Private Residence (JC)

Glen Ellyn, IL

Full clay tile roof and custom copper gutter system restoration to a Brookeville Green Ludowici Spanish style clay tile roof due to hail damage.

Work Included

  • Complete restoration
  • roofing
  • carpentry
  • gutters and downspouts
  • copper
  • clay tile


The homeowner was initially engaged by a "storm chaser" contractor that assured him he would be able to get his insurance company to pay for a brand new roof. After nearly a year, with very little progress, the contractor essentially gave up and stopped communicating with the client. Once they realized the 'storm chaser' was no longer interested in helping them, the client contacted Renaissance who was able to justify why the roof needed a full replacement as a result of the hail damage and was able to come to an agreement with the insurance company.

 The next obstacle was to come to an agreement with the insurance company on a dollar value for the loss. This was achieved by providing the adjuster a thorough, itemized cost breakdown. After the insurance company approved our loss value and provided an updated statement of loss we were made aware that the homeowner didn't have a replacement policy, but rather a cash value policy which means the payout was reduced by a predetermined depreciation value, significantly reducing the budget we had to work with. To overcome this obstacle we revised the scope of work from a roof system replacement to a roof system restoration which allowed us to preserve the historic integrity of the home, provide a long-term (80+ year) roofing system for the homeowner, and stay within the budget provided from the insurance claim.



The work on this project included replacement of the house roof which involved removal and reinstallation of the majority of the Ludowici Brookeville (glazed) Green Spanish style clay tiles, supplementing with matching reclaimed tiles.


The work also included installation of two new skylights, replacement of the copper gutters and downspouts, installation of new copper snow guards along the upper main roof perimeters above the west and north entrance roofs, and replacement of the gutters and downspouts on the garage.


In the words of the home owner…Renaissance provided an exceptional service when restoring the original glazed tile roof on our 1925 historic home. These guys are incredible craftsmen, explaining each step of the project, and making sure that we were happy with the result.

Each member of the team, from the office to the crew, are incredibly professional. We could not be happier with the work they performed and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them for any historic roofing project.

This home received the 2021 Restoration of the Year Award by the Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission.