Samuel Sheldon Millom – Building Contractors for Cumbria

Roofing Services Millom

Samuel SheldonRoofing Services Millom

Samuel Sheldon Millom –
Building Contractors for Cumbria

Roofing Services Millom

Millom is a town located on the North shore of the Duddon estuary.  The first mention of the town in the history books is recorded in the year 1086.  It does have a castle but it is not your traditional-looking castle and can be seen on the approaching road to the town.  It has the appearance of a house with a twin-pointed roof and is hidden behind the castle farm and holy trinity church. But the town has plenty of landmarks like Black Combe a very large hill at 1,970 feet above sea level.  The steeple of St Georges church can also be seen from all around the area. The records also show that when the town was just a hamlet it was called Holborn Hill which is just a street in the town now. 

Millomites are a close-knit community and have a tradition of supporting each other’s endeavours. Like using local businesses or buying produce that is produced in the area. It does have a very strong Christian community and they are very active in looking after those who are most vulnerable or need extra care due to disabilities. 

But don’t expect to buy a famous burger or a household-named chicken burger. Millom cafes and eating establishments source meat and vegetables from the local farming community and the only supermarket in town is Tesco. This can feel like you have stepped back in time as there is traditional stone worked buildings everywhere and none of the usual brand-name shops that you expect to see in a modern-day town with a population of a little under 8,000.  

The road out of Millom will lead you pretty much in whatever direction you need to go in with nearby towns like Broughton, Ulverston, and Barrow half an hour to a forty-minute drive away. This has probably added to the reason Millom has resisted letting the big corporations come and supply their brand of foods and goods. 

The town is steeped in history from Iron and Tin Mines to an old aerodrome which was later turned into a Prison. The modern development has been predominantly around the outskirts of town. While the centre has maintained many of the original buildings with the town square and the clock in the clock tower was restored in 2016 and chimed for the first time in 15 years on the 26th of December.  

Millom like most of the towns in the area has seen its borders renamed and reshaped over the decades and is soon to return to being known as part of Cumberland. The town which is split into 4 wards has adapted very well to the isolation that is experienced living this far off the main route. During the recent pandemic, locals worked together to keep businesses and services operational during and now beyond the event that affected the entire country. 

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Roofing Services Millom

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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