Everything You Need to Know About Heritage Roofing

The UK is home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world, from stunning churches and cathedrals to historic stately homes. Each and every one of these remarkable feats of architecture requires regular maintenance to ensure it remains in the very best condition, allowing them to be enjoyed for generations. 

At JTC Roofing, we are frequently called upon to help maintain and preserve the roofs of high-profile buildings throughout the UK.  

What is Heritage Roofing?

Heritage buildings across the country are regularly the focus of architects, manufacturers and heritage organisations who come together in order to keep our favourite properties in the best possible shape. The highlight of many of these properties is the roof and often, the roofs on these heritage buildings are so old that the materials are starting to break down, making repair and maintenance a must. 

The term ‘heritage roofing’ simply refers to works carried out on a roof of a historically valuable building. These buildings could be National Trust properties, listed by Historic England or simply have a significant meaning to the local community it resides in. 

These works are incredibly important, without them the structure, interiors and aesthetics of the property can become compromised. 

Heritage roofing styles

The individualistic nature of many of the UK’s properties means that the heritage roofing process can be a long one. In order to maintain the authenticity of the building, it is advised that the materials used to replace the old ones must match the time period in which the property was originally built. As well as this, heritage projects are often required to meet specific standards as outlined by Historic England, the National Trust and similar organisations.

This means that the craftsmanship needs to be methodical, accurate and above all, to a high standard.  

Heritage roofing can include a whole host of different materials both traditional and modern. From lead roofing to copper, zinc and more, JTC Roofing specialises in a variety of roofing types ideal for buildings across all periods. 

Things to consider before a project

Before embarking on a heritage roofing project there are one or two things you need to consider. 

Firstly, a detailed survey of the roof needs to be carried out. Assess the roof at different times of the year and in a variety of weather conditions. Doing this can be really beneficial later down the line, as it will help to identify common issues such as blocked guttering, leaking and smashed tiles. These issues are best checked after stormy weather, as this is likely to be when most damage is caused.  

The weather perhaps has the most significant impact on heritage roofing projects, so it is better to know what you’re dealing with prior to the start of any work. If not, you run the risk of being caught out. 

Our heritage projects

Over the years, the team at JTC Roofing has worked on a wide range of heritage roofing projects. As one of the most accomplished roofing contractors in the country, we’re regularly called upon to support projects on a variety of iconic landmarks.

This includes restoring the roofline of Westminster Abbey, working on the roof of Durham Cathedral and maintenance on numerous National Trust buildings.    

Specialists in all aspects of roofing work, here at JTC Roofing, we’ve worked on numerous projects throughout the UK including in London, Nottingham and Leicester. As one of the country’s top roofing contractors, you can rely on us to provide an efficient, professional and safe service. For more information on how we can help you contact us today.


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