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This semi-detached house in the Croydon area has a hip to gable loft conversion and a rear dormer extension added.

The difference between a hipped roof and a gable roof is a hipped roof is has three slanted roofs, and a gable has two slanted roofs and joins up to a vertical wall.

A dormer is an extension that projects vertically from the slant on the roof which has a horizontal ceiling.  

The process starts with temporary works being constructed around the roof of the property so the workmen can access the hip of the roof. 

Depending on the weather conditions two different things occur. If the weather is relatively dry, the hip end can is removed so the steels can be installed for the floors and to support the gable wall.

If the weather has been particularly wet then a hole in the roof will be made where the steels need to be, and the hip end will have been built over. Once the seals have been completed the hip end beam will be removed from the inside.

In this case, the weather was dry so the first method was implemented for the gable loft conversion.

The gable end wall is then built up and the roof’s timbers were reconstructed to fit the new gable end.

As the roof tiles had already been removed and for the gable, it was a lot easier to build the dormer, the roof timbers were constructed to match the gable and were built on the back half side of the property.

The tiles were then refitted, and the work on the inside of the property could commence. 

The insulation that was used was specified by building regulations and complied with their standards.

If you have any questions about gable loft conversions or dormer loft conversions, then feel free to get in touch with us where our specialist engineers and architects will offer you a free consultation.