If you live in Parkville and need help or advice for your slate roof replacement or slate roof repair, we’d love to help. Here’s a little story about a recent project of ours involving a really nice old two story Victorian terrace home.
There are many well maintained and original Victorian era terrace homes in Parkville. When there are so many of this type of unmolested home nestled together it really does give the area a nice, pleasant old world charm and it’s a bit like stepping back in time. As you may be aware from this website, restoring or re-installing slate roofs on period homes is my favorite type of slate work.
About the existing home
A few months ago we were contacted by Tim, from Grand Plan Properties to provide a quotation for the supply and installation of a slate roof for one of these Victorian terraces. This particular two storey Victorian terrace was fairly original but looking a bit tired from lack of maintenance for quite a few years. The original slate roof had been replaced sometime previously with plain galvanized corrugated iron sheeting. Whilst this roof was still functioning, they were keen to have the slate re-installed to compliment the other period features being restored. After discussing their requirements and taking on board a few suggestions from us, our quote was accepted and we penciled in their required start date.
What roof slate was chosen
When we met to discuss their requirements, they were already well under way carrying out excellent period renovations to the existing property. To the rear they were adding to the home with a high quality modern type extension perfect for today’s living style. This really is the way to go – you get modern comfortable living with lovely old world charm and character appeal from the street. Our brief for the slate roof was pretty simple and in my opinion the best way to go – they wanted the roof to be replaced with a slate and ridge capping that would have been installed when the house was originally built. Traces of the original roofing slate found in the ceiling revealed it to be a dark deep blue color and the Spanish Del Carmen roofing slate was chosen as a close match. Plain galvanized iron roll top capping was selected to finish the hips and ridges. Both the slate and the capping were an excellent choice and would have resembled very closely the original roof.
Accessing the roof
Getting up and onto the roofs of many homes in Parkville can sometimes be a little tricky but we have an excellent scaffolding company very experienced in this type of difficult access work. They built us a terrific access bay platform that doubled as perimeter fall protection.
The procedure for installing the roofing slate
Work began on the roof with us removing the existing roof one section at a time and then installing sarking and slate battens. We did this to ensure the section was completely watertight while the new roof slates were being laid. This process was carried out each day until the whole roof was installed with the new slate. As the slates were being laid any metal flashings that needed to be installed as part of the slating process were also added. A large slate roof specific velux skylight was also installed by the builders to which we added the correct flashing fittings. At the end of the laying, all spouts and box gutters were cleaned out to ensure rainwater would flow freely and discharge efficiently from the roof .
The completed roof
It’s a real pleasure working on a restoration project where everyone on site is committed to quality work. The builders on this project were always available and willing to quickly install, replace or repair any works needed while sections of the roof were removed. This really does save time, money and unnecessary damage to the slates rather than try to do it afterwards. The owners and builders were very pleased with their new slate roof and it suits the period home perfectly. Long lasting, maintenance free and given a couple of years, this roof will weather in nicely with the surrounding slate roofs – like its always been there.