Spec It: Berridge Mfg shingles

For some projects, there can only be one product that looks right. For the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gardner, Kan., it was a stamped shingle.

“The parish had worshipped in a historic church with a beautiful early 19th century metal roof that resembled the Berridge product,” says architect Susan Richards Johnson, with Susan Richards Johnson & Associates. “Our firm was really excited about finding this beautiful contemporary roofing material because it also portrayed historic recall which provided comfort to the parishioners.”

The Berridge Manufacturing Victorian shingle is available prefinished with Berridge color finishes or satin finish Galvalume or galvanized. It’s suitable for either residential, commercial, new or renovation/restoration. The Victorian Shingles have a 9×12-inch exposure to the weather and have a stamped scalloped design. Berridge Victorian Shingles were developed for restoration applications to match the authentic appearance of 19th century metal roofing shingles.

Richards Johnson partnered with Sonya Jury, AIA, of Aedis Tela Studio to complete this project. “We also wanted a cost effective, but durable roofing product, which was accomplished through the Berridge specification,” Richards Johnson says. “The parish really loves the roofing material and the overall design of their new church.”

Some metal roofing profiles are old reliable standbys, while others are for a very specific niche. The Victorian stamped shingle qualifies as a product at the very specific niche end of the scale. Because of this very few companies still manufacture Victorian stamped shingles, but they still have their place.

From the 1880s to the 1920s, metal shingles — mostly tin — were very popular because of their light weight, fire resistance, low maintenance and relatively low cost. Shingles weren’t always stamped — early shingles were handmade by metal craftsmen from tin and terne. Just before the turn of the century, manufacturers started stamping shingles and eventually, galvanized iron and steel became popular materials from which to manufacture shingles.

Today, Victorian stamped shingles are used mainly on historical restoration projects, where building owners want to retain the original look or regain a look that may have been removed or covered up in favor of a different roofing material. More than 100 years ago, the stamped shingles were popular in both institutional and residential applications.

For the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gardner, Kan., it was installed on a new church in an attempt to maintain the look of the historic church.

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