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Looking after your roof

The topography of Edinburgh affords views of the city from many vantage points and is a quintessential part of the World Heritage Site. The consistency of Scots slated pitched roofs and massive masonry chimney stacks, with rows of buff coloured clay chimney pots stretching over a vast area is an impressive sight. This homogeneity is important to the integrity of the World Heritage Site and should be preserved for future generations.

The following leaflet is designed to help homeowners better understand their roofs, the materials used to make them, and how to spot problems quickly, so they can be rectified before they turn into costly and disruptive repairs.

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Edinburgh World Heritage has a Conservation Funding Programme to help improve roofs within the World Heritage Site to ensure they are wind and water tight. We offer grants that can cover up to 70% of eligible works.

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