Pictures from a recent project remind me of an image we all have of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell leading the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland. Those lovely ornate dormers and chimney pots which are so reminiscent of a London of times gone by. Don’t you agree that it’s the diversity of our buildings landscape (in this case roofscape) that’s one of the definers of our heritage?
Back to 2018, it’s the development of new materials such as the single ply membrane that means we can now blend old with new to retain the character of a traditional building, while benefitting from higher performance to promote a sustainable heritage.
The mansion in Holland Park would most likely, originally, have had a lead roof which would have been part of its character and elegance. The trouble is the repair or replacement of a lead, zinc or copper flat roof can be very costly. Not only because of the price of the actual materials, it’s not always easy to find a skilled craftsman to carry out the specialist work. So an alternative, like the a single ply membrane, that meets planning authority consent and provides a long life with minimal maintenance, is an affordable and attractive option.
It’s acceptable to local authorities to replace traditional metal roofing with this modern alternative because it still gives a traditional look. It’s quite common for our Roof Assured installers to be asked to replace traditional lead roofs with the single ply membrane. Available in heritage colours, with aesthetic profiles to imitate standing seams or lead batten roofs, this new styling can re-create the look of a traditional metal roof and be maintenance free for many, many years.
So, if you are thinking about replacing an old flat metal roof, consider a single ply membrane as an option and weigh up the benefits against a traditional material.
Our second piece of advice, if you ever happen to be on a rooftop, is to take the “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning” (J M Barrie, Peter Pan)