Our flaking roof
 Planning & Building Control
 Assembling the scaffold
 Building the hip roof frame
 Stripping the old roof

 Tiling begins!
 Leading the chimneys
 Fitting the bonnet tiles
 Cementing bonnet tiles
 Cementing verges
 Topping out
 Final details
 Cleaning up!
 Re-pointing the chimneys

 Removing the scaffolding
 Finished roof

Upgrading the loft

 Installing the loft floor



Sister sites


My House Extension
Stop paint flaking
DIY secondary glazing
My Japanese Teahouse
My Japanese Garden
History of Old White Lodge


Fitting the bonnet tiles to the hips


Once the tiles have been laid then the task of fitting the bonnet tiles on the hip begins. The video below shows the sequence of actions used to fit the tiles that abut bonnet tiles.

This is how they look after fitting.

Neat eh?

The first task is to mark the width of the required tile. This is achieved by laying a complete tile over the one below and mark the tile with a nail (this is the same process used as when laying floor tiles).

The tile will always be at a slight angle to match the line of the bonnet tile next door.


The tile is thrown down and cut to size.

It is then thrown back up and fitted into its correct position.

The last hip has been fitted
to the first hip line.

A side view of the first hip line.

A second hip line at the back of the house.

Detail of where the bonnet tiles on the short hip meets the ridge tiles.


Fitting the final row of bonnets.


Behind the chimney.

Fitting the third hip bonnet tiles.