Miner’s Cottage Renovation Project Part 5 – Flat Roof

If you remember last year I wrote about my Mum’s miner’s cottage renovation, and how we had replaced the windows and put in a new bathroom. Well, the next project for the coming Spring/Summer is a new flat roof. We think it’s gone too far for repair work or having an overlay so a replacement flat roof is needed.

A Miner's Cottage Renovation Project

Dad, bless him had put a new roof on the kitchen extension when I was a kid, but 25 years or so later and it needs replacing. I can remember Dad always having problems with the join between the extension and the old part of the miner’s cottage. As it was built in the early 1800s the walls are not the straightest. Making that join watertight was Dad’s biggest bugbear.

I remember when Dad was left his sisters house when she passed and we had to go through all ff&e before we could sell the house. Doing this renovation with mum has brought back many memories of Dad and his ways. I remember him giving my husband’s mate a bottle of whiskey in exchange for moving a piano!

This kitchen extension roof on Mum’s miner’s cottage badly needs replacing so it’s top on the list for this year. With all the storms we’ve had recently she’s been having leaks inside. Unlike 25-30 years ago, now there are many more options for roof and building materials like this https://calhounsuperstructure.com/the-calhoun-difference/fabric/. So Mum and I will be researching some of the materials that can be used for the flat roof. We will be looking for long-lasting and reasonably priced within budget.

The roof at the moment is felt. Traditionally this is the most used material for a flat roof on houses. But it’s been developed and improved over the years. It comes in sheets that will need to be fixed with a blow torch. This is the most likely option for us as it’s the most affordable and it had good waterproofing results.

Miner's Cottage Renovation Project Part 5 - Flat Roof

If it was myself I would love a “green roof”. Green roofs provide wildlife habitats for insects, birds, and butterflies. They help to reduce carbon dioxide and pollution levels in the air. I think a green roof would look charming on the kitchen extension of a miner’s cottage!

The one thing I love about Mum’s miner’s cottage is the solid fuel Rayburn she has installed and the open grate in the front room. During the Winter as a kid, I can remember sitting in front of the wood fire reading and watching TV. I didn’t even know anything about central heating until I bought my first home. The new build I live in doesn’t have any character like older houses. I suppose that’s one thing I miss. Oh but I don’t miss the upkeep of open solid fuel fires. Mum is always getting the chimneys swept twice a year and knowing how to fix a cracked chimney liner is on her mind, alongside stopping the crows from nesting in the chimney!

I’m really enjoying sharing the old miner’s cottage renovation stories, you can read parts 1-4 here:

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

rachel bustin
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2 thoughts on “Miner’s Cottage Renovation Project Part 5 – Flat Roof

  1. I’ve never even thought of a green roof on a house but that is a brilliant idea – even if not possible with this.

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