Worth replacing missing rosemary clay roof tiles?

20 Feb 2019
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I have some tiles missing from my roof, and also some that are de-laminating. The tiles are rosemary clay. I've had a roofer round to quote for the work and he's said that it isn't worth replacing the broken/missing tiles, because in doing the work someone is likely to break or dislodge more tiles. He said that it's worth just leaving the roof as it is until it gets to the point where it needs replacing entirely.

Is this a valid recommendation? Another roofer has said that it is worth replacing the missing tiles.
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The problem is more get broken than get replaced if the roof is that bad.

Best to get another couple of opinions.
Thanks. I'm guessing the tiles are the original tiles from when the house was built - late 50's/early 60's maybe, so there going to be pretty old. I think that's the point the roofer who came round was making. His advice was to wait a few years and then do the whole roof.
I had broken ones the same age, they are easy to replace but many of the ones that looked good were very poor on the underside and the wood battens were even worse


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There will be hundreds of duff tiles on your roof. Your roofer is correct - replace the lot.
It is worth replacing the obviously broken or missing ones, and then taking a view on whether/when the whole roof needs doing - very expensive.


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