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Thinking about having your listed building’s roof replaced or repaired?
When replacing or repairing a roof on a listed building there are new challenges to consider, compared to doing the same on a typical non-listed building. The new roof would normally need major refurbishment across the outer layer as well as underneath.
The English Heritage team identify the historical properties due to its architecture, a special event that took place there, or by the site it occupies, amongst other considerations. The level of importance the building holds will determine what category of grade it is listed as.
It varies between grades, but for some properties you may be able to replace the roof whilst in others you would have to retain the internal fixtures. Owners are bound by the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 and the Planning Act 1990 which stops you from altering the building’s character. If your property is listed as Grade ll you will have more freedom for refurbishment.
If considering work to be done you will need detailed plans of the work, materials to be used and how it relates to keeping with the building’s history. If rejected, you can change them and resubmit them. Generally, if your plans alter the character of your building, it will not be permitted, but this said, modern changes are often approved if they accentuate the existing architecture. If you need a new roof or repairs in Tunbridge Wells call Mastercraft roofing on 1892 784285.
Make sure you use a Lead work specialist
Lead has been used as a roofing material for over 200 years and is still in use today. Repairing and restoring lead work requires a lead work specialist who can accurately identify the problem and use their expertise to repair or if necessary renew the faulty area.
Lead flashing around chimneys and guttering or at junctions between roofs are problematic and should be tackled by a qualified craftsman. Particularly in cases where it is necessary to use heat to repair the area.
Arranging an inspection report for your roof if you are concerned about its condition is an excellent first step. Engaging a company that can then carry out any roof repairs will save time and the need to duplicate work.
Modern vs Traditional Roofing Methods
Marley Eternit the UK’s leading manufacturer of roofing systems has been listening to the problems faced by roofing companies that work in the field of heritage and traditional buildings. New planning regulations have impacted their working practices so the company has worked closely with the industry to develop a range of options that are acceptable to the planning authorities and meet the building requirements also.
If you own a heritage or listed building finding a suitably qualified roofing firm can be difficult. Mastercraft Roofing based in Wadhurst, near Tunbridge Wells specialise in the restoration of period and heritage building.
Roof Repairs in Tunbridge Wells
Small leaks can cause big problems, dealing with them right away can prevent mould, rotting, destroyed insulation and damaged ceilings. If you have water stains that extend across ceilings or run-down walls, the cause is probably a leaky roof and should definitely be taken care of sooner rather than later.
Penetrations in the roof are the most common source of leaks, interrupted shingles, plumbing and roof vents are some of the causes of water damage. Look for black marks, mould and water-stains to find the source. If you are struggling to find the problem area, try wetting the roof from the outside with a garden hose and have someone wait inside for water to come through. Ensuring things like roof vents are properly secured to the roof with no damage to the rubber casing or missing screws can be a simple solution to preventing leaks.
When you have located the problem area, contact Mastercraft, the professionals in roof repairs in Tunbridge Wells to get your roof fixed properly once and for all.