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

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

by Joseph C. Jenkins
 

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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780964425811
Publisher:
Jenkins Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
Completely revised, expanded, and updated second edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Jenkins, who climbed on his first slate roof in 1968 as a roofer’s helper, has since worked on over a thousand slate roofs. He is founder and executive director of the nonprofit Slate Roofing Contractors Association of North America, Inc., which is itself a member of the Germany-based International Federation for the Roofing Trades. Jenkins is a former board member of the National Slate Association. He conducts presentations about slate roofs in the US coast to coast, as well as internationally, and on radio and TV. Jenkins provides slate roof consulting services nationwide. He also provides roofing books and publications, slate roofing websites, videos, tools, materials and supplies via the internet. His websites include SlateExperts.com, SlateRoofWarehouse.com, and TraditionalRoofing.com. His two sons, who grew up on his roofing crew, now independently provide slate roof contracting services in northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio.

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