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job of the month Oct

Posted on 8 December, 2017 at 0:05 Comments comments (0)" target="_blank">

Our job of the month  has taken us to an industrial unit the other side of the country in" target="_blank">Essex, were we have had to strip back a 220 mtr flat roof on a dis used unit.  The unit had been laid empty for a number of years and was in a state of dis rerpair to the point we couldnt even walkon it. 220 mtrs of the decking was taken up abd disposed of.  some structurual alterations were also needed to the roof prior to re decking it with a new ply substrate. A standard 10 year" target="_blank">Coppernit high performance torch on three layer system was fitted for our client as this was the most economical way to re cover the roof. We also fitted a new" target="_blank">drainage system to the building in 110mm Industrial pipe 

Being an approved contractor takes us up and down the country fitting flat roofing systems and we have been as far as bonny Scotland,  we obviously fit these in our Local areas too and love working  in Poole and Bournemouth and our sourounding areas

black upvc fascias and guttering

Posted on 21 July, 2017 at 0:50 Comments comments (0)

this months job of the month for May 2017

Our client on the outskirts of bournemouth had several issues with there old gutters, with leaks and failed joints. it also let the property down as it made it look scruffy.  the customer was not overkeen on having white upvc as it did not go with the property propery amd wanted something more fitting for the period of his property.  We suggested that he use a woodgrained effect upvc fascia in black to blend in.  The old" target="_blank">fascia and gutters were stripped off and de nailed and the no maintenance fascias from flowpast were fitted to the perimetter of the building.  the fascias were fitted with all the necaserry fixtures and fittings and secured with ringshanked stainless steel polytop fixings.  We installed a ogee high capacity gutter to the property with down pipes as the property had long runs 14 metres at the front and rear and 11 metres on the sides.  The gutters and fascias come with a 10 year colour guarantee so should not fade with the suns uv rays from sunny bournemouth:).

Single ply repairs April job

Posted on 21 June, 2017 at 1:10 Comments comments (0)" target="_blank">

This months feature Job of the month (april 2017)  takes us to a block of new build flats.  they have been up for around ten years and we maintain the roofs for a  managment company.  Due to a recent downpour one of the flats had water ingressing into the property in two seperate areas. We inspected the roof surfaces to find a hopper blocked.   this had cuased the water to build up in the boxgutter and then finding its way invia a weak weld in the singleply rofing system.    This was detected by probing all the joints on the roof pitches  ajacent to the issue .  The second issue we found came from poor detailing around the safety rail protruison.  there was only a 20mm  upstand round the protrusion and the detailing for ths was poor.  and was not adhesed to the collar propely.  The rain water was then running down and ingressing into the property at a lower point of the roof we remedied this by using a peice of Protan membrane and making a collar to the detail welded to the existing membranes. Our training in numerous single ply systems helped us solve the issues quickly and promptly

CHAS acreditation

Posted on 30 April, 2017 at 4:50 Comments comments (0)

We all know how safety is a main issue when working at height thats why we are pleased to anounce that we have recently gone through the process of getting" target="_blank">CHAS acreditation.  Chas is the leading Health and safety asessment that is recognised throughout various industries and ensures that the company you are instructing is a bonafide and competent in aspects of Health and Safety etc.  Chas is the founder of ssip

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Rubber epdm roofs

Posted on 18 April, 2017 at 0:40 Comments comments (0)

What are the benefits of epdm over some of the other roofing systems available on todays market.  Well one of the main benifits is that it is made in one sheet which eliminates the series of joins that you would get in a high performance torch on or felt sysytem.  They are also highly elastic meaning that they have a good tolerance from movement in the building whiich you would not get from a rigid system such as fibreglass roofing.

Now  there are numerous systems on the  (" target="_blank">manufacturers of these systems) market and they aint all laid the same and seeing that the devil is usually in the detail  excuse the pun. this is a very important factor.  So one of the benifits of the system is no joins or seems however were there is a protrusion the membrane needs tgo be cut ie windows pipes box detailing  corners etc.  Now this is usaully were problems will arise on termination detailing.   Some of the systems which are geared up for the domestic market ask for corners to be cut and then have a adehsive tape to carry out the corner detailing others are carried out by heat welding ataching another peice of epdm membrane the later being the better termination of the two.  On a prelasti system the corners are created with a series of folds to eliminate the cutting.   The  prelasti system is used a lot in comercal building and is of a better quality than the ones geared up for the domestic markets.  The quality is in the thickness of the membrane and detailing options and can be laid in one sheet up to 300 square metres. any seems in the membrane are carried out under factory conditions with there vulcanising system.  

If you are contemplating fitting this type of roof system to your house or specifing it for a develepment then it usually pays to look at the terms of the guarantee being offered.  The claims that the product has a life expectancy of 40 years etc is not a bonafide warranty of the product and is merely a statement of how long the product might last.  The warranty is usually 20 years and dependant on the system might only be for the Material and wont cover you for the labour.   This is why the guarantee terms are important  as you would want a guarantee that covers you for the material and the labour.  These types of guarantees  usualy mean that the contractor has been trained in the systems and is a approved installer that the manufacturer is confident in being a competent company in the installing of there product  enabling them to underwrite the workmanship in the  guarantee.  This type of guarantee is the one that you want.

