• James William McGiff

New Roof (Old English Majors) , uPVC roofline and Chimney Roughcast in Airdrie. March 2020.

Summary of work by our roofing company in Airdrie.

This was a job for our Airdrie roofers who carried out a complete makeover with this new roof; new fascia, soffit and gutters, and new chimney roughcast. Our roofing company worked with the client and chose Old English Majors as the tile. Originally the client was going to opt for roof repairs however, due to the state of disrepair, a new roof was the smarter choice - by the best roofing company and most affordable roofing company around. The work compromised of a full new roof, installation of fascia, soffit and gutters, painting the base around the house to match the anthracite uPVC and roughcasting the chimney as the cherry on top. The customer was delighted with the end result and stated that she was glad about finally finding a good roofing company in Airdire she could trust, having had cowboys in the past.

As can be seen from the photo above, the property was in a sorry state and badly needing either roof repairs or a new roof. Our Airdrie roofing team started by removing the old wet hips from the roof, a step which makes it easier to access the underside of the roof and thereofore allowing a more time-efficient job as stripping can occur quicker and with less force- lowering the risk of any injuries or mishaps.

One of our apprentices (Martin) can be seen stripping the roof back to the original sarconboard. Luckily there was not any wet rot or dry rot of the wood, which was surprising to us considering the water ingress the property must have been having previously. The old 'furry' felt can be seen halfway down the roof, this is the old industry standard for a water barrier and has evidently passed its due-by-date.

The roof was stripped from left to right; top to bottom. It is important to get into a rythm whilst doing this, not only does it make the job more enjoyable but it also speeds the work up and makes the job safer at the same time- any irregularities become more obvious.

Roof irons were hammered into the sarconboard to provide a supporting base to place batons onto, creating a platform to walk on and acting as a barrier to stop old tiles sliding off the roof. Once a build up of tiles has accrued, the guys remove them by hand and throw them into the rubbish shoot.

On this occasion new wood was not required, usualy OSB board is used to replace the defective wood on our roofs, the client may request sarconboard.

Once the full roof had been stripped the next stage of the process is to make it water-tight.

We use the very best materials for our work, A-1 Protect is the breathable membrane, it allows the flow of air to the roof below but does not allow water in. Felting the roof is done from top to bottom; anticlockwise. It is extremely important to make sure there is a sufficent overlap between every row as indicated by the dotted white lines. Furthermore, it is very important the felt is straight and has no creases or rips, otherwise it may have an effect on the waterproofing of the system. Our roofers always follow manufactoror guidelines when installing any material ( see 'By the Book').

Once the underlay has been laid, counter battens are are nailed up and down the roof ( the vertical lengths of wood which can be seen in the photo ). These are nailed onto the supporting joists to provide sufficient strength for the tile batons and tile which it will be holding. A length will be placed along every joist available.

Having secured the counter battens, the roofers must fit the tile battens on top. These are always thicker and stronger pieces of timber due to the nature of their job- holding the weight of all the tiles above. The process of tile- battening a roof is different for every roof and will be covered in a possible future post. Generally, the gap in between the tiles must be larger than the minimum gauage specified by the tile manufacturer (Marley) and smaller than the maximum gauage. The minimum headlap is 75mm and the maximum gauage is 345mm. Often the battens will be spaced around 13" or 330mm, this provides a larger coverage per tile on average (saving the client money) and also provides the best aesthetics possible.

Once the roof has been felted and battened it is ready to 'load up' (lay all of the tiles out) to allow for easy 'tiling in', (fitting the tiles) . As can be seen in the photo, bundles of 6 tiles are placed evenly over the roof at a gap of 900mm. This is the best formation to allow our roofers to perform their job quickly and to the highest standard a roofing company can strive to achieve.

Unfortunately, there was a lack of photos on this job due to a phone going missing but nonetheless the finish speaks for itself. Our roofers yet again left the customer with a huge smile and glad she went with a local roofing company. The photo highlights the new dry ridge system going up the peaks of the roof, as well as the new gutters, fascia and soffits.

The project took 5 days to complete. This is 1 day more than our typical re-roofing project however a spout of bad weather had us stuck at home for 24 hours.

Our new roofs usually run like this;

Monday : scaffoldng built around the property to allow for secure access to the roof.

Tuesday: Stripping off the roof, replacing any wood where required and making water tight with breathable membrane/felt

Wednesday: Fitting the battens over the roof and loading up the tiles.

Thursday: Fitting the tiles and completing all other works. Removal of scaffolding.

All the work comes with 10 years guarantee as standard.

The customers review will be linked in the near future.

Yet again, our team of Airdrie roofers completed a new roof in a timely and professional manner. Most importantly, leaving the client happy and the site clean. Re-roof Scotland aim for the best job for the best price.

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