The vertically hung slate on the gable of this project has a 'Winchester' cut finish. To be honest I hadn't done this before, but, after a bit of head scratching......I think it ended up looking pretty good.
A nice straight forward job, but just demonstrates how nice the finish can be using grey/green 'Cedral Cladding' & Brazilian grey/green slates. The client needed a small workshop at his property just outside Truro, Cornwall. A simple but effective design which is enhanced by the choice of materials. Although this will be used as a workshop, it could be easily adapted for many other uses.
Back to a job I did last year, cedar shingles & an EPDM (Firestone Rubber) flat roof.
A bit long winded,......but basically this was a 'Retro Fit Warm Flat Roof' which means that you raise the original flat roof height to accommodate insulation. Because of this you end up with a much deeper fascia, & for various reasons the Architect didn't want to raise the guttering. However, once installed the client wasn't happy with the look so I suggested 'Scalloped' lead might improve the aesthetics. He agreed, but judge for yourself, any how, he's happy & I get paid, so all in all a good day at the office.
Recent improvement in the weather has allowed me to finish stage 2 of the Barn Conversion in Cardinham.
Had a few problems getting enough 'Rag' slate to finish main roof, but 400 x 200mm Spanish Lugo Slate have been used on the vertical section which I think compliments the building.The lead detail either side of the doors (will have a Juliet Balcony) enhances the high standard of finish & is in keeping with the natural materials specified by the Architect.
I came across these slates a couple of years ago. They are manufactured in the USA & believe it or not, they are plastic. Probably, like most roofers that are used to dealing with more traditional roofing finishes, I was a bit sceptical. However, I think after laying them on this roof just outside Penzance, they have won me over.
They are ideal for a shallow pitch (this is only 12 degree's). We installed these on a ply decking (the battens are only there to hold the felt down over night) as per manufacturers instructions. Also, because they are plastic, you can walk all over them without fear of breakages., so great for areas you may need to access regularly, say, for cleaning windows.
This house, built in 1911, still had the original roof.....just. Although many of the tiles are still ok, nearly all the nails fixing the battens had perished. This became far more apparent once we started stripping. It's surprising it stayed there as long as it did.
We will be fitting 'Redland' Plain Tiles, in Rustic Red, which I hope will be a close match to the original tiles & therefore help it to keep its character. It's quite an imposing house, initially built by a Sea Captain, but been with the current family since 1957.
As I said, we have managed to save a lot of the tiles (approx. 3000, 65sq m) they are a lovely interlocking tile, hand made in Bridgewater, Somerset. Please give me a call if you are interested in them 07966219661.
Recently had the new van sign written, really pleased with the result...many thanks Andy.
Andy Barnett, 07795278021