The Island House Hotel is an awarded Victorian building from 1852, overlooking Lake Huron and set amongst lush gardens in Mackinac Island State Park.
The 19th century roof was in desperate need of refurbishment due to its age, the historic nature of construction, and the severe weather conditions of the island that impacted the roofing system over the years, resulting in leaks and rotting.
The hotel decided to undertake a challenging winter maintenance project, looking for a solution that would preserve the building’s beauty and functionalities, granting a timeless ambiance for decades to come.
The company providing the new roofing solution would also have to be able to deal with particular logistics challenges, such as transporting the materials by freighter boat and then horse to get to the job site, as this island does not allow cars. The timing was also essential, with constraints to finish the work right after the tourist season and before the ferry system shut down due to ice buildup in the straits of the Great Lakes.