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Practical Building Conservation: Roofing

1st Edition

By Historic England


600 pages

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Hardback: 9780754645566
pub: 2014-01-02
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Roofing looks at traditional roof coverings used on historic buildings. Many materials and systems have been used to provide roof coverings, and the book provides information about their technological evolution, the processes causing deterioration, and ways of assessing problems and solutions. Repairs, maintenance and conflicts with modern practices are also covered.


'This book provides a sound basis for understanding roofs, and allowing informed choices to be made in the long-term interest of the building. Certainly no student of conservation should be without this book and likewise most professionals should greatly benefit from its clear and thorough practical analysis of a complex subject.' Cornerstone: magazine of The Society for The Protection of Ancient Buildings.

'Extremely well illustrated, with excellent photographs, it reveals the full extent of England's historic roofing in all its glorious variation and complexity, this is a most informative book, very well researched and providing excellent guidance on the subject. Context

'This work is an essential part of the conservation professional's and student's resources'. Architectural Technology

Table of Contents

About this Book Using this Book General Introduction A Brief History of Roofing How Roofs Work Deterioration of Roofs Assessment Treatment & Repair Care & Maintenance Modern Roofing Practices Roof Coverings Slates & Stone Slates Clay Plain Tiles Pantiles & Other Single-lap Tiles Shingles Thatch Lead Copper Zinc Aluminium Iron & Steel Asphalt

About the Author

The contents reflect the work of the Building Conservation and Research Team, their colleagues at Historic England, and their consultants and researchers, who together have many decades of accumulated experience in dealing with deteriorating building materials and systems of all types. This multi-disciplinary team of architects, surveyors, conservators and scientists are responsible for standard setting and research across a wide range of Historic England activities. The team specialises in dealing with the practical, technical and scientific aspects of building materials decay and their treatment. The aim has been to provide practical advice by advocating a common approach of firstly understanding the material or building element and why it is deteriorating, and then dealing with the causes. The books concentrate on those aspects which are significant in conservation terms, and reflect the requests for information received by Historic England.

About the Series

Practical Building Conservation

Practical Building Conservation

The Practical Building Conservation series, first published in 1988 in five volumes, has been revised and expanded. The ten new volumes provide a comprehensive and practical reference for professionals involved in repairing historic buildings.
Practical Building Conservation - English Heritage Technical Handbooks by John and Nicola Ashurst, became essential reference works for those whose work involved the repair of historic buildings. Prior to 1 April 2015 Historic England was known as English Heritage and although some of the volumes refer to English Heritage they represent Historic England’s current advice and guidance.
The new ten-volume series looks at the conservation of buildings, materials and systems.
It builds on the research and field experience of Historic England, and is aimed at those who work on or look after historic buildings: primarily architects, surveyors, engineers, conservators, contractors and conservation officers, but also owners, curators, students and researchers. The ten volume series includes:

  • Building Environment
  • Concrete
  • Conservation Basics
  • Earth, Brick and Terracotta
  • Glass and Glazing
  • Metals
  • Mortars, Renders and Plasters
  • Roofing
  • Stone
  • Timber.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / Carpentry