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Roofing expert: Copper best option for Town Hall in Sunbury

Copper roof could last 100 years or more; steel, 50 or less


An expert in roofing materials told Sunbury Village Council members Wednesday, Feb. 20, that he would recommend using copper for the historic Town Hall's new roof.

"It's a good material to work with," said Jody Totin, who has worked in specialty roofing since 1979. "I've taken off (copper) roofing 100 to 150 years old and still functioning."

Totin, of Totin Builders in Delaware, also recommended using copper gutters and downspouts for the proposed project.

Council members also are considering a less-expensive, coated galvanized-steel roof for Town Hall.

"The advantage to copper is that you don't have a finish" or coating, Totin said. "Copper is a 100-year roof. Most manufacturers offer a 20-year warranty on other materials. A warranty is only as good as the people and company behind it."

While coated galvanized-steel roofs can last 50 years, the coating starts to fade after about 20 years and would require repair at some point, he said.

At its Feb. 6 meeting, council heard a report from an engineer who inspected the leaky and deteriorating metal standing-seam roof on the building.

Daniel Bonham of CT Consultants told council at that meeting that it would cost an estimated $155,000 to remove the old roof and replace it with a copper roof. New gutters, soffits, downspouts and other related repairs are included in that estimate.

A coated galvanized-steel roof, along with related repairs and other materials, would cost about $115,000, he estimated.

Council decided Feb. 6 to have bid packages prepared for both options. Mayor Tommy Hatfield and most council members also said they would like to hear from a roofing expert.

If a copper roof has a life expectancy of 100 years, and coated galvanized-steel would last between 20 and 50 years, that could offset the price difference between the two metals, council members said.

Village Engineer Wes Hall, who will prepare the bid package, estimated at the Feb. 20 meeting that it could take up to two months to put a new roof on the building. The best time to do that work would be in July and August.

The roof replacement would be completed in segments so the building is never exposed to the elements, he said.

Also at last week's meeting, council:

* Heard from Hall that the Ohio Public Works Commission is expected to approve a $225,000 grant, along with a $75,000 no-interest loan, to help pay for Sunbury's 2013 street improvement project. The village would kick in $75,000 in matching money.

Streets proposed for repair work are Sedwick Avenue; Crowl Drive; South Vernon Street between Granville and Columbus streets; Case Street; McGill Street; and Rainbow Avenue east of High Street.

* Agreed with plans by the newly created Big Walnut Civic Association to present free movies on the Town Square on some Saturdays in June, July and August.

The movie nights would begin at 7:30 p.m. with showings June 1, 15 and 29, July 13 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 17.

Hatfield said plans call for the free movie nights to be sponsored by various groups or businesses to offset any costs.