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 InSpire™ 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
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
"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
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