This stage of the project is now complete & I think the re-claimed ridges finish off the roof nicely.
This weeks project is a bit different from the last. Back to 'Old School' Roofing....lets try & make a nice roof out of this lot then.
A Barn Conversion which will have a Traditional rag slate roof.
looks like a pile of old rubbish when you first turn up, but with a bit of sorting out, sizing, & shaping it's surprising what you can achieve,
It takes a lot more preparation, but that's part of what makes it more of a challenge & gives you some job satisfaction at the end,
Watch this space to see how we get on.
This project is to replace the roof finish on this bungalow in Pentire, just outside Ndewquay, Cornwall.
The existing 'Delta' tiles have started to become porous due to their age. There are also some leaks & inadequate felt underlay. Now the owners have decided to re-roof the property & eliminate the stress of another winter in such a beautiful but exposed position.
This property benefits from being located on a 'headland', however, this can result in extreme weather conditions battering the bungalow at certain times of year, harsh winds are very frequent, & a low 'pitch' on the roof means that rain can drive in.
Because of this we have decided to use 'Redland, Regent' tiles. These tiles are designed to accommodate a pitch as low as 12 degrees.
In 'Farmhouse Red' this will be visually stunning, giving it a very Mediterranean feel, yet protecting the roof from the Atlantic storms.
I must admit that although I would like to take the credit for this work, it was done by my top roofer, Justin Erasmic. He takes great pride in his work & it is a pleasure to have him as part of the team...........well, most of the time.
Nice job this one, re-roof of a double garage, using Brazilian grey/green slate, re-roof an adjoining flat roofed storage area with Firestone EPDM, also clad the gable ends of the garage with Sage Green 'Cedral Cladding' (I think I should be on commission for promoting this stuff).
However, Mr & Mrs Barber loved the end result, so if the customers happy.....that means I get paid, but I do like this product so have put a few more pictures of jobs I have used it on recently.
Bit of a tricky repair this one. One where you 'have to do a job, to do a job'. I'm sure you know what I mean.
Water was finding its way into the 'weak spot' at the bottom of the valley where it meets the corner of the UPVC window.
I tried taking out a few of the tiles to access the problem area but because the tiles all have 'nibs' & are double nailed, I ended up breaking them (also old & brittle).
When the new windows were fitted, no lead 'up stand' was behind the trim, so this seems to have allowed water to come in & cause a damp patch on the inside wall.
Any how...as Tommy Walsh wasn't available to help with this one .I decided to strip from the top down, hoping that then I wouldn't break too many tiles.
Once the front Plastic trim & tiles were removed, I was able to put some lead in with a 100mm upstand & dress it down around the previously exposed timber.
I managed to source some new 'Antique red' tiles & hoped to blend them in with the undamaged tiles. Thanks to Darren & Nathan at Westcountry slate supplies 01209 822230.
I think it looks fine & the new lead should stop the damp problem.
Its not too often I get approached & asked to re-roof a static caravan, but when I do & the caravans are in the South of France......well I thought, 'its a tough job but some one's gotta do it. It might as well be me.'
The problem with the caravans was due to a bad batch of paint which had started to peel away from the roofing sheets.
So off we went down to St Tropez to change the faulty caravan roofs.
To be honest, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but the principle is basically the same as any roof, felt, battens & final membrane. just needed to adapt my skills.
Although it was only aesthetic & none of the roofs were leaking, when you have paid between 40 & 60 thousand pounds for a holiday home.....it has to be right.
OK, I know we have swapped hard hats & high viz jackets for sun glasses & factor 40.......but when the temperature is over 30 degrees, what would you have done? & a choc ice break has to beat a tea break!
Just two of us on this trip, myself & Graham Clark. Graham has his own roofing company which specialises in Industrial & flat Roofing Solutions, 07813589703. We hope to join forces again soon & we will be able to offer a 'TOTAL ROOFING SERVICE'. Industrial & traditional roofing.
However........if you do have a static caravan that requires a new roof, you now know who to call,
special rates for caravans situated any where on the med.
That was a busy week, but luckily the weather has been fantastic so the re-roof job in Wadebridge was completed (even though the traffic because of the Royal Cornwall Show tested our patience).
Justin & Emma's end of terrace house still had it's original 1930's roof on it. It had a few slate missing causing it to leak. Some repairs that didn't match the existing slate, no felt beneath the slate's & very inadequate insulation, generally just very tired & in need of some TLC. The recent very wet winter finally convinced Emma that a new roof was the only solution.
Justin & Emma chose Slate grey 'mini stonewold' tiles as roof finish with a 'dry verge system'. This gives it a nice neat verge which is very quick to install. All the timbers were sprayed for rot/insect infestation protection, new leadwork to the chimney & adjoining abutment installed, new red concrete ridges & a new flashing kit to the 'Velux' windows.
Two men, four days..... not bad.
Then onto a nice little house extension roof for a good friend of mine, Graham.
looking to extend his kitchen & add a utility room, Graham is going for a natural Brazilian grey/green slate finish, with four 'Velux' windows to help the light flood in.
Grahams son, James, is in charge of overseeing the project. After a disagreement about working conditions & materials, James managed to convince me that he was right.....a cute smile & a cuddle helped.
I even found time to purchase a new company van.
Many thanks to Josh Turner at Vospers in Truro for all his help organising it.
The Ridges for the hips are all individually cut, a lead 'fish tail' soaker under each one keeps the rain out, but the weather has been amazing & things have progressed well this week. Happy roofers!!!