By Mark Rogers, 12-Jun-2013 22:11:00
Hello, and welcom to our latest blog. We are currently working on a roof in Dobb Brow renewing all fascias and soffits to the roof. We are also installing inline Harcon Marley Major tile vents to one elevation.
Removing and re bedding ridge tiles with Flexim Roof Putty, and re bedding a valley with Flexim Roof putty too. The roof is a large bungalow, with a large detachaed garage. All of which are having white upvc fascia and soffits, with black rainwater goods throughout. Felt support trays have been installed into gutter and any rotten timbers have been replaced with new. We have also fitted all new timber box ends to fully support the fascia and soffits in these key areas. Any questions let me know,
Until next time, take care, Mark @ Pinnacle Roof Services.
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By Mark Rogers, 04-Jun-2013 18:09:00
No, Im not Australian, just this weather brings it out in me. Plus I have took a day off work today for day release in the garden.
Finished a job yesterday and no really urgency to start the next, so put it off until tomorrow. Today has been a case of waking up naturally, looking at a job, doing a few quotes on the computer, and sun bathing. Think I may have a day off mid week every week, after all, work to live, live to work.
By Mark Rogers, 15-May-2013 09:43:00
...Will have to wait another day. Front has been stripped and re tiles, side has been done, just the back to strip off and the mitred cuts to be done into the hips. All of which can only be done when it is a dry day.
I enjoy have days off here and there anyway, only set back is the knock on effect with other jobs.
Going to make a few calls now to let customers know that next couple of jobs will have a slight delay due to weather.
Also got a quote I might go and do.
Bye for now,
Mark - Roofer in Westhoughton
Pinnacle Roof Services
By Mark Rogers, 12-May-2013 20:14:00
For the time being we are roofing in Westhoughton which is always nice to work close to home. Do more hours without getting home too late is always good. We are doing a re tile in Westhoughton, taking off the old clay plain tiles, more commonly knows as Rosemary's or Dreadnaughts, and replacing them with Marley Modern tiles. Not like for like I know, but plain tiles (Rosemary's) are very labour intensve and cost much more to do. This is why they are only really seen on presige developements.
Below is the roof prior to us starting, as you can see there are a few starting that have worn, there are many more when you look closely. Especially when you take them out, the bottoms fall away.
The roof will have Tyvek membrane over the rafters which I prefer to use as it is stonger and is much higher spec than cheaper budget brands. It will also have 50mm x 25mm battens which gives the roof a stronger feel when walking over it. We will use Manthorpe Dry Hip and ridge system to fix the hips and ridge. This makes the roof totally maintenace free. We will also renew all the lead around the chimneystack and re bed and repoint it so everything has been done together.
Pictures will be posted throughout the stages.
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By Mark Rogers, 08-May-2013 21:45:00
Well, what a busy time, it has been over 4 months since my last blog, something I did not want to neglect. But when you are a contractor, surveyor, accountant, labourer, husband, father.... the list goes on. Time is something that is not freely available.
Today I would like to recognise Flexim on my website, as I have been using it for up to a year now, but someone never mentioned it before. It is a fantastic product from the 'Netherlands', which for some reason or other never took off here in the UK, although successful around the world. My own theory is education and tight wallets.
Anyway, to get to the point, Flexim is a flexible alternative to traditional sand and cement based mortar.
Mortar used on materials where no movement occurs is fine, as it is strong, when mixed correctly.
But mortar on a roof is useless as a long term maintenance free option. As wind lifts and moves roof coverings, slates, tiles etc. When this occurs under ridges, hips, or valleys, there is no movement in mortar so all that can happen is cracks appear in the mortar. This can be either between the ridge and the mortar, or the mortar and the tile or slate, or both.
Flexim is made from linseed oil, polystyrene balls and fibres. It comes in various colours, and its adhesive properties are extremely strong. It is applied in the same way as mortar, but that’s where the similarities end. It is instantly waterproof, it does not sag, it can be applied onto hips using the largest tiles (Redland Regent etc) in one go, and it is permanently flexible so it will never come unstuck.
If I cannot use dry fix, or if someone wants ridge re bedded, I only use Flexim, as I know it is reliable, and the customer will never need it doing again, something that cannot be said for sand cement based mortar.
This picture shows clay ridge tiles on slates, we used grey Flexim as it looks like a strong mix of traditional mortar. Prior to this, the ridge have been re bedded with mortar three times. This will be the last.
By Mark Rogers, 30-Jan-2013 20:59:00
The snow has gone we have finished the roof afer a lot of unforseen work.
We stripped the roof and a purlin had rotten, this down to the old roof window (same position as conservation Velux window) had been leaking for many a year. This in turn cause three rafters to follow suite. We fixed a new purlin and new rafters including the cut out of the new Velux window.
It has new fascia and soffits (brown rosewood upvc), felt support trays at eaves (makes sure all water goes into gutter and not behind it), breather membrane, treated battens then re slates with existing random diminishing welsh slates.
Finally re secured the stone coping stones, they dont look it but my god they where heavy to move.
Now looks to goog for a barn roof but its another job done and one less worry.
Not getting away though, another barn roof to start for the same customers next week and then another in a few months.
By Mark Rogers, 30-Jan-2013 20:49:00
Hello and a belated Happy New Year. Well, what a month January has been, luckily we have been working on a barn roof rather than someones home. So not the same worry of water ingress (or snow).
We turned up a few days after the snow as it had started to melt, when we started to get closer to the job the snow was looking thicker, on arrival the snow had not meted at all. But then again we where working on Walker Fold Road up on the moors. This was what greated us when we got to the top of the ladder.
Snow, and a lot of it! No sign of slates, felt or battens, just snow.
Rather than go home, we swept the roof and got on with it.
By Mark Rogers, 01-Jan-2013 21:24:00
Hope everyone had a very special and Christmas and hope everyone has a prosperous New Year.
By Mark Rogers, 01-Jan-2013 21:22:00
Completed re slate roof in Bolton, Greater Manchester,
We actually over run and finished two weeks later than planned, but we started a little late and had many days where no or little work was done due to freezing temperatures. Fortunately the weather eased and got warmer allowing us to finish and get the scaffold down before all the Christmas decorations went up.
The roof ended up having almost half the slates replaced due to breakages and splits. The ridge tiles had to be replaced as the clay had perished. We replaced with concrete ridge and hip tiles with a dry fix system so no need for any concerns about wind uplift or mortar loss.
All lead was renewed to abutment walls, lead valleys, flashings, soakers and lead slates to pipes.
Flexim roof mortar was used at the unions of the hip and ridge tiles to weatherproof the joints.
The loft was fully cleaned out, and insulated to LABC standards, fitted with a new 700 x 1200 loft hatch and boarded ready for storage.
It was a pleasure working on the property made especially so by the never ending supply of brews and mince pies.
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year to all.
By Mark Rogers, 15-Nov-2012 20:05:00
Dad enjoying imself at on a re slate at Hunger Hill, Bolton. We used 100mm recycled insulation in between joists, and SF40 above joists meeting current LABC regulations. Tyvek breather membrane across rafters then 50mm X 25mm battens to take slates.
Main roof has 14 X 14 slates installed, rear of roof has 24 X 14 slates, taking less battens and less labour to reslate.
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