Church Roof Replacement Using Terne-coated Stainless Steel

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Guidance Note

This Guidance Note has been commissioned by Historic England to address issues often raised by congregations, architects and advisory bodies when making decisions on roof replacement after lead theft.

The objective for providing this information is to collate current best advice for the construction of new fully supported stainless steel roofing to replace stolen lead on historic churches.

The Guidance Note considers eight design and specification decisions and in doing so addresses frequently asked questions.

This document has been prepared by Keith Roberts on behalf of Historic England.


  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Stainless steel material choice
  • Terne coating choice
  • Keeping the rain out: seams
  • Keeping the rain out: details
  • Reducing rain noises
  • Unacceptable appearance from ground level
  • Surface discolouration
  • Reliable roofing tradespeople
  • Further reading


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