Its that time of year again! Autumn is here, and with it a whole host of typically seasonal problems that affect our customers' houses. At Tilehurst Roofing Contractors we are experiencing an increase in seasonal enquiries and have already been called out to deal with ‘damp’ areas, that have appeared recently on upstairs bedroom ceilings.
Ensuring a Solid Foundation Base for Fitting Recently Tilehurst Roofing Contractors were called to attend a property in Tilehurst which had lost its fascia and barge boards in recent high winds. On attending the site, we spotted that a new u.p.v.c Cappit system had been pinned onto rotten timber fascia. The gutter was screwed into the Cappit system. Just the slight wind had lifted the fascia and guttering causing it to fall.
Summers definitely over and autumn always marks the end to our school summer holiday roofing works. As usual Tilehurst Roofing have been busy and under pressure to complete a series of roofing works to various schools in Reading and the surrounding areas. Works were varied this year, everything from a few days carrying out tile repairs to 6 weeks re-roofing 2 cottages in a schools grounds.
In our last blog post we detailed how an elderly gentleman had nearly fallen for scare tactics by rogue traders to sell him the idea of a roofline replacement - soffitts and guttering work basically. Luckily, we were alerted to the scam by a friend and we were able to both remedy the shoddy work already done and also complete the roofing job safely and with a significant cost saving over what the client had originally been quoted by the scammers. What Happened Next Within 3 hours of an elderly couple falling for a typical rogue trader scam, Tilehurst Roofing Contractors had erected a full scaffolding and made watertight the damaged roof and fascia boards.
I was really concerned when I recently received a call from an old friend, who explained to me that his elderly father had just informed him that he was having roofing works that comprised a simple roofline replacement being carried out. This had come as a shock as he and his brothers were not informed about these proposed works. Overcharged for a Standard Roofline Replacement A £2000.00 deposit had been handed over to the "rogue roofers" as a down-payment on a £6000.00 estimate for roofing repairs. I asked what the works entailed and was told soffits and fascias. The property was a 3 bed semi so we knew that the cost was 3 times higher than it should have been because we have carried out many roofline replacements on the same estate recently.
We were recently asked to convert a disused concrete block outbuilding into a secure dry garage area. The customer wanted the building to look rustic as it could be seen from the main house. As we like a challenge at Tilehurst Roofing we proposed a specification and proceeded to carry out the works.
In a previous post, I told the story of my love of the Capri - a love which led me to start collecting these fantastic cars. For someone like me, they were a total aspirational symbol of 70s and 80s cool! But actually my love for cars doesn't just stop at the Ford Capri, I am lucky enough to have collected some other iconic pieces of automotive joy. Here is their storyRolls Royce – Silver Seraph – 1998 – Nickname ‘Roger’Only 1500 or so of these crossover Rolls Royce cars were produced, between 1998 and 2002.The car although a Rolls Royce was developed with BMW, and uses the BMW 7 series engine and other components.Die hard Rolls Royce owners were horrified by the possible BMW take over, and the cars did not sell.With VW and BMW fighting over the Rolls Royce company, and later the RR logo this was a tough time for the Rolls Royce Company.Our Seraph is a special order. Blue over Silver, with matching interior.The usual high quality wood trim and very low miles, means this is a collectible car.With a limited production run, values are on the increase on this model in this specification. Beach Buggy 1965 – Nickname ‘ Dude’This little car was brought from a Beach buggy fan in Hayling Island.
My story of the love of Capri’s is probably like a lot of people. I had a 1600 mk 111 back in the day, and wished, I could afford a 3.0s or 2.8i special. Only in my wildest dreams did I imagine owning a 280 ‘Brooklands’.Many years of hard work later, I can now relive my boyhood fantasies. It all started 3 years ago when I wanted to add a mk111 Capri to my classic car collection . Finding a good on line, I drove to the dealer who had a mint 2.0GL 1979 in immaculate ‘Red’ – Grey cloth interior - 20,000 miles – 1 lady owner, it was a no-brainer.I could not collect the car for some time, due to work and attending our race meetings. On collecting the car I was offered more money from the dealers partner.
Unfortunately its "THAT TIME OF YEAR” With Christmas holidays providing both a need and an opportunity, to get a few bob over the holiday period, thieves turned to stealing lead from a local school.Approximately 160 lm of lead flashing was ripped from walls, causing further damage to brickwork and parapet walls.Tilehurst Roofing Contractors were called to help.The works were completed in just 2 days, leaving the school watertight for the Christmas break.The worrying thing is that the new simulated flashing materials needed to be ordered from a northern company as all local suppliers had sold out of the product.Not a good sign !!!
Why jet-washing roofs can cost you ££££!Recently we have been asked to again repair roofs in the Tilehurst area, after they have been jet washed to remove moss.We found gutterings and down-pipes completely full of tile debris and moss, which have subsequently overflowed. This caused water to run down walls and could mean potential damp problems long term.The last roof we were called to needed 15 tiles to be replaced - simply because it was cleaned using a jet-washer. With our experience and knowledge of available replacement products, we try hard but new tiles will generally not match any jet washed roof tiles, as all the coloured fleck will have been blown off.Smart roof repairsTo counter this, and to make the house still look good from the street, we swapped some rear roof tiles to the front, so the repairs were not so obvious.Unbelievably the jet washer had also blown a hole straight through the G.R.P valley troughs.So please be aware of the dangers of jet-washing; they are great for all sorts of applications, but only clean roof tiles using hand tools to prevent unnecessary aggravation and cost!More about cleaning moss off roofs in our blog here