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Tile roof repairs and maintenance

Tile Roof Repairs in Greater Wellington 

 Crown Roofing carry out repairs to all tile roof types, concrete, clay and metal tile. We cover greater Wellington and the Hutt valley. The majority of Concrete tile roof coverings only require a small amount of maintenance to bring them back to life.   
A well maintained tile roof will give years of trouble free service. A few simple and affordable maintenance procedures will extend the life of your tiled roof considerably.
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Repairs to Concrete tile roofs

If your tile roof is leaking, one of the most common causes is a faulty roof tile. Old roof tiles may have small fractures or pitting which is not visible from the ground.  Crown Roofing has access to a huge selection of concrete roof tiles, so replacement and roof repair is easy.


Roofing cement and tile roof repairs

Repairs to roofing cement on your tile roof. Roofing cement should be checked for cracks and leaks. Roofing cement or Mortar holds the ridge and hip tiles securely on your roof. With Wellington's windy climate it is important that the roofing mortar is well maintained. The mortar sits on the most exposed part of a tiled roof so is subjected to the worst of the weather.

Re-pointing and re-bedding of tile roofs.

 If your tile roof has small cracks in the mortar, a simple re-pointing job will repair it. Re-pointing will make your tile roof more secure and watertight. It will also look a lot better too! The cement can be dyed to match the colour of your tiles. If the mortar has completely degraded it should be completely removed, re-bedded and repaired.



Tile roof repairs to Valleys and Flashings  

On old tiled roofs the valleys should be inspected for corrosion. Roof valleys carry a large volume of water from the surrounding tiles. Early corrosion can be treated and repaired. If the corrosion is more severe it is preferable to put a new valley section in. Whatever kind of tile roof repair you require, we offer free sensible advice and free estimates.  


Roof Tile development-short history

Click here for information about our roof tile repair service.  Early Roof tile manufacturing had much in common with Brick construction. The Romans used fired clay roof tiles to cover some of their buildings. Early Roman bricks were only slightly thicker than today’s Plain roof tile. The first plain roof tile to be produced was more than likely a copy of shingles.



Spanish or Roman Roof Tile

In southern France the most common type of roofing is the Spanish Tile. This type of roof tile is similar in shape to the English ridge. Early Spanish roofing was formed over the thigh of the manufacturer which supplied their form.

Spanish roof tiles are often referred to as over and under roofing. This phrase describes the method of laying the convex and concave shape sitting upwards in alternation. Early Spanish roofs were set in mud or earth. Modern roofs are bedded in Mortar or mechanically fixed. The rounded shape of this component allows them to be used on low pitched roofing.

Early Roman roofs in London probably looked like a cross between a plain tiled roof and a Spanish roof. This is because the Romans used round tiles over the joints of a flat tile. It is from this design that we now have roof tiles such as the Roman and Double Roman. The flat surface of the roof tile gives way one or two attractive rolls. Of course the rolls no longer provide a weather tight join on modern roofs. This is provided by an interlocking join at the edge of each piece.



Pan-tiles are single lap roofing tiles. That is to say, they overlap one course of tiles underneath. (Slates and Plain Roof tiles overlap two courses of tile underneath and are known as double lap). Pan-tiles are much larger and more complex in shape than traditional British Plain tiles. An act of Parliament declared in the reign of George 1st that all pan-tiles should be no smaller than 13.5 x 9.5 inches and half an inch thick. This size is common today with very little variation.

The fact that Pan-tile roofs are single lap allowed for significant construction savings over plain tile coverings. Less weight on the roof means cheaper build costs. Pan-tiles lap transversally. The down turned lip sitting on top of the upturned lip of the adjacent roof tile. Early Pan-tiles were laid on torching (underlay) of horse hair mortar or reeds. Today, bitumen or synthetic paper replaces the torching. The first Pan-tiles used in Britain were imported from Holland. In 1636 King Charles 1st issued a patent for the “making of Pan Tiles or Flanders Tiles”.  Written by Simon Cowham.

Some of the concrete and clay roof tiles found in the Wellington region.


Winstone Marseille tile.

Rosscrete Skandia tile.

Monier Centurian.

Atlas tile.

Basser tile.