Copper roofs, roof problems and how they

work

 

1stAssociated.co.uk can off you advice and help with regard to roofs, insulation, flat roofs, pitched roofs and any other type of roof. We carry out residential building surveys, commecial building reports, schedules of condition, Scott Schedules, boundary surveys, specific defects reports on a range of property problems, such as woodworm, dry rot, wet rot, condensation, movement, heave, cracked walls, or any other property problem.

All our surveys contain easy to understand sketches and photographs of any problems we find. We recommend you meet us at the property during the survey to fully understand what you require from your survey. All our surveys are tailor made for each and every client. For survey examples go to: http://www.1stassociated.co.uk/media.asp

Please contact us today on free phone 0800 298 5424 and we will be happy to help you.

 

Probably the most famous copper roof

Probably the most famous famous copper roof is the one at Madame Tussauds in London as the green roofed building has crowds of people next to it queuing most days to gain entry to look at the waxwork collection.

Madame Tussauds copper roof

Dome copper roof

Close up of dome copper roof

The green domed roof covered what used to be the London Planetarium and we have been reliably informed by a London cabbie that the building has not been the London Planetarium for many years but nevertheless the green dome stands out amongst the other buildings on Marylebone Road, London. NW1.

When you next visit Madame Tussauds have a look up and see the great green domed copper roof.

Madame Tussauds domed copper roof

Free phone 0800 298 5424

Copper roofs; first things first

 

The very first thing when examining a copper roof is if you have any plans of the building to use these to mark up any problem areas that you can see within the internal view of the building. You can also use a second identical plan to mark up any problem areas that you can view on the roof itself.

 

Yes, you do have to visit the roof.

Many people do not like heights but the only way to inspect a roof is actually to view it from on the roof itself. The term fiddler on the roof is so true and if you get the wrong roofing contractor you can be charged a large amount of money for not particularly good work.

Quotes and estimates for roofing work that simply does not need to be carried out.

We cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to actually get onto the roof to view the area as we have come across numerous cases where quotes have been given for roofing work which simply does not need doing. We have had access to roofs to view them where the new roofing work is far worse than the old roofing work and is causing the main problems.

Also look out for problems with gutters and downpipes where these have not been installed very skilfully or thoughtfully.

The most important point is that you need to visit and view the roof, ensuring you have tower scaffolding or a good set of ladders or a cherry picker to gain access to the roof.

Tower scaffold

Copper roofs are not as simple as they look

There are so many issues to consider when surveying a copper roof and we certainly do not think we will cover them all during the course of this article however for those that have never carried out a survey on a roof and are interested in the subject we hope that this is a useful guide.

Close up of copper roof

 

Copper comes in many different sizes

We are aware of copper coming in 2mm thickness and 4m thickness with one of the real benefits of a copper roof being is its weight.

 

Joining copper sheets together

The joints in any metal roof are always the weak areas (assuming that there is no flaw in the metal). With a copper roof you have standing vertical seams which, as the name suggests, run vertically up the roof and stand approximately 30-50mm above the level of the roof. The copper is then lapped horizontally, it is important that these laps are of sufficient width to stop capillary action, more about this later. We have come across laps that are sealed and it is these joints that seem to be the main problem.

 

How steep a copper roof is also determines the problems that occur

Copper roofs come in many forms. The angle or the steepness of a copper roof is very important as the steeper the angle the less time any rainwater sits on the roof and the less time the rainwater has to get into the joints.

In our experience, we have found that often the copper roofs are relatively shallow going up to about thirty degrees in which case capillary action can take place between joints and laps. It should be remembered that the smaller the gap the further capillary action can occur.

There is the famous test between two sheets of glass where water can go higher the thinner the gap between the two sheets of glass. This action is due to the tension in the water particles.

 

From copper to a green roof

Many people like the green colour that copper goes as it oxidises over the years this is known as patina formation. This acts as a protective layer and any rainwater running off it will then not be affected by the chemicals in the copper as it is passed through the gutters and downpipes and into the surface water or foul water combined drainage system dependent upon the age of the property.

Interestingly the steeper the pitch of the roof the less green it is likely to become and you will usually see copper roofs that are at a very shallow angle.

 

Does it matter what is underneath a copper roof

It certainly does matter what is underneath a copper roof as the roof has to be able to bear a level of load.

 

Metal roofs are only as good as the decking they are on

In other articles on metal roofs the metal roof is not only as good as the metal product but also as good as the workmanship and the decking that it sits on.

 

Please see our surveying articles on

Church property maintenance problems

Roof problems and information

Roof problems

Structural surveys

 

Independent Surveyors

If you truly do want an independent expert opinion from a Surveyor with regard to building surveys, structural surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects report, dilapidations or any other property matters please contact 0800 298 5424 for a Surveyor to give you a call back.

 

Commercial Property Surveyors

If you have a commercial property, be it leasehold or freehold, then you may wish to look at our Dilapidations Website at www.DilapsHelp.com and for Disputes go to our Disputes Help site www.DisputesHelp.com .

 

We hope you found the article of use and if you have any experiences that you feel should be added to this article that would benefit others, or you feel that some of the information that we have put is wrong then please do not hesitate to contact us (we are only human).

The contents of the web site are for general information only and is not intended to be relied upon for specific or general decisions. Appropriate independent professional advice should be paid for before making such a decision.

