Slating, tiling and roof plumbing: Information sheet 4.2

This sheet deals with roofing made up of small units, as distinct from sheeting which is covered in the information sheet on Corrugated Roofing.

Date
1 March 1998
Publisher
Heritage Office
Type
Heritage publications, Maintenance series, Fact sheet, Publication
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 1-87641-5797
  • File PDF 212KB
  • Pages 7
  • Name slating-tiling-and-roof-plumbing-information-sheet.pdf

Traditional roofs are nearly always pitched (sloping) at angles of 26.5 degrees or more. Roof slopes were set out using simple proportions of height to span. For example, a 26.5 degrees slope is also known as quarter-pitch, the span being four times the height of the roof.

The sloping surfaces of a roof direct rainwater to the ground, usually first collecting it in gutters which convey the water to downpipes and thence away from the building. Some early buildings never had gutters, and require special care to paving and site drainage to keep water out of the building.