Our Progress on a Historic Roof Replacement

Update from the Historic Reynolda House Roof Replacement

After two months on-site at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, we checked in with our roofing, specialty metal and restoration teams to report their progress on the roof replacement and preservation project at one of North Carolina’s oldest and most beloved estates.

Our Commercial Steep Slope team has been working diligently since mid-July on the tear-off and replacement of the original tile roof on the iconic Reynolda House. After spending months of planning and formulating replica green-blend tiles, Reynolda visitors are starting to watch the house take on new life with our installation of over 150,000 pounds of new Ludowici Morando closed shingle tile. The house is also being outfitted with new copper flashing, dormers, and gutters by our specialty metal workers using Peak Metal Products.

This week, our Commercial Steep Slope team is waiting on their final tile shipment to complete finishing touches on Phases 1 and 2 (the house’s main section). Phases 3 and 4 are currently in the process of tile and copper installation. Our Foreman, Matthew McGinnis, is eyeing the week of September 20th for the beginning of Phase 5, starting with the tear-off of the original roof and installation of new tile. Baker Restoration will begin masonry preservation work on the chimney of this roof section starting September 20th as well.

“The biggest challenge we have overcame is working around and communicating with the other trades about where we have to leave sections out for them to have access and complete their scope.”

Matthew McGinnis, Foreman

The green-blend clay tile roof of Reynolda (originally installed in 1917) was the catalyst for a trend of colorful tile roofs in the surrounding Winston-Salem area and beyond in North Carolina. This style is still favored in 2021 and can be seen on display in the homes along Reynolda Road. When the iconic original roof began to show signs of age and failure, it was decided that a complete re-roof was necessary. Baker Roofing Company, who has called NC home for just as long at the Reynolda estate, was trusted with the project. Though the original tile design options don’t exist in this century (glaze and tile profiles have both been engineered and optimized over the decades), the ceramic engineers from Ludowici Tile Company worked closely with the Reynolda preservers to create a replica custom color blend.

Copper and Ludowici tile detailsCopper dormers being soldered on Phase 2Copper solderingLudowici tile shipmentLudowici tile color blendPhase 1 overlookBaker Restoration masonry repair on Phase 1 chimneys

Our team has been happy to report to us that we are looking at completing this massive project 10 days ahead of schedule! Reynolda’s renewed roof will be complete in time for Thanksgiving and holiday visitors to admire.

By Shelby Zeuli

Shelby joined the Baker Roofing marketing team in April 2021! When she’s not on top of roofs trying to get a good angle, she likes to capture portrait photography, skateboard, and watch movies with her dog, Sarge.

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How To Find a Reputable Roofing Contractor in the United States

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A roofing contractor is someone who installs and maintains commercial roofs on buildings. Commercial roofing contractors can either be self-employed contractors or be hired by an external employer to do certain jobs, including roof installation. They perform the task in conjunction with another professional who does not necessarily need to be a regular employee. For instance, a roofing company might hire one of its contracted roofers to install its roof on a certain building.


In most instances, roofing contractors install and maintain roofs for realtors, developers, architects, real estate agents, etc. The most common structures they install roofs on include apartment complexes, high-rise buildings, office buildings, warehouses, condominiums, shops, government buildings, etc. Typically, there is one roofer for every 10 or more rooms in a building. However, not all buildings have the same number of rooms. For example, a bank has several floors, but it also has a basement. In such instances, the roofing contractors would usually hire more roofers than required to complete the task.


Roofing is one of the most important aspects of the construction process. The quality of a new roof can determine whether the structure will last for years. Therefore, a roofing contractor makes sure that the roof he is installing on the building meets certain requirements. He also ensures that the new roof will last long enough to avoid premature roof failure.


Before hiring any roofer, it is essential to ensure that the contractor he hires is a registered R CAT licensed contractor. Also, check if he has insurance and workers’ compensation coverage. If the contractor you are planning to hire is not a registered r CAT licensed contractor, you should ask him why he is not a registered r CAT licensed contractor. This will give you a better understanding of his company and the work that he does.


You can do your research online by visiting a different website hosting sites. You will get an idea about the background of the contractor you are planning to hire. Moreover, you will get information about the previous projects that he has undertaken. Check whether the company has received any awards from any reputable organization. A reputable roofing company should be able to provide you a list of satisfied customers.


Apart from this, you should also find out if the contractor you are planning to approach is insured. Ask him if he carries a policy that covers roofing contractors. Do not hesitate to ask for proof for this purpose because sometimes these companies construct their own insurance policies. If they are not insured, you will not be able to claim any damage. Ask the roofing company to provide you with a copy of their insurance policy before paying them for their services.


If you need some changes in the structure of a structure, you should ask the roofing contractors about these things. For instance, if you want to add a swimming pool to your roof, you should make sure that the structure is strong enough. You can ask the contractors to help you out in this process. If you find that they cannot do so, you should look for another roofing company. The roofing contractors should give you an estimate of all the work that needs to be done. If they are unable to do so, you should immediately switch to another roofing contractor.


Roofing is not an easy task. In the United States, roofing contractors employ people called roofers. The roofers help the homeowners by cleaning the debris and carrying out other related tasks. The roofers must ensure that the job is well done and provide quality service. The United States has a National House-Building Council (NHB), which makes sure that all the roofing companies have complied with the standards laid down by them and have given quality service.