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Common Questions

What is the best type of underlay to use?
 
What is the minimum roof pitch for a roof tile?
 
My new clay pantile roof looks wonderful but I am concerned about the gaps between the tiles. Will my roof leak?
 
I have a low pitched lean-to roof extension that is below the recommended roof pitch for our chosen tiles. Can I still lay the tiles?
 
Are the small white-centred chips on my clay tiles harmful to the tile’s durability?
 
My clay tiles appear to have an applied 'painted' finish. Why? & will this weather off?
 
My concrete tiles have a painted finish. Why? & will this weather off?
 
I have just had a new roof installed, I have noticed that some of the tiles are cracked, what should I do?
 
I have walked on my roof and the tiles are cracking, are the tiles on my roof faulty?
 
When and why do I need dentil slips on my roof?
 
What are eaves fillers and when should they be used?
 
A white ‘bloom’ has appeared on my roof tiles. What is it, and will it harm the tiles?
 
What is the maximum roof pitch for a roof tile?
 
Is ventilation required and if so where does it go?
 
Which is best, mortar bedded or dry fix roof?
 
Do I need to erect a scaffold?
 
What are the advantages of using a dry fixed ridge system?
 
I want to replace the tiles on my roof with something different. 1. Can the replacement tiles be heavier than the original roof covering? 2. Can the replacement tiles be lighter than the original roof covering?
 
I am having my roof replaced which adjoins my neighbours, whats the best method of ensuring there is a seal with the existing tiles next door?
 
I have just had a new roof installed, I have noticed that some of the tiles are cracked, what should I do?
 
How do I ventilate the roofspace if I have no fascia or soffit?
 
If I have eaves ventilation, do I need ridge ventilation?
 

Planning Permission

Do I need planning permission to reroof my house?
 
Are there any limitations or conditions to planning permission?
 
Do I need planning permission if I live in a conservation area or the property is listed?
 
Do I need planning permission to fit solar panels on my roof?
 
Are there any limitations or conditions to planning permission concerning solar panels?
 
Are there any limitations or conditions to planning permission concerning solar panels in a conservation area?
 
Can I fit solar panels on an outbuilding if my property is in a conservation area?
 
Can I fit solar panels on a listed property?
 
Do building regulations apply to roof mounted solar panels?
 
How do I check if I am not sure if my property is listed or is in a Conservation area?
 
How can I get further information on Planning Permission?
 
What do I need to do if I have bats in my roof space?
 

Building Regulations

Do I need to submit a building regulations application to reroof my property?
 
Do I need Building Regs approval if I am only replacing the roof tiles?
 
My new roof tiles are lighter than the originals. What do Building Regulations recommend?
 
What do Building Regs say about the weight of my new roof tiles?
 
My new roof tiles are heavier than the originals. What do Building Regulations require ?
 
How can I get further information on Building Regulations?
 

Maintaining your roof

How often should I inspect my roof?
 
I have moss all over my roof, how do I remove it?
 
My roof is leaking, what could be the cause?
 
The mortar in my verges is leaking, what shall I do?
 
I have damp patches on the roof timbers what should I do?
 
I have damp or sodden insulation in a wide area what should I do?
 
I have just had a new roof installed, I have noticed that some of the tiles are cracked, what should I do?
 
I have walked on my roof and the tiles are cracking, are the tiles on my roof faulty?
 
My tiles are ‘rattling’ – does this mean they are not fixed correctly and how can I stop this?
 
Why have the ridge tiles on my new house come off? Is the mortar too weak?
 
The ridge tiles on my new house have come off in recent high gales. Why has this happened? Is the mortar too weak?
 
A white ‘bloom’ has appeared on my concrete roofing tiles. What is it, and will it harm the tiles?
 
My concrete tiles have a painted finish. Why? & Will this weather off?
 
My clay tiles appear to have a painted finish. Why? & Will this weather off?
 
My clay tiles have small white-centred chips on their surface. What is causing this and will it affect the durability of the tiles?
 

Choosing a new roof

Do I have a choice over what roof tiles I have on my roof?
 
How do I choose a new roof?
 
 
 
 

Got a problem with your roof?

Not sure what to do about it?

Don't be too eager and jump into it without prior knowledge.

It pays to consult your Roofapedia..

 
 
Jargon Buster

Not sure what each term means?

Click here for some basic roofing terminology.

 
 
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My Building Project Directory

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How To Get Planning Permission

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The Green Building Bible - Volume 1

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Renovating For Profit

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