shingles on a shallow pitched roof.

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thatbloke

hi guys , i have a very shallow pitched lean to on the back of a thatched cottage and i need to re-roof it as the other half cannot live under asbestos sheeting.

we have decided that we would love to use shingles , purely because of them being aesthetically pleasing and in keeping with the wonky old thatched house.


does anybody have any ideas of how to go about doing this?

i am thinking 18mm ply sheeting , felt , counter batons to aid water drainage then batons to hang the shingles on.

what do you guys reckon?

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Felt shingles will be about as "in keeping" as that flattie at t'uther end and that pink paint! :eek: :LOL:

The shingles need to be fixed direct to the ply, i.e. no counter battens.
 
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sorry , i mean wooden shingles , not felt.
the pink is something i can do very little about (conservation area), it should be ox blood mixed into limewash but some previous owner decided to use masonry paint instead so thats another job for a later date.
the flatty box on the side will most likely be taken down at a later date and a timber framed extension put in its place.
so , anyhow , what do you reckon about wooden shingles on a roof like this?
 
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I drew one up years ago and it was fairly conventional, unfortunately I forgot to take those particular drawings with me when I left that firm so can't remember the exact method/supplier. I think they were Western Red Cedar. There are now plenty of suppliers, you'll need to contact your chosen supplier and fix in accordance with their recommendations eg http://www.johnbrash.co.uk/downloads/cms/Shingle Specification Brochure.pdf & http://www.johnbrash.co.uk/downloads/cms/Cedar Shingle Specification.pdf
 
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thatbloke

thanks guys. i am hopefully going to be starting this next week.
in order to keep mr buildings inspector happy how big/small do my rafters need to be? the ones that are there already look a tad small to me , also , the wall plate on the house side of the roof looks more like a piece of skirting. :eek:

does anyone know the regs for rafter size and spacing? or is it not that simple?

this is the wall plate on the house wall.

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and this is the wall plate on the external wall. you can see a wooden purlin running parallel with the external wall in the centre of the cieling , is this necessary?
or does it look like i will need to change the roof construction method altogether? the roof will be vaulted inside as the head room should it not be vaulted would be very restrictive.

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this is how it looks inside the kitchen (those photos were in the wood store at one end of the kitchen) , the old roof beams/branches can still be seen although they are not really doing anything now.
the walls are clay lump construction possibly dating back to the 1800's although the building isnt listed.


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i still have not thought about insulating but id like to use hemp if i could.
 

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