A home owner living in a conservation area of a historic village of Denham, dating back to the Domesday Book was able to use Marley Canterbury clay tiles on their self build project to ensure the build complemented the existing buildings.
The specialist handmade Canterbury clay tiles have been designed for exactly this type of project where local planning stipulations require strict compliance in style and design.
Roofing companies specialising in heritage and conservation work will be aware of local planning guidelines and work closely with their clients to ensure repairs and renewals are in keeping with the local area. For roofers in Lincolnshire call Allen roofing today.
Choosing a quality roofing company is vital
Choosing a suitably qualified and experienced roofing company to carry out repairs and renovations is always a good idea, but if the property is built before 1999 it becomes even more essential as the property may contain asbestos as part of its construction and will need specialist and careful removal and disposal.
Asbestos has been mined for thousands of years and its effect on people’s health was observed too, but due to its versatility, strength and insulation properties these dangers were ignored and in the later 19th century and early 20th century industrial mining began and the product was incorporated into all kinds of building materials, including insulation and roofing materials.
As long as asbestos is whole and contained it is safe, but once it is broken, cut or torn the fibres that cause lung damage are released. These tiny fibres are easily breathed in by anyone in the area and can result in serious and chronic illness. It is a fact that the biggest danger building workers face is from asbestos removal. In 1999 the UK banned asbestos us and in 2003 a worldwide ban was introduced. To get the best advice on asbestos removal when carrying out flat roof repairs in Lincoln call Allen roofing.
A brief Tile history
If you compared British roofs to our counterparts in Europe you would find a marked difference in their construction. Today most of our modern roofs, 60% have concrete roof tiles, those with slate roofs make up 20% and clay tiles are only used on 10% of new building.
It hasn’t always been this way. Britain has a mixed history with regards to the type of roofing medium used. Slate was widely used for hundreds of years. Slate can be cut to various sizes, is easy to fix and works well to keep out the elements. Slate quarries occur in many areas of Britain but it is extremely heavy to transport so initially was only used locally.
Thatch on the other hand can be grown nearby, is a good insulator and was widely used throughout the Country. It has one major downfall and that is its vulnerability to fire. Following the Great Fire of London in 1666 thatch was banned from the city.
An alternative was needed and clay tiles were an attractive choice. Clay is found in many areas of Britain, including London. The Romans had used clay tiles extensively but once they returned home the skills and techniques needed to make a quality tile were lost. The industry was reintroduced around the 12th Century. A standard tile was established 10 1 / 2 ” x 6 1 / 2 ” this was the perfect size not only to make but to handle and use on the roofs. The size was written into Law in 1477 by an Act of Parliament after some manufactures tried to charge the same price for smaller, thinner tiles of inferior quality.
The next innovation was the introduction of a new kind of clay tile by the Dutch in the 16th century. These tiles were called pantiles and instead of being flat they were shaped like an ‘s’ and could be overlapped vertically and horizontally which meant better weather proofing, plus fewer tiles were needed to tile the same area. Although innovative at the time, the skills required to produce a quality tile repeatedly was still not available and consequently the tiles at this time were mainly used for low quality farm buildings where a leaky roof was not such a problem!
Once the railway was developed it became possible to move large heavy loads around the country. This meant that Slate, particularly welsh slate was made available throughout the country. Slate, which had always been considered expensive was now used on mass housing as well as the quality housing it had always been used on.
Following the Second World War there was a massive rebuilding programme throughout the Country and a cheaper more readily available roof tile was required. Concrete tiles had first been introduced in the 1920’s but had not been popular. Now they came into their own. The skill shortage in Britain at this time meant that Builders were looking for solutions for their lack of skilled labour. These larger concrete tiles were easier to fix and due to their large size it was quicker to complete a roof, resulting in a cost saving.
Today there is a huge range of roofing options available, so for all your Roof repairs in Lincoln call Allen Roofing.
More choice for Roof Tiles
More choice for Roof TilesRoofing Manufacturers Marley and Redland have both added new tiles to their product range.
Marley Eternit has added two new slates to its Birkdale range, Flame Grey and Flame Brown. The slates are multi coloured to imitate natural slate and have a smooth surface. They also have an A+ environmental rating.
Redland has launched a new tile, Craftsman Victorian which has been designed to resemble original Victorian tiles. The pitted surfaces, irregular front edges, black patterning, and a varied hanging length replicate an original weathered tile. For all call us today.
Flat Roofing is currently experiencing a period of growth according to Market Researchers, AMA Research. With over 28,000,000 square metres of roofing laid in 2014 alone the industry has seen growth of 3.5% and this is predicted to continue over the next four years.
A solid market place exists for maintenance and repair and bitumen still has the largest market share but more products with more choice of finish which are more cost effective are coming into their own.
The biggest demand recently has been for new roofs, particularly in the commercial sector, with new builds of offices and warehouses. It is predicted that as capital spending budgets are squeezed by Government, Local Authorities and Public Sector businesses will be willing to look at alternative ways of making their cash stretch a little further. For all your flat roof repairs in Lincoln call us today.