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Sunday, 4 October 2015

The Roof Room Gets a New Roof

You may remember that our magnificent roof room arrived spectacularly under Police escort one December evening and was even more spectacularly craned into position the following day.

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This was by far the trickiest bit of logistics in our entire build.   We had to coordinate dates between CSi at Hull, the crane contract firm, our own builders, the wide load hauliers and, most crucially the film production company, Tiger Aspect.   The agreed date, just before Christmas 2011, meant that CSi especially had to work fast to finish the roof room on time.   This had consequences for its fibreglass roof, put on in Hull in less than ideal early winter weather.   Had it not been for the filming we would probably have delayed its arrival until late spring of 2012.   Anyway, the die was cast and the deed was done.

Quite soon it became clear that the fibreglass roof was leaking in parts where the liquid coatings had not properly hardened - resulting in pinhole defects in some parts and exposing the glass fibre matting in others.   This had let in water which had expanded the boards below.   At the very edges of the roof where fibreglass had been bonded to the galvanised roof edge girders gaps had developed.   Nobody's fault though and we faced the prospect of an expensive new roof for the roof room.

 These show the sort of problems that were developing.

To the rescue came Polyroof - the national firm that had done the annex roof so very well.  They remembered the annex roof, prompted of course by repeats of our TV programmes.   We explained our predicament.   Bless them, they agreed to do the job and to supply the materials free of charge.   Not only that, it would get a Ten Year guarantee.

Good as their word, the job was done last week by local contractor and roofer to the stars Paul Thornton, in what turned out to be a week of sunshine after this very wet summer.

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On a dull day so that the magnificence of the Yorkshire Dales does not detract from the finished roof, here it is

 The edges of the roof have been capped with powder coated purpose made aluminium sections made by CSi in Hull so that the joint between the GRP and the steels is full protected all round the roof.
 Both Polyroof and CSi have been  exceptionally helpful to us and we feel very cosy underneath our new roof.

Have a look at the sort of work these firms normally do:

CSi get involved in mega projects - airports and the like!

click here to see some of Polyroof's major roof works. Maybe ours might find a place in their gallery?

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