Tiled and Slate Roofing
Tile and slate roofing is an extremely popular choice of covering in the UK. Not only do they provide an attractive appearance to your home, but they can be cost effective and durable, protecting you from all the elements. Roofs that are slated or tiled will last for many years and there is very little maintenance required. A wide range of colours, shades and styles are available meaning you can design a roof to suit your needs, this doesn’t mean you can style your home like Jack and Vera’s from Coronation Street!
Why choose slate roofing?
Slate roofing looks great. Did you know that slate is over 130 million years old? So it’s definitely stood the test of time. Slate tends to be used on more affluent homes and provides a wonderful natural look. The initial outlay for choosing a slate roof can be expensive but if a good quality slate is chosen and fixed it could last a life time. A slate roof requires low maintenance, offers good fire protection and provides an invulnerably to rot and insects. Slate is extremely durable; it is obtained from rock quarries and is cut by hand. Generally, a slate roof can have a lifespan of up to 75 years or more and unlike some other strong roofing materials, such as tin or concrete, which can sometimes be eyesores, slate has an aesthetically pleasing look. It comes in a good selection of sizes and colours, although expect the colours to be limited to those found in the natural environment such as green, grey, black, purple and red – no piercing blues or baby pinks we’re afraid.
Why choose tiled roofing?
Although materials for a tiled roof can vary, the most common are made from ceramic, clay or cement. Titled roofs create a really distinctive appearance, so if you are keen to preserve the authenticity, style and history of your home or design something with some architectural flair then tiled roofing could be for you. Although initially tiled roofing can be a more expensive choice when compared to asphalt shingle, metal, or wood shake roofs, they can last a lot longer. They can last between 50 – 70 years because the longer tiles are exposed the more durable they become. They do not rot, rust, curl or burn. There are many other benefits for using tiles; they carry a class-A fireproof rating, providing excellent fire protection due to them being non- combustible, meaning a higher level of fire safety for your home. They can resist damage caused by string winds, hurricanes and even earthquakes. Tile roofing is a great insulator and will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Tiles allow air circulation underneath, which means the roof releases solar heat more efficiently and over a shorter amount of time. Tiles provide a lovely finish to your home and along with the benefits mentioned above can also increase your property’s value.
Will I need planning permission?
Although you do not usually need planning permission to make repairs to your roof there are a few circumstances when planning permission will need to applied for –
If alterations project further than 150 millimetres from the existing roof plane
If alterations are higher than the highest part of the roof
Side facing windows need to be obscure- glazed and any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
If you are installing solar panels or you live in a protected area then different planning permission requirements will apply and you will need to contact your local authority for more advice.
Will I need to submit building regulations?
If you want to carry out repairs on less than 25 per cent of your existing roof, you will not normally need to submit a building regulations application. However you will need approval in the following circumstances -
You carry out structural alterations
The new material used is significantly different from the old one
You are replacing or repairing more than 25 per cent of the roof area
If you are repairing more than 25 per cent of your existing roof or replacing your entire roof you will need to adhere to building regulations. These regulations will depend on the type of roof and materials you are using. For example you will need to make sure the new roof is energy efficient and meets the thermal insulation properties laid out by the building regulations. You will also need to make sure the materials used to cover the roof are durable and capable of resisting the elements of the weather. The ventilation is adequate (this will only apply to a cold roof) and various weights such as different materials or a person can be sufficiently supported. It will also need to withstand certain weather elements such as wind, snow and rain.
There are many building regulations that you will need to be aware of whether repairing an existing roof or building an entirely new roof. It is best practise to contact your local authority for information and advice. It is far better to make sure you are following the regulations before starting work then realising half way through or once the work has been completed, this could lead to a costly mistake. Professional roofing companies will make sure all regulations are met, advise you on planning permission and provide expert opinions on the different styles and materials available to you.