They all give me “that look…”
Because roof repair in the inner west of Sydney that they will be doing that day will be an interesting one…
Of all places in Sydney’s inner west, Newtown, St Peters, Balmain and Erskineville must have the worst streets for tradies.
The multitudes of dead ends, one way streets and parking congestion makes getting in to do roof repairs a long drawn out process.
My roofers now know that to get a parking spot, they have a small window between when folks leave for work and when businesses open. Then they need to be continuously wary of the parking inspectors….
Getting in and out is one thing, there are other ‘roofing things’ that we need to take into consideration when roof repairs in the inner west of Sydney are on the day’s agenda…
Like getting roofing materials through the streets of the inner west…
Our roofing material suppliers usually deliver roofing materials directly to a job site. But we do not have this luxury in the inner suburbs of Sydney. Not only do big trucks find it difficult to get into the tight streets, there is not enough space to stop and crane off the materials.
There is a ‘double handling’ process where materials are offloaded onto our little utes – which then go in to the job. The utes become the delivery/storage mechanism. But sometimes, the materials are too long for the racks of our utes….
I remember a roof repair job in Erskineville.
It was a terrace house with a flat metal roof. and the roof was beyond repair. We had to replace it with a colorbond kliplok profile roof. The roof was 10.5 metres long…
We did not want to engineer a step-joint and split the sheets into two short lengths. So, the10.5 metre sheets were ordered in single lengths.
...And they got delivered on a semi trailer.
“There is no way we can get our semi trailer down THAT street!…” mister Lysaght told us. “The closest we can get is 2 blocks away.”
So, what was the solution?
Once upon a time, gypsies roamed the inner west. With the change in demographics, they now target the defenseless homeowners in the outer west.
If you don’t know what gypsies are, check out my blog article about a gypsy attack on a poor inner west home owner.
With a name “The Roofing Professionals Westside” – you would think that we must do a lot of roof repairs in the inner west.
And we do.
We like the inner west – because it is quite central to where we live and we like the challenges that the inner city suburbs pulls on us. So, despite all its challenges, we fix a lot of leaking roofs there.
Roof repairs in the inner west of Sydney is unlike anything else. That is why we keep coming back when we get asked….