Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Question from Steve - Tudor roofing

Thanks for this opportunity.

I am trying to create a truly realistic Tudor house.
I have researched all I can, but there is one thing I cant find.

On Tudor house roof design, did they use 'V' shaped ridge tiles, or strips of lead ???

Thatched roofing is no issue, as the material did the task, but roofs made from slate or stone ???
Also, if the house was grand enough, and they used tiles, were they shaped, or simply rectangular ??

Any help would be greatly appreciated,
Steve (Sorry, too old to be a student.....)


Ladyhoby said...

hi Steve a book you may wish to get is tudor houses explained by Trevor Yorke there web is www.countrysidebooks.co.uk
it explains about the 4 different posts that holds the roof up and the three different roofs
also the material used for each one

its a nice little book, one of these days i will read it along with the many otheres that i come across on my travels and buy

if you have problems finding it let me know and i will write it down

Lara said...

I'll second Ladyhoby's recommendation of "Tudor Houses Explained" - it's a small book but it is full of interesting information.

One thing to keep in mind is that some of the materials will in part be dependent on what was locally available (unless they were wealthy enough to import things from other areas). Thatch appears to be the most common but there seems to be a quite a variety of other materials - wooden shingles, clay tiles, stone (slate), and lead. Most seem to be at a pretty steep pitch, except the lead.

Anonymous said...

Tudor houses


Traditional Tudor colour schemes often feature whites, creams and browns to complement the rich colour in the brick, roof and trim (like above) Take cues from these elements for your palette. Often, light stucco colours are then mixed with dark trim to accentuate the style's unique architectural details. These days they paint the trim a lighter colour than the rest of the house . (This how it works)

Material used to build the house

Houses were usually made of timber (wood) and wattle and daub.

Timber coated with tar
(The Victorians coated the beams with tar. The Tudors left the wood bare)
Wattle is the intertwined sticks that are placed in a wall between posts. You can see the woven sticks in the photographs below.

Daub is a mixture of clay, sand and dung that is smeared (daubed) into and over the wattle to make the wall.

The daub was often painted with lime wash making it look white.

The wooden timbers were often coated with black tar to help protect them from rotting.

A Wealden house built in the late 15th or early 16th century.
This house is now in an open air museum.
It was removed from its original site when Bough Beech reservoir was built.