Our flaking roof
 Planning & Building Control
 Assembling the scaffold
 Building the hip roof frame
 Stripping the old roof

 Tiling begins!
 Leading the chimneys
 Fitting the bonnet tiles
 Cementing bonnet tiles
 Cementing verges
 Topping out
 Final details
 Cleaning up!
 Re-pointing the chimneys

 Removing the scaffolding
 Finished roof

Upgrading the loft

 Installing the loft floor



Sister sites


My House Extension
Stop paint flaking
DIY secondary glazing
My Japanese Teahouse
My Japanese Garden
History of Old White Lodge


Leading the two chimneys


The old roof had no leading as it used a concrete and tile fillet to prevent leaks around the chimney. On the new roof we would use lead for a professional job.

This shows the old roof with the concrete fillets.

Starting to cut the required pieces on lead.


A ladder is required top access the chimney.


The first task is to cut out the joints using an angle grinder so that the lead canbe fitted.

The slots completed.

Fitting the aluminium soakers behind each tile.

Cutting the lead for the top of the main chimney.

All the soakers have now been fitted.

More lead work - this all needs careful measurement!

The lead work now fitted on the chimney.

The welding equipment.

Welding the lead at the top of the main chimney.

A pre-prepared piece of lead for the back chimney.

Work starts on the back chimney with fitting the soakers.

The side of the back chimney.

The back chimney completed.

Another view of the back chimney.

And another!

A close to show how the lead is held in the slots using slivers of lead prior to concreting.

The nicely welded lead at the top of the main chimney.

All done in a day.