Re-roof of North Yorkshire Farmhouse

CASE STUDY: Re-roof of North Yorkshire Farmhouse

Location: Cowling, North Yorkshire

Set in the wild and windy hills high above Cowling, North Yorkshire this re-roofing project had to wait until the winter months were behind us! Even during the Spring, re-roofing this North Yorkshire Farmhouse would have been an unenviable task but for the gorgeous Spring weather we were fortunate to see this year!

Our customer has a very keen interest in sustainability. As such she wanted to ensure the re-roofing works being carried out to both the original farmhouse and the attached barn, would make the property as energy efficient as possible. It was also important to re-use as much of the original materials as we were able, re-cycling where possible and putting any waste to good use!

It was essential to achieve the best U-Value possible. We achieved this through insulating the roof with our Eco-roof thermal blanket (TLX Gold). As well as insulating, generating as much power as possible was achieved through installing solar PV and battery storage.

Re-roof North Yorkshire farmhouse

Re-roof of North Yorkshire Farmhouse

The re-roofing works carried out to this North Yorkshire farmhouse comprised of removing the existing stone slates to the main house and replacing any which were damaged and couldn’t be re-used. The property was insulated using our Eco-roof thermal blanket (TLX Gold) to ensure it fully complied with Part L of the building regulations, whilst also ensuring the best possible U-Value.

The ridge tiles were re-bedded in Flexim Roof Putty and not sand and cement as this can on longer be used under the BS5534 British standards for roofing.

The lead was recycled where possible and any defective lead found during the roofing works was renewed.

The existing coping stones were re-bedded down the gable end of the barn and the tiles on the barn replaced with smooth grey concrete interlocking tiles.

Re-roof of North Yorkshire Farmhouse

Installing Solar PV and Battery Storage to North Yorkshire Farmhouse

Whilst the re-roofing works were being carried out, an integrated Viridian solar PV system and battery storage system was installed. Integrating the solar panels into the roof structure gave a flush finish to the roof.

As the property is located high up on the windy moors in North Yorkshire, integrating the solar PV rather than sitting the panels on rails was a far safer option.

The solar system comprised of 24 Viridian panels, each with their own optimisers,  and 2 batteries to ensure the maximum performance possible

Solar System

A North Yorkshire nod to sustainability!

With a keen interest in sustainability, it was important to our customer to reuse or find use for as much of the waste materials as possible.

The lead was recycled and only replaced where necessary. The old lathes and battens were put to one side  reused in the customers garden as trellis rather than being disposed off. They were also used to construct a small ‘greenhouse’ type structure. The old stone slates were used as crazy paving and rubble used as hardcore around the farmhouse to fill walls and pathways etc.

Re-roof of North Yorkshire Farmhouse

“⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Listened to our concerns and worked hard to accommodate them, was able to source other trades for required preliminary (non-roofing) works (which I had been unable to do). The personnel on site gave excellent customer care – informing us of progress & issues, were very thoughtful, respected the building type and style, took a lot of care and worked very hard and very well together. We were lucky with the weather & everything happened according to the original timetabled plan.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” P A Hinckley

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