Steeped in Scottish history, a beautiful 15th century Estate in Stonehaven is being preserved thanks to the protection of Roofshield, one of the highest performing roofing membrane solutions. The Ury Estate, it is claimed, was once home to the Barclay Banking family and includes Ury House a three and four storey listed building of Tudor/Jacobean style, which is to be restored to its former glory by leading developer the FM Group.
WCP Architects, Aberdeen specified Roofshield, the renowned pitched roof underlay, which is both air and vapour permeable, for the roof refurbishment. Contractor Pert Bruce was selected to carry out the installation.
The complex nature of the roof structures of historic buildings requires careful consideration of moisture management, and condensation control. The majority of vapour and air permeable underlays use an airtight VP film layer to achieve their performance rather like a Gore-Tex jacket. While water resistant, they cannot completely prevent condensation within the roof space; meaning additional ventilation has to be introduced in order to allow air to circulate.
Roofshield’s patented structure allows high levels of airflow, in addition to the transport of moisture vapour, making the formation of condensation in the roof space virtually impossible. It has an extremely high degree of vapour permeability, as well as air permeability, so will still perform in conditions in which air tight alternatives will not.
In addition to the impressive restoration of Ury House, further plans for Ury Estate include the development of the £80million Jack Nicklaus golf course and a housing development.
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