Why buy reclaimed?

Reclaimed roof tiles can dramatically improve the overall look of your project blending in seamlessly with an existing roof or nearby buildings

Reclaimed or second hand slates and roof tiles come in some beautiful varieties, some are actually antiques and in parts of the country certain roof tile types must be used as required by the local planning authority

We have direct access to a number of well stocked reclamation yards and we have founded a reclamation yard partnership with reclamation yards and roof tile suppliers all over the UK

Roofing safety tips

Working high above the ground is inevitable when repairing or replacing roofing tiles. Common sense, appropriate tools, and a few precautions will get you through the job safely. Use a ladder rated Type I (heavy duty, capable of supporting 250 pounds per rung). Wooden ladders are less likely to slide on a gutter or be blown over and they do not conduct electricity, however, they are heavy and difficult to move without assistance.

Aluminium ladders are easy to move but they conduct electricity and may be blown down or knocked over. Expensive fibreglass Ladders are relatively light and nonconductive. Make sure your ladder is at least 15 inches wide with rungs that are 12 inches apart. The best have non skid feet and a rope and pulley extension mechanisms (For eaves, gutter and fascia work consider padded safely wall grips)

Ladder Safety

Working on a ladder can be dangerous. Perhaps the biggest danger is becoming too comfortable, it’s all too easy to become cavalier and try to reach just a little bit further without moving the ladder to do it.

Here are some other important things to consider when working on a ladder:

Getting the Correct Angle

The angle at which the ladder leans against the house is very important if the angle is too great the ladder is subject to strain and may break or bend. If the angle is too small, the ladder is likely to fall backwards

Position the ladder so that the feet are at least one foot from the house for every four feet that the ladder is extended

Levelling the Ladder

If the ground is so soft that a leg of the ladder might sink and cause it to tip to one side, set the ladder on a piece of plywood

Extending the Ladder

Be sure the ladder extends 3 feet above the edge of the roof to allow a firm grip as you step onto the roof. Climb onto a roof from the eaves side only (never over a gable). Move the ladder frequently rather than trying to reach by leaning

Climbing & Carrying

Always face forward and keep your hips to the rails of the ladder. Allow only one person on the ladder at a time (Bundles of shingles or other roofing material are best carried on one shoulder and steadied by one hand. As a precaution, thoroughly sweep the area where you are working and wear shoes with rubber soles

Caution: Always be aware of the location of electrical lines, particularly when moving a ladder. An aluminium or wet wooden ladder is conductive and can transmit a fatal shock

 

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