Historic Grafton B&B repaired after major hailstorm

Historic Grafton B&B repaired after major hailstorm




“Hail stones as big as golf balls”.

That was the local newspaper headline in Grafton in December 2017. Grafton is a large, regional city on the Clarence River in Northern NSW.

The Advanced Buildings team were brought in to repair a house in Bacon Street Grafton. The house had suffered severe hail damage, particularly the roof.

The property was a large single-storey, colonial style house. Features included add-on verandas and an outbuilding carport skillion roof.

Our cost estimate for the building reinstatement works was $265,000.

The Challenges

  • Heritage listing

The building was constructed in 1906 and had been heritage-listed. Any changes to the building, including the type of building materials used in the repair, needed the approval of the Heritage Board and the assessor.

  • Hazardous building materials

Following the storm, the roof was badly damaged. A close inspection revealed that the roofing material contained asbestos. The team needed to take all precautions to avoid asbestos contamination of both personnel and the surrounding area.

  • Structural concerns

Due to the age and construction of the building, we assessed that any extra weight added to the roof frame it would threaten the supporting structures.

After some research, we found a product that would do the job. It was the Monier Elemental Shingle.

New on the market, this roof shingle has been tested by the CSIRO to Australian Building Standards (AS4046) and has a high strength to weight ratio. It was a very close match to the original roof cladding style. The product is also ultralight and its use was compatible with the existing structure.

  • Mandatory training was needed to install this new building material

Once all parties approved of its use in the building repairs, our tradespeople needed to complete a tailored installation course with the manufacturer Monier.

Undertaking the course was a mandatory requirement for the product’s warranty.  As the product was new to the market, very few tradies had worked with the material before, so the course was a good overview.

  • Avoid interfering with ‘business as usual’ for the building owners

The property operates as a Bed and Breakfast business. This restricted the time when works could be carried out. It also gave us a narrow window in which to complete the asbestos removal.

Extra works were added to the reinstatement project

While carrying out the insurance-related repairs, the building owner asked us to add some private works to the reinstatement program. This work included the upgrading of roof framing and battens. Both had deteriorated over the long life of the building.

Under the careful watch of site manager Jeffrey Little, the Advanced Buildings team happily accommodated this request, using a number of local tradespeople to help with the extra work.

A final word…

The total repairs, from start to finish, took seven weeks.

We completed the project to the highest standard, with all parties involved (including the insured) expressing how impressed they were with the management and completion of this claim.

For more information about this project, contact Dustin Rodway, the Regional Construction Co-ordinator on 1300 882 661.

  • Historic Grafton B&B

    Historic Grafton B&B

  • Historic Grafton B&B

    Historic Grafton B&B

  • Historic Grafton B&B

    Historic Grafton B&B

  • Historic Grafton B&B

    Historic Grafton B&B

  • Historic Grafton B&B

    Historic Grafton B&B

  • Historic Grafton B&B

    Historic Grafton B&B

  • Historic Grafton B&B

    Historic Grafton B&B

  • Historic Grafton B&B

    Historic Grafton B&B

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