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


Stripping the old roof of tiles and battens


Stripping the old tiles and battens off the roof is a really messy job and if you have no felt I'd recommend rolling out tarpaulins in your attic space. Oh, and don't put any clothes to dry if it's a washing day!

See how the old tiles were removed in this short YouTube video:

Off they come..


I had 80 years worth of wasp nests in my eves!

I now hope future barbeques will be relatively wasp free.


A claw hammer is used to remove battens and any old nails are banged into the rafters.


Of course, thgis needs to be done when there is absolutely no threat of rain.

Once the roof is covered in breathable felt and re-battened then it will be watertight even if there no tiles.


Progress is quite quick and the roof can be cleared in a couple of hours.


More of the roof is uncovered.


Tiles are thrown down hand to hand to be piled up on the scaffolding ready to be taken away.


Everywhere starts getting very cluttered!


I had to move my satellite dish cables so they came into the house through holes in the soffit panel rather than through the tiles.


The rear roof being stripped.


Yet more wasps nests in the eves.


Lots and lots and lots of tiles ready to be disposed of.


A close of the eves showing the inside wall of the cavity wall on the right supporting the rafters. The overhang to the outside wall is quite wide at around 10".

Removing the old tiles.


The back of the house stripped.