Over the last 14 years, we’ve designed and built, on the site of an old, hidden-away Vermont farm, an “ancient” stone-and-timber, 16th-century Anglo-Norman small manor house, roofed with reclaimed Ludowici Normandy tile. This year we added a white-oak barn in a similar style. The driving concept behind the entire project has been to create the feel of an original 400-year-old European farmstead that then evolved over several hundred years. To that end, we elected not to roof the barn in tile, but chose zinc, instead, because it’s been a common roofing material in Europe for well over 200 years and would help to suggest that our new “ancient” barn had, perhaps, been re-roofed in the late 18th-century.
After extensive research, we determined that only one contemporary manufacturer of zinc roofing met the high standards this ambitious project demanded: Rheinzink. We contacted Gail Whitney-Karn, Director of Technical Sales at Rheinzink America in Woburn, MA. (the product is manufactured in Germany) and worked closely with her to select the proper Rheinzink material for our barn (0.8mm Bright-Rolled, which patinates naturally over time to a wonderful dusky grey). She then guided us to Cold Hollow Contracting in Jeffersonville, VT., and we selected that firm to install the barn roof.
The result is thrilling...a truly elegant, extremely high-quality Rheinzink product installed by a team of roofing craftsmen. If you’re inclined to use zinc, contact Rheinzink America and ask for Gail Whitney-Karn!