We recently carried out the removal of a defunct dormer window at Godfrey Ermen School in Manchester. This was a tricky job carried out over the course of a week with some difficult access and some seriously heavy flash downpours to deal with! So, her is a quick synopsis of the job with the repair techniques used applicable to both commercial and residential repairs. For further information on any of these techniques please get in touch or see our roofing repairs section.

Accessing the damage.

The old dormer had become a liability with leakages starting to impact on the interior below. From the image below you can see it was in a difficult spot and seem better days. Plus is wasn’t providing much a view anymore. It was time to be removed!

Defunct dormer roof extruding into leaking gulley

 

And then there was the interior damage! Years of steading leaking had taken it’s toll on the interior timber work. As well as offering full roof repairs we also manage property maintenance so we got to work right away, replacing where needed and blending into the original interior. With damage like this it is important to be able to use a company who can deal with both the cause (the roof) and also the result of the damage. Being able to tackle both the interior and exterior means a faster and cheaper result for the customer.

Internal Damage

Removing the dormer.

new roof joists

New timber filling the void left by the removed dormer.

While half the team started on the dormer removal scaffolding was erected inside so that roof timber could be put in place and worked on form inside. This period was tricky was we had a number of downpours but good tarp coverage kept the weather at bay and allowed us to continue. This allowed our on-site carpenter to add the new timbers and re-boarded, carefully matching to the existing woodwork before being plastered and re-painted.

While this was going on inside the dormer was carefully removed and taken off site. The roof was to be replaced with new felt, lead and eventually slate in-keeping with the original roof.

 

 

Finishing off.

At work dressing lead with timber lead shaperBefore the slates were completed 4lb sheet milled lead was dressed into the gulley fully protecting and waterproofing the site. This was then carefully dressed with a timber lead shaper (shown).

 

 

 

 

Finally, the remaining slates were added to complete the exterior part of the roof repair work…Slates being added

Before primer added to the new interior timber work finishing off the job.finished interior

This was a successful week-long job working in a difficult spot involving many of our key skills, including our interior repair and blending work. Many thanks to Godfrey Ermen C of E Primary for having us in – on to the next one!