An Epic Roof Replacement for Notre Dame Cathedral

a photo of notre dame of paris, france on the water

Paris, France, Notre Dame de Paris facade

At Prestige Roofing, we do a lot of roof replacements. Roofs age and reach a point where they risk leaks, mold or other problems from roof elements that have deteriorated or that are broken or missing. Some roofs we replace are due to damage by storms, wind or falling tree branches. We work with lots of materials, including shingles, ceramic and cement tiles, slate, and metal roofs. We build roof fixtures like chimneys, vents, sunroofs, cupolas, and more. Making beautiful roofs is what we do. So when we saw the epic roof replacement going on in Paris, France on Notre Dame Cathedral, we were curious to take a closer look.

A Cathedral Built to Last

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, is a beautiful example of gothic architecture dating back over 900 years. Construction was started in 1163 and it took almost 200 years to complete!  “Our Lady of Paris” has stood as one of the most iconic and beloved landmarks in the center of Paris for centuries. When it was consumed by fire in 2019, the city and the world mourned.

The Craftsmanship of Notre Dame

If you haven’t had the chance to visit a massive and lovingly detailed cathedral like Notre Dame, the experience is hard to explain in just words. The goal of the original architects was to lift the worshippers inside skyward toward heaven, so the cathedral was built with soaring interior walls, vaulting and ribbed arches to emphasize their height. The many tall windows are filled with hand-crafted stained glass images that add beauty and bring light into the interior.

 

But it’s the exterior that interests us the most. The building features two tall towers, a magnificent spire and flying buttresses. Along with rows of stone-carved old testament kings and saints, bizarre gargoyles extend from the roof and walls to both help direct rain water from the roof and to keep worshippers aware of the creatures they might encounter in the afterlife if they didn’t honor the teachings of the church. This amazing building stood for nearly a thousand years and burned in a matter of hours. But the Cathedral is coming back with the help of dedicated experts and craftsmen who are carefully rebuilding it, piece by piece.

The Notre Dame Cathedral Fire of 2019

a photo of notre dame's reconstruction from the 2019 fire

Scaffolding covers much of the exterior of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris after the fire in 2019 destroyed the roof.

On April 15, 2019 a terrible fire broke out on the roof of the cathedral. The fire was seen across Paris and consumed a large portion of the roof, destroying the spire and damaging parts of the interior as the roof melted and debris fell onto artwork and fixtures inside.

 

Despite the extensive damage and age of the building, the French people and worldwide fans immediately set out to rebuild their beloved cathedral. A project is now ongoing to restore it to its former beauty. Fans around the world can follow the progress of the restoration online. The work will be completed in 2024, when the Cathedral will finally be reopened to the public.

 

The goal of the restoration is to rebuild using the same design and in many cases, same artisanal methods as the original structure almost a thousand years ago. The team has hired experts, artists and craftsmen who bring very specialized skills for everything from glasswork to restoring the organ.

Restoring the Roof

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Reconstruction and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris after fire

The roof of Notre Dame Cathedral was supported by ancient oak beams first installed in 1220-1240, one of the oldest wooden structure frames in the world. These beams were destroyed in the fire. But they will be replaced with the same strong, durable oak beams from nearby woods that were carefully harvested to minimize environmental impact and preserve the best of the wood. The work will be done by skilled artisans, carpenters who have mastered the traditional art of hand-hewn wood beams, a technique that dates back centuries and was used in the building of the cathedral. This technique means that each beam is hand-crafted from a single piece of wood. This gives the wood extraordinary strength and resistance, the same that held up those original beams in the Cathedral for many centuries. The restoration project has even engaged a team from the United States who have been training in these ancient woodworking techniques to help complete part of the project. The lost spire, that toppled and burned in the fire, will be rebuilt to the same specifications as the original, including a wooden frame.

 

Six hundred tons and 300 foot high scaffolding has been erected over the top of the building and replacement and restoration is now underway. This is quite a roofing job that we plan to follow as the rebuilt Cathedral roof will literally rise from the ashes over the next two years. We can’t wait to see the new roof, a brand new spire and its statues and fixtures fully restored.

Roof Replacement in Las Vegas

prestige roofing of las vegas roof restoration and construction

We found the Notre Dame project so fascinating because at Prestige we take great pride in our craftsmanship, too. While we may not use medieval woodworking techniques, we have built a strong team of roofers who bring decades of training, experience and knowledge to build, repair, or replace your old roof to the highest quality standards.

metal roofing by prestige roofing

Prestige has built a reputation as a quality custom roofer, adding beautiful custom metal, slate and tile roofs to some of the finest homes in the Las Vegas Valley. As part of our custom and specialty roofing, we have also built a highly skilled and creative team of metal work specialists who cut, shape and form the metal to the design specs, whether it’s roof panels, a cupola, an arch, a decorative roof fixture, or to beautify the interior of a home with a copper fireplace, wall panels, or other fixtures. There really is no limit to the creative ways copper and zinc can be used to beautify your home. And, like Notre Dame, a copper or zinc roof is durable and can last over a century.

