Our wide ranges of services in carpentry includes: Building roof structures, hip and valley roofing, pitched roofs, flat roofs, lean-to roofing, gable roofs and building dormers.
Building roof structures
In some cases a roof repair may not be the right solution or you are looking for a professional finish to a brand new building which requires a roof being built from scratch. With over 26 years of experience in roofing, building and carpentry we would be the perfect local family business for any sized roofing job.
Hip roof structures
This is simply a roof where the two sides meet at an angle, the point at which the two sides meet is called a hip. Some roofs have hips, others do not. Something to look out for is the mortar that holds the hip tiles on failing, as they can then be blown off in strong wind. You can usually start to see this from the ground if you have a keen eye, but if you haven't had it changed for a few years, it may be a good time to have them reviewed.
Valleys are where two sides of the roof meet again. They are the opposite to a hip as they are the internal version, whereas a hip is what you find on an external corner. Valleys can be made from several different materials. Lead is usual, although fiberglass is becoming more common.
Most valleys are pointed with mortar, which like the ridge and hip line, can need renewing after a few years. There are dry hip systems now that don't need pointing, which are becoming more popular.
The main advantage of a flat roof is that it frees up the internal space so you can use the full height of the room below, giving you more flexibility in the internal design of your property. Flat roofs are a popular choice, especially in new-build properties, allowing you to create a stunning internal living space that is hard to achieve with a pitched roof design.
Flat roofs are by no means a ‘cheap’ alternative to pitched roofs. However, with less materials and construction costs to consider, they are more cost-effective to install.
A flat roof typically consists of:
Thermal insulation layer
Roof deck base for the waterproof membrane
Vapour control layer to help reduce condensation
Load-bearing joist supports
A gabled roof is a roof with two sloping sides that come together at a ridge, creating end walls with a triangular extension, called a gable, at the top. Also known as pitched or peaked roof, gable roofs are some of the most popular roofs in the US.
Gable roofs will easily shed water and snow, provide more space for an attic or vaulted ceilings and allow more ventilation. Their inherently simple design makes it easy to build them and cheaper than more complex designs.
A dormer is a vertical window with a roof of its own, positioned, at least in part, within the slope of the roof. When dormers are ‘correct’ they can look wonderful. When things go wrong they look ghastly. It is a question of both size and position.
Many forget that when early cottages were built there were no dormers — because there were no window openings at first floor level. So vast numbers of cottage dormers are actually retrofits — and yet so often they appear original. Why? Because they are not too big, and they are in proportion with the roof, which is both large and steeply pitched. So whether you are looking for a traditional dormer or a retrofit we have the solution for you!