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



Our old flaking roof


Our old clay tile roof that dated back to 1932 was really in quite in a bad state even though I had been replacing tiles on an ad hoc basis for over 25 years. The problem was that for every tile replaced I broke four replacing it - making this a very frustrating process! I couldn't carry on doing this for the next twenty years!

Moreover, the roof was unfelted and many of the clay tile flakes fell into the attic space making quite a mess. There were also a few problematic leaks from time to time which were becoming quite annoying.

Is your roof like this?

This photo shows how badly many of the tiles had flaked over years caused by the ravages of time and successive freezing winters.

The attic was full of flakes breaking away from underneath the tiles.


These flakes not only fell into the attic but blocked the gutters as well.




The chimneys were sealed using concrete 'flaunching' rather than much better lead.




Probably the only part of the roof that was in reasonable condition were the hip tile but the concrete was not in a great condition.


The coping was also not in a particularly good state either.


Yet another of the many flaking tiles.


The time had come for a re-roof methinks!

Being a keen DIYer, I thought about doing the job myself, but it was clear this was a task beyond my capabilities as it would have taken me MONTHS to complete! A competent roofing company was required.