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Bats on the Job

Bats are a protected species in the UK and so if you suspect that you have bats in your roof, it is essential that you take the necessary precautions before commencing construction work of any form, such as simple roof repairs.

Originally, bats would roost in wooded areas and caves, however, as these have become more scarce, species have adapted to roost in homes, old and new, hibernating throughout the winter.

Lesser Horse Shoe Bat:

<img alt="bat on roof">These virtually harmless animals can go largely unnoticed as their droppings tend to be odour free and dissolve quickly and they wont bring dead prey inside their roosts (unlike our feline friends!). Your wooden rafters and insulation will be kept in tact and females only give birth once a year, meaning that an infestation is not on the cards.

We suggest that if you suspect you have bats living in your roof, you should contact a local conservation agency before starting any construction work. Additionally, it should be noted that the handling of bats and the disturbing of their roosts is forbidden and can be seen as breaking the law, however as well respected and experienced roofers, we are able to work around these magnificent creatures with advice from local agencies in order to produce some fantastic results.

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<img alt="wet slates">Below are some pictures of a detailed slate roof on a late 2018 project on a country manor’s coach house in Gloucestershire. Here, we worked around the bats to produce a result that we are exceptionally proud of. The architect specified that the work carried out matched the original build to the finest detail. The aim of this project was to restore the roof to its former glory whilst retaining the loft space as one of the most important maternity roosts for the Lesser Horse Shoe bat in the UK with the help of licensed bat workers.

To fit the original coach house we used smaller than usual slates at 400mm x 225mm (although there are over 35 recognized slate sizes used within the UK). The preferred slate sizes stocked by the majority of UK merchants would be 600mm X 300mm, AKA 24 x 12” and 500mm x 250mm, AKA 20 x 10”.

We also matched the original mitered hips using a hidden gutter to drain away any rainwater.The hip ends were formed out of the original slate that we were salvage whilst stripping the old roof.

The two large front and rear faces were reinstated with newly sourced slates, which were matched as closely as possible to the original.

 

 

<img alt="velux window installation">In order to make the roof as authentic as possible, we replicated the original diamond pattern with the two contrasting slates. Another part of the restoration, through following advice from the licenses bat experts, we were able to reinstall the original hoppers with new lead so that bats use could use them to travel in and out of the loft. The original lead finials (details at each end of the ridge) were similarly restored and reused to keep the character and heritage of the building alive. All new lead (soakers and back gutters) was fitted to the chimneys. Two conservation roof lights were added to the rear face to increase the amount of natural light inside. Old <img alt="slate pattern">slater’s under felt was used as opposed to a more modern breather membrane; this is for the benefit of the bats as they can hang from the old felt with no trouble. It’s said that more modern felt is manufactured differently so that when the bats hang on it they actually get caught up in the fibers and they cannot escape once caught.

As of spring 2019, the bats have been returning to the roost and they now have a safe space to thrive for the foreseeable future. Only recognized bat professionals came into contact with and handled the bats in the roof. See our gallery for more pictures

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Slate Roof Hip Alternatives

Mitered Slate Hips

Here’s a few pictures from a 2018 project on an industrial unit roof in Gloucestershire.

The product used was a textured cement fibre slate. A good alternative to natural slate, especially with the textured finish.

Other roofing materials used during this installation were a high quality roofing felt and a treated 25x50mm roofing batten.

The four hips of the roof are joint with a mitered effect in the cement fibre slate, creating an almost seem less join between all four faces of the roof. An alternative method of hip would be to use hip tiles made out of other materials such as clay or concrete.

The ridge was capped with a piece of code 5 lead, thick and durable.

Feel free to contact us with any of your roofing needs!

Code 5 lead cap

Mitered hip

Mitered hip

Mitered hip

Natural Stone Roofs in Gloucestershire

Natural stone roofs are among the oldest roof coverings around and are typically used in the Cotswold’s. A stone roof can last for 100 years or more and look absolutely stunning. Traditionally the roof is tiled with diminishing courses with the largest tiles at the bottom of the roof and the smallest at the top. This is a barn that we are working on at Shipton just outside Cheltenham.

The nature of stripping a stone roof, sorting all the various different size tiles and reusing the sound tiles is always time consuming but the end results are rewarding.

Cheltenham roofing - Retiling the barn roof

Cheltenham Roofers - Re-tiling the Barn Roof

Roofing in Cheltenham - Barn roof.

So if you are looking for experienced roofers in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire or the Cotswold’s then contact us for your free quotation for:

  • Construction of new stone roofs
  • Turning stone roofs
  • Repairing stone roofs

Fibreglass Roofing and a Fishpond

Fibreglass fishpond in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Fibreglass fishpond in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

K. Sacklyn & Co. are a team of expert roofers working throughout Gloucestershire, so why have we got a photo of a fishpond on our blog?

Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP) commonly referred to as Fibreglass is a high performance waterproofing system for all types of flat roofing, box gutters, valleys, balconies, walkways or anywhere that requires waterproofing, even fishponds.

It is formed in situ by reinforcing polyester resin with chopped strand matt using a peroxide based catalyst to harden it. Once cured it forms a joint free laminate that will last well in excess of twenty years.  Just the kind of material you want a fishpond to be made from, long lasting and waterproof.

So the photo of the fishpond is one that we fibreglassed in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The project was completed in 2 days by 2 of our expert roofers.

So if you need a fibreglass roof or even a fishpond give us a call on 01531 828407 or 01242 649694.