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The Slate Roof Bible, 1st edition
by Joseph Jenkins   

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Publisher:  Joseph Jenkins, Inc. ISBN-10:  0964425807 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 1997 ISBN-13:  9780964425804

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Slate Roof Bible

The first edition of the Slate Roof Bible is out of print.

The Slate Roof Bible, the most comprehensive book about slate roofs in print, is written by a slate roofing specialist with over thirty years experience. Now in its second printing it contains the most up-to-date listing in print of sources for new and recycled slate and tile shingles, roofing materials, accessories, and slate tools. It also explains how to identify and assess older slate roofs, repair them, and restore them; plus install new slate roofs, repair tile roofs, replace or install flashing, repair chimneys, and find leaks. Jenkins' writing style transforms a technical subject into a fascinating read suitable for someone with no roofing experience. This book was presented with the 2001 Gold Circle Award for Service to the Industry by the National Roofing Contractors Association. At $35, this book is a great investment that will soon pay for itself. An #1 best selling Roofing book, it enjoys an international following, and has been sold on three continents: Europe, Australia, and North America.  Excerpt
The telephone rang. I picked it up.

"Hello," a lady answered, "Are you the guy who buys used roof slate?"


"Well, I have enough for a whole roof, and you can have it all if you want them."

"Where are they?"

"They're on my house!"

"They're still on your roof?"

"Yes! And you can have them for nothing if you?ll take them off."

I paused for a moment, then asked, "Why do you want your slate roof taken off?"

"Because it leaks. We've already bought fiberglass shingles to replace the roof; they're sitting in the driveway. We just need somebody to take the old roof off."

"Well ma'am, the reason I buy roof slate is because I repair and restore slate roofs for a living. Maybe I should have a look at your roof before you take it off." There was a pause at the other end of the line. I could almost hear the thoughts racing through the lady's head: What? I can repair my slate roof?

"But we already bought the shingles."

"You can return them and get your money back if you don't need them, which you may not. What kind of slates do you have on your roof."

"What kind? I didn't know there were different kinds."

"Slates generally fall into two categories - hard and soft. If you have hard slates, they should last the life of your house and you won't need to replace them. If you have soft slates, then you probably don't have a choice, you'll have to replace the roof. I can tell at a glance what kind of slate you have."

The next day I stopped to look at the roof. The slates were hard Vermont "sea green" slate with a life expectancy of 150 - 200 years. The house was about eighty years old. There was one slate missing from the roof - one slate! - and the roof had a little leak at the spot where the slate had broken off. Otherwise, the roof was beautiful. So I offered to repair the roof for a small fee, explaining that the roof should never have to be replaced in her lifetime.

The lady accepted, I did the hour-long repair job, she saved both her roof and several thousand dollars, and I haven?t seen her since. This is a true and typical story.

I can go on and on with these kinds of stories. One young lady who had a beautiful old Victorian house with a hard, Vermont slate roof in very good condition told me she also was considering having the slate taken off the roof. "Why?" I asked. "Well I thought you were just supposed to replace slate roofs when they got old," she replied. . . .

Professional Reviews

RCI (Roof Consultants Institute) Interface, September, 2001
"With over 30 years experience working with slate roofs, Joseph Jenkins has written a book so comprehensive in both historical and technical information that it is a definite must-have for any roof consultant's library. Rarely does one read a book expressing such personal enthusiasm and technical knowledge as that written by Mr. Jenkins. He masterfully blends technical and historical information with personal anecdotes in a style of writing that presents a book that is simply enjoyable reading. For those with no experience in slate roofing (or even for those with experience), this book will develop in the reader an appreciation and understanding of roofing slate and slate roofs. Jenkins has provided the roofing community with a definitive, single-source manual for slate roofing. Should a question arise concerning a slate roofing project, this book will undoubtedly provide the answer."

Doylestown Intelligencer Record (Philadelphia)
"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."

Fine Homebuilding, July 1998
"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."

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