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Checking the condition of a tiled roof

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Checking the condition of a tiled roof

Should a roof be replaced?

If patch repairs are regularly necessary, it may be time for the roof to be re-covered. It is difficult for an amateur to judge whether a new roof is required. If you need advice about the soundness or safety of your roof, contact one or two builders for their opinion. Alternatively, pay a surveyor or architect for an unbiased report on its condition.

A contractor, who will guarantee the work completed, should undertake major roof repairs or replacement of sections. It is worth checking with your local authority to see if you qualify for a discretionary improvement grant. This will depend on the age of your property plus its rateable value. Planning permission is not required for roof replacements unless the building is a listed property or you live in a conservation area.

The type and colour of the tiles can enhance or spoil the appearance of the house. If you live in a terraced or semi-detached property, consider the covering of the neighbouring roof, which can affect the overall appearance of your roof.

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