One single outhouse roof – that’s how this project started in 2013 – as a trial for Hull City council on an outhouse joining a pair of houses in Cropton Road, Hull. The Council’s Housing Department was considering several waterproofing systems for covering roofs on a potential scheme to upgrade post-war Wimpey ‘no fines’ concrete houses, and in the end, Dryseal, due to its aesthetics, excellent detailing capabilities and tough, durable finish, was deemed to fit the bill.
In late 2014, Dryseal Approved Contractor L A Hall (Hull) Ltd began work with the re-roofing of 61 main house roofs. As the project progressed into 2015, the brief was extended from simply installing Dryseal in a ‘cold’ configuration on the outhouse roofs to include porch/canopy ‘warm’ roofs, effectively doubling the roof area.
Andy Fell Hambleside Danelaw’s Dryseal Manager said “The standard of installation and finishing delivered by L A Hall’s operatives has been exceptional, resulting in very robust and aesthetically pleasing roofs.”
The external concrete walls were upgraded to current Building Regulation Part L standards, the main house roofs recovered with a new insulated Decra lightweight tile specification and all the ‘flat’ roofs refurbished using Dryseal.
The development of the specification from one 20 m2 roof to over 200 roofs totalling 1,800 m2 is testament to Dryseal’s quality. But the story doesn’t end there – at time of writing, L A Hall (Hull) Ltd are awaiting an instruction to confirm the addition of another batch of properties.
Steve Copeman, Managing Director of LA Hall (Hull) Ltd, said: “Having worked closely with Andy Fell on the prototype a couple of years ago it was clear from the start that everyone was happy with the finish we could achieve with the Dryseal system. Not only did it give the desired look it also gave a level of durability the roofs needed. We are carrying out the roofing works on several different types of ‘non-standard’ constructed properties and now the Dryseal works have commenced on our original list of properties it’s become clear to our Client that the system is suitable to cover other sections of low roofs on certain house types which were originally going to be covered with composite insulated panels. This allows us to achieve uniformity to the scheme that the Client didn’t originally think was possible. We will end up completing over 230 roofs using Dryseal.”