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Eyebrow dormers and plain clay roof tiles

Critical Dimensions

eyebrows critcal dimensionsThe minimum general roof pitch should be 55 degrees to ensure that the eyebrow minimum pitch is 35. Where the roof pitch is less than 55 degrees soakers should be used with the tiles on the eyebrow.

The slope of the roof should be the minimum possible to avoid the risk of "tile chatter"  Tile chatter can occur on steep slopes where the tiles do not fit closely round the top of the curve.


















eyebrows critical dimensions 1The transition between eyebrow and general roof should be regarded as a valley and precautions such as courses of extra underlay should be taken to eleminate the risk of water ingress.


To avoid the risk of water ingress, the eyebrow should start/terminate no closer than 600mm (but preferably 900mm) from roof edges such as hips, valleys, abutments etc








Timber construction

eyebrow timber constructionThe apex of the curve of the eyebrow should occur between rafters to ensure a smooth curve to the tile battens.

Rafter centres should not exceed 400mm.













Part tiled eyebrow dormer

eyebrow part tiledBattens may be "scarfed" at the back to eneable them to be bent around the curvature of the roof.  Click here for more information on shaping of battens.

Treat the transition between main roof and dormer as valleys and lay extra courses of underlay.

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