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

Roof Loft Conversions

If you are working on a loft converson project there is sometimes the possibility that you will need matching reclaimed roof tiles to match your exisitng roof to finish off your project nicely. If this is the case please contact us and we may be able to help you with your query and supply you the tiles you need. We can provide you with a no obligation quote

A loft conversion is the process of transforming an empty attic space into a functional room, typically used as either living accommodation or storage space. Loft conversions are one of the most popular forms of home improvement in the UK as a result of their numerous perceived benefits. The installation of a loft conversion is a complicated process, and whilst it may be possible to attempt a DIY loft conversion, the large amount of work involved often results in many people choosing to contract a specialist loft conversion company to undertake the task

Loft conversion feasibility

The first stage of any loft conversion is a close inspection of the loft space to find out its exact dimensions and whether conversion is feasible. On entering the loft one needs to establish if there is adequate room under the ridge of the roof. A measurement of 2.3 metres is required to allow enough headroom although you may find that you can still get a useful room from as little as 7ft (2.1m) and there must be at least 2 metres clearance above the position of the access stairs. The roof should be checked for any signs that rainwater is entering the roof space. The appearance of dark stains on the roof rafters is a strong indication that this problem exists. Repairs to the roof are usually carried out during the works as part of the loft conversion process due to the construction of dormers and fitting roof windows

Due to the slope of the roof and the required access headroom, the feasibility of a loft conversion is dependant upon a minimum height of approximately 2.3 m (7 ft 6 in) measured from the joist to the apex. Providing that this requirement is met, most properties will likely possess the potential to have the loft space converted

Types of loft conversions

There are two main types of loft conversion that are widespread:

Roof window conversion

Roof windows are often an attractive option for homeowners due to their ability to fit into the line of the roof; thus not necessitating any restructuring of the roof itself. The installation of such windows will provide the loft space with substantial light. A roof window conversion will sometimes not require planning permission, although they will always require building regulation approval (UK)

Dormer conversion

A dormer is a window featured extension of the roof, usually installed to provide more space and headroom within the loft, in addition to improved staircase access. Dormers are also popular due to the aesthetic enhancement to a property that they provide. In the UK, the installation of a dormer is subject to planning permission requirements from the local authorities

Other types of loft conversion

In addition to roof window and dormer conversions, there are less common 'hip to gable' and 'mansard' conversions, which can be installed when certain circumstances require their features

Building control regulations

Building control regulations will almost always be required if the loft space is being converted into any usable form of accommodation, subject to the local authority requirements. These requirements are in place to ensure that the necessary construction criteria are met and that the all health and safety laws, amongst other things, have been satisfied. A professional loft conversion specialist will usually conduct all liaisons with the relevant local authority

Planning permission

Planning permission is not usually required to convert an attic into a livable space, unless the work involves extending the roof (such as with a dormer extension)

Benefits of loft conversions

Loft conversions yield numerous benefits for homeowners, which may be the reason for their increasing popularity. Often, up to 30% of a property’s potential space is located within the loft area. Converting the attic will therefore provide a significant amount of room that may be used for a wide variety of accommodation; often a bedroom, bathroom, office, or entertainment room

It is widely perceived that a loft conversion will add a significant amount of money to the value of a property. Whilst the exact figure varies, many credible sources have determined that a professional loft conversion can increase a house’s value by approximately 20%

Many families also choose to convert their loft area as a means of obtaining more space without having to endure the costly and stressful process of moving property

 

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