High winds in the Thames Valley roof damage

With the high winds currently being experienced in the Thames Valley and Wantage area it is worth getting your roof checked for damaged tiles or slates. Wind can dislodge roofing in places that can’t be seen and rain water will soon get in causing even more damage.

Worth booking an inspection and fast repair to reduce more costly work later on.

Ridge tiles, roof repairs and blocked gutters

Lot of ridge tiles loose and dislodged tiles and slates. It’s not just the wind but the lack of cement in the sand too! its common place around here, Grove especially. They might look ok but when up there you’d be surprised how easily the ridges lift off with your finger. If people could see the actual damage that is going on the roof would be like your car in need of servicing every so often, out of sight out of mind at times.

Also looking at lots of flat roofs, with more rain coming and possibly cold weather people should really have theirs looked at and we have some great alternatives to felt with long life expectancy. Lots of gutters still blocked and causing problems with moss and lichen being blown or washed off the roof the deluge soon causes gutter problems..

Roof tiling grade II listed building phase two completed

The second phase of the complete re-roofing of the out buildings at the grade II listed properties at Wittenham House, Little Wittenham Oxfordshire has now been completed. Here are some images of the final stages of the work and on completion.

The completed work images show how I have worked to blend new tiles with old and keep the character of the building totally within the grade II guidelines. A major re-roofing job for me spread over a long period of time and completed totally to the client and the main contractors satisfaction.

Previous contract images Located Here


Re-roofing of out building at Upperton Nr Benson Oxfordshire

The job involved the re-roof of an out building and remedial works to timber plus the gable end wall. This was an outhouse building on a grade II listed cottage and it was in its original form without previous renovations. The existing clay peg tiles & ridges were removed carefully and set aside for re-use
New vapour control membrane was laid on the rafters and replacement treated battens fixed in place at a gauge to suit the tiles. Note the neighbours roof was being done at the same time so i had to match in to their gauge and follow on.

Graded 2 listed outbuilding in need of a re-roof

This image shows the underside of the existing peg tiles and the much smaller battens that were used to support and hold the tiles in place.

Underside of tiled roof on grade II listed building

The other side of the outbuilding roof and showing just how much in need of restoration it had become.

 Outbuilding in need of renovation to the roof and gable end

Part of the roof plate perished from years of water ingress. A new piece of treated timber was spliced in before the tiles were re-fitted

The tiled roof wall plate before it was replaced

The single skin gable end wall became loose when the roof tiles and battens were removed so four wall straps were fixed to the rafters and bolted into the wall to prevent it from collapsing.

Gable end on grade II listed outbuilding before it was renovated.

 I always find work like this type very rewarding especially as the buildings are listed and protected. So renovations with attention to the original details, restoring roofs like these to their former glory are very satisfying for me.

Finished re-roof from the front view

Completed front view of re-roof

Rear view of the finished tiled roof

Tiled re-roof rear view of finished work


Re-roofing of grade II listed out buildings and garage roof at Little Wittenham Nr Abingdon

The main house on this project I re-roofed back in September 2010, the property a grade II listed building this was a complete re-roof for Carter Construction. We worked alongside the contractors of the construction company, us stripping the roof tiles, battens and felt and the carpenters doing any timber remedial works and insulating the roof voids. All sound existing tiles were set aside for re-use as this was a grade II listed building, great care was taken in saving the tiles as they are expensive to obtain replacements.

The out buildings to the house in Little Wittenham Oxfordshire where clad in handmade clay peg tiles and we set aside all sound tiles and fittings for re-use. Some timber and gable end repairs were needed but generally the roof was in good order. The work was undertaken so that were possible the weatherproofing of the building was maintained due to the unpredictable British weather. Once the roof was repaired and rafters de-nailed the vapour control membrane was laid on and fixed. The new pressure treated battens are then put on at a set gauge to suit the tiles.

With all the preparation work completed tiling using the existing along with new replacements to match the tiling moved along quite smoothly. Once all tile work was completed the final cement work and lead flashings needed were completed, restoring the buildings back to their original glory but maintaining the character to comply with the grade II requirements for renovations.

Due to the size of this project and the volume of images that were taken we have arranged them into a gallery so you can select the pictures you want to enlarge and view. You can also start at the beginning of the gallery and navigate through the main pictures to confirm the level of my craftsmanship in completing large work like this contract.

Tiled extension roof at Abingdon Oxfordshire

This is the extension that came up through the garage roof that I did the GRP Flat Roof for located in Abingdon Oxfordshire. The images show the extension roof being felt, battened, tiled and with a straight lead chase flashing, with mortar work to verges and ridge tiles. The standard stepped leadwork flashing would have looked out-of-place so close to the roof angle so the builder and client asked for it to be straight and it worked.

The roof felt using high quality products from Marley, battens are pressure treated for long working life, in place ready to accept tiles at the correct gauge.

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Marley high quality long life roof felt

Tile edges showing the first cement fit and the chase cut ready to weather in the lead flashing.

The primary cement  work to the tile edges

The finished cement weathering to the tile edge providing a neat finish that will set to a Portland cement light grey colour.

 Finished cement work to the roof tile edging

The ridge tile in place ready as a guide for fitting the remainder, you can also see the UPVC fascia boards used which is not only decorative but virtually maintenance free, they just need a clean periodically.

Ridge tile fitted ready for completion and installing remaining ridges

Barn conversion tiled roof at East Hendred Oxfordshire

A large job where I applied the felt, battens and tiled the barn roof plus lead work coming in behind the carpenters as they completed their parts of the project. I will always remember this project as it was in extremely cold weather and the work took about  three weeks to complete my part of the contract.

