From rubbish to new roof

I start with a reminder: last week we took the doors off the hinges and turned this into…

…this. OK we still have the side windows to change, but the weather forecast was for 5 days without rain so we decided to change tack and replace one of our leaking roofs.

We climbed up onto the roof over the boiler room, which sits between the roof over the old gents toilets – shortly to be our drying room – and the roof over four double rooms which we will soon be completely redeveloping. These roofs have been under tarpaulin since long before we arrived, nailed to the roof edges, and then sundry rubbish had been thrown on top to ensure the tarp wasn’t blown away. We started by investigating the strange growth on the ‘gents’ roof, in front of me in the photo below.

When we cut through the tarp, we found a collection of old windows and fugged up glazing panels, including some stained glass which didn’t appear to belong to Plas.

Oh, and a door and some secondary double glazing panels…

After we had cleared these away, and most of the other items holding the tarp down, we cut through the roofing felt and removed wooden boards to reveal a wooden stucture…

…with nothing inside it. Not even birds nests or animal droppings, which we have generally found in every other vacant space within the building…

…so we stripped off the remaining roofing felt, removed the sterling board / mdf above the “three-be-two” structure, and then used a wrecking saw to cut away all of the wooden skeleton, below which we found…

…the original flat roof, thankfully at the same height as the rest of the roof.

The week had started off cold, but by Wednesday it was really cold…and we couldn’t stop as we needed to beat the rain forecast for Sunday. Mike disconnected and removed the satellite dishes from the back wall of the roof…

…and then we set to with lump hammer and bolster chisel to remove the rendering that hadn’t already leapt from the wall of its own accord. The rubble was removed from the roof…

…and then we passed 22 half sheets of sterling board onto the roof, and went for a well-earned sit down. The next morning, under a layer of ice, we cleaned the edges of the old roof, checking the roof for smoothness, and then started screwing the sterling board in place.

We were pleasantly surprised how well this went, even when we removed parts of the boiler chimney housing so that we could re-roof around it.

By end of play on Thursday we had a completely new deck which ran up to a piece of trimmer which is standing in for a wall we will be building in a few months time. Here’s hoping when we build it, we find we have built the far side of this new roof in the right place!

Yesterday we knuckled down and fitted all the edge trim and used the catalysed resin to glue it in place, and then repeated the trick with the fibreglass mat…except at 4.30pm we ran out of mat. First thing this morning I made the dash to the builders merchants and on a very crisp Saturday morning we laid the last of the mat. You can see here how the snow caught us by surprise…

and these shots (from the second floor suite) show that the freshly laid mat presumably was warm enough to melt the snow as it landed.

We are very pleased to have a working roof over these two rooms now, and just need to put the ‘top coat’ over it all as soon as the snow disappears – I wonder when that might be?

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