As well as installing new roofs, expert contractors also conduct a lot of roof repairs, completing work such as fixing loose tiles and repointing chimney stacks. However, not every property is the same, and careful consideration is needed for listed buildings. Here are some expert tips to make the process easier for you.

What are the issues with old roofs?

Old roof materials vary from property to property, but typical historic roof coverings include thatch, natural slates and clay tiles. These roofs can have a lot of recurring issues, which often leads to property owners investing in replacement roofing.

Common problems include water ingress, issues in areas around chimneys and leadwork, general structural instability and slipped slates. Defects often occur due to poor maintenance, material deterioration and unsuitable alterations, highlighting the importance of planning all roof work with care.

What are the rules for listed building roofs?

Properties in conservation areas and listed buildings have stricter planning rules about what can and can’t be done. The roof is often part of the historical significance of the building, so you may need to consider this if any roofing work or repairs need completing.

Planning consent or building regulation approval may be necessary if any alterations are required to the external covering or internal structure of the roof. This also includes repairs needed for features such as old timber structures, chimneys and finials.

For more advice, the SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) has lots of useful information on their website about maintaining old buildings, including historic roofs.

Where can you get advice about roof repairs?

Your local roofing contractor and council are your two best sources for listed building roof advice.

Start with a roof inspection to find out what’s causing the issues with your roof. A good roofer will talk through all the options available. For example, if you’re having a lot of problems with slipped tiles, it may be that the nail fixings need replacing rather than the material itself.

If alterations are required, it’s always best to speak to your local council to understand the implications of the proposed work. This includes rules about any replacement roof materials or preserving features.

Once you understand the requirements, your roofing contractor can help with anything further, from sourcing sympathetic materials to scheduling the repairs. If specialist help is needed, such as a structural engineer, they can liaise with other contractors you have onboard for the work.

Get expert roofing advice now

At South Thames Roofing, our experienced team offer a wide range of roofing services for properties in South London and Surrey. If you’d like us to inspect your roof to see what’s happening, get in touch today. We come out to locations such as New Malden, Raynes Park and Surbiton.

To contact us, call 0208 397 2900 or send a message to [email protected].