Boathouse on the River Thames The attraction for us as roofers was that this 100-year-old building had its original pantiles remaining which the client and district surveyor insisted we use. These hand-made terracotta tiles look fabulous but are notoriously difficult...

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A Roofer’s Holiday

The roofs in New Mexico are delightful and often comic (in a good way) from the corrugated iron ones of Albuquerque to the high-end public buildings of Santa Fe. However, what strikes me first as a roofer is the lack of guttering. Everywhere the flat roofs dump their...

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Ladders or Scaffold

Although roofing has always been associated with the use of ladders, for the most part scaffolding has replaced them as a form of access. For extensive re-roofing and repair work, scaffolding is perfectly justifiable both from a logistical and safety point of view. On...

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Ladders and Their Role In Roofing

One of the common reactions we get when deploying a long ladder up onto a roof is “shouldn’t you be using a scaffold?” It is as if ladders are no longer considered safe. People are shocked when I tell them that our longest ladder, which can extend up to 45 feet or 3 ½...

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The Use of Handmade Tiles

Handmade tiles by their very nature tend to be used on older and generally more expensively built properties. It is their very slight difference in shape, colour and contour that gives them their appeal. I personally have found they are also less liable to frost...

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A Question Of Felt

A lack of felt shouldn’t lead to a new roof! Just because your house is potentially nearing a hundred years old and has no felt, you shouldn’t be bullied into having a new roof. You see, in some ways, the felt lining is a hindrance, even on a slated roof. A leak...

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Invert Roofs Are A Roofer’s Worst Nightmare

Think of it, someone designs a property that rather than discarding rainwater off the roof flanks to the gutters, funnels it downwards to a central valley that runs front to back of the property along the centre line of the bedrooms. They’re usually three of four...

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Reclaimed Clay Tiles & Slate

Plain Tile Roofs The two classic materials used on roofs in London early in the last century were Welsh slate and clay plain tiles. Whereas roofers are very reluctant to reuse old slate, no matter how in mint condition it might appear, plain tiles are another matter....

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Roof Spread

Roof Spread/Roof Sag There is a little tip I give clients when looking at a house with a view to purchasing it. If it has a flat front with no bays, go up and stand under the front wall of the property. Look up at the gutter and if it is badly bowed and not straight,...

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Dry Rot

Things to look out for on your roof Patios | Asphalt | Dry Rot We are finding more and more evidence of dry rot in the timbers of old asphalt roofs that haven’t been maintained properly. Example 1 This shows an outdoor sitting area with an asphalt covering that was...

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