airgap - insulating old slate roof with celotex kingspan pir

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  1. sharknose

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    Would it be ok to just have a 30mm air gap (rather than the standard 50mm) between the kingspan pir and the under side of the roof battons plus the extra bit of space (0mm - 10mm ) between the under side of the battons and the lime mortar underneath the slate. I dont have any felt. just the lime mortar which fills in the gaps between the slates. I am only insulating 3 meters of the bottom part of the roof as the top part is attic space. There is no air vents at eves so i will probably drill a few holes at the eves to allow some air flow to get through inbetween each rafter. Any input anyone? Does that sound ok to you?
     
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    If your slate is unfelted, then in theory I don't think an air gap is required at all.

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    What ive read up about on the internet is that if it is unfelted you could use a 25-30mm gap because the air could circulate easily through the gaps of the slate. Problem is with my roof there is a sort of lime mortar under the slates, arching from batton to batton, presumably to seal the drafts from entering the gaps in the slate, which would i turn stop that circulation I need. I could take of all the lime mortar I guess but dont fancy it if i dont have to.
     
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    Does the mortar cover the whole of the joints between slates? I've lived in a couple of Victorian/Edwardian houses that had cement fillets under the slates, on the top side of the battens, but this wasn't continuous. Are you saying that your tiles are, effectively, rendered underneath?

    I had a loft conversion done in one of those houses, and the BCO was happy for the gaps between the rafters to be packed, without an air gap. Although I have to say that I *can* see the virtue of an air gap, and it certainly couldn't hurt to have one. I don't think anyone would be asking for the 50mm that would be needed for an imperviously felted roof (as opposed to one with a breathable membrane).

    Bear in mind that lime mortar is also pervious to moisture.

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    Yes, it is more or less rendered. I can't see any slate in any case. It would be a batten thickness (about one inch) at the batten and then arches to about 5mm or so just under the slate half way between each batten. I think I will go with a 25mm airgap from bottom of the batten and with the extra 10mm or so in the arch (effectively 35mm), I think this would be sufficient.

    The info of the CBO coupled with the breathability of the lime mortar has definetly settled my mind on the smaller airgap issue

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