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Roofing Services Coniston
Coniston started as a farming village like most of the towns in this area and quickly grew when it was needed to serve the local copper and slate mines. It gained popularity with tourists around the mid-19th century and has been home to painters, poets and lovers over the preceding decades. The Lake at Coniston finally put the town on the map when Donald Campbell broke several world water speed records during the 50s and ’60s before dying in a tragic accident during an attempt to break the record he already held again. With a museum nearby dedicated to the feat, the lake is also home to popular activities such as kayaking and canoeing. Peace and tranquillity are what one experiences when they push off from the shores into the middle of the lake. The whole village was powered by hydroelectricity during the 1920s, but this became so heavily taxed that the people there were forced to return to the national grid. Since 7 March 2007, a hydroelectric scheme has been used to power up to 300 homes, being sited near the original power station.
Coniston is a popular village at the Northwest corner of Coniston Water. Coniston has a long history as a centre for mining, with copper mines dating to the 17th century. More recently, slate mining has helped shape the landscape. However, it is primarily as a centre for walking that Coniston is rightfully known; the area is known for its superb recreational opportunities, and many of the most popular walks in the Lake District start or finish from Coniston. Of these, the most popular – and one of the easiest – is the ascent of the Old Man of Coniston, the peak that rises above the village. There are several routes to the top, and the routes are well-trodden and easy to follow, yet still challenging enough to provide an enjoyable walk for even the most experienced fell-walker. There has been a Ruskin Museum in Coniston since 1901, when W.G. Collingwood, a local artist and antiquarian who had been Ruskin’s secretary, set it up both as a memorial to Ruskin and a celebration of the area’s heritage. Therefore, although the museum has a Ruskin collection, there are also exhibits relating to the Coppermine, slate, geology, lace, farming and Donald Campbell.
Roofing Services Coniston
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.
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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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