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”Let there be light”

Seaside Light is too valuable to lose.

A Bournemouth couple who lived close to the coast had contacted me, regarding fibreglassing their extension roof, which I obliged shortly after with a home visit for a quotation.

The quotation, a kitchen extension roof, which was built before they bought the house, was quite large, but seemed dark where natural light was expected. After chatting with them for a short time over a cuppa, it was obvious the lady of the house wasn’t happy with her extended rear kitchen, ‘dull & dingy’, were the words she used, I suggested for them to consider a skylight as the natural light was hindered by neighbouring trees and shrubbery. The sky’s light from above was not.

I was visiting to quote for stripping old asphalt and resurfacing with GRP fibreglass, a straightforward job for the company, but I was happy enough to give some options to resolve the potential customers light problems. The installation of the skylight wasn’t what I particularly wanted to get involved with, I’d rather just stick to what I know best and with over thirty years experience in fibreglassing roofs, I’m very confident about my own abilities. The couple seemed relieved that at least they had a simple and cost-effective solution to their light problems.

The couple contacted me back the same week, letting me know they had just sourced a company to purchase from and install their skylights, they still wanted me to fibreglass the finished job, to which I agreed. From this point, I contacted the skylight guys and agreed on a date convenient for both companies, as I’d be there the very next day as soon as they had finished, so as not to leave the roof open to the elements. I always watch the forthcoming weather like many roofers, we like many different tradesmen are governed by it. Approximately 3 weeks from my quotation visit, we attended the homeowner’s house and started and finished the job the same day, it was a long day if I remember rightly, as our work had gone from a straightforward flat roof to one of nooks and crannies, gully’s and ridges.

My attitude and approach to the customer are simply, communicate and try to help them resolve any problems they have or may have. Even though the skylight company provided their own fibreglass service, obviously, the homeowners must have trusted my sincerity, and this makes being honestly worthwhile for me. So not only did I take away a deserved wage but satisfaction from the same job.

Fiberglassroofs Ltd ‘No job is too big or too small, we are happy to quote for all’

Fibreglassing, ‘Pays my Way’.

What can I say about myself and the building game ‘hmm’!?

Only that, I’ve worked hard myself to keep our own roof over the heads of my family and that is what matters to me the most. I’m no different to most trades men and women I know. I would like to think I do know some good guys in their own trades too, whatever that may be, where ever they are from too, be it Poole, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Shaftsbury, Dorchester.

Dorset in general, hosts many of my good-building contacts and friends. We bounce off each other in busy times and in harder times we’d have to forage for work. I’d imagine the building trade is just like life itself, full of ups and downs, fruitful and dry at times, I remember in the 80s I had to come off the roofs and leave the fibreglass GRP trade for several months, yet I was no different than many a tradesperson back then. The builder has a survival mode, farmers and fishermen be the same I’d expect.

My opinion is, the building trade in the UK, is the backbone of this country and the TAX revenue this giant generates into the economy has a life of its own, it stimulates the economy and a huge part of the UK’s population survives and flourishes from this. Rearing families, as they, the trade men compete to fulfil their own aspirations and future in the norm. David Attenborough should have made a nature program about our species ‘the UK builder’!

To date, I can’t remember how many roofs I’ve fibreglassed in Dorset, but I still get the same satisfaction in producing a finish to be proud of. I don’t think I’m old fashion and appreciate seeing the younger guys on the roofs too, there are so many distractions out there these days as we all know, but to see a young guy pick up the tools ‘any tools’ is always a bonus to the workforce and certainly to the UK’s economy. So let’s hope we as builders stay in good health and witness the right decisions of future governments to respect us and a worthy workforce that we are.

Paul Feirn ”No job is too big or too small, we are happy to quote for all”.

Roofs Glorious Roofs!!

While delivering a quotation today, I couldn’t but help notice a complete diversity of roofs through the villages of Dorset.

In a way, carpenters would look at finished woodwork or mechanics would listen to car engines, and as I’m in the roofing trade, ‘roofs are my thing’. I love roofs and the science behind their structure, Pitched roofs, Thatched roofs, Flat roofs, Tiled roofs, Fibre glassed roofs, Slated roofs, ‘roofs roofs roofs’!!.. My favourite roof that compliments the Dorset countryside most, is of course the Thatched. The craftsmanship is excellent to see and great also to know this trade is still flourishing in our postcard villages. Did you know? most Thatcher’s have their own little personal feather, like the signature, they may finish by twisting and shaping reed or straw by hand, into shapes of a Cat, Cock, Fox or Hare that sits pleasantly on the pitch of the finished roof, such work just has to be appreciated and no doubt a piece heritage.

