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.
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.