It started off as a simple enquiry as to what slate to use to replace any damaged ones, then POW.... everything snowballed. As we weren't changing anything - just fixing it up - I didn't expect a problem. I provided a photo of the roof & a report from the roofer - a nice, honest lad (strange but true
) - at their request. Basically, the onus is on me to convince them, rather than the other way around.
Didn't think of sending in photos of neighbouring properties... Good point
The proof of water in the attic is basically the damaged lats. I've been good enough at repairing little leaks as the (frequently) appear.
I think they could well be the original slates & I'd be delighted to salvage as many as possible, but they won't all survive.
I'm a novice at this and I guess was disappointed that instead of gettinmg a clap on the back for trying to do the right thing, I was slapped back (if you know what I mean)
I'm withdrawing the application at the minute until I chase down suggestions here & suss out some other options. Maybe the lats can be supported instead of replaced???? I just don't want to have to be giving it tender loving care every year!
Thanks for advice. (By the way, was in Edinburgh during summer at family wedding. Really lovely city. Not perfect - but trying hard. Will return when tramline finished!!)