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Our extensive knowledge of the roofing industry leads us to be specialists in all things roofing. Including tiled roof repairs and replacements.

Call upon the services of GNR Roofing and rest assured you will receive an outstanding service and quality like no other. Our team of highly skilled craftsmen is well versed in the replacement of tiled roofs and minor roof repairs.

Based in our Head office York, Yorkshire we are well situated to cover the Yorkshire area as a whole including but not limited to North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and West Yorkshire including Leeds and Surrounding Towns.

When considering tiling a roof it is important to understand the options available. Roof tiles come in a number of different shapes, sizes, types, and materials. This section aims to highlight the most common types of roof tiling and present some examples of the type of work that GNR undertakes using tiles. Moreover, we aim to present examples of how tiling work should be undertaken and will provide examples of correct detailing and best practice using images from some of our projects.

As with all building and roofing work, there is an associated British Standard with regard to roof tiling. This standard is BS5534:2014, design and installation of slated and tiled roofs. Not only does the standard depict how tiles should be fixed, but it also sets out requirements for batten sizes and installation. Further, more recent amendments deal with the use of mortar for items such as ridge tiles. The amendments state that the use of mortar should perhaps be limited to properties with a heritage aesthetic.

At GNR, it is our view that where practicable, mortar should be avoided as a sole agent for fixing ridge tiles. Where possible, we are advising our clients to opt for dry fix ridge systems using either traditional clay or concrete ridge tiles or by using lead or zinc as an alternative.

The advantages of using dry fix systems are clear, maintenance will be reduced versus a traditional bedded ridge system. However, in some instances, the use of mortar to secure ridge tiles cannot be avoided due to the nature of a specific property.

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On a day to day basis, when undertaking roof tiling projects, GNR tend to use the following types of roof tiles.

Traditional Clay Pantiles

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Interlocking Clay Tiles

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Clay Plain Tiles

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Concrete Interlocking Tiles

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Handmade Heritage Tiles

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Glazed Roof Tiles

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As aforementioned, there are an array of roof tiles available from a plethora of tile manufacturers. At GNR, we aim to be selective with regard to which tile manufacturers we specify and direct our customers towards.

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Roof Tiling FAQ's

What are the different types of roof tiles?

There are an array of roof tiles choices on the market. Popular roof tiles include, concrete roof tiles, clay plain tiles, clay pantiles, clay interlocking tiles. Roof tiles are available in many different sizes, colour and textures for different roofing applications. Traditionally, the roof tiles on buildings were supplied by local manufacturers and made from locally sourced clay.

What is the purpose of roof tiles?

The main purpose of a roof tile is to prevent water ingress into a building. However, many roof tiles have an aesthetic benefit, creating a certain look with regard to certain buildings. Further, such benefits as thermal value and reduction in UV degradation are also achieved by installing roof tiles.

How much are concrete roof tiles?

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Can roof tiles be painted?

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What Colour are roof tiles?

Roof tiles are available in an array of colours. Manufacturers such as Weinerberger have developed multiple ranges of roof tiles, each range presenting a plethora of different colour options. The most popular choices for roof tiles are terracotta or red, more recently, black roof tiles have emerged and provide a contemporary aesthetic. However, occasionally we tend to come across glazed roof tiles for specific projects. Such tiles are available in special colours from green to brown and provide a high gloss glazed appearance.

How Much are roof tiles?

The cost of roof tiles will vary depending upon the type purchased. For instance, a handmade clay pantile can cost in the region of £2.00+VAT whereas a small format clay Plain tile can set you back as little and £0.40. However, it is important to consider how many tiles are required per m2 so as to get an understanding as to the overall cost.

Which roof tiles are best?

Clearly a matter of opinion, at GNR, our view is that the ultimate roofing materials are Welsh Slates and Lead. However, when it comes to tiles, we tend to favour the traditional clay fittings such as William Blythe Medieval plain tiles and Goxhill Greenwood Pantiles.

How much does it cost to re-roof a home?

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When will Tesla roof tiles be available?

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Will roof tiles take my weight?

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Roof Tiles Explained

Traditional Clay Pantiles

Pantiles are single lapped tiles that are simply overlapped and do not interlock. A traditional clay pantile has chamfered cuts to the top right-hand corner and bottom left-hand corner equal to the headlap and side lap.

When installed, clay pantiles provide a traditional roofscape suited to many building types. As with all roof tiles, there are numerous different types of clay pantile, often, the deviations are often seen as a result of geographical location.

At GNR, we are well versed in the use of traditional clay pantiles for roofing projects and can offer advice, specifications, and quotations for roofing projects of all sizes using clay pantiles.

Traditional Clay Pantiles

Interlocking clay tiles

Considered an improvement to traditionally lapped clay tiles, interlocking tiles tend to provide a more uniform finish when installing on a roof. Further, the interlocking elements are better suited to areas with extreme exposure to the wind which may leave traditionally lapped tiles vulnerable to wind uplift.

Interlocking clay roof tiles are available from a number of manufacturers in an array of formats. At GNR, we like to limit our offerings to a few carefully selected options that we are familiar with installing. Our favourite interlocking clay tiles are Imerys Pannes S, Olympus, by Weinerberber and 20/20 by Weinerberger. It is our view that these three options and their associated colours provide ample choice for most replacement roof applications when using interlocking clay pantiles.

interlocking Clay Pantiles

Clay Plain tiles

Clay plain tiles are a small format flat roof tile that have been widely used on a number of property types. As with all roof tiles, there are a number of types from many manufacturers available in a number of colour choices.

Generally, the main differences between plain tiles is whether they are machine or handmade. Handmade plain tiles provide a less uniform aesthetic when installed on a roof and are more widely used for heritage roofing project. Machine made plain tiles are very uniform and will sit very flat when installed on a roof. The images depict examples of both handmade and machine made variants from William Blyth and Weinerberger.

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Concrete Interlocking tiles.

Concrete interlocking tiles are a large format roof tile designed to be cost effective. Frequently, such tiles are used to replace small format plain tiles on traditional semi detached properties due to cost.

The benefits of using such tiles versus ore traditional roof coverings are clear. Cost, versus a plain tile roof covering the savings are substantial. Consider this, at 75mm head lap, 9.7 tiles are required to cover 1m2 of roof area. Further savings come from the reduced number of battens and subsequent fixings required along with the labour needed to install them. Compare this against a traditional plain tile where 60 tiles are required per m2, the cost savings are obvious. However, sacrifices are made with regard to aesthetics and longevity is likely to be in the region of 50 years versus 80 for a clay plain tile.

If cost is key to your roof replacement project, concrete interlocking roof tiles should be considered as an option.

Concrete Interlocking Roof Tiles


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