Church Roofing

Replacement & Repairs

Churches are architectural gems that serve as community pillars, often showcasing rich histories and intricate designs. Their roofs are essential for protecting these historic buildings and preserving their architectural integrity.

For church leaders, property managers, and roofing consultants, choosing the right roofing materials for churches is crucial. The materials must align with both functional and aesthetic considerations. Whether opting for traditional materials like slate or clay tiles or modern alternatives such as metal or synthetic systems, the roofing of churches must strike a careful balance between durability, reliability, and architectural beauty.

Maintaining the architectural legacy and structural integrity of these sacred spaces is vital for those involved in church restoration and maintenance, ensuring they endure for generations to come.


The Experts in Church Roofing 

With over 45 years of experience, Bigham Taylor specializes in restoring and maintaining church roofs with tailored solutions for each project.

We understand the complexities involved in preserving and maintaining these architectural treasures. Our team delivers superior quality and service, ensuring your church roof’s long-term durability and functionality.

Whether it’s repair, replacement, or preventative maintenance, our expert team stands ready to offer solutions that uphold the architectural integrity of your sacred space. We specialize in:


We specialize in:

  • Cathedrals
  • Chapels
  • Temples
  • Mosques
  • Basilicas
  • Tabernacles
  • Parishes
  • Sanctuaries
  • Abbeys


Trust Bigham Taylor Roofing to safeguard one of your building’s most valuable assets with the same care and dedication we’ve brought to our clients for decades.

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Challenges of Church Roofs

A church’s roof presents unique challenges due to its architectural complexity, historic preservation requirements, and financial constraints associated with building and maintaining it.

These roofs often have intricate designs and steep pitches, making access and repair tasks challenging. Due to their historical significance, church buildings require meticulous preservation efforts that balance modern structural integrity with preserving original materials and craftsmanship. 

Church operations, particularly maintenance tasks like roof replacement and even simple repairs, pose challenges not commonly encountered during regular roof replacements, increasing the importance of financial oversight. The church leadership’s budget allocations and congregational support are often crucial to maximizing project funding, forcing decision-makers to balance cost with longevity and architectural integrity.


Common Issues with Church Roofing Projects

Many common roofing problems in church buildings are often exacerbated by their unique architectural features and historical significance. Leaks are a prevalent problem caused by aging materials, improper installation, or weather-related damage. Structural damage, such as rotting wood or weak support beams, can compromise the integrity of the entire roofing system, causing sagging or even collapse. Deterioration of roofing materials, whether caused by age, exposure to the elements, or lack of maintenance, can weaken protection against water infiltration. These common roofing issues require a thorough assessment by experienced roofing professionals, followed by prompt and effective repairs or replacements using materials and techniques tailored specifically to church roofs.

One of the key issues encountered with church roofing projects is short-term thinking.

Knowing that church buildings are multi-generational structures built to last is important. Therefore, you need to approach the question of maintenance from this perspective. 

A shingle roof may need to be replaced six to eight times over a building’s lifetime. Metal roofs likely last 2-3 times longer than shingles, and slate roofs even longer.


Key Considerations for Church Roof Maintenance

Religious personnel in charge of church real estate need to consider several key factors to ensure the longevity and structural integrity of a church’s roof system.

Material selection is paramount, with options ranging from traditional materials like slate or clay tiles to modern alternatives such as metal or synthetic roofing materials. Each material offers unique benefits and considerations regarding durability, aesthetics, and historical authenticity. 

Weatherproofing is another critical aspect, as church roofs must withstand the rigors of various weather conditions, including rain, wind, snow, and UV exposure. Proper ventilation is essential to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to mold growth and structural damage. Adequate insulation helps regulate indoor temperatures and reduce energy costs while protecting against heat loss or gain. 

By carefully considering these factors and implementing appropriate maintenance practices, such as regular inspections, repairs, and cleaning, church roofs can remain resilient and functional for generations.


Church Roof Preservation and Restoration

Churches represent invaluable pieces of architectural heritage and cultural significance, which is why specialized techniques and materials are essential in maintaining their structural integrity and authenticity. 

Respecting the original craftsmanship while addressing structural issues and weathering effects accumulated over time is crucial when undertaking restoration projects. Whether it is delicate slate repairs or intricate copper flashing installations, each aspect of the restoration process requires meticulous attention to detail and expertise.


When it comes to preservation and restoration, it’s important to consider the initial costs vs the long-term savings:

  • Upfront Investment: The initial cost of replacing your church’s roof can be significant. However, finance committees and executive leadership teams should consider the durability and lifespan of materials such as slate tiles or architectural shingles, which can result in long-term savings.
  • Maintenance Costs: New roofs with modern materials, such as cathedral roofing or gable roof designs, may require less maintenance, saving the church money over time. When planning for future church operations, the administrative council should consider this.
  • Energy Efficiency Gains: The governance board should evaluate the installation of energy-efficient features, such as clerestory windows, as a key aspect of financial stewardship.


Church Roof Case Study

Saint Leo the Great Parish, Piedmont, CA

  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Client: Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
  • Scope: Restoration
  • Completed: 2010
  • Size: 13,000 sq ft


Saint Leo the Great Parish, a historic landmark in Piedmont, CA, required a structural and seismic retrofit after the Loma Prieta earthquake.

BT Roof, working alongside McNealy Construction Company, meticulously undertook the restoration project. Rather than replacing the original Gladding McBean tiles, BT Roof carefully removed and preserved them, re-installing them after reinforcing the roof structure.

The project showcased BT Roof’s expertise in blending modern retrofitting techniques with historical preservation, ensuring the longevity of this cherished church building.


Your Expert Church Roofing Company

When you’re looking for the right roofing contractor for your church, you need one with the experience, capabilities, and track record to deliver. Experts in church roof installation, replacement, and repair, BT Roof features the experience, expertise, and reputation to help manage one of your building’s most valuable assets.

Working with a wide range of roofing materials and innovative roofing techniques, we ensure your church roof’s longevity and structural integrity, balancing durability, authenticity, and architectural beauty.

Contact us today or request a service if you need help with your church roof.

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The longevity, growth, and success of Bigham Taylor Roofing over the past 45-plus years are thanks to our relationships with property owners and managers, roofing consultants, and general contractors. We deliver transparency and honesty to foster solid and long-lasting relationships.

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