new roof

1 Oct 2006
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United Kingdom
My builder has recommended concrete tiles to replace the original slate roof on my victorian terrace which is not in a conservation area. The roof is leaking and in a very poor condition. Apart from the extra weight,which my builder has said he will have to add strengthening timbers to allow for, are there any other problems with concrete tiles.

Any advice would be great
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don't do it, its a sacriledge to replace slate with concrete tiles, why can't he just remove your slates and re-lay, replacing any broken ones, and with a breather membrane underneath. that way you don't need to strengthen the roof and you retain the character of the house
If cost is a problem, you can buy synthetic slates which look quite good and are light.

For appearance and economy, some people use the original genuine slates at the front of the house where they show, and synthetics at the back.

When you come to sell the house, or leave it to your grandchildren, it will be more valuable roofed in slate than with pink concrete stuck on the top.
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