Clay tiles are pretty easy to repair. If a tile is broken or cracked it can easily be replaced without having to take off all the other tiles. Clay roof tiles are pretty durable, but even the best quality clay roof tiles may need some maintenance and repairs at some point.
Clay roof tiles will break easily under too much pressure, so be sure to be careful whenever you are walking on your roof to find the cause of any leaks. We would always recommend employing a professional roofer to repair or replace clay roof tiles, particularly if this involves working at height. Should you really want to have a go at fixing your clay roof tiles yourself, you could follow the guidelines below, but a professional would be the best bet in our opinion.
If the issue is that the waterproof membrane has become damaged, then you will have to remove the existing tiles in that area and replace the membrane with a new one. Then you can have your roof retiled.
You may have some fine cracks develop in your clay roof tiles. This doesn't always mean you have to replace the tile. There are quite a few adhesives and filler compounds on the market that will do a good job of repairing and sealing your clay roof tiles.
Although fine cracks can be repaired, clay roof tiles that have large cracks or are broken will need to be replaced in order to fix any leaks. You will need to remove the damaged tiles, but be careful to make sure that you will not damage the good tiles. If the roof is old, then the clay roof tiles have probably been fixed using mortar. If so, locate the new clay roof tiles and use mortar to seal them in place. Many older properties have sheds built this way, so they are a good place to practice your repair technique first.
Modern rooftops clad in clay roof tiles will most probably have nails that hold the tiles in place. Check under adjacent clay roof tiles to see what type of fixing method is used and replicate for the broken one.
To replace removed clay roof tiles on the roof, simply reverse the procedure that you used to remove the tiles. It should be easy to slide the tile into place. Once you are satisfied with the fit, hold onto the raised tiles and slide the new one in place, being careful not to scratch the tiles. If broken tiles have caused damage to the flashing, then make sure you replace that too.
Cambridgeshire is a county in the East of England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the north-east, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. The city of Cambridge is the county town. Following the Local Government Act 1972 restructuring, modern Cambridgeshire was formed in 1974 through the amalgamation of two administrative counties: Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely, comprising the historic county of Cambridgeshire, which included the Isle of Ely; and Huntingdon and Peterborough, comprising the historic county of Huntingdonshire and the Soke of Peterborough, historically part of Northamptonshire. Cambridgeshire contains most of the region known as Silicon Fen.
Silicon Fen is also known as the Cambridge Cluster and is the name given to the region around Cambridge, which is home to a large cluster of high-tech businesses focusing on software, electronics and biotechnology, such as Arm processor and AstraZeneca. The latter business have become a household name owing to the Covid vaccine the company developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is called Silicon Fen by analogy with Silicon Valley in California, because it lies at the southern tip of the English Fenland. The interest in technology in the area started with Sinclair Research and Acorn Computers.
Cambridgeshire is noted as the site of Flag Fen in Fengate, one of the earliest known Neolithic permanent settlements in the United Kingdom, compared in importance to Balbridie in Aberdeen, Scotland. Must Farm quarry, at Whittlesey has been described as Britains Pompeii due to its relatively good condition, including the best preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found. A great quantity of archaeological finds from the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age were made in East Cambridgeshire. Most items were found in Isleham.
The area was settled by the Anglo-Saxons starting in the fifth century. Genetic testing on seven skeletons found in Anglo-Saxon era graves in Hinxton and Oakington found that five were either migrants or descended from migrants from the continent, one was a native Briton, and one had both continental and native ancestry, which would appear to suggest intermarriage.
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