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Lower Trebarret House is made up of two buildings, the oldest having a Delabole rag roof, which dates back to 1640. The other roof had 20” by 10” Delabole slates, which was built 150 years late.
Both roofs were suffering from slipped slates, due to nail fatigue and no felt/membrane. Upon removal of the rag slates it became evident that the 2” by 2” rafters and the 3” by 3” purlins were no longer fit for purpose, due to rot and beetle infestation.
The purlins and rafters would have to be replaced and kept in keeping with the original roof. This was discussed with the owners and their permission was given before commencing the work.
Using new treated timbers, which included a new ridge board, new wall plate, new purlins and new rafters. We then fit a new 3 ply breather membrane with new treated, 2” by 1”, battens. The battens have to spaced accordingly, due to the diminishing sizes of the rag slates. We then finished the roof, using reclaimed clay ridge tiles.
Both roofs are now structurally sound and in keeping the period of the building.
Pete was recommended to us by a friend. From the beginning my wife and felt we were in good hands.
Firstly, Pete told us when he would start and for the extensive restoration of our slate roof kept us informed exactly when he would come and when not and he did exactly what he said. So we never had the stress of not knowing what was going on.
Pete together with 2 co workers arrived punctually and worked well but with an ease and lack of disharmony. The wireless was on quietly and sometimes they sang along! Pete and John were keen musicians and were in a band together.
We are no experts, but the quality of their work looks very good to us. We felt that corners were not cut, attention to detail was obvious. A really lovely job.
Pete was strongly recommended to us so I did not get other quotes. However, there was extra work needed which Pete always explained to me before going ahead so there were no surprises when the bills came.
In short, it was a pleasure having this team work for us. They did a lovely renovation to the roofs of our old house two of which were rag slate.
My wife and I recommend this firm without hesitation.