A new roof is being put on the pavilion at Watertown's Thompson Park.
Workers replaced the underpinnings of the roof last week, in preparation for putting on the finishing touch, the shingles.
"It needed to be done because the old shingles were rotting and full of moss," said Thomas Maurer, project engineer. "They were on for a little over 30 years, and due to be replaced."
The new shingles are slightly different from the cedar shake shingles they replace. They're "composite shake," made out of wood and plastic.
"They don't rot, and the algae doesn't grow on them, and they last longer," Maurer said.
That said, there is the question of aesthetics: will the new shingles fit in with Thompson Park's wood and stone look?
"Up close, you might be able to tell that it's a composite shingle," said Maurer. "But I think that after time, when you drive by or walk by, you'll think it's a cedar shake roof."
To see the work in progress and get a look at what the shingles will look like, as well as hear some early opinions on the job, click on the picture to watch 7 News reporter Rachel Spotts' story.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Watertown, NY
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