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A roof keeps out water and prevents the deterioration of the building and its contents. It needs to be carefully maintained in order to retain its weatherproof properties.

Click here for our guidance note on church roofs which provides information and advice on the repair and maintenance of your church roof. 

Health and Safety

Roofs can be highly dangerous and no inspection should be carried out without appropriate risk assessments and safety devices. Roofs are generally not designed to be walked on. Slates and tiles are brittle and can easily be damaged; metal coverings can also be punctured and split.

Ask your inspecting architect for advice on accessing your roof for regular inspection.

See our Health and Safety guidance for further information

For more information on protecting your church roof from metal theft click here.

Our sponsors, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, have available further advice on metal theft. You can access this advice by clicking here.