Schools Out… Here we go again! Sorry nothing to do with the Mamma Mia sequel! But at Tilehurst Roofing Contractors the summer school holidays are the only time in the calendar that we have both empty schools and weather to be able to do any kind of roofing maintenance on these important clients to us.
The TRC classic car collection does not show their cars too often as we are always busy with other hobbies. But Reading School asked us to show some of their cars at their fund raising Fayre on Saturday 12th May. Only too glad to oblige we took along a Escort RS Turbo series 2, and a Sierra Cosworth which we had literally only just acquired!
On stripping a small flat roof recently over a bathroom we soon could see that the decking was rotten. Surprisingly this was a close boarded roof, of 6x1 planks, and should have been in good shape - but all were totally perished as were a few joist ends. The Culprit - Badly Installed Extractor The actual flat roof itself only had a few cracks so we were surprised as to why the timbers were so bad. On further investigation we found an extractor fan was fitted in the bathroom ceiling but had no way of venting outside, the hot wet air was simply discharging straight into the ceiling void beneath the decking. And slowly rotting the timbers supporting the flat roof. Apparently the fan was fitted 20 years ago, no wonder the timbers were gone.
So what is it with us Brits and our relationship with sheds? Big ones, small ones, tall ones and long ones. Since Christmas we have re-furbished and rebuilt a dozen or so of these timber buildings. Re-roofing garden sheds for our customers; we've seen just about everything from the typical potting shed to a hobby room, to a gym and a boot sale storage area.
The Spring Fayre returns to Reading School, Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LW on Saturday 12th May 2018 between 12 - 3.30pm. They are featuring the car show again this year but are anticipating it to be bigger and better than last years turn out so should be worth a viewing.
One thing I have noticed in my 35 years plus in the roofing game is the decline of the traditional felt, flat roofs. Back in the day, my work consisted of 90% of felt roofs. It seemed like every Saturday was a new felt roof to lay to a new extension build, and best of all for us, it was do the job and go.
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.