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Certificate of Appropriateness is Needed for Re-Roofing in the Historic District
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 25, 2014

A new roof is a major investment and it has to protect you all the time and must withstand Texas' extreme weather. Is your roof failing or it needs to be replaced? Yes, what do we do now?

Most roofs in Blanco’s Historic District are corrugated metal roofing and they have been around for hundreds of years. They have been the number one pick in the local area.

Be sure to choose a heavier gauge, closer to the thickness of 16 — just recall that the smaller the gauge numbers, the better. Stay away from the 29-gauge galvanized steel with no coatings.

Don’t replace your metal roof; restore it for a fraction of the cost of a new metal roof! Calbar™ metal paints company says, “If you can walk on it, you can restore it.” I always like this recommendation and I have done it to our place.

1. The Blanco Historic Commission, City of Blanco and the building owners are to be guided by the design guidelines, and/or from The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings.

Permits and Certificate of Appropriateness – What Comes First?

2. You will need a Certificate of Appropriateness. If the structure is within the Historic District and the work is external, a Certificate of Appropriateness application must submitted to, and approved by, the Blanco Historic Preservation Commission. Ordinance 4.4 in the UDC that includes things like requiring a COA approval within a reasonable time.

3. Read Section 9 of the UDC Chapter 4 (b) states that the distinguishing original qualities or character of a building, structure, object, or site and its environment shall not be destroyed. The removal or alteration of any historic material or distinctive architectural features should be avoided when possible.\ You will also need a Roof Permit, that’s $25.00

Did you know that not all roofing materials are the same, although they may look the same? On the business side of all things; make sure you get more than one bid for your roofing needs to compare as much as you can one from other.

Products and/or brands mentioned are not endorsed by BHPC. Rudy Nino is a member of the Blanco’s Historic Preservation Commission and a historic restoration services contractor and an EPA Certified Lead-Safe Firm. For more information you may call him at 210-723-2616.

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