I do also love to see the old heavy slated cottage roofs, these can be seen in abundance from Poole to Weymouth in many coastal villages, dotted among such scenic routes. The mind boggles, just how on earth can these roof joists burden such a weight, in all they certainly look robust and not out of place, more suitable to a film set from Lord of the Rings, aged and weary, with a story to tell of many tenants.

Giving some thought to this topic of scenic villages, I hope you will see just how important roofs are in leaving an impression for all to see, in most cases half of a cottage is its roof, so next time you pass the postcard cottage pay homage to the skill of the tradesmen & women, that still maintain such works of art with pride.

Though the roofing we specialise in, is far from complementing a scenic village, I’d like to think our finished work was to a high standard and it reflected a company that had pride. Fiberglass roofs may seem out of place in a quaint village scenery, but never the less we are a particular roofer all the same. We just specialise in Fiberglass covering. Our work is more suited for flat surfaces, garages sheds, extensions, factories, hospitals etc which brings in work mostly from Cities and Towns, Poole and Bournemouth, and other towns throughout Dorset. These populated areas, resulting in most of our work to date, but you just have to appreciate that rural job and a break from the hustle and bustle sometimes and in turn helps us appreciate the county will live in.

Paul Feirn ‘the roof geek’ ”No job is too big or too small, we are happy to quote for all”

Hazards of Roofing!

While living and working in south Dorset, much of my work brings me to neighboring towns, such as Bournemouth and Poole.
In general, good builders help each other with work and support in this ‘building Game’, as a builder or tradesman would call it and when catching up with mates and contacts, there is always chat of what contracts and work are out there and who’s doing what these days. Conversations about the health of the building trade and prices of materials are the norm.
As well as having a chat and a laugh down the greasy spoon, such casual meetings can also bring concerning news, such as injuries you may hear of, after all, so many aspects of working in the building trade come with risks, and I’m certainly not saying, it is entirely the fault of the injured worker either, as accidents ‘are’ accidents.

While in Poole last month fiberglassing a newly built ‘manny cave’ roof, I was informed by the owner that his friend was due to do the work I was just doing and had a fall from a single story high extension he was working on. He had damaged his back badly, he told me and was out of action with no immediate sight of returning to work, nor could drive, not good I thought for the chap, as he had a mortgage and two young children attending school in neighboring Bournemouth.
It’s only stories like these, that remind me, of how lucky a tradesperson is to get through his or her building career without serious injuries or worse.

Did you know? from all Deaths in the UK construction/building industry, that 25% of them are from Falls in the roofing sector, there are also many injuries and disabilities that are the result of falling too.

Roofing is a skilled trade and always will be, whether the roofer specialises in, tiles, asphalt, or fiberglassing, individual roofers just have to approach each job seriously and with safety in mind. After all, everyone likes to go home that evening.

Paul Feirn.
”No job is too big or too small, we are happy to quote for all”.

Rolled Asphalt v Fiberglass!

Let’s look at these options and try to clarify what is right for your situation.

Asphalt is a somewhat durable roof covering and slightly cheaper to install than fiberglass, when Good Quality materials are applied Correctly to a roof surface, the customer can get value for money.

The cheaper costs and durability time span may suit many homeowners, for example, they may have to budget for the costs of a repair or a new roof surface, and also they may want to sell up and move on, so the lifespan of the roof is not an upmost concern to them, long term.

Fiberglass GRP, on the other hand, is a totally durable, stronger, and more versatile roof covering material, it is not much more expensive than asphalt covering and could be actually cheaper depending on what company is chosen. Our company like to consider ourselves as economical as asphalt, we have even come in at cheaper quotes for customers in the past. Transparency is our goal and we simply don’t tolerate inflated quotations, ‘Unfortunately’, this may well be the case in the building trade, so beware!!!

In the case of these two different products/materials, considering the costs and durability is a must, ‘But let’s face facts here’ fiberglass just goes that much further, so far, that the original saving of them Penneys doesn’t seem worthwhile at all.

