The Original Slater

Somerville, Middlesex County

A roofer gently scratched his name on this slate, on Columbus Ave in Somerville, back on August 3rd 1936.  As craftsmen, we aim to keep our work inconspicuous. The clue left by Mr. Gosse on this roof that was 50 years old in 1936, says something about the craftsmanship of the original installers. The design, material specification and installation have all worked together creating a roof that in 2018, is about 130 years old and may be less than 50% of the way through its life. That's right, at 130 years old, it's not even over the hill yet!  Great materials require us to be thoughtful craftsmen so that the buildings can shine through the centuries...