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West Country Tiling team

Merry Christmas from West Country Tiling

From all of us at West Country Tiling, we wish you a very Merry Christmas. We would like to thank our customers for their continued support throughout 2023. This past year we survived the influx of storm damaged roof repairs in January, coming to the rescue of many a leaky […]

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Reputable roofers

Why are some roofers putting our trade to shame?

West Country Tiling take great pride in being reputable roofers, to evidence this to our clients, we are Competent Roofer, Trust Mark and National Federation of Roofing (NFRC) accredited. Whenever I hear horror stories about the working practices of disreputable contractors, the precursor is that the client has not checked for […]

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BS 5534

Building regulation BS 5534

In 2015 the BS 5534 code of practice for slating and tiling was amended. This British Standard for the construction industry covers the installation of slates and tiles on new build houses and also applies to general reroofing and roof repair practices. Although it is not a legal requirement to […]

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Bat friendly breathable roof membrane

Bat friendly breathable roof membrane

When working on roof restoration and refurbishment on historical buildings, we often encounter bats living in the roof spaces. Once bats are found to be roosting in your property, there are many rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure they are still able to access the roof cavity, […]

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Sand-cast lead roof

Is sand-cast lead making an endangered craft?

We have been producing our own sand-cast lead since 2007 using our partially automated 7-metre-long casting table. Our casting methods allow us to accurately control the final thickness and uniformity of the lead, so that Code 6 to Code 10 are available to us. When working on a roofing restoration […]

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Roofing project

Pre-planning your roofing project

With lead times in the roofing industry at an all-time high, you will need to pre-plan before embarking on any new roofing project. This is because of the global supply issues affecting lead times on all roofing materials. Some current lead times in the UK roofing industry are standing at […]

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2022 roofing roundup

As we reach the end of another year at West Country Tiling, I like to look back and reflect on what we have achieved throughout the year. We have had another extremely busy and successful year, completing various historically significant and complex roofing projects. One such project was Quarr Abbey […]

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Woman working on a roof

Women in roofing

According to Business Leader, 99% of the UK’s on-site construction workers are male. When 47% of all employed people are women, how has this gender gap been allowed to remain? Although we have female employees within our office staff, we do not currently have any female roofer. So, we are […]

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Supply issues in manufacturing

You can’t turn on the news these days without seeing more doom and gloom about the rising costs within the power industries causing major global supply issues. Add post COVID-19 pandemic recovery, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, supply disruptions and transportation bottlenecks, it’s no wonder inflation levels are going through the […]

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Why can’t we find new employees in the roofing industry?

We need new roofing labourers to join our team. According to Reuters, the UK unemployment hits 48-year low and for the first time on record the number of people out of work was less than the job vacancies available. Is this why we can’t find new employees in the roofing […]

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