Roofing Conservation for the 21st Century
We specialist in conservation roofing throughout Lancashire, South Lakeland and the Fylde Coast.
A roof not only protects your property from the elements but is often an important part of its historic significance too.
If your property is listed or in a conservation area you will most likely need consent to alter the covering and internal structure. You may also require Building Regulation approval. You should seek advice before carrying out any changes.
Britain has some of the oldest buildings in Europe, the UK has thousands of listed buildings and heritage sights and in addition, there are around 10,000 conservation areas, recognised to be worthy of protection. Under the Planning Act 1990, local authorities have the power to designate conservation areas and lay out restrictions on what kinds of improvements can be carried out and this includes any changes to the roof too.
Buildings may be listed for several reasons-
Planning permission applications for conservation areas are more rigorously assessed to consider whether proposals preserve or enhance the special character or appearance of the area. This includes roofs and accessories, as the they form part of the historic character of buildings and conservation areas. It is vital that the continuity of materials is preserved as the use of unsympathetic roofing materials can have a detrimental effect on the appearance of the area and affect its historic character.
The repair or replacement of gutters, valleys, flashings and other leadwork, chimney stacks and pots, roofline products such as fascias, soffits, guttering and eaves will all need to be seriously considered. Alterations to these items may require planning permission or listed building consent. But do not worry-we can help, advise and produce reports for planning applications
Sourcing like for like
The roof is essential to the character of the building and planning restraints may make it difficult to change this to a different material. For example, many roofs in conservation areas still carry the original tiles that may no longer be available. An option is to source second hand or reclaimed tiles. Where original materials are not available, we can liaise with your local planning department to obtain a list of modern alternative materials that are allowable. Reclaimed products may be one solution in these instances.
With over 20 years of experience in the business, we can tackle any job, large or small. All quotes, advice and checks are completely free, so we invite you to take advantage of your FREE QUOTE or just our free expert advice, call us today on 07710 940 300.