The roof, the whole roof and noth­ing but the roof

Scottish Field - - ABODE -

Your new home’s crown­ing glory is one of the big­gest parts of a ren­o­va­tion. Do you know your large for­mat from your low pitch, dou­ble Ro­man from in­ter­lock­ing? The choice comes in nat­u­ral prod­ucts, man­u­fac­tured ma­te­ri­als, com­pos­ites, and dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes which means there is the per­fect choice out there. This is where cost and de­sign com­bine to in­form your de­ci­sion

1. Slate

A group of small is­lands off the coast of Ar­gyll are known as ‘the is­lands that roofed the world’. To­day new slate is im­ported, mainly from Spain. There is talk of Scot­tish quarries re­open­ing.

2. Pan­tiles

Pan­tiles can be traced back as far as the 1660s in Scot­land with the claim they were im­ported as bal­last in boats from the Nether­lands mak­ing the cross­ing to Fife for coal, salt and wool. Like slate, pan­tiles are much in de­mand for ren­o­vat­ing prop­er­ties in con­ser­va­tion ar­eas or for listed build­ings.

3. Metal

Lead flash­ings are com­mon­place for chim­neys and roof junc­tions and for or­na­men­tal work on older build­ings such as tem­per­a­ments. Zinc and cop­per are be­com­ing pop­u­lar and so is steel. They are es­pe­cially suit­able for windy sites.

4. Green

Turf roofs have been used in Scot­land and Scan­di­navia for cen­turies. Mod­ern ver­sions are built up in lay­ers keep­ing them wa­ter­proof. More of­ten seen on com­mer­cial or com­mu­nity build­ings, do­mes­tic green roofs are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar.

5. Thatch

Most peo­ple think of black houses in the Western Isles but thatch was once the most com­mon roof­ing ma­te­rial across Scot­land. A sur­vey in 2016 for His­toric Scot­land re­ported more than 300 re­main na­tion­wide.

Syn­thetic and com­pos­ite roof­ing is tak­ing up a grow­ing seg­ment of the roof­ing mar­ket. Some of the most at­trac­tive yet durable and long last­ing premium qual­ity ma­te­ri­als for roof­ing in­clude com­pos­ites avail­able in the mar­ket to­day, with slate and shin­gle looka­likes.

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