This is a new extension roof with plain concrete tiles applied to it. A very rewarding job as it was for a disabled child who got to have her own room with a special hoist to allow her into the bath safely. The roof had bonnet tiles on and it went into a stone wall abutment where the lead flashing work weathered in the roof to the main building.
Two roof lights were also installed making full use of natural lighting. The patch of tiles left out are for access to the lead flashing and to get to the ridge tiles ready to complete after the roof light has been fitted..
Lead flashing work installed ready to point in with cement mortar
This roof in East Challow Nr Wantage was a complete re-roof with all chimneys re-pointed including new lead work all round. The main roof was original and had never been touched, it had no felt but the slates were in good order considering it was over 100 years old.
The roof consisted of various levels so it took some careful workings to keep from damaging the elevations already done. New vapour control membrane and treated battens were used and all sound slates fixed back with 30mm copper nails. The original ridges were saved and re-used too.
Part of slate roof stripped, felt and battened. The chimneys were also renovated at the same time and pots replaced were necessary including lead flashings
This image shows the slates being put back on. There was very little head lap on the original gauge so I brought this down to the required gauge to prevent water creeping in.
The re-covering of natural slate to this roof was part of the whole job which involved me completely stripping off and re-fitting the roof plus new lead work to the entire house.
All the work required various skills in getting this roof looking right. The House is listed and needed lots of attention to detail. The roof timbers were in need of some major repairs and re-claimed slates and tiles were also required. I source all of my materials from various places depending on the type of job. These reclaimed slates and tiles came from DJ Giles in Stokenchurch Buckinghamshire and I hand-picked what I wanted so I knew what quality I was buying.
These images will show the level of skills applied and the completed works that the client was extremely pleased with. Click the images to enlarge for more details.
The roof was completely stripped and recovered. All sound slates were re-used where they could be seen and new re-claimed slates were placed inside the valley area. Replacement wood core rolls were fixed to the hips and new lead was hand crafted and dressed over the wooden rolls.
The finished natural slate roof to part of the main house, as you can see the renovation has kept the character of the listed building 100% intact.
New porch showing the tiling in progress and the installation of the lead flashing for weatherproofing the structure. Work was completed to the clients satisfaction in two days.
This image shows the stepped lead flashing into a wall abutment. The lead is cut into sections to allow for expansion & contraction created by the elements. It is marked and cut to suit the angle of the roof and brick mortar lines. The lead is then bent to slot into the mortar line that has been chased out to a 25mm depth. Lead wedges fix it in place and then a lead sealant or mortar mix is filled into the mortar chase.
This method has been the traditional way to prevent the ingress from various weather and gives many years of service in doing that. Click the image to enlarge for more detail of the craftsmanship employed.