Kirkwood United Methodist Church in Kirkwood, Mo., is a dramatic structure. Its 85-foot height, distinctive bell shape and long, steep, shingle roof make it a prominent structure in the community, which features many historical homes.

Old Style Roofing Co., Fenton, Mo., was chosen to remove the 45-year-old roof system's cracked shingles and install 140 squares of InSpireā„¢ Roofing Products' composite slate in slate grey, charcoal grey, red cedar and forest green over a new 3-inch vented nail base. The company also installed new copper gutters and brass snow guards.

With a length of 140 feet and rafter length of more than 50 feet, replacing the church's roof system was a challenge. The complicated installation required the company to take some unique steps.

"We actually attached ladders to the roof deck with walk boards stretched between and used an aerial lift for some of the installation," says Old Style Roofing Superintendent Kirk Bregg. "We also devised a ramp system to transport roofing materials up and over the snow guards."