Samuel Sheldon Millom – Building Contractors for Cumbria

Roofing Services Barrow

Samuel SheldonRoofing Services Barrow

Samuel Sheldon Millom –
Building Contractors for Cumbria

Roofing Services 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. It was known throughout its modern history as a shipbuilding town; it was also known as an Iron and Steel working town until the factory finally closed at the end of the second world war. However, the shipbuilding 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. Copeland was formed in 1974 when the government restructured a large part of the Lancashire peninsula into new boroughs.   

The bustling Victorian town of Barrow-in-Furness, situated between the sea and the lakes, makes the most of its enviable location. Some great walking and cycling routes start in the town centre, with wide streets lined with impressive sandstone buildings; the town was one of the country’s major shipbuilding centres in the 19th century and is embraced by two estuaries; Barrow-in-Furness possesses 60km of stunning coastline with impressive coastal views,   

While the Borough has a long history of mining and industry, it also values the importance of the natural environment. Nature reserves have been created from former industrial sites such as South Walney’s sand, salt, and gravel pits.   

Several high street names and independent shops sell everything from eco products to model trains in the town centres. The indoor market is the largest in Cumbria, and it is easy to spend an hour browsing through the many stalls. 

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Roofing Services Barrow

From traditional (Rafters) to Truss type roofing (Which is a web of triangles inside the main frame) using Slate or Tiles to finish.  There are many different approaches depending on the type of roof that is required.  For instance, Flat roofing uses a single-ply membrane which is becoming popular and comprises of sheets of polymers of thermal plastics and synthetic rubber. Dormer roofs can be built into existing roofs allowing for extra space light and ventilation in attic rooms. These days flat roofs can be made from GRP (Glass reinforced polyester) or more commonly known as Fibreglass which replaces the use of traditional Felt and is a stronger and more durable material than felt. 

No matter what size the job the processes are the same. A replacement roof should last approximately 20-25 years. Depending on the size of the job but a typical roof replacement will take approximately a week to complete. A replacement roof would generally not require planning permissions unless the new roof is going to alter the current dimensions. It is always worth checking with the local authority to see if your particular project will need permission or not. 

Staying at home is an option while the work is being carried out but check with your builder. A new roof will increase the value of the property and depending on location and current value this can be by as much as 60%. 

The three main types of roof are Bonnet Roof which is a twin roof which slopes at slightly different angles. Gable roofs are the usual peaked roof and are the triangle type. The other type is the flat roof which, with the better materials available to replace felt, is far more popular than it used to be.  There are other types such as Mansard (French design and generally has a steeper incline) and Hip which is a four-sided roof and is most commonly seen on Church spires. And many more variations to suit all types of buildings and requirements. 

Materials used will affect the longevity of a roof and typically Slate or concrete tiles have a far better wear and tear history than their modern counterparts such as Asphalt or wood shakes. Location or environment will also affect materials and if a roof is maintained it will obviously extend its lifespan. 

In terms of cost, Asphalt is the cheapest material and will last approximately 15-30 years with a choice of colours that are popular and easy to use/apply. Slate is by far the most expensive and can vary in cost. It is usually priced per square foot and starts at around £12 and can go as high as £27 per square foot. Your own budget constraints will largely determine which roof and material are best for you but it is always helpful to speak to your roofer about what best suits you and your needs. 

Services We Offer

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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Millstones Shop & Tea Room

Conversion

Conversion of rundown barn & farm complex into a Tea Room, Farm Shop & Bakery.

Millom Methodists Church

Extension

Extension of a Methodists Church

St. James School

Extension

Construct a new extension to a primary school

Holme Gate Farm

Renovation, Roofing

Replace the existing perished slate roof covering and replace most of the existing roof structure.

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