Do you have a period home that’s been re-roofed from slate to tiles?
Over the years, it was common for many owners of old Victorian and Edwardian period homes to try to improve or modernise their homes.
In Melbourne this was really popular during the 60’s, 70’s and even into the 80’s. One of the most common improvements seen was the removal of the original slate roof and the installation of terra-cotta or concrete roof tiles. We’re not saying this practice was right or wrong but in most instances it was done for purely aesthetic reasons. The weight of the terra-cotta and concrete tiles occasionally can cause problems for the lighter roof structure but it’s usually an easy fix. Fast forward to the last five to ten years and homeowners are realising that their period homes are much better suited to their original roof coverings. You only need to look at Victorian homes with tiles and compare them to the ones with slate. You’ve got to agree the slated ones just look so much better. They not only look and function better, but the value and resale value of the home is substantially increased.
If you are considering replacing or need assistance or advice regarding what type of slate roof your period home may have had originally, we’re happy to help you.
Contact us on 0403022137
Here’s a few pics of a recently completed project of ours. The home originally had slate tiles and the terra-cotta roof tiles were installed in 1964 [ dated underside of tiles ]. The slates installed are Welsh blues, as per Heritage Victoria’s instructions.