H. Lee Forbes
PO Box 1851
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Design, Installation & Restoration of Historic Roof and Gutter Systems
Video Surveys

H. Lee Forbes, Roofing Consultant
Years experience: 30+
Systems of primary focus: Slate, Tile, Copper and Architectural Metals
Familiarity with: All Types

Former Member
Board of Directors
National Slate Association


Rick King, Exec. Vice President
Biltmore House
Asheville, NC

John Horton, AIA
Western North Carolina Dept. Archives and History
Asheville, NC

Daniel Lucas Hart, AIA
Lewisburg, WV

Al Platt, AIA
Brevard, NC

Jack Murphy, AIA
Lullwater Architects
Atlanta, GA

Mr. Forbes is a licensed general contractor and copper fabricator who has specialized in historic roof restoration and commercial/industrial roof systems for the last 30+ years. He is also an instrument rated private pilot, which enables him to access job sites quickly and efficiently. For the past sixteen years he has traveled from Georgia to New York and from North Carolina to Texas as a consultant. Though most of his focus has been in evaluating roof systems, their needs and potential for restoration, he also teaches proper restoration technique, oversees restorations and installations and lectures on the same. As part of his service Mr. Forbes does a complete video survey of the roof and/or gutter system documenting details, current and potential problems and giving educational narrative informing owners or responsible parties of the buildings condition.  Thus, allowing them to make wiser and more prudent decisions. He was a seminar presenter at the 2000 Restoration and Renovation Conference in Washington, DC and the 2003 Restoration and Renovation Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on the subject of “Survey and Troubleshooting of Historic Slate and Tile Roofs.”

Some of his projects include:
Development and performance of the restoration technique for the roof of the Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

Restoration of the roof and gutter system on the First Baptist Church, Asheville, NC

Restoration of the roof and gutter system on Central Methodist Church, Asheville, NC

Survey, trouble shooting and emergency removal of deteriorated cornice, facia, soffit and bracket pieces on the Marion County Courthouse, Fairmont, WV

Development of roof and gutter details and oversight of the reroof of the Kanawha County Courthouse, Charleston, WV

Development of roof and gutter details and oversight of the restoration of the roof for the First Baptist Church, Beckley, WV

He functions well as a liaison between owner, architect and contractor and is quite indispensable to the most important of projects – yours. For further information please contact Lee at the above numbers.