Roofing proposals top HARB agenda
The Bethlehem Historical and Architectural Review Board, chaired by Fred Bonsall, quickly reviewed and unanimously approved two roofing installation requests at the June 7 hearing held in the Rotunda. HARB members also provided advice to a third applicant that had the potential to save her a considerable amount of money on her roof replacement proposal.
Chris Rahs of Alan Kunsman Roofing and Siding, Inc., representing 20 W. Market St., was recommended for a certificate of appropriateness for a roof replacement proposal for a property owned by Daniel Nigito. In keeping with historic district guidelines, GAF Slateline antique gray shingles are to be installed. Vice chairman Philip Roeder reminded Rahs that flashing and valleys should be copper or lead coated copper and the drip edge could be aluminum, but should match the color of the roofing or trim.
Susan Cumings was granted swift approval for replacing the roofing on two garages at the rear of her 136 E. Market St. property with GAF Slateline antique gray shingles. George Donovan, the board’s historic officer recommended careful flashing be employed where one of her garages butts up against her neighbor’s rental unit to protect both from possible water damage.
Bonsall found humor in “Monica Wall lives on Wall,” when the homeowner of 123 E. Wall St., brought her roof replacement proposal before the board. When Wall mentioned that the roof over her circa 1870 single family house was GAF Slateline shingles, several on the board informed her that the company’s product has a thirty year to lifetime warranty, depending on when it had been installed.
The type of leak that Wall described to HARB may only be an issue with some of the flashing and not a failure of the shingles themselves, according to the board’s assessment.
Roeder volunteered to check the city files for the permit listing the date of installation. Monica Wall was also advised to have a second opinion on the source of the leak from another roofer, before spending a considerable amount of money on the project. Bonsall and Beth Starbuck also told the applicant that if she did need to replace the shingles, that as long as it was “in kind,” she would not need to reapply for a certificate of appropriateness.
Before adjourning the short session, HARB members congratulated the Bethlehem Press for the recent Keystone Sweepstakes Award and expressed appreciation for the continuing coverage of their work.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board meets the first Wednesday of every month to review all exterior changes proposed to buildings in the Bethlehem Historic District north of the Lehigh River. When a proposed project receives a certificate of appropriateness from the board, applicants must wait for City Council to vote on it before proceeding.