Joob of the month March 2017 Apex feature

Posted on 23 March, 2017 at 19:10 Comments comments (0)


roofdoctor Dorset Job ofthe month  (march),

this project was to re tle the front of the apex of this1930 semi detached property.  Initially the roof apex was rendered with a wooden slat feature.  We felt and battend th area wincluding a counter batten with tannerlised roofing battens and fixedthe rosemary clay tiles the feuture tiles are guaged out so that they are in the centre  of the Apex.  alongside the feuture tiles  and winchester cuts to the perimetter.  We also re roofed the garage roof and lower porch roof and re leaded the  top f the box window  The lead was supplied by" target="_blank">roofyardWe also changed the apex to a rosewood upvc grained board  and matching fascias and soffits with brown gutters. and retiled the garage roof witch included a matching feature..  Our lead specialist renewed the small lead bay.  These improvements tothe property really transformed it into a well presented modern looking property without losing the character and charm of yesterdayt

fibreglass roofing

Posted on 26 February, 2017 at 9:00 Comments comments (1)

Job feature for is some fibre glass roofs  totalling about 36 square metres on a new build in Bournemouth .  Now this was the architects specification as it has clean lines and modern finish to the perimetter lines it is also hard wearing so is good to use in balcony areas and places of foot traffic.  If you was to ask if this is as hard wearing as say asphalt then I would probally say an asphalt roof is going to last longer thatn the fibreglass and is more durable but unfourtanatleycan look a little dated.  The fibre glass non the less is still an adequate reliable roofing solution provided that the substrate decking if timber is secured with screws countersunk into the substrate to make a very ridged deck to apply the system too.  The system comes with pre formed  perimetter edges for each type of termination detail.  the front edge is a drip edge as ilustrated in the photos along with the side drip and wall upstand flashing and cover flashings alike.  Once the perimetter trims are fitted with clout nails or countersunk screws at  100mm to 150mm intervals  it is required that you fit a scrim in the base coat to all joins in thetrims to the substrate and then paddle rolled in the base coat.  Once this is set we then apply the first coat of base coat this is laid with a hardner which dependant on the tempature and the amount of hardner used will depend on the working time that you have before it is  set.  once the fibre glass is laid in the base coat it needs to be paddle rolled  prior to setting. once the base coat is set it is  good practice to sand or scrape away drips and lumps prior to painting the top coat we do this with a sander .  With the top coat we masked the eges and apply the top coat reasonably thick ensuring theree is no pin holes for the rainwater to ingress into.  With these roofs in the example which are laid with a grey top coat.  However they can be laid in oter colours and with agregates to change the look which is ideal for balconies etc  These types of roof are not as cheap as a standard torch on system but are less labour intensified but are a lot cheaper than an asphalt  or single ply pto or pte roof such as Sarnifil or a Protan roof.  I think if it was my choice of specification I would of gone for a singleply Protan system or simalar for the two outside flat roofs and perhaps the balcony area which we will show in an update to the blog as we are waiting for the builders contractors to get the balcony area ready I would have gone with the  fibreglass for the balcony roof.

All these roofs have a product and material guarantee of upto 25 years    

Storm Daisy

Posted on 23 February, 2017 at 17:10 Comments comments (0)

well" target="_blank">Storm Daisy has got underway andas cuased havok and destruction accross the uk.  When the winds exceed 70mph there is often structural damage cuased to roofs such as blown off slates or tiles or some other form of damage to the building. If you have damage to your property then you should callyour insurance company to" target="_blank">start a claim.  We can asistyouin this from the start to finish dealing withthem on your behalf takng the stress away from yourselves.  We can help from the beginning whether you eed some form of emergency repair  orthe full remedisl works that you may rquire for ensuring waterproofing integrity.  If you do not have insurance then we can still help by spreadingyour payments for any works you may require with a fix now paylater  option.

just call us on 0345 222 1537 for speedy eficent service…/storm-doris-brings-snow-gales…;

blocked gutters poole jan 2017

Posted on 2 January, 2017 at 1:50 Comments comments (0)

Hi this months job case study takes us to Ashley Cross in Poole Dorset,

Our client glossbrook had initially called us  to inspect his downpipe outlet to the side of the building which was three stories high30 ft plus. the gap was very narrow between the two properties so we used our telescopic cctv camera to inspect the drain which we was expecting it to be blocked hopper at the top of the  pipe work, but on inspection it transpired there was no blockage and that the issue was coming from the scupper outlet pipe work from the single ply roof being cut too short  and making the rainwater run down the back of the hopper and not into it. 

We came up with a solution of making a single ply apron from Protan Single ply membrane which we welded to the external end of the scupper pipe.  we fitted this aloongside a code 4lead cover flashing which we chased into the wall This allowed the rainwater to drain into the outlet correctly.  Once we had cleaned the moss from the wall we dismantled the scaffolding.

and another project had been completed by me and my team roofdoctors Dorset ,the Dorset branch of Aldersbrook roofing

Velux suppliers and installers

Posted on 15 June, 2016 at 17:10 Comments comments (0)

We are now stockists for" target="_blank">Velux windows,  we can suppy you

roof windows from the velux ranges of windows and flashings if you require at very competitive rates delivered to your site anywhwere in Dorset, Hampshire Somerset etc.  We also are also installers of velux roof windows and flat roofing windows and offer Free technical and installation advice. If you require further information then please just give us a call on our number 0345 222 1537 were one of our team will be more than happyto help