Thanks to work by CASS Sheet Metal of Detroit, MI, the congregation of St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church in Clinton Township, MI can worship in a building with a magnificent non leaking new copper roof.
The church’s striking roof, described as a stairway to heaven in one magazine article, is a wavy structure with the curves flowing from the top central roof ridge. The overall design looks like a bell, but the wavy roof also suggests stairs, wings or water. In fact, the church’s design was meant to inspire visions of searching and movement through the life of St. Paul and current parishioners.
The new roof was the answer to a problem of water leaks that had plagued the church for years. The old roof system, installed in the 1980’s allowed rain and snow water to enter the building. The project presented challenges to CASS Sheetmetal and the church. Adding to complications of the specialty sheetmetal work, the church remained open with services every week while the project ran uninterrupted through one of Michigan’s worst winters in recent history. The leaky roof was replaced with the most watertight copper roofing system available. The replacement was double-locked with solder traverse seams!