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Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

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What’s up? Ongoing roof repairs at Ford House
Posted: August 23, 2018

You may have noticed something is happening up on the roof at Ford House. We are in the midst of a roof repair project, bringing a more modern, longer-lasting solution to maintaining and preserving the structure of the Fords’ beloved home. 
 
From the ground, we see the stylish peaks of the English Cotswold style home designed by famed architect Albert Kahn, but at the very top, the main house has a flat roof. We have brought in a specialized roofing crew to address a leaking concern by resurfacing the flat roof with a new material -- Firestone membrane roof system. 
 
The original flat roof was covered in Ludowici tile, a well-trusted terra cotta tile, which will still remain under the new protective layer.
 
Some may recall we made repairs to our roofs in 2002-2003, repairing and replacing aging wood and stone shingles. During that project, the flat roof was covered with lead sheets. However, the lead sheets have deteriorated due to the freeze, thaw and rapid temperature shifts in Michigan weather, causing concerns about water leaking into the historic home. 
 
The new roof material will solve this problem, providing more flexibility to expand and contract as temperatures shift, keeping the house dry and protected. 
 
The roof project began in July and is ongoing. If the weather cooperates, we hope to see it finished within the next few weeks.
 
If you’re interested in learning more about historic restoration projects, click here to check out what’s going on at our other property, Fair Lane, Home of Clara & Henry Ford in Dearborn.  
 

 

 

 

 

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