Another productive week – insight into what we have been achieving at Pickles Bros:
Installed code 6 lead to box gutters incorporated with the re-slating with second hand Burlington slate roof on a Grade II listed building in Wakefield.
Recovering a semi-detached house in Alwoodley with a new Double Roman concrete interlocking roof, permeable breathable felt, UPVC trays to eave. Supplied and fixed 50 mm rigid board insulation to current Building Code regulations. Replacement guttering with new aluminium OG profile guttering. Replacement lead work to two chimneystacks. Replaced circular bay and extension with Wolfin Tectofin single ply roof covering.
Completing a re-roofing project on a Victorian detached property in Roundhay, Leeds. Stripped and recovered the second hand Welsh slate roof; sourcing local slates to match the existing colour/quality. Pointing ridge tiles with cement mortar with a traditional finish. Replaced lead work to lead valleys, chimneystacks, copings, abutments, dormer cheeks – all to Lead Code regulations. Replaced the front dormer with a new single ply roof system which has a twenty year warranty. Installed 50 mm rigid board insulation using all associated materials to maintain U value. Replacement guttering with new aluminium OG profile (site extruded) guttering.
Re-built a stone chimneystack; cutting and sizing stone to the same profile/colour as existing. Re-flaunching and setting ornamental sourced chimney pots on base slate.
Busy this week also carrying out surveys/reports and quotations for private and commercial clients, which brings optimism for our work schedule for the coming Summer months.
Chimneys are often neglected when it comes to home maintenance. Whether you have a working flue or not, it is important to have your chimney inspected regularly. If left unchecked minor problems can become costly and even hazardous.
Some faults, such as leaning stacks or larger cracks, may be visible from the ground. Other problems like damaged pointing, fine cracks, eroded stone, damp and leaks may only be picked up during a roof inspection. Roofs are inaccessible and unsafe places for the average householder, so seek professional help from a roofing company rather than attempt such an inspection yourself. Under Health and Safety law, most chimney repairs require scaffolding to be erected on the roof. If possible, save money by combining chimney repairs with other roofing work.
Stability is one of the most common problem areas. Chimney stacks bear the brunt of the weather, resulting in significant wear and tear to the external brickwork and pointing. If past repairs have been carried out using the wrong type of mortar, this will speed up deterioration. This can occur when porous Victorian brickwork is re-pointed using hard modern cement mortar. Bricks can work loose and the chimney stack may begin to lean. Chimney stacks may also lean when hot flue gases damage the internal brickwork, or when the chimney breast has been removed. Yet another cause of leaning stacks is the drying action of the prevailing wind causing mortar shrinkage on one side of the stack, while the mortar expands on the other, damper side. Leaning stacks need to be monitored and may warrant removal if the lean becomes severe.
Chimney pots become unstable when the flaunching decays, posing a hazard to passers-by. The flaunching is the mortar that holds the pots in place and also protects the top of the stack. Frost can cause cracks in the flaunching. Your roofing contractor can replace the flaunching and secure the pots, or replace them too if they have sustained damage.
Damp penetration is another problem area. Flashing – the metal strips that seal the junction between the roof and stack base – may become defective, allowing rainwater to seep into the stack and down the flue into the house. Always ensure that the height of flashing is sufficient – add more if necessary. Replace any faulty pieces of flashing, and secure any flashing that has worked loose. If the mortar between the brickwork is cracked, this can allow moisture to seep in, too. Damp caused by condensation can be a problem in working flues, made worse when newly-cut wood is burned. A simple solution is to install a flue liner. Cover an unused flue to stop rain and damp from entering but make sure the flue is well-ventilated so that airflow will cause moisture to evaporate.
If you spot a potential problem, contact a roofing company experienced in chimney repairs for further help and advice. Don’t wait until it’s too late – some damage is irreversible and may eventually result in major work like removal or reconstruction.
Spring is in the air, and with it comes thoughts of de-cluttering and landscaping. As you open up your windows to air out your home, your thoughts turn to spring cleaning. While you likely have a long list of spring cleaning tasks for inside your home, don’t forget about the outside.
Grab a ladder and head outside, it’s time to inspect your roof. The rain, rare snow, ice and wind that bombarded your home in the winter months took a toll on your roof and guttering. If you ignore this, you’re setting yourself up for leaks when the spring rains come battering down on your roof. Preventative maintenance/repairs is the key to avoiding costly repairs.
Once you are up there, take a close look at the whole roof covering. Signs of problems include:
Buckling, blistering or damage to felt roofs
Worn areas around pipes, lights or chimneys
Cracks/loose flashings/lead work/guttering/rain water pipes
Broken and loose slates, tiles, pantiles etc
Missing, eroding mortar
Large amounts of moss or lichen on roof or in guttering system
If you notice any of these problems, contact Pickles Bros Limited for a free consultation/quotation Tel (0113) 2752620
Velux roof lights are perhaps the world’s best-known brand of roof windows or skylights – their popularity is enormous and, as people choose to move ‘up’ rather than ‘out’, their popularity continues to grow.
Roof windows bring beautiful natural light in and can transform a dark, small space into something that feels and looks much bigger and brighter. Because of their ability to light a room so well (remember, they point directly at the sky) roof windows are often used in loft and attic conversions.
Velux windows are generally more durable than normal roof windows and they have some added bonus features that make them the first choice for most roofers. Thermal and acoustic insulation is provided by toughened double glazing and a unique gasket system stops any condensation from forming on the outside of the windows. Velux windows open on a centre pivot making them easy to clean. For more information please contact Pickles Bros Limited Tel: (0113) 2752620.