5/22/2015

Shelter from the Storm ~ Ray Lovegrove

(C) K and R Lovegrove

In the same year that Alexander Graham Bell made his first telephone transmission, and Jesse James robed train in Otterville Missouri, our house was being built. It might not have been that exact year, but about 140 years ago. All that time the roof of our house has held back the forces of nature and withstood rain, hail, snow, wind and two World Wars. It, like all of us is getting a little older each day and the time has come to replace it.

C) K and R Lovegrove


Many of the old Welsh slates have been damaged and the lack of under-slate insulation is causing us some grief. We also have to carefully position the odd bucket when the rain comes from the south. We are lucky enough to be able to replace all the missing slates with recycled ones that have all come from a building of about the same age in Hay-on-Wye and will also be fitting a solar water heating system.
C) K and R Lovegrove


In our roof, like all aspects of our life, we aim to preserve what we can, use recycled material where possible, and use technology to lessen our impact on the environment.

Looking forward to a warmer and drier winter this year!

C) K and R Lovegrove




 ~Q~

                   "The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining."

 John F. Kennedy

~Q~

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(C) Ray Lovegrove (aka Hay Quaker)


5 comments:

  1. Good advice -- slate roofs are not only fairly long lasting they are beautiful. Great that you found some to repair your roof. -- barbara

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  2. Well, you really had to fortify your roof at some point. Sure, it may have withstood the harshness of weather for years to come, but it’s always good to be prepared for any eventualities, especially if you’ve started to notice some signs of wear and tear. Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience with roof repair. Take care!

    Ronald Miller @ Eagle Building Solutions

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  3. Sometimes, no matter how strong your roof is, there will be a time that it will be broken. It’s great that you were able to maintain its original brick and slate, while introducing something modern into the mix. Anyway, keep us updated on your beautiful home. Cheers!

    Betsy Keller @ Above All Roofing Inc.

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  4. Lovely to hear you are restoring your homes roof. Here in Australia they just tear them down. So sad.
    Blessings Gail.

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  5. That is an interesting history of your house, Ray. All the more need for you to preserve the roof of that house, and restore as much as you can. It will help more generations to be reminded of its past, as well as to have a secure shelter to live on.

    Terence Warner @ Brunwin Roofing

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