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From horses to fitness courses – How a new roof can transform your property!

Domestic EPDM flat roofing in Northwich

We were recently contacted by a couple from Northwich who were looking to make a significant addition to their countryside home.

The owners were dedicated to transitioning their property – a stunning 4-bedroom converted farmhouse – into a modern, eco-efficient 21st century home and had approached Maxiflow to complete the job!

Annexed at the rear of the property, a disused stable offered an opportunity to create something the couple had always dreamed of: Their very own gymnasium.

Re-roofing a converted house in Cheshire

Horses have a far greater tolerance for cold and damp conditions than we do, and can be happy outdoors in all conditions. So it isn’t a surprise that stables aren’t known for being particularly comfortable for humans.

Traditionally, they have been constructed without consideration for thermal insulation, with roofs being designed to provide shelter rather than as a carefully considered ‘feature’.

We undertook a complete roof refurbishment on the outbuilding, installing our speciality Firestone EPDM rubber roofing system.

This technology will not only keep the new gym perfectly protected from the elements, but is also an entirely eco-friendly, carbon-reducing measure that can do wonders to keep the building insulated!

Now the homeowners can keep fit and pamper themselves in their very own health center, without being saddled with an unreliable roof!

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Installing a sedum green roof in Snowdonia National Park

Ecologically-friendly roofing

At Maxiflow, we are driven to seek out environmentally-conscious solutions for our customers’ needs. As you’ll see, we take the idea of a green roof quite literally…

In association with E. T. Pugh Building Contractors, we were contracted to install a new roof on a hall in the small village of Corris Uchaf.

Nestled within the breathtaking surroundings of Snowdonia National Park, Tyn Y Berth Hall occupies a prominent location within the community.

Preserving the outstanding natural beauty of the area was, as always, a key concern for us.

Boarding for a sedum roof

A special location calls for a special roof, so the decision to install a Sedum Roof was both a logical and ecological choice!

Sedum is a flowering plant that can be cultivated on a roof, producing a natural layer of greenery that brings a number of benefits to a homeowner:

  • CARBON REDUCTION: Increasing the amount of oxygenating plant life ion your property can help reduce your household’s carbon footprint. The larger your roof, the greater the benefit!
  • LOW-MAINTENANCE BEAUTY: Sedum grows in a shallow layer of substrate, keeping its growth restricted and requiring minimal maintenance.
  • ADDITIONAL WATERPROOFING: The densely interwoven plants absorb excess moisture and can provide an extra layer of waterproofing atop your roof.

Applying Firestone EPDM rubber layer

Maxiflow’s roofing team started on this project in the early hours of the day, aiming to minimize local disruption by maximising the time available for the job.

In just one day, the team re-boarded the roof and installed our custom Firestone EPDM rubber roofing system.

This rugged, durable system offers a multitude of benefits for all types of roof, including providing a solid and secure housing for this green roof.

Applying Firestone EPDM rubber layer

We at Maxiflow are very excited about the possibilities offered by combining our tried-and-tested methods and expertise with innovative new eco-friendly solutions, but what do you think?

Do you see green roofing catching the public imagination or will it remain a specialist solution?

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New solar panels and roof for Ffrith Community Centre

Ffrith Community Centre's new solar panels

The future is looking bright for Ffrith! Maxiflow have installed a set of solar panels on the roof of the village’s Community Centre, integrating the eco-friendly and money-saving technology into the beautiful surroundings of the Welsh countryside.

This project was in collaboration with the good people at Raine or Shine Alternative Energy Solutions, who you can also follow on Twitter.

You can view our original post about the project here and the work-in-progress photos here.

> Photos of the completed project

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Roofing at Northgate Street, Chester & Ffrith Community Centre

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Northgate Street, Chester

A member of the public spotted the loose slates at risk of falling from the roof of this conservation property. Maxiflow were contacted by Chester Cathedral to perform emergency reactive maintenance to make the area safe and are now engaged in a complete roof refurbishment.

Ffrith Community Centre

Rural development agency Cadwyn Clwyd Cyfyngedig have commissioned Maxiflow, in association with Raine or Shine, to install a new roof on Ffrith Community Centre, including fascia boards, gutters and EPDM rubber, in addition to a set of solar panels. Reducing carbon emmissions is a top priority for this registered charity.

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Solar panels for Christleton Scout Hut

Maxiflow fit solar panels on Christleton Scout Hut in Chester

Maxiflow have been helping out our friendly neighbourhood Scouts! The hut of the 1st Christleton Scout Troop, which lies around the corner from Maxiflow HQ on White Lane, was in desperate need of refurbishment and Maxiflow stepped up to help.

We provided a fully-refitted EPDM roof installation and, completely free of charge, an all-new set of photovoltaic solar panels.

Our solar panels are designed to be as discreet as possible, lying flush with the contours of the roof, while also providing ample amounts of eco-friendly electricity.

If you ever stop by the Maxiflow offices, keep an eye out for the panels on your way down the lane!

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