capture. Even better, the historical district won’t shut your project down if the window is a Marvin Window. The company is adept at getting a true wooden look, and it can customize the glasswork to accommodate the home’s esthetics and any guidelines the historical district might have.

Unlike many windows that simulate divided light, Marvin Windows offer true divided-light options, which means they use multiple panes of glass separated by muntins. Windows that simulate divided light use only one pane of glass.

Why You Should Choose Blue Nail for Your Historical Roofing

You could say roofing is in John Hogan’s blood. Before he created Blue Nail, his father had already been part of the industry for more than 50 years. His father knows the ins and outs of remodeling, replacing, and repairing roofs, and he passed that passion down to John. It’s no surprise that John approaches his work with the same devotion his dad did.

John has always been one for a challenge. He learned quickly how to work with slate and cedar roofing on old historical churches, and he’s completed many jobs that required the use of these materials. Unlike many of his competitors, he’s just as comfortable working with slate and cedar for historical roofing as he is with other more common materials.

John’s other achievements include:


  • Selected as 40 Under 40 for Pro Remodeler Magazine
  • Certified Masterpiece Installer for DaVinci Roofscapes
  • Certified Installer for James Hardie Siding.
  • Certified Installer for Marvin Windows
  • Certified Master Elite Status for GAF
  • GAF Double Excellence Award

Unlike a lot of construction businesses these days, Blue Nail has completely embraced technology and how it can benefit our industry and customers. We don’t just use technology; we use it to innovate.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, Blue Nail offers a 10-year warranty on labor, but we’re confident you’ll know within the first month what an outstanding job we’ve done.

Contact us today

Blue Nail Roofing is eager to get started on your historic roofing renovation. We have the experience and credentials backing us that you want on your historic project. Call us today at (973) 937-8876 to schedule a consultation.

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