Published on May 4th, 2019 | by Balanced Family
Repair and Replacement of a Church Steeple
Churches are a common sight in dominantly Christian nations such as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and most European nations. Others are found around the world here and there, and some churches are in fact hundreds of years old. Some churches stand as historic buildings greatly valued by their community, and in ages past, churches were in fact the centerpiece of a town or community. This was especially true in the Middle Ages. Today, a church is more strictly defined as a house of worship rather than a catch-all town center, but all the same, communities will invest generously to keep their churches in fine shape. These houses of worship are buildings like any other, and may sometimes need a new church steeple installed if the old one suffered from serious damage or decay over the years. Church steeples may be repaired in many other cases, and specialized roofing contractors may be hired to repair those church steeples as needed. Church steeple prices may vary based on the size of a steeple and the amount of damage that it has suffered, but a community and church will invest in a fine new steeple if need be.
A Church Steeple
A church is a building with many different aspects to its construction, and this includes their distinctive steeples. These tall, pointed roofs allow people to find a church from far away, and steeples often have the Christian Cross on top of them to mark what the building is. Some steeples are in fact very tall, and may be easily seen from far away. The larger cousins of churches, cathedrals, may be found across Europe and may have multiple steeples on them. Cathedrals are sometimes centuries old and may be a local attraction to worshipers and tourists alike, and the same may be true for larger, historical churches as well. A newly built church won’t have much history to it, but all the same, a tall and well-built steeple will most likely be included in its design.
A steeple may be considered a tall, pointed roof that sometimes includes a bell inside. Such steeples may have asphalt shingle tiles on them like many other roofs, and they will also have wooden supports and structure inside of them to keep everything together. Such wood is often painted, typically white to match most of the church’s own color scheme. But like with any other piece of housing, church steeples might suffer from damage over time. Very old ones may have rotted tiles or wood, and some wood may be warped or rotted and the whole steeple might be in danger of collapsing entirely. This may especially true if large wooden, metal or stone church steeple crosses are on top, creating a lot of weight in a focused area.
Worse yet, a steeple may suffer from instant trauma if a lightning bolt hits it, and since steeples are fairly tall, this may be likely to happen. What’s more, a storm such as a tornado or a hurricane may buffet a steeple with strong winds and damage the tiles, and wind-blown debris may strike the steeple. This may badly damage it or even destroy it entirely. Building roofs in the tornado-prone Midwest and along the hurricane-prone east coast are likely to suffer damage from storms, and this certainly includes tall church steeples.
The good news is that while steeples may be damaged like other roof types, church steeples may be repaired or replaced like them, too. A church whose steeple needs to be repaired, replaced, or restored may look online for specialized roofing contractors who can do this work. A good roofing contractor company will have its own website with articles, videos, and photos showcasing their work, and a church’s staff may choose from among several roofers to hire. Once on the job, a roofer crew may replace any damaged or missing tiles and wooden structure, and they may remove any unwanted wildlife found inside, too. In some cases, a badly damaged steeple may be torn down and replaced with a new, sturdy one that refreshes the church’s look. And finally, the steeples on historical churches may be restored for a fresher look while keeping their history about them.