When future generations ask the staff at Cornwall Flat Roofing (CFR) what they did during the 2020 Pandemic lockdown, they’ll be able to answer: “Re-roofed the Royal Cornwall Museum”!

For 13 weeks from late May to July Adrian Saundry and his team of roofing experts were to be found hard at work on top of Truro’s Cornish heritage museum.

The enforced closure of the Museum presented the ideal opportunity to contract CFR to carry out vital roof repairs, so when the Museum reopens it will be under a reliable roof, with a 25-year guarantee backed by Danosa – the roofing system that was used on the building.

A Cornish Company for a Cornish Roof

Stephanie of CFR, a family company, established in 1968 and based in Truro, explained that the firm had often been hired to make minor repairs to the Museum’s roof over the years. When it came time to take more radical action – with the roof actually leaking in some places putting the building and its precious contents under threat of moisture incursion – CFR director Adrian Saundry was asked to submit a quotation for re-placing the Museum roof, which was readily accepted by the Museum authorities.

Adrian and his roofers were happy to work aloft in the open air on the museum roof construction, while adhering to the Government guidelines to protect against virus transmission, and so in late April the scaffolding went up (courtesy of another local Truro company, A.A. Scaffolding) and they set to work.

Taking on the Challenges

The Grade II listed Museum building (originally it was built as a bank in 1845) has not one, but several roof sections. It has slopes, troughs and valleys aplenty on different levels, so the operation proceeded a step at a time.

At each stage the old, deteriorated roofing material had to be cleared (including around 200 very weighty concrete slabs in the first phase) before the area could be cleaned and primed and the VCL (Vapour Control Layer) and insulation applied.

CFR used a warm roof system from leading European manufacturer Danosa, consisting of a vapour layer, 120mm insulation, an underlay and then a mineral cap sheet.

The contract required a great deal of heavy labour, so Adrian had to draft in a full complement of staff on some days. Work proceeded in all weathers – from scorching heat in early June to a few wet weeks recently.

The CFR team are extremely proud to have completed the Museum contract, leaving a dry building as their legacy for the town of Truro – and the many visitors who are drawn to the Royal Cornwall Museum – for decades to come.

When you need a reliable roofer give CFR a ring on 01872 241910 – we’re trusted with Cornwall’s most important heritage building, so you can trust us with yours!

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