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CIS Steeplejacks - Recent Projects

Olmsted Falls Community Church - Olmsted Falls, Ohio

church steeple painting repair

The now beautiful city of Olmsted Falls sits glorified in her beauty the steeple and cupola of Olmsted Community Church. This eight week restoration project included many trade variants; most work was done on site except the matching wood trim molding which was done quickly with nothing short than quality. On the steeple we removed windows in which were restored with some new glass and fresh glazing. We removed and replaced the walls and window openings in the lantern area using true dimensional redwood timber and shipped for longevity. A good portion of trim work was damaged from weathering as well as other past insufficient repairs, the birds eventually found their way to help the damage along. We carefully stripped all of the paint off of the spire and tier metal (originally copper but was historically registered with the copper painted) so we applied a protective coating system designed to outperform their past painting jobs. Medallions, crown molding and other architectural wood work was custom fabricated and installed to match existing wood workings thus to keep the original historical design. The entire steeple was cleaned, hand scraped, sanded and quality protective coatings were applied. Wood siding and apron flashing was removed and replaced on the cupola. We stripped the paint from the roof; glazed all windows; removed and replace the roofing around the base as well as installed a new copper counter flashing. From A-Z we did it right.

Holy Trinity - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

church steeple painting

Welcome to Lancaster pronounced 'LANK-a-ster', Pennsylvania were we meet one of the oldest church steeples in the country; Built in 1766, this was one of the most solid, tallest and most utterly beautiful building we have worked on to this day. Towering at 200 feet enabled us to have blessed views of historical downtown Lancaster. Due to the nature and setting of Holy Trinity's steeple we had geared up to work thru the night to make progress as we went along. Carefully cleaning the entire steeple, lightly prepairing the surfaces as needed was what the project called for. With the help and guidance from the for staues of Saint John, Saint Luke, Saint Mathew and Saint Mark we safely primed, caulked and painted thru some of the best nights of summer. We removed all of the old gutter system and helped install new copper gutters and spouts.

First Baptist - Hendersonville, NC

wood column repair restoration

We travel south to the beautiful town of Henderson, North Carolina to repair a leaking historical steeple. This was a multi task type of project which involved removing 180lb metal lattice; repairing the decayed metal; striping the paint off to bare metal and powder coating the surfaces to help preserve the historical significance. We removed all of the wood framing and replaced with true wood lumber as well as all outside corner post and wooden waynescott in the cupola. Next on the list we removed and replaced various crown molding, underhang and other miscellanious trim pieces to bring the steeple back to original condition. All exterior surfaces were hand scraped, sanded, prime coated, caulked (as needed) and finally painted use high quality exterior paint and materials. Large wooden columns were starting to delaminate leaving large gaps between the wooden planks (which make up the columns). To resolve this issue we customized each column to properly vent (thus not to trap moisture) and repaired the columns accordingly. Proper surface preparations was crucial to satisfy what was an eyesore and the results was like new again. The copper cladding was gone over and tightened up and a copper cross was fabricated and installed to complete this project.

First Presbyterian - Huron, Ohio

church steeple repair restoration

We were contacted by First Presbyterian to repair a leaking historical steeple. Besides having a leak issue, in the past they had an inexpert contractor to install vinyl siding to most of the walls and base to help prevent the routine maintenance services of painting. Unfortunately the vinyl siding was retaining moisture and therefore the walls behind the siding was starting to deteriorate. To fix this issue it was suggested to put back the steeple to its original maintenance friendly condition. So we rigged the spire with block and tackle, removed all the vinyl siding, replace all the wood trim that was disposed of when the siding was installed, repaired holes cut into much of the exterior surfaces when the vinyl siding was installed, repaired and replaced wooden louver slats, removed and replaced some wooden shingles, thoroughly prepped the exterior surface by hand scrapping, wire brushing as well as mechanically etched the surfaces for sealant and coatings. Finally we prime coated all surfaces, caulked and sealed all joint, seams and overlaps and applied two finish coats of high quality paint.

Forest Hills Baptist - Raleigh, NC

steeple repair restoration

A complete steeple restoration of the one hundred seventy (170ft) steeple was what she was calling for, including window repair, wood trim repair, copper cladding repair, architectural repair, painting and a little of this and a little of that. We repaired the finial and weather vane and made sure in the end was weather tight, tightened down and pointing in the right direction. Some of the lead coated copper cladding on the spire had holes in miscellaneous areas from projectiles and or previous attempts to repair or maintenance. Columns and window sills we repaired and or replaced with new to match existing. All windows including the sash were repaired, restored, re-glazed and painted (interior / exterior), all tier metal was prepped, repaired, cleaned, etched and coated using a specialized elastomeric RPM “cool” roof coating. Deteriorated wood trim and siding was removed, replaced and all surfaces to be painted was thoroughly prepped, hand scraped to remove all loose and flaking paint, mechanically etched, primed and painted using (2) coats of high quality protective coatings.