This was a barn conversion for a local builder where a new cut roof was put on and I fitted all the roof tiles. These were a handmade clay tile to keep the authentic look in the surrounding area of East Hendred Oxfordshire. The roof is ready now for all the bonnets to be bedded on using sand & cement.

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Tiled barn conversion at East Hendred Oxfordshire

This is the garage of the barn conversion with three velux lights in the back roof. I made the decision to tile all perimeters, bed verges and ridge tiles while the weather allowed us to then I could just fill in and tile around the windows.

Roof tiling in progress

The roof on this barn conversion is almost complete. The weather was particularly cold when this was done so the mortar work can only be applied above a minimum creation temperature.

Tiled barn conversion at East Hendred Oxfordshire

Just finishing off the mortar work while the weather breaks (briefly).

Tiled barn conversion nearly completed

This image shows the barn roof complete, as you can see the tiles were blended so they had to be mixed at a certain ratio to make the blend look right.  This roof had only bonnet and valley tiles so the battens had to meet all the way round for the bonnets and valleys to marry in with tile levels. It made it harder with the addition of roof light windows too, so this takes some thought and lots of tape measurement work! add in the very cold weather when this project will be very well-remembered.

Barn conversion completed showing the many elevations and the blended roof tiles

Tile and leadwork to orginal porch at Clifton Hampden Oxfordshire

This porch roof needed  stripping off and replacing. A new timber barge was replaced  and the rafters repaired. I put new breathable membrane felt on, new treated battens and replaced the existing clay peg tiles making up numbers from a reclaim merchants.

Reclaimed hog back ridge tiles were used to finish, as you can see, a tile under cloak was used in place of fibre cement as this was a listed building and it kept its original state. Lead stepped flashing was put into the wall abutment it was originally a cement fillet but over time this fails and cracks allowing water ingress. Lead is a better and a sounder process lasting for many years to come.

Listed building renovation of the porch roof and tiling

This is the porch roof completed all, tiled in with the reclaimed hog back ridges bedded on with sand & cement. The stepped lead flashing is all that is in need of pointing and another customer was left happy with my workmanship.

Final work to a renovated listed buildings tiled porch

Tiled extensions and fitted Velux roof lights at Denchworth Nr Wantage

Felt, batten, tiling, leadwork and sealoflex flat roof. I have already posted about the work carried out in my Flat Roof category and now I can detail and show the tiled roof part of this project.

This is an extension roof with plain clay tiles and three velux roof lights installed. The roof had some intricate detail with various abutments and other roofs meeting together. I started by felting and battening the roof and getting the verge tiles bedded on, with the first ridge on it could all be pointed in neatly and flush. The velux windows were fitted so I could tile and cut around them.

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New extension roof in progress and velum windows being installed

There isn’t much of a run to get into this roof and with so much detail it takes time to get around to each area. The windows had to be installed seperately and cut around before the next one can be completed.

New roof tiles being installed

The other side of the roof has another detail. A lead gulley had to be put in as it went down into the existing house. This required a carpenter to form a timber substrate to which the lead work was formed and fitted. If you look at the verge above the gulley, that runs into the verge of the new roof which required a lead detail too.

New tiled roof and leadwork in progress

The verge tiles and end ridge bedded on with sand & cement and pointed to a neat flush finish.

Tiled roof showing how neat the finished ends are after pointing in with sand and cement.

Views of the finished work before removing the scaffolding, the overall roof work the client was very pleased with and it reached their full expectations of the aim of the extensions in not only creating space but also using available daylight via the Velux roof lights.

Hiqh quality roof tiling view 1

Hiqh quality roof tiling and flat roof work view 2

Hiqh quality roof tiling view 3

Tiled extension roof at Whitchurch Goring On Thames

New extension roof, I applied the felt, battens, tiles, lead work and sealoflex flat roof system. Extensive extension work using a number of materials and applications to weatherproof the property

 This was a single storey extension roof in Whitchurch near Woodcote. The job consisted of me doing a site visit for the building contractor and advising on quantities of materials and suggesting what system to put on the flat roof areas and in the gulley.

Tiled roof , leadwork and flat roof elevations weatherproofed

This shows the bonnets being laid and tiles cut in to suit. We are working our way across to meet the valley. Note there is a flat roof on top and a lower porch to engage. For a small extension the tiling work was quite intricate.

Laying up the roof tiles

These are a handmade clay tile that are similar to an old clay peg tile. Once the felt was laid and the battens fixed and gauged to meet round at the same level on the hips and valleys, the tiles could be laid on to the battens and the bonnet tiles fitted so the tiles marry round at the same level.

Fixing the hand made bonnet and main tiles

The client was concerned about having too much lead on show for reasons of theft so I advised a sealoflex system to put on the top flat roof which is a reinforced polyester system very tough and flexible. To extend the life of this flat roof an application of a maintenance coat can be applied

Flat roof system alternative to lead

This gulley has been lined in code 5 lead and has been formed to have two steps in it to so the lead is in long enough pieces for expansion & contraction form various weather temperatures.

The lead is formed down on the ground first being bossed, cut & welded to suit the gulley width and roof angle and then it’s put into position on a geotech lined gulley to minimise abrasion on the timber. Doing it in the correct fashion minimises the stress on the lead reducing the risk of premature splits and failure to weatherproof the property.

Lead lined rainwater gulley

The extension roof was tiled and cut around the flat roof porch. This porch has a sealoflex single ply membrane on it for durability and excellent weatherproofing properties.

Porch and extension roof work