Conservation and Repair of Tile Roofing with Richard Jordan

Building conservation masterclass

Ref: B3D11623

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About this course

This course covers the history of traditional hand and machine-made plain tiles, pantiles and other forms of fired material used for roofing, but mainly concentrates on their conservation and repair.

You will start by gaining an understanding of how roofs work and the various different materials used, including regional variations and methods of construction. Modern codes of practice and standards are covered. Practical demonstrations and hands-on work in preparing tiles, pantiles and mortar and their application to roofs, including setting out and recording and dealing with ridges, valleys, eaves etc. The course will be supplemented by practical sessions on surveying old roofs, traditional detailing, writing specifications and finding sources of information.

Course Description

Monday 23 May
16.00 - 18.00 - Register at Reception Desk
18.45 - Welcome Talk
19.00 - Dinner
20.00 - Introduction Lecture

Tuesday 24 May
09.00 - Conservation and understanding tiling:  How tiled roofs work; single lap fixed gauge and variable gauge; overs and unders; tegula and imbrex; double lap plain tiles; evolution from vernacular to modern. 
Sorting tiles to understand the difference between hand-made and machine-made tiles. 
Lecture - Regional roof types; materials - types of clays and different styles of clay tiles and formats.  Guides and codes of practice etc; British/European standards. 
Clay tile production.  Big production machine-made v hand-made manufacturing. 
16.30 - Recording a vernacular tiled roof.  
19.00 - 19.45 - Dinner

Wednesday 25 May
09.00 - Setting out for fixed gauge and variable gauge large format clay tiles. Overs and unders, tegulas and imbrex. Hand-made plain tiles v modern machine-made. 
Practical - Mortars
16.00 - 17.30- Gauging tiled roofs; battening, setting out a roof for swept laced PMV and lead valleys. Start to tile the rigs using machine-made tiles and/or hand-made tiles.
19.00 - 19.45- Dinner

Thursday 26 May
09.00 - Tiling the roof using modern and hand-made plain tiles to the four areas to include valleys.  Recording the roofs and presenting the findings of the tiled roof recordings. 
15.30 - 16.00 - Issue of certificates and depart.    

Tel: 01243 818300 option 2 or email


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

Please remember to bring work clothes/overalls and shoes/boots for practical sessions. 


Richard Jordan

Richard Jordan is a specialist in historic roofing who is based in Derbyshire and provides training and advice across the United Kingdom.  An experienced roof slater and tiler, his interest and passion for our built heritage developed whilst working with his father, who was his mentor. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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