All rights are reserved the contents of the web site is not to be reproduced or transmitted in any form in whole or part without the express written permission of www.1stAssociated.co.uk

building engineers

Home Buyers Reports Property Surveys - why we're the best. Engineers Reports
© Copyright 1stassociated.co.uk

1stassociated-logo-for-footer IVSA-badge IVSA-putting-client-first call-us-for-footer

We have thousands of free property articles to help you - or call us freephone on 0800 298 5424

We have been working in the property industry for many years and have been
providing free property articles for over ten years. All for free and to help you with buying your next property.

House and Home Surveys and Useful Information

All you need to know about Building Surveys

Building Control, what do they do?

Designers and Architects will they save me money or will they cost me money

Enviroment, Your Building and Garden Gnomes

Estate Agents help sell houses and work for the vendors

Have a Structural Survey to protect you against structural problems

Home improvements, builder problems and ideas for you on how to solve them

How a Surveyor values a property, Chartered Surveyors and Regulated Valuers

How Chartered Engineers and Building Engineers can help you

Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

NHBC National House Building Council

Structural Surveys and How We Can Help You

Traditional and Non-Traditional Houses and Mortgage Problems

Valuations and how much is the building worth?

Whats the difference between a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Surveyor and an Independent Surveyor

Useful property problem articles by Chartered Surveyors explaining building issues to avoid

External - Helpful information on building problems on the outside of the property

Chimney issues and problems

Cracking and Movement Problems and Surveying Solutions

Flat Roof Problems, how we can solve them

Foundations and Structures and Settlement and Subsidence and Underpinning

Pitched Roofs Problems and Solutions

Roof Problems

Wall Problems

Windows and Doors and Fascias and Soffits and Wet Rot and Dry Rot and other problems

Internal - House problems we have investigated inside

All you ever need to know about floors

Asbestos in your home, what you need to know

Ceiling Cracks and Structural Problems

Condensation, Damp and Black Mould Problems

Cracking and Movement Problems and Surveying Solutions

Windows and Doors and Fascias and Soffits and Wet Rot and Dry Rot and other problems

Woodworm is it a problem or not? Is it active or not?

Services - Building help and advice on costly services

Drainage, what's underground can affect what's above ground

Heating; I just can't get my house warm enough or alternatively I just can't get my house cool enough

You can't mess around with the electric, you need an expert

 

Commercial Property Services

Building Terms Explained and Directories

Commercial Property Surveys

Commercial Structural Surveys

Leisure Facilites

Offices Large and Small

Shops and Retail

Warehouse and Industrial Buildings

Dilapidations Help and Advice What is a Dilapidations Notice?

A Beginner's Guide to Dilaps

Damp Mould and Condensation

Dampness Rising Damp Mould Black Mould Condensation

Dilapidations and Negotiations

Dilapidations Claim by a Landlord

Energy Saving what can I do?

Finance what is a Financial Adviser (We are not Financial Advisors)

Fire Risk and Help

Health and Safety Risks

Insurance how do I get the correct property insurance?

Landlords Surveying Advice

Property Investment how can I invest in property?

Property TV Reviews by an Independent Surveyor

Schedules of Condition Leasing a Commercial Property

Scotts Schedule and Section 18 Valuation

Tenants Surveying Advice

Weather how does weather affect my property?

Flooding

Rain

Snow and Ice

Strong Winds

Reviews from clients on Commercial Building Surveys

Churches and Charities, helpful reviews from our clients

Industrial Buildings and Warehouses and what our clients say about us

Offices Large and Small, reviews and feedback from our clients

Pubs, Restaurants, Hotels and other Leisure facilities we have surveyed over the years

Shops and Retail, helpful reviews from our clients

 

First Time Buyers

Buying a Leasehold or Shared Freehold Home

Buying and Selling Houses for the experienced house and home purchaser

First Time Buyers how do I go about buying my first house and home?

Improve your property knowledge with our presentations on house, homes and commercial property

Building Surveys

Building Surveying Useful Information

Dilapidations

Dilapidations Presentations in Detail

Final Year Building Surveying Exams for University Students or those that would like to know more

How old is your Building? Which era was it built in?

Party Walls

Surveyors and Design Tools

Disputes and Party Walls

Boundary Disputes

Building and Property Disputes

Party Wall Book Reviews

Party Walls Your Rights and Responsibilities

1stAssociated Surveyors Review for Structural Surveys and Building Surveys

Building Surveys, reviews and feedback from satisfied customers

Buy to let property clients, what they say about our structural surveys

Buying at auction, review of the survey

Buying bungalows and retirement properties and how our surveyors can help

Both at work / busy couples, how we can help and some 1stAssociated client reviews

Families with a young person flying the nest, reviews and feedback

First Time Buyers, what they say about us

Listed buildings, structural surveys

Older buildings, a review of buying an older house

Families with children looking for a new home, feedback and reviews

Buying a Non-Traditional Property

Residential Surveys

House and Home Surveys

Commercial Building Surveys

Commercial Surveys

1st Associated Surveyors Are Also Available in the Following Areas:

East Anglia and East

South and South East

West Country and South West

Midlands

North and North East

 

London

London Markets

London Parks

 

Wales

Areas of Britain

1stAssociated Independent Expert Property Surveyors

Specialists in Home Buyers Reports, Building Surveys and Structural Surveys and Schedules of Condition

All Surveyors are Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors qualified and RICS regulated

and are Members of the Independent Surveyors and Valuers Association

Putting the Client First

We do not accept service of documents by email or fax