After enduring one winter at The Rock Farm, we quickly realised that the house was like living in a tent. It was hot in summer and unbearably cold in winter. We installed a new fireplace as the first stage in warming the house (Keeping Warm – Part 1).
The second stage was a lot more drastic it involved replacing the roof.
The house was built sometime in the mid seventies. It would have been quite chic in the day, but the builders failed to install any insulation in their stylish flat roof. 40 years had also caused a few leaks and the old galvanised sheets were rusty in places where water naturally pools.
We investigated options to replace the roof with a lovely truss roof, but ultimately finances led us to decide to replace the old galvanised iron with a new zincalum product and install R4 batts in the cavity with an extra layer of anti-con under the sheets.
This is where we could get involved as a key part of our plan was to remove any redundant penetrations in the roof. The largest and most obvious was the old brick chimney.
There didn’t look to be too many bricks on the roof, but it was a fair load in the back of the ute! The old bricks were put to use stabilising a gully head.
Mark from 24SEVEN Plumbing got stuck right in removing the old sheets. He worked in sections, taking off a few sheets and the filling the void with insulation, before installing new clips and the new sheets. Whilst the sheets look similar, they are a completely different profile and size.
The install wasn’t without problems. The old clips were nailed into the hardwood rafters, making removal an exercise in brute force. Also the evidence of rats was apparent with one junction box showing exposed wires. A panic phone call to a nearby sparky soon had it safe.
The gutters and exterior flashing will also be replaced soon, and will not only increase the functionality but also the appearance of the house.
The old sheets have been stacked on the back of Myrtle, the old Mercedes. We will use some of them around the place, and will try and sell the rest at some stage. Have I said how handy this truck is for odd jobs!
The difference is remarkable. From a house that routinely dropped below 10 degrees overnight – even with a fire burning, we are now keeping the living space around 19 degrees. It is a different house, and I have a very happy family.
But don’t take my word for it! I think the dogs love it too. At least I’ll know where to find them until for the next few months!