First Congregational - Hudson, Ohio

steeple repair restoration

First Congregational, 47 Aurora St. Hudson, OH 44236. When contacted by First Congregational (built in 1802), their spire had been having ongoing leak issues for some time. After removing and replacing the original wood shingles with a quality asphalt shingle 25 years ago, the steeple once again was in need of a new roof. To help them save on cost, we utilized minimal scaffolding provided by local mason contractors and rigged the steeple with block and tackle rigging to remove, repair and replace safely. It was suggested to go back to a wooden shingle due to the structural design of the steeple. However, FCC went one step further and decided to go with a modern copper shingle design. This type of application replicates the movement of wood or slate shingles allowing for proper flexibility as well as providing superior protection from the elements. We also made a few modifications to the apex of the spire to allow for a new copper finial to be securely installed and attached to the spire. We also re-designed the interior tension rods to accommodate the new copper shingle application and fabricated a new “Copper Clad” access door.

First United Methodist - Douglasville, GA

steeple repair restoration

First United Methodist, 6167 Prestley Mill Rd. Douglassville, GA 30134. We were contacted by First United Methodist in Douglassville, GA to repair a leak from a steeple wrapped in architectural copper cladding. The spire was positioned high above the 12/12 sloped roof line and hasn’t been touch since she was positioned into place some fifty to sixty years ago. FUMC had contacted many roofers to help pin point and resolve these leak issues but after numerous tries the leak would re-appear. To resolve this particular steeple issue, we had to provide access to the interior by removing some of the copper cladding and wood walls from the base as well as a section midway up the spire. We removed old deteriorated tar from the bottom of the structural metal struts and then resealed them using a non cured butyl rubber. Then we removed the existing shingle roofing and flashing to discover an improper metal flashing system. To complete this project we fabricated and installed a copper metal counter flashing around the base then reinstalled the exterior copper cladding to original condition.

 

First Presbyterian - Columbus, GA

steeplerepairprojects

First Presbyterian, 1100 1st Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901. Our emergency service was called upon when First Presbyterian noticed one of the pinnacles on the bell tower was dangling high above. A this time our services was to remove the damaged pinnacle and evaluate the existing conditions for repair. CIS drafted a detailed scope of work to be reviewed and added upon by the trustees. A six week renovation included, removing the existing pinnacles, reinforcing each of them structurally, remove existing damaged copper roofing, reinforced a tie down for each of the pinnical mounting points, removed and replaced concrete footer, replaced all wood underlayment and copper roof with copper shingle roofing, removed and replaced the slate roofing, installed copper ridge caps, prepared all surfaces for coatings (including the clock faces on the large tower), primed, caulked and painted as needed. Due to the amount of handwork and extensive needs we utilized scaffold and a manlift to safely, properly and efficiently perform the much needed repairs.

St Mary’s Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church - Homer City, PA

dome repair painting

St Mary’s Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church Homer City, PA 15748 St. Mary’s Holy Protection Catholic Church needed to have their dome cosmetically restored they had a leaking issue as well. They contacted multiple roofing contractors to resolve this issue but the repairs did not last. We were able to detect the cause of leak and made the necessary repairs which included removing and replacing the lower tier roofing and underlayment as well as installing an appropriate counter flashing to prevent water from seeping around the perimeter. We also performed a thorough surface preparation, caulked and sealed all seams and joints as needed. Finally we applied our high quality UV protective and metallic coatings.

 

St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cathedral Diocese Of Parma

dome repair painting

St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cathedral Diocese Of Parma, Cleveland, OH 44134. We were contacted by St John the Baptist Byzantine due to storm related damage that involved all three of their domes. High winds put pressure on the domes, the winds were strong enough to burst multiple sealed joints, allowing rain to enter and cause great interior and exterior water and mold damage. We had to design and construct working platforms inside of the large dome to remove all the damaged interior wood panel underlayment. These wooden panels were designed to help protect and reinforce the arched aluminum panels that make up the dome. We removed and replaced the wood underlayment and fabricated aluminum struts to replace the wood and help reinforce the panels as previously designed. We also sealed the joints between the panels using a specialized elastomeric sealant that will not only seal the panel but allow enough flexibility if and when this situation may again arise. The platforms were built stationary and will stay in place so that the upkeep of the bells, lights and the interior of the panels can be performed. The exterior of the domes needed to be addressed as well. On all three domes we had to remove the old and damaged metal seam tape and sealant, mechanically etch the surfaces, make various repairs to the metal base, as well as install new sealant. Finally we applied our high quality UV protective coatings.

 

Holy Virgin Romanian Orthodox Church Carnegie, PA

dome repair painting

St Mary’s Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church Homer City, PA 15748 St. Mary’s Holy Protection Catholic Church needed to have their dome cosmetically restored they had a leaking issue as well. They contacted multiple roofing contractors to resolve this issue but the repairs did not last. We were able to detect the cause of leak and made the necessary repairs which included removing and replacing the lower tier roofing and underlayment as well as installing an appropriate counter flashing to prevent water from seeping around the perimeter. We also performed a thorough surface preparation, caulked and sealed all seams and joints as needed. Finally we applied our high quality UV protective and metallic coatings.

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