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Lessons from the Metal Roof on a Historic Home

Jul 15, 2017

Lessons from the Metal Roof on a Historic Home

Jul 15, 2017
Lessons from the Metal Roof on a Historic Home

Here in Melbourne, there is a home on the National Register of Historic Places called Green Gables or the Wells Home. This house is located at 1501 South Harbor City Boulevard and was built in 1886 by William T. Wells. Though now it is quite a dilapidated old house, in its day, it was ahead of its time, as historians believe that it was the first home in the area to have indoor plumbing and an indoor bathroom.


image credit: By Leonard J. DeFrancisci, CC BY-SA 3.0,

We couldn’t help but notice that the main part of this home has a metal roof. Since Hippo Roof is a metal roof installation company, we thought we’d offer a few basic observations about the roof of this home and what it can tell us about metal roofs in general. We specialize in metal roofs because we believe they are far superior to any other type of roof, and we think that this home offers a few lessons.

1. The roof still looks great.

OK, it’s showing signs of wear, and it’s not the same kind or quality of roof that you’d expect to get in today’s world. However, this roof has obviously not had any maintenance, care, or attention in many years. We don’t know how long it has been since this home was inhabited, but we’re glad that the last owners put on a metal roof. (Historic photographs of the original home shows that this is not the original roof.) Otherwise, the whole house may have suffered far more deterioration than it has.

2. Weather takes a toll on all parts of a home.

The only reason why all our houses don’t look like this is because people are constantly repainting, re-roofing, repairing, and working to reverse the harsh effects of the elements. However, some architectural details hold up better than others in the face of nature’s wear-and-tear. Notice that the brick chimney and the concrete steps still look great, while the wood siding is obviously suffering a lot more, with the paint peeling off in many places. And the most fragile parts of the home, the windows and screens, have suffered the most, with many windows boarded up and the screens ripped out completely from the gazebo-like porch.

3. The roof decayed more where it was covered with shingles.

Notice that on the gazebo-shaped porch, the roof is covered with shingles, and look at how much worse that part looks than the parts that are protected with metal roofing. It’s just a fact of life that even the best shingles wear away much faster than metal does, requiring you to replace them again and again (or fall prey to the inevitable water damage and rotting wood that will occur when the shingles no longer offer watertight protection to your roof). We don’t know whether any of the rooms in the main (metal-roofed) part of the house are leaking, but we’d venture to guess that there are fewer leaks in the metal-roofed section than elsewhere.

4. Metal roofing can look a lot like shingles.

If you take a close look at the hexagonal tower at the front of the house, you’ll notice that the texture of the roof on that part looks a lot like shingles, while the color is extremely similar to the color of the metal roofing to the left (with the vertical ridges). This is actually a type of metal roofing as well, one that has an imprint made to look like shingles. Guess what? You can still do that today. There are many types of metal roofing available, meaning that if the standard vertical-rib metal roofing (called Standing Seam in the industry) doesn’t fit your architectural style, you still have options. We feel that a metal roof perfectly suits this home’s Queen Anne-style architecture, but the same metal roofing also fits wonderfully on a modern home or even a mobile home.


Get a quote for the roof that will last practically forever

Getting a metal roof on your home in Brevard County is a great idea, and our roofing team here in Melbourne is here to help you to achieve that. The first step is to ask us for a quote. We will evaluate your needs and provide you with an estimate, and with our Metal Roof Same Price As Shingles* pricing, it may be more affordable than you would think. Contact us today to schedule your free quote.