Leaking roofs



Spraying our roof

The structure of our 2 storey office studio building has been built so now we are preparing to put the roof tiles on this and the new outside WC. First though, we need to ensure that the roofs have proper insulation and waterproofing. A specialist has been today to spray the roof with a sealant. The chemical reaction in the spray creates a foam which quickly hardens. A skim of concrete is applied over this and the roof is then ready for the tiles. The cost of this for our two small roofs was 350 euros and the process took only an hour. Up to 100 square metres of roof can be covered for 450 euros.

This may sound like a routine building proceedure for Northern Europeans but, on all the small building works we have seen over the years on the coast and in Los Guajares, we have not come across this before. In Southern Spain, most builders disregard the fact that it does rain sometimes and insulation is not a priority. As a result, we have come across many expats who have encountered roof problems and we ourselves suffered in our last house when we had particularly heavy rain. After this extremely wet winter we stongly recommend anybody building here to use this system.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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