The roof and walls are often the most striking and dramatic feature of any building, whether it be modern or of some antiquity. And its maintenance and repair requires experts skilled in both new technologies as well as traditional techniques. We speak to Darren Munro of Weatherproof about some of their recent work.
Britain has some of the oldest housing stock in Europe, and listed properties located throughout Britain’s villages, towns and cities, represent a significant part of our nation’s heritage. Not only do they tell the story of our past, but they fuel our imagination of the future. The defining charm of our buildings vary due to differences in regional construction techniques, with this being most obvious in traditional buildings, which are often the most striking feature of the landscape.
Conserving historic buildings and their roof coverings has to be approached differently than modern structures to ensure lasting repairs and protect the cultural integrity of the structure. This is why having a contractor with expert knowledge isn’t just desirable but a necessity. The team at Weatherproof use their decades of experience to help maintain, repair and restore historical buildings protecting the structure and preserving the history of our nation.
The coastal town of Cockenzie has an obvious living heritage, working fishing boats in its harbour, fish shops, curers and a boatyard lining the narrow lanes leading to the sea. And the older parts of the town retain a more traditional look and feel, similar to many other small fishing villages on the east coast of Scotland. Working with the Scottish Historical Society, Weatherproof carried out structural repairs to a traditional fisherman’s cottage, ensuring its safety yet retaining its beauty and character. Darren commented; “This was such a fascinating repair. We found different styles of building methods and all sorts of materials had been used to make the walls – including a pantile!” Clay pantiles are the east of Scotland’s most iconic roof covering – but not normally used to build walls! Pantiles were first introduced as far back as the 1600s when old pantiles were used as ballast for ships back and forth to places such as Amsterdam.
A similar challenge was found in repairing a home in North Berwick. Many extensions had been added over the years and the building had structural issues that had to be addressed before any coating could take place. So the team undertook structural repairs and then covered the entire building with a steel mesh to provide a new structure and act as a base for the new pebble dash, to avoid future cracking.
The team are also well versed in modern properties and recently refurbished a Longniddry home, the cube, using a modern product Baumit which is a silicone thin coat render system. Darren explains; “This is used mainly on superstructures such as the new hospital in Haddington. But in my opinion is the most up-to-date technology available and I recommend using it on any modern property.”
As is the case in any industry, methods change over time and the way that things are done gradually evolves. Roofing and building is no different, and where possible Darren and his team incorporate new technologies with old traditional practices to comply with the conservation legislation. At Weatherproof they’re able to advise on all technical aspects of any building or roofing project, and of course repair or replace correctly, ensuring quality and avoiding defects. Their advice will help to ensure the project meets planning conditions, listed building consents, and most importantly your expectations.
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