Roof Tiles Question

Postby BeckyHew » Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:41 pm

Hi there,

I'm new to DIY doctor and know very little about roofing, so please bear with me.

I have recently been up in my loft and noticed that the material in between the roof tiles (it's clay-like, might be mortar?) is crumbling and coming down, leaving gaps for water to come in.

I spoke to one roofing company, who said they would have to strip the roof off in order to repair it and put felt up.

Is this true? I have very little money and that sounds very expensive!!

Thanks for your help, sorry for being a newbie at the roofing stuff!
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Postby LCL » Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:04 pm

This sounds like mortar torching. It used to be applied to the underside of tiling to prevent excessive wind and snow blowing into the roof. It could be clay but is normally a lime : sand mortar. This will weaken overtime and fall off.

The roofing cmpany are right in as much as the only way to correctly place an underlay under the tiles and over the battens is to remove the tiling. This raises the issue of ventilation which is currently naturally occuring through the tiles. If you progress down this route, fit a Tyvec or similar breathable membrane to ensure that good levels of ventilation are maintained. This willhelp to reduce nasties such as condensation whic can lead to timber decay and wood worm etc.

Does the roof covering look to be in good condition. Get some binoclears and have a good look from outside (across the road may be). If the tiling looks to be in good condition you may not need an underlay. Underlays are secondary water proofing measures if ou like should the tiling become defective so if the roof covering is in good ocndition you may need not worry. If there is any penetrating damp (particularly to valleys) you'll need to sort this asap.

Hope this helps

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Postby BeckyHew » Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:50 am

Thank you so much for your reply.

The tiling looks to be in pretty good condition - no gaps or cracks. So I may not need an underlay if I can fill in where the mortar has come down.

It's made me feel much better about the situation, escpecially as you really sound like you know what you are talking about!

Thanks again
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