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
With the leaves falling faster than the temperature, it’s now time to clean out your guttering and gullies.Blocked outlets cause rainwater to overflow the guttering and run down the walls. This rainwater, constantly running down an exterior wall can penetrate the brickwork and mortar damaging it especially if rain cycles with repeated frosts and thaws. Knock on Effects of Poor Gutter MaintenanceDampness to the interior walls can be the outcome, especially the older solid wall buildings. And once an interior plastered wall becomes damp, it will eventually loose the ability to dry out and will remain damp. Only costly re-plastering will fix this.It’s usually a quick and easy job to clean out debris, and at the same time an inspection can be made of the guttering’s condition and identify potential problems before they become a serious issue that could pose threat to your properties structure, with major cost implications.Prevention is bestWe offer a ‘Hedgehog Gutter Brush’ system to help prevent the build up of debris in the guttering itself and outlet protection can be provided to avoid the soakaways becoming blocked.For free advice about Winter Roof Maintenance and estimates please contact us.
Watch this space for more info about the Tilehurst Roofing Contractors Classic Car Collection.But until then - feast on this totally awesome eye candy for petrol-heads!
Continuing it’s support for youngsters to grow in their chosen sport, Tilehurst Roofing Contractors will continue to sponsor the Berkshire Youth Development League for a further 2 years.The funding will help and promote Grass Roots football in our local community.Tilehurst Roofing known mainly for Motorsports, and its classic car collection is happy to support the Youth Development League again.Colin Sims Tilehurst Roofing’s Director said “Its good to see youngsters of all ages taking part in sporting activities, as over the years some of our youngsters have gone on to be World Champions in their fields”.
With the summer School break well under way, we as usual are busy trying to complete all our school roofing and repair works.The weathers been on our side, so all our school works are going well so far. There are obvious problems with working on this during term time, so we are limited to a short window when all the kids are off. Urgent Re-Roofing JobJust to add more pressure on us, a large re-roof was thrown into the pot.The Peppard War Memorial Hall is being closed down for a month for various major works, including a complete new roof.The roofing contractor who was originally assigned the re-roofing works, pulled out at the last minute, putting the owners under real pressure.The committee then asked if we could ‘Fit it in’ during the summer.So the Tilehurst Roofing team have helped out and we are now well underway with another large contract.Just hope we have dry weather…………………
Roofing Problems with Moss Build-upOver the last couple of years we have been asked to remove moss from roof areas, both flat & pitched.A build up of moss on a shallow pitched roof, can in advanced conditions, cause water to penetrate the roof coverings.Moss also blocks soakaways and guttering, causing rainwater to run down the walls and causing dampness and staining.Jet washing of roofs is not only dangerous if no scaffolding is present, but harmful to the slate or tile covering. Soakaways also suffer with overload of water and a consequent build up of debris. This just moves a simple roofing problem elsewhere!Long term Moss, Algae and Lichen RemovalWe have found the answer to long term moss removal.Its a spray-on treatment that slowly and effectively kills Lichen and algae to leave a moss free roof.Once treated, the surface requires no waterblasting, scrubbing or rinsing.The surfactants work on contamination in conjunction with the elements (wind and rain) to slowly but gently wash the contamination away from the treated surface. In the very worst case scenario, it can take 6-12 months for stubborn contaminations to come clean.This is because the product can still be working (or cleaning) for up to 12 months.If the surface to be cleaned is not fully exposed to rainfall or is vertical, some assistance may be required to remove contamination, just thoroughly wet the dry surface with the product then forget about it.Remember: Be patient! Good things take time!