All Saints, Ulcombe

The challenge

The church walls are faced with Ragstone with the pitched roofs clad with Kent Peg clay tiles.
The Quinquennial Report highlighted a need to replace the lead roof coverings to the north and south aisle roofs which were beyond their predictable life. Several temporary repairs had been carried out to the lead on both aisle roofs to prevent leaks but rainwater was still entering the church.

Our solution

The stage 1 investigation clearly established that lead at the eaves has crept down on both aisles which has resulted in the need to introduce new top flashings, the main reason being that the bays are oversized for lead.

The results

Stage 1 involved a detailed intrusive inspection to record the existing roof structure of the north and south aisles. In addition details of stonework and areas of high level repointing were recorded.

The following Stage 2 included a full specification for replacing the lead roof coverings, overhauling rainwater goods, stonework repairs and repointing. The main repairs included the removal of all the lead roof sheeting to the north and south aisle roofs, the repair of defective or failed parts of the roof structure and re-roofing in zinc. The new natural zinc roof was installed with roll top battens to reflect the appearance of lead whilst new parapet gutters were laid to correct falls.