Synergy Roofing Roof repairs and replacement, slate, tile and flat roofs

November 15, 2016

Grp flat roof

Filed under: Current Projects — admin @ 5:18 pm

A lovely day for a new roof. Mrs S asked us last year to replace the roof on her garage. The lady had been conned by a cowboy builder who hadn’t done what they said and installed the felt incorrectly.

We tried, in vain, to contact the person responsible. As usual in these cases, the mobile number wasn’t answered and the company ceased to exist.

Some of the basic procedures to ensure you don’t get ripped off by cowboy builder:

Due Diligence:

Make sure the company is a members of CITB – this is a legal requirements for ALL construction companies and individuals. Ask for their CITB number.

Ask to see public liability insurance – again, a legal requirement, if they don’t have one or cant produce one, tell them to leave.

Ask for references

Never pay money up front for work, not a deposit, not for materials, nothing. Only pay when the work is completed, all reputable companies will do this.

Anyway, back to this project. As you can see the weather was fantastic if a little cold, we replaced the dormer roof covering, removing the existing felt that was starting to leak and replacing with a far sturdier GRP roof covering.

 

 

After the old roof covering was stripped, we installed the GRP drip trims and started matting

After the old roof covering was stripped, we installed the GRP drip trims and started matting

After the matting has had the resin applied and dried we can apply the top coat

After the matting has had the resin applied and dried we can apply the top coat

Top coat has been applied, now the roof is watertight for a least 20 years up to 50 years

Top coat has been applied, now the roof is watertight for a least 20 years up to 50 years

Just the ridge to re-install now, we had to remove it to create a tight seal and stop any water ingression

Just the ridge to re-install now, we had to remove it to create a tight seal and stop any water ingression

November 6, 2016

Chimney flashing replacement

Filed under: Current Projects — admin @ 5:21 pm

Chimney flashing replacement

A job which required the previous lead to be stripped out and replaced. As you can see, another job well done by the Synergy roofers as they replaced the original with some new lead and topped it off with applying some patination oil, by doing this, the synergy team have helped the water flow straight off the lead.

  

October 15, 2016

Valley replacement

Filed under: Current Projects — admin @ 5:17 pm

Sorry about the poor quality of the pictures, I guess the scaffold was a little shaky.

A fairly standard job this. We were called in to replace a valley on this victorian terrace property in Peterborough.

Replacement valley installed on victorian terraced property in Peterborough

  
  

July 2, 2016

Verge rebuild

Filed under: Current Projects — admin @ 8:48 am

Another small job, the customer contacted us to take a look at the porch verge. We could see the verge had simple started slipping, this can happen over time.

A simple fix really, new felt and battens and repoint up the verge, as this was a like for like repair we didn’t need to adhere to the BS5534 standards.

While we were there we also fixed some leaking gutter issues. The couple, with a new baby, were happy with our service. They could concentrate on their new family while we resolved their problems.

Rebuild porch verge

Rebuild porch verge

July 1, 2016

Flue leak

Filed under: Current Projects — admin @ 8:37 am

Just a simply job really, the flue collar on top of the stench pipe has started to leak so we took a look.

The flue collar that was used was a cheap version made of tin and not lead, in addition it was not installed correctly. This had caused water ingression around the edges of the flue. Over time this water ingression has caused the underlying felt to rot.

Rotten felt under poorly installed flue

Rotten felt under poorly installed flue

We replaced the damaged felt and re-battened around the area and installed a new flue collar.

New flue installed, felt and batten replaced

New flue installed, felt and batten replaced

June 27, 2016

Finlock guttering – new lining

Filed under: Current Projects — admin @ 3:05 pm

A customer contacted us to discuss what options they had to add some extra life to their old finlock guttering. Finlock guttering was popular in the 60s and while the principal was sound the problems started to become evident when they guttering started to suffer from water ingression.

The most drastic approach to adding further life to finlock guttering is to cut the guttering off and replace with more modern substitutes. However the drastic action isn’t the only solution.

On this project in Cambridge we have used lead to line the guttering adding years on to re it’s lifetime. Another option is to add a liquid roofing membrane and adhere it to the Finlock guttering. This particular guttering wasn’t suitable as it had already had bitumen paint covering the concrete.

        

June 14, 2016

New joined valleys on interlocking tiled roof

Filed under: Current Projects — admin @ 6:46 am

After an extension was built, this customer was never quote happy with the roof. There was something not quite right about it, and, while it didn’t leak, there was always a niggling doubt about the roof itself.

Finally the customer called in Synergy Roofing, we could see that the valleys weren’t laying correctly, it was an odd 3 aspect roof with 2 valleys joining at the bottom to meet a gulley.

The only thing that was keeping the water out was the felt under the tiles ! We relaid the valleys, replacing the felt and battens and now the customer is very happy with the results and no longer has any concerns about his new extensions roof.

New valley trough installed

New valley trough installed

2 valleys meeting at the bottom and joining a gulley

2 valleys meeting at the bottom and joining a gulley

Finished valley installed

Finished valley installed

Joining valleys nearly finished

Joining valleys nearly finished

May 16, 2016

Valley Rebuild

Filed under: Current Projects — admin @ 5:53 pm

This customer had a new extension built some years ago, however, the roof wasn’t installed by roofers and there was always a little concern that the roof wasn’t fitted correctly. After a while the customer could see some water ingression in the building so asked us to investigate. The valley wasn’t installed correctly so we took some pictures and showed the customer what was wrong – the customer always had a feeling something wasn’t right. All the customer wants is peace of mind so he asked us to fix the problem for good, new valleys required.

Valley strip

Valley strip

New Valley installed

New Valley installed

New valley trough

New valley trough

Valley finished

Valley finished

2 valleys joining

2 valleys joining

May 11, 2016

New build house leaks

Filed under: Current Projects — admin @ 5:53 pm

We are the trouble shooters for a large housing developer, one of their jobs recently had a water ingression recently.

After a quick survey we could see that the flashing was secure, however a row of tiles was missing from a hidden gulley in the roof. The solution ? Install the new cut tiles and enjoy a dry house.

Another happy customer.

Under the flashing is a secret gulley

Under the flashing is a secret gulley

Missing cut tiles

Missing cut tiles

New cut tiles installed

New cut tiles installed

May 8, 2016

Lead valley install

Filed under: Current Projects — admin @ 5:59 pm

A simple like for like replacement of a lead valley. The original valley had started to split, but then it was 80 years old !

Stripping the old lead valley out

Stripping the old lead valley out

Installing the valley

Installing the valley

Lead valley close up

Lead valley close up

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