Roof Designs in the Victorian and Edwardian Eras

Most period houses in the Victorian and Edwardian eras were roofed with Welsh slate; sometimes a porch was roofed with terracotta tiles. Arts and Crafts houses would have been roofed entirely in tiles.

Three roof 'patterns' are common:

  • Slate - with slate tiles, and clay tile or lead ridges
  • Clay - with clay tiles and clay tile ridges
  • Metal Sheet - with lead or zinc or copper

Roofs can be:

  • flat - typically surfaced with lead or zinc
  • single pitch
  • gable
  • Dutch gable
  • hipped
  • mansard
  • turreted