We were tasked with replacing this early 19th Century Edwardian roof with something a little more substantial.

The existing roof covering was of asbestos 'man made' roof tiles and mortar bedded concrete ridge and hip tiles. The roof was in a bad way with degradation present throughout.

The specification of the roof that our client desired was clear from the outset, however during the estimation stages we were asked to keep costs down to as low as possible without compromising the longevity of the new roof. We opted for the Armada Ultra, a Mid- blue/grey slate from southern Spain with a 75 year guarantee.

The ridges and hips are fabricated from lead (lead moulded around a timber roll) with lead and copper straps. We decided that the apex's needed some detail, so we created the solid cast Lead Finials to accentuate the interchanges between the hips and ridge.

The large cast iron finial on the gable end was actually an original piece. It was thankfully salvaged, but left to perish for many years. We couldn't let this detail go to waste, we carefully removed it and got busy with the restoration. After getting shot blasted and powder coated, we fabricated an oak / lead base to house the enormous roof ornament. It now stands proud over looking the bay as it once did for many years before.

The project was signed off by the building inspector shortly after completion, we were then put forward for the Building Excellence Awards. We were then invited to attend the awards ceremony, and went on to win the silver award for Best Residential Conversion or Alteration to an existing Home!