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Roofs Protect Books Art History

To refresh our knowledge and dig deeper into history, we often search for old records and vintage books in libraries and museums. These priceless media broaden our understanding of local and national history. Often, public libraries house the only genealogical records of a county. Similarly, museums that house art collections, perform an essential role in preserving our cultural history.

But what if these records – which can never be replicated or replaced! – are damaged by something as trivial as lack of roof repair? Such negligence is inexcusable. The loss of our historical and cultural records is a much larger cost than the cost of routine roof care.

The Lightner Museum in St Augustine, Fl. is an unfortunate example of roof neglect. As a result of compounding roofing damage, the museum must now fund a $175,000 roofing restoration project. The total projected costs beyond the initial fundraising drive surpass $1 million. According to the museum Director Bob Harper, the roof’s clay tile needs replacing, in addition to repairing the punctured membrane under the tiles. Rotten wood also needs to be replaced, Harper said.

The Lightner Museum in St Augustine, Fl. is an unfortunate example of roof neglect. The museum, which houses a collection of Victorian-era artifacts and artwork in the historic Alcazar Hotel, has been around since the 1960s. As a result of compounding roofing damage, the museum must now fund a $175,000 roofing restoration project, according to the St. Augustine Record. The total projected costs beyond the initial fundraising drive surpass $1 million. According to the museum Director Bob Harper, the roof’s clay tile needs replacing, in addition to repairing the punctured membrane under the tiles. Rotten wood also needs to be replaced, Harper said.

The Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks, Alaska recently installed a new state-of-the-art roof to the tune of $2.4 million. The waterlogged roof kept the library staff on their toes as to where the next leak would spring. In fact, the library’s employees used plastic bags and tarps to cover and protect books and manuscripts from leaking rainwater. 

The staff constantly worried about damage to their possessions during heavy rains, according to the local newspaper. The new roof has a 20-year warranty and will keep both books and library patrons dry and warm.

Both the Lightner Museum and the Noel Wien Library house historic books, relics, and paintings that are priceless. Because these institutions hold important cultural and historical artifacts, there should be greater emphasis on roof maintenance to prevent these costly roof repairs. However, no matter what the cost of a roof repair, the greater cost would be the loss of these items due to water damage and rot.

As the saying goes, if damage from leaks is extensive, the remedy could be expensive. This is why Auburn roofing always advises our clients to repair leakage immediately, as further delay could cause irreversible damage, not to mention a million-dollar roof replacement, in historic buildings.

Linda
Linda Alvarado loves writing about technology and science updates. She also loves to keep her mind and body fresh by doing intense workouts and meditation sessions.