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Church Roofing

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Church Roofing 2017-08-27T16:09:45+00:00

Church Roofing Contractorairiel view of a church and school century roofing worked on

Providing Church, Synagogue and Mosque Roof Repair for over 22 years in the Chicago and Northwest Indian areas.

We are pleased to have as a customer “Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church”

If you are like most involved in church leadership, you know that a house of worship is not just a place for your congregation to gather and celebrate their faith, it is also a testament to your church’s members and the larger community of the value that you place in your faith. So, when you are faced with replacing your current roof or constructing a new church from the ground-up, make sure that you fully explore your church roofing options.

Church Roofing: Flat Slope vs. Deep Slope

If you have never been required to perform a major renovation or build a church from the ground up, you may not know much about the different types of roofing options available to you.

The two most common types of church roofing styles are flat slope and deep slope roofing. We are a roofing contractor with much experience in both types.

A flat slope roof has less than an 18% gradient, meaning that the roof looks fairly flat from the ground level. These types of roofs are typically found in churches with modest budgets and congregation sizes, and are often located in urban neighborhoods. They are reasonably priced and very functional.

Deep slope roofing, on the other hand, is the type of church roofing typically found in large, ornate, and historically relevant churches. These roofs have a gradient of more than 18%, meaning that they rise at least three inches for every twelve inches in horizontal movement. They are impressive structures and provide a stunning aesthetic effect. Famous churches such as St. Patrick’s in Manhattan and the Old South Meeting House in Boston make great use of this style in their church roofing.

aerial view of our lady of perpetual help church looking down from the steeple to a traditional a frame roof.Common Church Roofing Materials


Slate is the most historically significant church roofing material used in the United States, and most famous historic buildings in the former 13 colonies used this material to great effect. Slate is a naturally forming rock, so it is sourced in an environmentally friendly manner, without the use of chemicals or production of harmful by-products. It is also incredibly durable; many buildings constructed with slate roofs in the Northeast still have their original roofing in place, a remarkable achievement considering the brutal winter weather that the region receives, combined with the dangerous hurricanes that periodically hit the region during the summer.

Although slate is a very beautiful and durable church roofing material, it is very expensive and can add a significant amount of money to your congregation’s church roofing estimate.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic Tile has historically been used for a wide variety of religious buildings in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, contributing heavily to the unique aesthetic feel of the beautiful churches found in cities like Madrid, Lisbon, Athens, and Jerusalem. While expensive, this material is an excellent choice for churches located in sunny and tropical areas of the country, or who seek to project an image that reminds the congregation of the origin or Christianity.


Asphalt is the most commonly used commercial, residential, and church roofing material in the United States. The material is cost-effective, durable, and easy to install, making this a great option if you are a modest church located in a residential neighborhood with an eye on both cost and elegance.

If you are interested in renovating your roof or constructing a new one from scratch, reach out to Century Roofing today to learn more about your options. We are a Roofing Contractor with decades of experience working with houses of worship and can help you with your next major roofing project.