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hi my name is jason and i`m a roofer..... (feels like an aa meeting hehehe) anyhoo i'm from ireland and have roofed for the last 15 years specialising in slates but touching on most things. found these forums as a result of having bugger all to do. the building industry in ireland is after taking a leave of absence, taking my business with it. i`m still a happy chappy though. i might just throw in my two cents worth every now and then.
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Wecome to the forum Jason.

How come the Aussie Name? Just wishing you were there?

Do UK roofers primarily do just roofing, or do you need to do a whole bunch of other trade work to stay busy?

What about Cotwald Cottage Roofs and Thatch Style?

Do any of those?

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Wecome to the forum Jason.

How come the Aussie Name? Just wishing you were there?

Do UK roofers primarily do just roofing, or do you need to do a whole bunch of other trade work to stay busy?

What about Cotwald Cottage Roofs and Thatch Style?

Do any of those?

Ed
hi ed
i`m always wishing i was there. i done a lot of my growing up in sydney.parents emigrated when i was young. the roofing keeps us busy on this side of the world. in ireland at the moment the industry is on its knees though. i stick mainly to the slating and tiling. personally i think our roofing counterparts in england are a bit more rounded. i would love to take up copper work a bit more but there is not much of that in the residential market here. thatching is a dying art in ireland. i think the english maintain it a bit more than us.
 

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Welcome to the forums.

The new construction industry dropped to it's knees here in 06/07,
crawled through 08 and now has flopped over on it's side and is a waiting a helping hand to get back up.

Tear offs have some to a crawl because every one that use to specialize in new construction is now attempting to survive via the renovation field.

Sure hope 2010 kicks off better.
 

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Hi Ed,personally speaking,im a slater and tiler,i also do flat roofs(torch-on) rubber roofs (edpm) and i specialise in lead work(flat roofs flashings etc)im also a qualified carpenter so i can do all the timber work(Fascias,soffits,trusses) but thee days most of it is upvc plastic!
Thatched roofs are completly different, very specialised job, i must admit they look great,also Ed, what do you mean by Cotswold cottage roofs? arnt they thatched?

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the new build in ireland has practically stopped. now i`m not only competeing with other roofers but also carpenters as roofing falls under their trade and when things slow down they start to take the slating and tiling. roof slaters and tilers are not formally recognised here as a trade. i`m crossing my fingers with you slyfox, i hope 2010 brings more work than 2009 has.
 

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The term, Cotswald Cottage seems to mean different styles to different people, but my interpretation of it, is the type of house that has flowing curved gable/rake edges and curved valleys and hips, rather than come to an abrupt edge or sharp angle.

I have some photos of one I did around 1991, which still looks brand new today, (I just drove past it this past weekend), and I also have heard it called a Mushroom Style or Gingerbread Style home or roof.

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is the cotswald cottage referring to thatch. if its what i`m thinking of it looks the business . basically there is no valleys ,hips etc just gentle curves onto dormers and into valleys. almost "hobbit"like. i would be interested in seeing a picture of one just so i know i`m on the right track.
 

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the new build in ireland has practically stopped. now i`m not only competeing with other roofers but also carpenters as roofing falls under their trade and when things slow down they start to take the slating and tiling. roof slaters and tilers are not formally recognised here as a trade. i`m crossing my fingers with you slyfox, i hope 2010 brings more work than 2009 has.
In my area new construction roofing falls under the carpenters trade also,
even insurance companies will give us a carpenters rate unless, we do re-roofs 'tear offs' also, than were considered roofers.
 
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