If you own a historic home, you know how tasking and demanding maintenance on the roof can be. This is because, over the years, roofing materials have changed in structure, design, make and even weight. The roof on your home could be hundreds of years old but, if it eventually fails, water penetration could cause serious (and expensive) damage to your property. If your roof covering has deteriorated to the point where patch repairs are no longer economical, it will need to be replaced.

Replacing the roof on a historic home can be a tricky process. Roofs on buildings such as churches and listed properties tend to be much steeper than those on a normal home, and the buildings themselves are often much taller than the average house too. We’ve completed repairs on a number of historic buildings, some of the most recent of which include St Mark’s Church Huddersfield, Christ Church Huddersfield and The Church of Adventist in Huddersfield.

Completing repair, re-roofing and maintenance work on buildings such as these over the years has allowed us to build up a wealth of expertise and experience of historic roofing. So, if you’re wondering where to start when it comes to replacing the roof on your historic building, check out our guide to choosing the right roof for you.

Initial inspection

One of the first things you should do when re-roofing your historic home is to inspect your roof. This will allow you to determine what your roof is made of, the condition of the roof as a whole and what materials you’re going to have to use to make any repairs without putting the integrity of your building at risk.

If the house is listed or in a conservation area you will probably need consent to alter the covering and internal structure. You may also require Building Regulation approval. In this instance you should always seek advice before carrying out these changes.

Picking the material

Once the initial inspection has been completed, the next phase of the process is to pick the replacement material. Wherever possible, this should be the same material that your roof is made of. Most historic buildings tend to use clay or slate tiles, which are easy to replace as they’re still largely used today.

If, however, your roof is made of something that’s no longer available, you should endeavour to choose a material as similar as possible to prevent losing the historical value of your building.

Don’t forget the detail!

Perhaps the biggest factor that contributes to the value of historic homes is the detail that goes into their design. Buildings such as churches tend to have special designs and patterns on their roof, something which you should strive to retain during your renovation.

The installation

The final and most difficult part of the renovation process is the installation. You should only entrust this task to roofing professionals who have years of experience completing historic building renovations; the integrity and value of your building can be seriously compromised by a novice who may have difficulty scaling the roof or fitting tiles properly.

Need more help? For expert help and advice on historic roofing speak to our friendly team today