Replacing Hanging Tiles
Here at Summit we are proud to continue a fine tradition of cladding people’s homes that began many centuries ago, but the difference is that we are using the most up to date and efficient materials.
As the pictures show, this client’s house in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire used to have a tile-hung upper storey. That is when clay roof tiles are hung on vertical walls as a cladding option. It’s a tradition that began mainly in the south-east corner of England back in the 1600s as a superior form of weatherproofing, when many houses were built of timber, daub and wattle. Nowadays, on modern homes, it’s more of a decorative feature.
When it is done properly it can look most attractive, but the nightmares begin when tiles break, slip or fall out altogether. Replacing them is a skilled job. The tiles above and around the lost tile must be carefully removed from above and the replacement must be the same design and thickness.
Hardieplank composite cladding is the solution
Understandably, some householders think this is too much of a bother and decide to replace the entire façade with something different – and this is where Summit Cladding can help.
Our client wanted to give his home a facelift and had seen an installation of Hardieplank cladding that we had completed nearby, so he decided to call us in.
We started by removing all the hanging tiles from the upper front of the house and all the wooden battens that had supported them. These we replaced with new treated timber battens, followed by James Hardie composite cladding in the colour Cobblestone.
We also changed all the large tiles in the porch roof to smaller plain tiles and, as a finishing touch, replaced the lead flashing to set off the new tiles. The result is a totally new look for the house, with a fresh and bright appearance and maintenance-free cladding that comes with a 10-year guarantee.
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