mid terrace roof

7 Oct 2019
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United Kingdom
Hi All

Just after a little advice regarding my roof.

Its a 1900's mid terrace with a slate roof. I am wanting to have it stripped and new batterns and breathable membrane used. Would prefer to keep as slate but most people on my road have had concrete tiles instead. I think this due to price but does the roofer take off the cost of the slates he has salvaged from the roofing price. Another issue is that will my rafters which are 8cm x 5cm laid over 2 purlins each side be able to cope with the extra weigh. Also have an issue that at the back of house no scaffold can be erected due to extension on our houses.

Thanks Martin.
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If your slates are good, put them back on... the others in the street will likely regret not doing so one day
Yes, if it is an existing slate roof and you want to keep it slate then why not.
After 120 years the slates may well be at life end.

You'll need a building regulation application for the rafter loading and ceiling insulation. Don't use any firm that "forgot" to tell you this.
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Thanks for the replies. Looked at the tiles and yes it all shiney and new but not to my taste but probably my budget lol. Want to keep the slates as i have Sash windows installed. Getting the front K rendered and going to put up stone tec false headers and sills so dont want the modern look of tiles. Plus both neighbours have slate so i guess easer for the roofer to cut in.
If you need new slates take a sample of your existing slate to your nearest Burton Roofing or similar roofing merchant and see what they can supply to match. Slates can be obtained from various quarries in different countries such as UK and Spain but you or your builder wouldn't deal directly with the quarries for roof slates for a house :!::)

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