Follansbee® KlassicKolors® Lends Renewed Look to Erie Estate

Lakefront Home Maintains Historical Aesthetics With Metal Roofing
Erie Residence with Follansbee roof
Erie Residence with Follansbee roof
Oct. 20, 2010 - PRLog -- After three years of renovation on their home, the owners of a private residence in Erie, PA, chose a Follansbee® KlassicKolors® metal roof in Patina to maintain the home’s historical authenticity and charm.

When the homeowners decided to expand and renovate their home, its location on the South Shore of Lake Erie dictated the need for an attractive, durable new roofing material that would withstand heavy amounts of snow and ice, while holding up against heavy winds. Approximately 8,000 square feet of Follansbee KlassicKolors was installed on the home.

“The homeowners wanted to mimic the traditional Greek revival style in their home. Every detail and material that went into their home was researched and scrutinized to verify that it would be period appropriate,” explains Richard Wachter, architect and partner at Kidder Wachter Architecture & Design. “KlassicKolors was selected because the material resembled an authentic copper patina standing seam roof and Follansbee has a reputation for quality and longevity.”

The 14,000 square foot home is designed in the Greek Revival style. The central portion of the home, originally built in 1929, has a traditional Greek temple pediment and fluted columns.  The new western and eastern wings of the home and the new detached carriage house mimic the traditional details and proportions of the original part of the home.  This creates a uniform balance to the formal south façade that faces the street.  The north façade has larger windows and multiple balconies to take advantage of the Lake Erie sunsets and views over Erie’s Bay.    

“The low sheen of Follansbee’s KlassicKolors maintains the home’s traditional look and preserves its historic integrity,” says Chris Welch, Follansbee general sales manager.  “Beyond aesthetics, KlassicKolors is an energy-efficient roofing option that provides durability and wind resistance, which is especially important given the home’s location on Lake Erie.”

Renovation on the home began in October 2006 and was completed in April 2009. In addition to Kidder Wachter Architecture & Design, Erie, PA as the architect, the project team included Whipple-Allen Real Estate, Erie, PA as the contractor.

Follansbee KlassicKolors is a pre-painted Terne II zinc/tin coated roofing sheet offered in an extensive palette of designer colors. Its base sheet is coated with Follansbee’s patented ZT®  (zinc/tin) alloy and then painted with Valspar solar reflective paint coatings. The ZT alloy provides enhanced durability and extends the life of the metal for many years, even if the painted surface is breached.

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KlassicKolors is available in a selection of hues, ranging from deep, rich tones of red, blue, green, gray to earth tones of beige, tans and browns. These colors were chosen to maintain the oxide hues that have characterized Terne roofs since colonial times. A superior, time-tested roofing metal, KlassicKolors carries a warranty of 30 years.
Follansbee KlassicKolors can be installed on residences as well as industrial, commercial and institutional structures, and is often specified for historic renovations because of its classic, traditional look. Homeowners are invited to learn more at

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Follansbee Steel offers a wide range of metal roofing products for commercial and residential construction including Terne II®, KlassicKolors®, TCS II® and TCS SatinTM. Founded in the early 1800s, the Follansbee, WV, company has been manufacturing in its current location for more than 100 years. Modern alloys developed and patented by Follansbee have taken the original tin roof to new heights of performance and longevity. For more information call 1-800-624-6906 or visit or

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