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Roofs: repair or replace?

Your roof is your home’s first line of defence against the elements, so will always benefit from targeted maintenance tailored to the materials used. Alan Tierney looks at how to care for this part of your home, and when you might need to consider replacement
On this like-for-like replacement roof project on a Victorian rectory, a number of the original tiles were salvageable. New heritage-style units from Dreadnought Tiles were selected for the main covering, and the usable originals repurposed on the small roof above the bay window

If you are undertaking a project on a period home, you will have to give careful consideration to the state of the roof. I often say that its condition and the degree to which it has been altered in the past gives the best indication of the house’s overall integrity, how well it’s been maintained and its history.

All roofs have two distinct elements – the structure and the covering. While they are obviously connected, their characteristics are fundamentally different and decisions on repair or replacement need to be made separately.

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The latest issue of Build It, Britian's first magazine for self builders and renovators, is packed full of practical advice, inspiring readers' homes and expert guidance on everything from planning and design through to budgets and specificying materials. In the June 2019 edition: - Build It's Self Build Education House: We're building next door to Grand Designs The Street! - Complete guide to planning success - Cost-saving secrets for home renovations - Extension cost guide - Roofs: Repair or replace - Building an oak home ... and much more!