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Historical Roofing Pittsburgh

Common Types of Historical Roofing

From Shadyside to Sewickley and everything in between, the beautiful architecture from bygone years lines the streets of many Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The roofing systems of these Pittsburgh homes and buildings play a significant role in preserving these structures.  Maintaining a historical roof requires knowledge of the material, as well as a reputable roofing company, like Pittsburgh’s Welte Roofing Company, to assist with any repairs or restoration.

From the 1770’s to today, Pittsburgh houses have seen many changes—from log homes to farmhouses to brick dwellings and more.  Therefore, a variety of roofing materials have been used to protect these structures.  Servicing Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, Welte Roofing Company has over 70 years of experience installing, replacing and repairing the following types of historical roofing:

Wood Shingles/Cedar Shake

One of the very first roofing coverings was wood shingles or cedar shake.  If installed properly, they can last around 30 years and are relatively easy to repair and replace.  Cedar roofing, though expensive, is one of the most attractive types of wood.  Cedarwood roofs are energy-efficient, eco-friendly and durable in various types of weather conditions.  They do require regular maintenance due to moss, mold and mildew growth.

Clay Tiles

The earthy tones of clay tile make this roofing system an architectural beauty.  Clay tiles, produced by baking molded clay, range from shades of white, yellow, orange and brown.  The most popular color is Terra-Cotta.  Enamels can be added to the tile which can result in a variety of colors, profiles, styles, and finishes.  Clay tiles are popular in warm climates and in high-end homes.  The original color of clay tiles is not affected by various weather conditions, since clay is a naturally occurring material—providing years of non-fading beauty.  Clay tiles are very durable and can last for as long as 100 years.  They are resistant to hail, wind, and fire making them a very safe roofing system in Pittsburgh.


Slate is a rock solid roofing option—literally!  A popular roofing material for hundreds of years due to its strength, durability and aesthetic appeal, slate is fireproof and waterproof.  Often when repairs are needed, it is not because the actual slate has worn out, but because the nails and fasteners have succumbed to constant wear and tear.  Slate roofing is generally known as one of the highest quality, longest lasting roofing materials on the market, but it also comes at a hefty price.  If properly constructed, you can reasonably expect the roof to last 150 years.  A worthwhile investment for homes passed down through the generations.


A lightweight material that has been around for centuries, metal roofing can save you money when it comes to the supporting structures needed to withstand heavier roofing materials. One of the first metal roofs was constructed of copper followed in the mid-1800s by the less expensive zinc coated roofs. Once tin shingle roofing began booming in the United States, a variety of shapes and styles also became available. Metal roofs can last a lifetime, as they are resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. Metal roofing now is constructed mostly out of copper, aluminum, or steel.  It is a beautiful option with endless variety.

Pittsburgh Roofing Specialists

For over 70 years, the family-owned and operated Welte Roofing Company has been installing and repairing all types of roofing systems in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.  Hiring professionals, like Welte Roofing Company, to regularly maintain your historical roofing system in the Pittsburgh area will help you preserve its beauty while minimizing any damage caused by varying weather conditions.

We understand and appreciate the historical significance of the various types of roofing architecture in Pittsburgh.  If you are looking to restore the original character of your roofing system or are experiencing roofing problems, call Welte Roofing Company at 412-341-9400


New Roofing Systems

Shingles, slate, tile, shake, rubber, and metal – we do it all. We professionally install all types of roofing for your home or new construction.

Maintenance Program

We offer the convenience of a Fall and Spring maintenance program to make sure your roof is ready for the Winter and secure in the Spring.

Roof Repairs

If you spring a leak or are experiencing issues with your roof system, we run repair service year-round (weather permitting) to get you squared away.

Roof Inspections

Selling or buying a house? We provide detailed roof inspections to help get the roof into top shape to aid in the negotiation process.

Other Services

We offer a full compliment of other roof related services including gutters, downspouts, soffit, fascia, siding, skylights, and custom metal work.