Concrete tiles on victorian terrace

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Are concrete tiles on a victorian terrace anything to be worried about? Im sure the roof was previously tiled in blue slate and reslated in concrete quite recently. The house is quite a large victorian terrace.

I have also noticed that the plasterwork around the chimney breast had bubbled and although the previous occupant had told us that the problem had been resolved, there were stategically positioned plastic buckets in the loft space.

Is this likely to be the flashings if the roof is still leaking?
 
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some people will go ahead and re-roof their home without any thought about the increase in weight.

a concrete tile will weigh over 3 times as much as a slate. if the roof has not been designed for the added weight or has not been approved by a structural engineer then you can have problems.

are there any signs of strengthening within the loft?

the buckets under the chimney thing, sounds very dodgy. :eek:
 
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The buckets were placed around the area where the leak had obviously been, The property is in poor decrative condition, so I would imagine that the leak would have occured previously as its a old ceiling that has bubbled - the artex actually.

Is it possible to strengthen the roof after the tiles have been fitted or hopefully they strengthened it when it was fitted and would this involve an outlay over £1000 on a property approx 22 ft wide and 30ft deep?

What the other options, a total reroof is completely out of the question,
 
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Only have real experience of Victorian houses in my own area. They are usually well capable here of taking concrete tile as the truss etc are heavy 8 and 10x2. with all sorts of bracing. Bear in mind some of these slate are heavy grade at 30 to 60 slate per sq metre. Although big concrete tile are heavy it is slightly offset by the fact there is only 10 per sq metre.....still a heavier roof than most of course.

Alex
 
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