Commercial Roofing

Saunders Roofing provides a full range of services for commercial applications, including the installation of most steep and flat roof needs. Our employees are highly trained in the installation of steep roof systems. We will take your roofing project through the bid stage, whether from plans or field design. Included in all stages is tear-off, temporary dry-in, full roofing, and gutter/downspouts. We understand the need for communication with other contractors to ensure that the roofing portion of your project coordinates with your critical path schedule.

Past Projects

Paul Saunders Roofing has worked with many contractors in the state of Virginia to produce some of the most interesting roofing enterprises in the state. Our range extends from small repair jobs on metal, slate, tile, shingle, and flat roof systems through all areas of Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg and Petersburg.

Old Dominion Hall

Where: William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

Type: Slate and Custom Carpentry

We removed and relayed/replaced 200+ squares of slate roofing, felt and flashings. We replaced 250ft. of copper built in gutter and downspouts. We rebuilt 15 dormers using custom milled lumber to match 100 year old existing architecture. We installed a mopped down, modified roof over 4000 square feet.

Ardent Brewery

Where: Richmond, Virginia


We re-roofed this historic building by first removing two layers of old built-up to reach the original deck. Then we installed ISO insulation. The new roof is GAF/TPO, 60 mil. roof system with a 20 year, no dollar limit, manufacturer’s warranty for the full roof area.

Confederate Chapel

Where: Richmond, Virginia

Type: Terne Metal

On this job, we removed the 150-year-old Terne metal roof and repaired the eave details, making some modifications to framing and structure around the eaves to better support the roof deck. We installed a new material in the industry: pre-patinaed copper. This roof was a 20-oz. copper sheet, which we formed into roofing pans. The metal is pre-patinaed using an acid at the factory. The roof was designed by Ben John Architects and was installed to reproduce the existing roof as closely as possible, but enhancing and improving the design aspects of the main roof and the steeple. This project is another fine example of our work in Richmond.

Tuscan Villa Condominiums

Where: Richmond, Virginia

Type: Ludowici Clay Tile

On this site, we removed Spanish-style Ludowici red clay tile. We repaired rotten roof deck and replaced the new tile with flashing details. This project is one city block long, all roofed in tile. We also installed new gutters and downspouts.

Fayerweather Hall, UVA

Where: Charlottesville, Virginia

Type: Slate

This building is the Arts center for the University of Virginia and an historic monument. We removed the slate roofing and replaced it with new Buckingham slate to match the existing. We installed new Terne Metal built-in gutter systems, including new wooden crown moldings, dental blocks, egg and dart molding, etc., working with Bruce Wardell Architect, PC of Charlottesville, VA. The gutter was specially milled to match the original 150-year-old woodwork on this building.

Fulton House, UVA

Where: Charlottesville, Virginia

Type: Slate and Metal

We re-roofed the Fulton house at U.Va. This, again, is a national historic monument. At this building, we removed the slate and metal roofing, working with John Taylor of Ben John’s Architects in Richmond. We removed and replaced the built-in gutter, which had a 23-piece wood and stainless steel system. We replaced the slates with new Buckingham slates, and installed a flat-seam extended steel roof over the rear porch.

The Chapel at UVA

Where: Charlottesville, Virginia

Type: Slate Roof

On this job, we removed the existing 150-year-old slate roof down to the wooden deck. This roof had been installed using nails hand-made on the Monticello estate. We worked diligently with the University of Virginia to design and install this roof using new Buckingham slate to match the existing slate, working with the U.Va. architects (Bruce Thornson). Every slate installed on this roof was hand-rung, which is a process of sounding the slate to ensure that no flaws exist in the slate, itself, prior to installing. We cut rows of decorative slate to match the existing roof and lead-coated copper flashing details.

Prestwould Condominiums

Where: Richmond, Virginia

Type: Slate

On this project, we removed the existing slate roof and decking (approximately 15 stories above the ground). We used crane companies to erect the largest crane possible to remove the existing slate and laid the roof with new slates. We installed the new slate to stringent architectural specifications, including all new flashings and details. This roof is a 12/12 pitch, which made it harder to work at these heights. The job was finished on schedule, and with no problems.