The Slate Roof Bible: Understanding, Installing, and Restoring the World's Finest Roof

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Completely revised, greatly expanded and updated version of the award-winning The Slate Roof Bible, with 21 chapters including six that are new: International Roof Slate, European Slating Methods, Roof Inscriptions and Designs, Recycling Slate Roofs, and separate chapters on Chimneys and Valleys. The profusely illustrated full color format of this comprehensive book, with 330 color photos and hundreds of charts and line drawings, has elevated it into a work of art. Yet, the down-home writing style of Joseph ...

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Overview

Completely revised, greatly expanded and updated version of the award-winning The Slate Roof Bible, with 21 chapters including six that are new: International Roof Slate, European Slating Methods, Roof Inscriptions and Designs, Recycling Slate Roofs, and separate chapters on Chimneys and Valleys. The profusely illustrated full color format of this comprehensive book, with 330 color photos and hundreds of charts and line drawings, has elevated it into a work of art. Yet, the down-home writing style of Joseph Jenkins has converted a potentially tedious subject into a delight.

With chapters on slate roof history, slate geology, roof safety, tools, installation, repairs, flashings, and regional slate quarries, as well as sections on ceramic tile roofs, asbestos roofs, and flat-lock copper roofs, The Slate Roof Bible is a fascinating book on its own, essential for anyone who wants to build naturally and permanently, and a must-have for architects, builders, roofers, designers, historians, and slate roof owners.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Full of history, lore, and useful advice, Jenkins has written a fascinating book, spiced with humor and warmed with passion"--Doylestown Intelligencer Record (Philadelphia)

"If you could earn a doctorate in slate roof, this book is probably the only book you'd need."--Lancaster Farming News

"Jenkins has provided the roofing community with a definitive, single-source manual for slate roofing."--RCI (Roof Consultants Institute) Interface

"Jenkins tells his tale with pizazz and rollicking humor..."--Boston Sunday Globe

"The Slate Roof Bible is a fine book, filled with fascinating information about slate..."--Fine Homebuilding

Fine Homebuilding
The Slate Roof Bible is a fine book, filled with fascinating information about slate: its history, the industry, and the way to work with it properly. I've been working with slate for a long time; still, I learned from this book some valuable hints and techniques that I've been able to put into practice.
Boston Sundagy Globe
Jenkins tells his tale with pizazz and rollicking humor, offering anecdote after anecdote about what people do, and do not do, to their slate roofs.
Doylestown Intelligencer Record
Five years of meticulous research, thousands of miles traveled to slate quarries all over the world, particularly Wales, has produced The Slate Roof Bible - and a surprise. This book, potentially tedious reading, is instead a delight. Full of history, lore, and useful advice, Jenkins has written a fascinating book, spiced it with humor and warmed it with his own passion for the subject.
Permaculture Magazine
The Slate Roof Bible gives a concise history of the slate industry on both sides of the Atlantic, and the types and colours of slates to be found. Although the author is American, he is descended from Welsh émigrés who left with the collapse of the Welsh slate industry around the turn of the century, and this is reflected in the early chapters. The later chapters cover in some depth the design, installation, and maintenance of slate roofs. Also covered are tools, safe working practices, and important details on chimneys, flashings and gutters. This is well done, with clear illustrations and photos - an excellent example of how to produce a practical guide. The first book to be written on the subject of slate roofs since 1926.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964425811
  • Publisher: Jenkins Publishing PA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 958,973
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Jenkins has composted humanure at his home in Pennsylvania for twenty-six years, while raising a family. During that time he has developed an extraordinary depth of insight into the processes involved. His easy writing style, thorough research, and execrable humor have caused his self-published books to be published on three continents and circulated around the world. Jenkins has received three national awards for his books and has been a finalist in seven other book award competitions. More information can be found on his website at www.joseph-jenkins.com.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding Slate Roofs
Foreward: Death and Rebirth of a Barn
Chapter 1 Understanding Slate Roofs
Chapter 2 From Rock to Roof: What is Slate?
Chapter 3 Identifying Roof Slate
Chapter 4 Wales
Chapter 5 Vermont/New York
Chapter 6 Pennsylvania Slate
Chapter 7 Peach Bottom Slate
Chapter 8 Virginia and Georgia
Chapter 9 Maine and Canada
Chapter 10 International Slate

Part II: Installing Slate Roofs
Foreword: What's It Like to Work on a Slate Roof?
Chapter 11 Safety First
Chapter 12 Basic Tools and Equipment
Chapter 13 Installing Slate Roofs
Chapter 14 Traditional European Slating Methods
Chapter 15 Roof Inscriptions and Designs
Chapter 16 Recycling Slate Roofs

Part III: Repairing and Restoring Slate Roofs
Chapter 17 Repairs and Restoration
Chapter 18 Flashings
Chapter 19 Chimneys
Chapter 20 Valleys
Chapter 21 Tile Roofs, Asbestos, Flat Lock Copper and Misc. Roofs and Accessories

References
Bibliography
Industry Resource Guide
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2004

    Great Book on Slate Roofing

    This book is packed full of technical and historical information, all presented in an engaging way. I was surprised at how captivated I was throughout the entire book and by how much I learned! The photos are beautiful. The author's passion for preserving the art of slate roofing really comes through. Truly a delightful and enjoyable book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    Detailed, comprehensive, well illustrated - a MUST HAVE!

    This book belongs in the library of every roofer, architect, builder, roof consultant and historical restoration professional. Not only is it thorough, profusely illustrated with color photos, full of tips, trade secrets, facts and everything you wanted to know about slate roofs, but it's also an interesting read. It would make a good coffee table book as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2004

    filled with fluff

    this book is strickly for the novice, lacks any detail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    The Best Book on Slate Roofs Bar None

    This book is in a class by itelf. I've never encountered a book that is so crammed full of the most detailed information, from an overview of the history and geology of slate, right down to profusely illustrated, step-by-step instructions on all aspects of slate roof installation and repair (inlcluding graduated roofs, eyebrow dormers, random width, tips on mixing colors, creating designs, you name it). Those areas alone would warrant the title 'Bible,' but the book delves even further, including detailed illustrations on fabricating lead sewer vent pipe flashings, building fancy chimney tops, installing soldered seam copper roofs, and a whole lot more. This is a cornucopia of technical information for the expert and novice alike. But perhaps the most surprising aspect of the book is that it's such a darn good read. I found it very difficult to put down, which is relatively rare for a non-fiction book, but just about unheard of in a technical manual. And to top it off, the lavish color photographs of slate roofs from all over the world (especially the intricate slatework of the European masters) are truly magnificent. I thought the 1st Edition was great. It's hard to imagine a better book than The Slate Roof Bible, 2nd Edition.

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