 

No matter what roof material you choose, a quality roof replacement means your home will have decades of reliable protection from the elements and add value to your home. And, it will look great, too. If you need a roof replacement or have a new custom roof in mind, contact Prestige Roofing at (702) 646-7536 for a free quote.

 

Prestige Roofing Prestige Roofing’s work ranges from service and repair work,  re-roofing  and new construction work, commercial and residential work. They have also done work for ultra-custom projects around the Las Vegas Valley.

Prestige Roofing Prestige Roofing’s work ranges from service and repair work,  re-roofing  and new construction work, commercial and residential work. They have also done work for ultra-custom projects around the Las Vegas Valley.

Prestige Roofing Prestige Roofing’s work ranges from service and repair work,  re-roofing  and new construction work, commercial and residential work. They have also done work for ultra-custom projects around the Las Vegas Valley.

gallery-copper-roofUnderstanding your roof warranty is an important part of getting the best value and peace of mind for your roof investment. Take the time before the project begins to understand your warranty so you will be able to relax and enjoy your new roof knowing you made a good decision with your purchase.

What is a Roof Warranty?

A roof warranty covers the materials and work done on your roofing project. It isn’t insurance, so it won’t cover, for example, storm damage, but it should make sure that your investment in your new roof means a roof that looks and functions like the sales material promised, and that your roof installation was done correctly.

Different Warranties Depending on Type of Roofing Project

When you have roof work done, the roof warranty on your project will vary depending on the type, size and scope of the project and on which manufacturer provides your roofing materials. In general, a full new roof or a reroof will have a longer warranty for materials and workmanship than a limited repair job that does not replace your entire roof.

Whatever the project, before you settle on a final plan, your roofing contractor should explain your warranty to you so that you understand your protection and have a chance to ask questions.

Here are things you should know about roof warranties:

Roofing Materials: Roofing materials carry a warranty from the manufacturer. These warranties will vary by manufacturer, and generally by type of roofing material. Roofing materials warranties, in general, last from 10-30 years, depending on the type of materials. You will get a copy of this warranty with your roofing contract. The roofing manufacturer may also have more information on their website, such as contact information, forms for a claim and so on. You may also be able to purchase full system warranty coverage that includes most or all of your roof components, or buy “lifetime” coverage for extended protection.

Roof Installation: The contractor should follow the manufacturer’s installation specifications exactly so the product will perform as it was designed. The contractor warranty for a new roof or a replacement roof warranties that the work was carried out properly and without defects.

Because our work is top quality, Prestige is able to offer an exceptional warranty on our work to our residential roof installation clients. Generally, on a full new residential roof, our workmanship will usually be warrantied for a period of 5-10 years, depending on the project. (This warranty period may not apply to partial replacements or roof repairs)

Roof Repairs: Roof repairs can involve everything from replacing a few tiles to repairing a major section of your existing roof. Since the scope of work can vary widely, there’s no one warranty that will apply. It will depend on the individual project. Small projects may have no or a 1 year warranty. Most major repair work, however, would probably be warrantied for a longer period, perhaps 2-5 years. Very small projects, like replacing a few missing or broken tiles, may not carry a warranty.

Commercial Roofs: Commercial roofing projects can span many types, from flat roofing, using materials like PVC, TPO or KEE single ply roofing membranes, to tile, metal or other materials. The manufacturer’s warranty will apply to cover the roof materials. Commercial roof installation warranties generally start around 1-2 years, but as with all roofing installations, the warranty will vary depending on the type of roof.

Common Questions People Have about their Roof Warranty

Warranties can differ widely. You will likely have two warranties, one with your manufacturer and one with your roof installer. It’s good to know the major points of each and ask questions for any special situation you may be facing.

Below are answers to some typical questions we get from our customers.

Will the warranty cover every problem?

Warranties generally cover defects in the materials that cause them to malfunction or to age prematurely. The manufacturer may not cover roofing materials that are damaged, for example, by a tree falling on them. Be sure to understand what the warranty covers and doesn’t cover. Always carry the appropriate level of homeowner’s insurance to protect against the costs of accidental damage.

Are there any reasons my warranty would not be valid?

Roofing materials that were installed incorrectly may not be covered. Protect yourself by choosing a qualified, licensed roofer. A professional roofer always follows the installation requirements of the manufacturer to assure that your roof will perform as designed and your warranty will not be voided by shoddy workmanship. If you live in an area subject to extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, be sure you understand any carve-outs or exceptions the manufacturer may have in their warranty coverage.

Is the contractor warranty the same as the manufacturer warranty?

No, the manufacturer’s warranty will be responsible for defective roofing materials that fail during the warranty period, usually due to design or manufacturing flaws. Your contractor warranties that his work is sound and that the roof was installed correctly. During the warranty period, if your roof does not perform as it should (for example, it develops a leak without any apparent external cause of damage), your contractor should repair your roof under the warranty. If he finds the roof materials at fault, the manufacturer would provide replacement materials at no cost. Call your contractor first for any problems so he can help determine the best resolution for any problems.

What if I sell my home?

Most warranties are transferable to a new owner. Be sure to check with your warranty company for any paperwork requirements. There may be a limit on the number of times a warranty can be transferred.