Unsurprisingly, the answer to this question depends on what you need. Handmade roof tiles are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and in many cases, what works best for your project can influence the size, style and texture of the finished handmade roof tile. In short, they can be made to whatever size you require them to be.
Remember though, if you're having handmade roof tiles made for an extension, to achieve the right look, it's really important to ensure that the new handmade roof tiles chosen are of a similar size to the existing tiles on the rest of the property, otherwise, the extension will look out of character.
Individuality is one thing, but having a vastly different look to other properties in your local area can make your property stand out for all the wrong reasons. If you want your house to remain in keeping with the character of surrounding properties, use that as your starting point when choosing the size of your handmade roof tiles.
New manufacturing practices have enabled the clay tile industry to produce high volumes of handmade roof tiles which are larger in size, reducing the number of roof tiles needed to complete the project and can also keep the installation cost down.
The main trick here is to choose a handmade roof tile that blends seamlessly with the rest of your home. You don't want your handmade roof tiles to look like an 'add on' to your existing property, you'll want a blend of colours that work together to offer a natural and beautiful blend.
You should also remember that it's not just a case of buying the handmade roof tiles and setting to work. You may be required to submit tile samples to your local authority as part of any planning permission application for a new build or any substantial re-roofing project. Should your property be listed, you'll most probably need to match your handmade roof tiles with the original tiles or those seen on nearby homes.
Always ensure that you are going to a reputable company who have a good reputation for the quality of their handmade roof tiles. You can achieve this by checking how long they've been trading and look at reviews from existing customers. Picking a local supplier of handmade roof tiles also makes it easier to visit them should you have any issues, plus they should also be easier to contact.
Also ensure any handmade roof tiles you buy meet the performance standards set out for these clay products. This will ensure they've been fully tested to meet the necessary standards, particularly regarding their performance in frosty conditions. Also, check your handmade roof tiles are fully covered by a product guarantee of at least thirty years, as this tends to be the product standard.
Your roof will only ever be as good as the quality of the installation, so be sure to employ an experienced roofing professional for the job.
Handmade roof tiles should be mixed from several pallets so the colour variations within each batch don't look patchy across the surface of your roof. Ensure the handmade roof tiles you purchase are not taken from sequential pallets as they can look far too similar and having gaps in batches offer a far more pleasing blend.
Any reputable roofer will pay careful attention to setting out the battens correctly and evenly on the roof, starting with the eaves course and finishing with the tops course batten. The positioning of the battens affect the way your new handmade roof tiles look, but it is also important to maintain the minimum lap so the roof tiles function correctly.
If you're having repairs carried out on an existing roof, bring in a professional to ascertain how many handmade roof tiles are damaged. If it's only a few, you might be able to get away with simply replacing the affected tiles with like-for-like units that match the rest of your roof covering. If, however, a substantial number of tiles are damaged, you're probably better off replacing the entire surface with new handmade roof tiles for a more seamless finish.
Picturesque Suffolk has inspired artists, songwriters, poets and playwrights from antiquity to the modern day.
Novels set in Suffolk include parts of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, The Fourth Protocol, by Frederick Forsyth, Unnatural Causes by P.D. James, Dodie Smith's The Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald, and among Arthur Ransome's children's books, We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea, Coot Club and Secret Water take place in part in the Suffolk countryside. Roald Dahl's short story "The Mildenhall Treasure" is set in Mildenhall Suffolk.
The television series about a British antiques dealer, called Lovejoy, was filmed in various locations in Suffolk. The reality TV series Space Cadets was filmed in Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk, although the producers fooled participants into believing that they were in Russia. Several towns and villages in Suffolk have been used for location filming of other television programmes and cinema films. These include the BBC Four TV series Detectorists, an episode of Kavanagh QC, and the films Iris and Drowning by Numbers. During the period 2017-2018, a total of £3.8million was spent by film crews in Suffolk.
The Rendlesham Forest Incident is one of the most famous UFO events in England and is sometimes referred to as "Britain's Roswell".
The song "Castle on the Hill" by Ed Sheeran was referred to by him as "a love letter to Suffolk", with lyrical reference to his hometown of Framlingham and Framlingham Castle.
George Orwell's Knype Hill is the fictional name for the Suffolk town of Southwold in A Clergyman's Daughter, while the character of Dorothy Hare is modelled on Brenda Salkeld, the gym mistress at St Felix School in the early 1930s.
Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle's 2019 romantic comedy Yesterday was filmed throughout Suffolk, using Halesworth, Dunwich, Shingle Street and Latitude Festival as locations.
The 2021 film The Dig, based on the excavation of Sutton Hoo in the 1930s and starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan was mostly shot on location in Suffolk.
The 2022 series "The Witchfinder" is a BBC Two sitcom based on the journey of Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder general, and a suspected witch through East Anglia and many other Suffolk towns including Stowmarket and Framlingham during the Witch trials of the English Civil War.
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