• James William McGiff

Quick Lightweight roof installation.

Our glasgow roofers were in charge of this project, it took 4 days including the building of scaffolding. Its a new lightweight roof made of aluminium, they are a cost-efficient way to roof your home if tiles arent an option.

The client chose not to dispose of the original roof due to costs involved for very minimal improvements. The original roof would only act as a final barrier to the home inside and worst-case scenairo would stop water if the new roof fails ( whihc of course it will not as it was fitted by our time-served roofers who are brimming with experience).

Sadly, there are only 5 photos available for this project due to the labourers phone breaking, of course he was the one to be a designated photographer.

Here is the startingpoint give or take 3 hours. This project was initiated in late February/early March. A team of two roofers and a labourer completed the project in a quick fashion which is to be expected by our team.

If you look closely underneath the counter battens is the original metal sheeting which was used to roof the property. Not only is this unsightly but it had several areas which were beginning to fail such as the fixings corroding.

We fitted counters along the roof to provide extra support for the new lightweight roof, this was an added and non-required step we opted for. Cross sections of wood are much stronger and more stable and standsard linear patterns which are usually used with these roofs.

The roofers placed the battens evenly across the roof, drilling pilot holes for the screws and fixing the battens into place. This is the foundation of the roof so it is important to get it right the first time around.

We supplied and fitted a breathable membrane over the roof to allow air to pass freely. This not only keeps the wood underneath healthy and in good condition but in the future if for whatever reason water finds its way inside - every roofer will tell you " water always finds a way " - then it will evaporate quickly and not be left to cause dampness or wet rot.

The battens were laid at 31.7cm apart to provide the most optimal spacing for aesthetics and structural integrity as per manufacturer guidelines. The top and bottom battens were placed 6cm from the top and bottom of the roof for an easy installation in the future when we got to the ridge.

An eaves guard was placed under the bottom batten.

This is the very last of the tiling being finished by Leonard. the tiles are always fitted from bottom to top, they can be done starting at the top, the manufactorer suggest our way though as it allows the ridge to hide the sawn edge of the top tiles - a much neater approach.

We always take 2 slots of tiles and fit them together before fixing them to the roof to ensure the battens are adequetly spaced and a neat finish is achieved. The tiles are places from right to left in a repeating pattern of underlay-overlay, this is required to ensure a water-tight seal.

Every tile recieved 3 screws into the bottom, securely strapping them to the batten below. This provides a strong and perfect seal. We continued to overlap the tiles vertically as described up to the apex which can be seen here.

Tile battens were strapped along both sides of the apex to provide a support to screw into for the ridge tiles. The first ridge tile is placed carefully to ensure a neat overlap with te tile below. These ridge tiles were then interlocked by attataching the male end (+) to the female end (-) of the tiles until the ridge was complete. Always ensure to cut the female end if the roof lands on a cut as without doing so will leave the ridge tile looking irregular and non-water-tight. If your roof needs an endcap this will be fitted to the male side of a ridgetile.

There was no hips to be placed for this project. Expanding foam was used to fill the cavities under the ridge and trimmed accordingly for a nice and neat finish.

The verge were fitted before the ridge tiles of course but the only photo we have is of the completed roof hence the order. Before securing, the verge were alligned with the parallel tiles snd offered up to the edge, making sure that the overlaps were alligned. Three screws are used to secure each verge from the side into the overlap and 2 from the side.

Our drone needs repairing and due to coronavirus we are unabe to get it fixed so an ariel photo is not possible. However, the profile of the lightweight roof can be seen clearly in the photo and it is quite a beautiful profile indeed, almost mimicking slates.

The customer was extremely happy with the job our Glasgow roofing company did for him and he assured us that reccomendation would come a-plenty. Which is exactly why we strive to be the best roofers we can be and provide the best job possible for the best price.

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