Seven Hearths finally has a new roof! When the historical
society realized that the old asphalt roof on the house
had reached the end of its life, a dilemma arose. Since
the house is the flagship of the Flanders Historic District,
it seemed inappropriate to put another asphalt roof
on the 18th century building. Investigation into alternatives
revealed the fact that modern cedar shakes are not what
they used to be - they have a shorter life span and
require much maintenance. In other words, expensive.
A third "green" alternative caught the eye of KHS board
member Jeffrey Morgan and we chose to go in that direction.
The new shingles are called Enviroshakes,
and are made of recycled plastic, rubber, and natural
wood fiber. They have a 50 year life span, need
no maintenance, and - from a distance - look exactly
like aged cedar shakes, giving the house a much more
The installation is complete, and we are pleased with
the results. It has been an interesting experience for
Hudson Valley Preservation, the firm in charge of the
restoration work at Seven Hearths. As the shingle installation
progressed, a sizable long bump became apparent that
briefly caused some concern. But the rubber shingles
layed down nicely over the hump, and now just add another
layer of interest to the ancient building. As Mason
Lord, principle of Hudson Valley Preservation says,
"The building has a huge hump in the center on the
back side that is not so visible from the ground. Another
unique characteristic of this old gal. Not that other
old buildings donít have bows and bends and sags, but
Seven Hearths has her own special ones!"
The hump is noticeable in the photo above. It runs
from ridge to eave, and is probably caused by a mortise
and tenon joint in the attic that came loose early in
the life of the structure. We don't plan to fix it.
The up-front cost of this roof has been staggering,
though it will save the historical society money in
the long run. If you would like to make a donation to
help us pay for it, we would welcome your gift!
Please send a check to Kent Historical Society, PO
Box 651, Kent, CT, 06757, and note "7H roof" in the
If you would like any more information, please email
the KHS at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 860-927-4587.
Visit the Enviroshake website at www.enviroshake.com