With fiberglass, you can choose your own desired roof colour with NO extra cost.
You can rest assured fiberglass lasts Many more years than asphalt.
This material can weather much more Hotter & Colder climates.
You can choose a more robust None slip surface, that will be Safer underfoot.
As for the Safety aspect, Fiberglass has a very very low flammable rate, not unlike the highly combustible asphalt. Considering this material is applied to attached garages and home extensions it’s quite scary, never mind a separate building unit.

So folks when considering what’s right for your requirements, Asphalt or Fiberglass?? We’ll leave this question to your own common sense. ”No job is too big or too small, we are happy to quote for all”.
Blandford. Dorset.

Make Your Mind Up Time!

Let me try to convince you Dorset readers, that still to this day GRP Fiberglassing is the best maintenance-free, most cost-effect, and durable product out there to solve your roof problems.

Fiberglass has been around for the best of 70yrs now and was first used on the bodywork of Cars and Boats.

Crazy people even sail around the world in small Boats made from this same material and Cars benefited greatly from lightweight bodies, with slick lightweight aerodynamic designs, that help the drivers gain great speeds. This material is still evolving, being used and applied in many developing modern industries, from drones to eco wind turbines.

Wouldn’t you think, if people are willing to trust their lives with fiberglass that surrounds them in dyer situations, homeowners should not have to think twice in choosing such a strong and 100% weatherproof material? you can safely boast about it, sunbathe on it and invite the mother in-law to picnic on it.

It’s my reckoning common sense will prevail and your decision is quite easy to make.

”No job is too big or too small, we are happy to quote for all”.

”Weather Proof that Roof”!

I knew the wife was right and let’s face it, I have been putting it off for some time now.

Our garage roof was definitely in need of repair, it’s a double, with one single ali up and over door, mains electric, with a flat roof, nothing special, a typical double garage.

However, the money situation was a little tight as we weren’t long back from Benidorm, so I didn’t want any quotes that would cost me an arm or the wife’s leg.

The existing roof was covered by rolls of felt and had come away where the rolls overlapped, the centre bubbled up and split. Not great for us, as we had bought the house new, in Blandford Dorset, approx. 9 years before.

When I showed the roof to my neighbour mate Mark, he pointed out it wasn’t only bad workmanship but the felt rolls were of a cheap standard and didn’t wear too good considering the age of the garage.

Mark was a known DIY fan, while I’d be down the pub with the darts team, Mark would be painting or putting up a fence, you know the type, most probably had a pumped-up pension too. Anyways Mark was eager to show me his garage where he stored his Harley motorbike, he’d had a new roof put on it, a grey fiberglass roof, G.R.P. glass reinforced plastic.

I was quite impressed ‘not jealous’ but impressed. Mark passed me the website details of the company he used and after a call out from them, we agreed on a price, which was slightly higher than Marks, the guy quoting explained that 2 sections of boarding would have to be cut out, as I left the leaking too long, which in turn caused parts of the boards to rot, ‘fare enough’ I should have dealt with it sooner.

The roof fiberglassing and boarding repairs took 2 guys a full day’s work, I was more than happy with the finishing, edges, and colour I asked for a darker colour which wasn’t a problem for the guys to do, but in all, I certainly would recommend fiberglass more so than felt and surprisingly it wasn’t much dearer at all, it looks better, more solid underfoot, completely water-resistant which will keep her indoors happy and lasts for years and years. I have read a few articles now on the product fiberglass GRP and simply can’t understand why people use felt in the first place. Yes, in all the roof was a good move, I suppose the wife won’t appreciate it now, as she ran off with Mark. He was never good at darts anyway.

”No job is too big or too small, we are happy to quote for all”.

How Versatile is Fiberglass GRP when applied to your roof?

A quick intro for all our Dorset friends.

Firstly Fiberglass is a lightweight material. You can choose your own Colours for starters an Energy Smart colour if requested, A white roof will repel heat and a black roof will attract heat. You can walk on it when applied properly, so also ideal for balconies and Stairs.

A big safety aspect is, it is much, much, more, fire-resistant than Rolled Felt for sure. Water can lay on it for years and years Without Leaking, so feel comfortable with rain and hail and stormy winds as the material is stuck to the roof boarding. Our work is Seamless and smooth to finish. We can also make a Non-slip finish if required.

Did you know that GRP and fiberglass has been around since the 1950s?

Our roofs require no maintenance.

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