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Rubba-Roof used to refurbish 40ft Containers
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Rubba-Roof liquid rubber roofing used on  large flat roof over London residence
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Rubba-Roof Goes In The Supermarket’s Basket

It is a sad fact that pubs are closing down all around Britain. The recession and changes in social strata and in drinking habits has led to a glut of pubs coming on to the market for sale or lease.

Many are unfortunately left standing empty due to difficulties in reletting or gaining change of use permissions. Empty buildings can rapidly deteriorate and owners are often unwilling to spend money on maintenance without the prospect of revenue.

Some of these closures do result in happier endings because the supermarket giants have recognised their potential for conversion into smaller ‘convenience units’. One such is a large public house in Hornchurch. Occupying a dominant corner site, with a generous frontage lying behind the public footpath, the old Elm Park Hotel is being remodelled and will soon be opening its doors again in its new format.

The Elm Park Hotel, Hornchurch

The rear of the building is a single storey extension with a large flat roof and parapet which the new owners needed to be assured would give no problems for many years.

Rubba-Roof was specified to provide a flexible, waterproof membrane over the existing felted and asphalt surfaces.

A particular feature of interest in this project is the usefulness and adaptability of Rubba-Roof Reinforcing Fleece.

The joints between flat roof surfaces and any surrounding parapets are always a potential point of failure. Although most will have had flashings, either felted or lead, incorporated when the roof was constructed, the passage of time and weather will often have degraded these and water ingress can make its way between masonry and roof surfaces. Once water has found its way in behind or under flashing strips, the freeze–thaw cycle and expansion as a result of high summer temperatures can lead to flashings lifting or peeling.

Rubba-Roof compound, used with the special Rubba-Roof Reinforcing Fleece, makes it simple to achieve renewal of joints at parapets and upstands on flat and low pitched roofs.

Important Tip

As with all liquid roof coating projects – careful preparation is vital to a successful result.

You can see here that the roof areas were encumbered with debris. The Rubba-Roof installers took care to thoroughly clean the working areas.

Note the seamless membrane that has been achieved around and over the central raised roof dias. This sort of detailing is so easily done with Rubba-Roof cold applied, liquid coatings.

So, a happy and useful transformation of a redundant building to serve the local community. From watering hole to convenience store – but with no watering holes (at least, not in the roof!).
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More photos from the job on the Edwardian house in Exeter
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If you have a roofing project coming up, Rubba-Roof could be the solution you need!

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A "Stitch in Time" In Exeter

One of Rubba-Roof's approved contractors has recently completed an interesting project; refurbishing the parapets and lead valleys on a large Edwardian house in Exeter.

The owners had installed Photo Voltaic panels and an inspection of the parapets, gullies and leadworks indicated that refurbishment was a prudent course of action to avoid future leaks and the need for expensive emergency maintenance in the foreseeable future.

Rubba-Roof hopes that the following project notes may be of interest to anyone wishing to waterproof masonry or seal old lead installations.

Using Rubba-Roof on the Parapets

The inside facings of parapets may be shaded for much of the year attracting damp and also wet materials such as leaf litter, mosses etc. that stay on the surface: the consequence is often an accelerated deterioration of the masonry or render facias.

Another common point of failure can be at the joint between the parapet wall and the valley gutter: water may lie here and these seams may also be subjected to expansion and contraction movements from within the building’s structure.

The new render was given time to fully cure and primed with Rubba-Roof Primer to close any microporosity.

The picture also shows the parapet top fully coated with Rubba-Roof compound to ensure many more years of maintenance free weather resistance. The face of the parapet wall was then completed with a 1 mm thick application of Rubba-Roof compound.

Rubba-Roof's exceptional adhesion, combined with its resistance to the establishment of lichens and mosses, make it the ideal choice for the waterproofing of vertical and horizontal masonry.

Useful Tips

Coat vertical surfaces with Rubba-Roof compound before stirring the contents of the tin; the slightly increased viscosity will minimise any curtaining or drips.

Pay particular attention to any seams between vertical and horizontal surfaces; the use of Rubba-Roof Reinforcing Fleece at these points will give enhanced strength to these vulnerable areas. 

Refurbishing the Lead Work with Rubba-Roof

Lead has, until recently, been the automatic choice as a water and weather proofing membrane for valleys, gulleys and for flashings to brickwork and masonry. Lead’s ductility and robustness offer long lasting service but lead does have its drawbacks. It is very heavy and can impose significant loadings onto old substructures, such as underlying timbers and sheetings. Another point; lead requires specific skills for correct installation and, once installed on a building, lead is often the target for metal thieves who do great damage when ripping it off. Finally, lead itself and the the plumbing skills needed for its effective installation, can prove to be expensive.

Rubba-Roof is an economical and attractive alternative to lead for waterproofing roofs, masonry and brickwork.

As can be seen from the photograph, this stepped lead catchment gulley was showing signs of age and some distress at the joints. Rubba-Roof was the ideal choice for an overlay membrane: being a cold applied, liquid polyurethane. The contractor was able to easily and accurately follow the existing profiles, even over the wood-roll centre seam. The work was completed in a few hours and the lead is now protected with Rubba-Roof's guaranteed elastomeric compound.

So, peace of mind for the owner and no opportunity for the light fingered!

Useful Tips

Always rub down metal substrates remove any oxidisation latence and loose surface particles before applying Rubba-Roof compound. On copper it is best to passivate the surface with an acid wash before applying Rubba-Roof.
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