Heritage roofing can be defined as roof covering works carried out with traditional materials and workmanship to buildings that have historic value. This is as opposed to modern materials and workmanship used with current building practices.
The heritage roofing sector is dominated by clay products, and it is common for bespoke tiles to be specially made for projects where the original roof design needs to be strictly adhered to and mass-manufactured products aren’t suitable. After clay, it is also typical for natural stone, natural slate and thatch to be used on heritage projects.
Britain has one of the oldest housing stocks in Europe, many of them in conservation areas. There are many thousands of other listed buildings such as churches, civic buildings, mills, farmhouses cottages, and country buildings, as well as stately homes and so on.
The challenge doesn’t end with sourcing the right roofing tile. An immense amount of planning and preparation goes on behind the scenes on a heritage project as attention to detail is paramount. Correct installation is as important as choosing the correct product to work with. You also need to know what planning regulations need to be in place before work commences, otherwise you could be left with double the expense and trouble.