Metal Roof Adds Rural Charm to Affordable Housing Complex in New York

Woodstock, New York, is best known for its history as the site of a small music festival that made some news in 1969. But it’s also a bucolic, upstate New York village that prides itself on its own style of quirky, small-town charm. Like many such communities that are popular with second-home owners, though, its real estate prices have climbed dramatically in recent years. Woodstock Commons, an affordable-rental project, has helped to address this issue. Its 53 units are clustered in buildings designed to fit into the area’s rural character, including metal roof panels from Petersen.

Affordable housing isn’t always an easy sell for local residents and planning boards, and this project was no exception. It was first proposed as an 81-unit development by Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO), a non-profit affordable housing developer, but later was downsized.

One of Woodstock Commons’ more unusual features is the creative talents of its residents. RUPCO initially set aside 12 units for artists, because art is a notable part of the town’s community character. However, the actual number of artist tenants grew to at least 20 by the time residents began moving in. A large community building provides both a gathering and gallery space.

The buildings are designed in a contemporary version of the farmhouse vernacular that’s typical in upstate New York, where metal roofs frequently are seen. In this case, designers with the local firm of Ashokan Architecture & Planning opted for 44,200 square feet of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD 24-gauge Snap-Clad steel roof panels in a Zinc finish. Suppliers with Tristate Metals of East Setauket, New York, worked closely with Petersen on detailing for the roofs.

“There were quite a few custom flashings—some of the headwall flashings were intricate, two-part units,” said Ben Mathieu, Tristate’s estimator on the project. “Once we provided the dimensions and pitch from the architectural drawings, everything went pretty smoothly.”

Tristate also worked hand-in-hand with the installing contractors from Affordable Housing Concepts to match their production to the construction plans for the 7-building complex.

“It was phased over a couple months, so it was just a process of working through the schedule with the installers,” added Mathieu, noting the desire to minimize stockpiling of materials at the job site. “Things get lost, things get damaged, so this ensured materials were safe while waiting for the installation phases.”

Petersen, a Carlisle company, manufactures PAC-CLAD architectural metal roofing and cladding products in multiple gauges of steel and aluminum. All are available in Kynar 70% PVDF finish in 45 standard colors that include a 30-year finish warranty. Most colors meet LEED and Energy Star requirements, and are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council. Custom colors and weathertightness warranties are offered. BIM and CAD documents are available for most products. Founded in 1965, Petersen’s facilities are located in Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Maryland, Arizona, and Minnesota. For information on the complete line of Petersen products, call 800.PAC.CLAD, visit, or email [email protected].

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