Repairing or replacing A listed building's roof
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Last Edited: 24/Jun/2016

Having a roof repaired or replaced can often be a big job that needs a lot of work. If the damage to your roof is severe and extensive repairs are needed, it is likely the whole roof will have to come off. Similarly, a new roof requires major refurbishment underneath and across the outer layer. This is a difficult enough task on a typical town house, but on a listed property there are a whole new set of challenges to face.

A listed property is one which has been designated as such by English Heritage. The Heritage team identify properties which are of historical significance or interest - this could be due to the site the property sits on, the building's architecture or a special event that took place there. Many public and religious buildings fall under the category of 'listed', and so do a number of houses across the country. Properties are assigned a grade depending on the level of importance that building holds. Grade I buildings include palaces and castles, and it is unlikely permission will be granted to make any changes at all beyond simple repairs.

There is more freedom for refurbishment with a Grade II or Grade II* property. However, owners are still bound by the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 and the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, which prohibit any alterations to the building's character. The conditions vary from building to building: in some properties, you may be able to add extensions or replace the roofing, while in others even the internal fixtures must be retained.

Whether the result of weather damage, wear and tear or a desire for better insulation, sometimes roofs need replacing or repairing. Having the roof of a listed building replaced can be difficult to get approved, and you will need to seek the appropriate permissions before any work can begin. In order to get that approval, you will need detailed plans that outline how the work will take place, which materials will be used and how the roofing methods tie in with the building's history.

If your repairs or replacement roof gets rejected, you can always adapt your plans and resubmit them. Sometimes working on a listed building requires a little compromise on both sides, and you may need to prepare for some of your ideas being unfeasible. As a rule, anything that alters the character of the property will not be permitted, but modern changes that accentuate the existing architecture are often approved. You could get that modern new roof you want, as long as you are prepared to adapt its style to fit in with the property's original aesthetic.

Once you have your construction plan in place, you need a reliable team like Woodstock Roofing who are experienced in listed building work. Trusting a professional team ensures that no corners will be cut and that all rules will be strictly adhered to. Preserving a Heritage-marked building requires care, time and attention, so you need the right crew on the job.