Samuel Sheldon Millom –
Building Contractors for Cumbria
Facias and Gutters Barrow
Barrow is a port town located on the northwest coast of the UK next to the Irish Sea and is surrounded by Estuaries. It became a municipal borough in 1867 and in 1974 it merged with Dalton and formed the Borough of Barrow in Furness.
Known throughout its modern history as a ship building town it was also known as an Iron and Steel working town till the factory finally closed at the end of the second world war. However, the ship building continued which went on to provide a number of naval ships as well as oil tankers and cruise liners. The Royal Navy nuclear submarine invincible was also built at the yard. After the cold war came to an end the company Vickers Shipbuilding was sold to BAE Systems and the town was saved from closure. Today Barrow is also a hub for energy generation and handling. Offshore wind farms form one of the highest concentrations of turbines in the world, with multiple operating bases in Barrow.
In its early years Barrow was a small hamlet located within the parish of Dalton-in-Furness. At that time Furness Abbey, which is located on the outskirts of the town was the hub of the area and was firmly in control of the local economy before its dissolution in 1537.
The iron prospector Henry Schneider arrived in Furness in 1839 and, opened the Furness Railway in 1846 to transport iron ore and slate from local mines to the coast. Further hematite deposits were discovered, of sufficient size to develop factories for smelting and exporting steel. This gave the area and the Barrow Hematite Steel Company-owned steelworks is the largest in the world.
During the period of the end of the Cold War which led to a decrease in military spending unemployment in the town reached critical levels however despite this, the BAE Systems shipyard remains operational as the UK’s largest by workforce (9,500 employees in 2020) and major expansion continues with the Dreadnought-class submarine programme.
Today Barrow is also a hub for energy generation and handling. Offshore wind farms form one of the highest concentrations of turbines in the world, including the second largest offshore farm, with multiple operating bases in Barrow. The coastline in this part of the country is strewn with bird sanctuaries and other wildlife reserves. Another treasure of the area is Walney island which is located just half a mile from Barrow shipyard and the mainland. It forms a natural channel for ships to be launched into. The island itself is just 11 miles long and 3 miles wide and is surrounded on all sides by the Irish sea. It is connected to the Barrow mainland by a bridge and is close enough to walk to from the town centre.
The 2011 census showed Barrow’s population had grown to 56,745, making it the second largest populated area in Cumbria after Carlisle. The A590 leading to the M6 is the only road route in and out of Barrow which gave Barrow and the road the unpopular title of longest Cul de sac in the UK.
Facias and Gutters Barrow
Fascias are attached around the edge of the rafters on the outside of your building and typically come with guttering attached to facilitate water drainage. Traditionally Fascia’s can be made from UPVC (Plastic) or can be made from Redwood. Other materials used are metal (Thin sheets) or even stone. All materials have their pros and cons but ultimately it is all about aesthetics. cs. The use of a scaffold is usually required and this will add to the cost of installation. This type of work can be carried out DYI but it does require a fair bit of preparation not to mention the erection of scaffolding etc. If it is for a new build project, timber rafters are required to be located at a little under 2ft (1.96ft) or 600mm apart for all white Fascias, and no more than 1.5 ft or 400mm for foiled Fascias. Foils are spaced at shorter distances as they absorb more heat than White so need to be fixed more regularly.
Guttering which can be made from Aluminium, Copper, Vinyl, and Galvanized Steel. But are usually composite plastic moulds which allow for colour variation and style. They come in three main designs known as K-Style, Half-Round, and Box gutter. K style is the most common style used on modern houses and has a unique shape on the front edge known as the crown. The Half-Round is typically the most expensive as it requires special brackets and fixings and may need to be fitted by a professional. The Box Gutter drains the water away via a downpipe built into it. And are a typical feature on the roofs of commercial buildings.
It is recommended that an inspection of the Facias and soffits should be carried out about twice a year. Spotting any early signs of wear and tear will save you from dealing with problems further down the line. The sort of damage that will need immediate attention will be sagging joints, missing or broken pieces and rotting wood. It is recommended that you seek expert advice when looking at how to tackle this kind of wear and tear. Most local building firms will be happy to come and take a look and give recommendations and what kind of costs would be involved.
A typical 3-bedroom semi-detached house with two floors, for instance, may require scaffolding to replace soffits and fascia boards. This kind of work typically requires the erection of scaffolding. Scaffolding costing can come to over a third of the cost. If scaffolding is required then it is a good idea and cost-effective to make use of the scaffolding once it’s up. Checking if any other high-up jobs require attention such as the roof or Velux windows, for instance.
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We specialise in carrying out first rate quality works for all kinds of customers in both the private and public sectors. Our services include but are not limited to; bricklaying, joinery, plastering, extensions, roofing and everyday routine maintenance work. We also do commercial or public sector projects so please take a little time to look around the site at all of the services we have on offer.
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