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Sue 27th April, 2012

I have an 80-year old barrel tile roof made of Ludowici tiles. I chase a couple of small leaks a year and I want to remove/salvage the existing tiles, replace the underlayment, and re-use my original tiles. Roofing companies keep telling me that there is no way to salvage the old tile because a) they will have to be knocked off and b) they will still have clumps of mortar stuck to them.

I cannot give up on salvaging this really expensive, historic tile. Does anyone have any suggestions on technique? Or suggestions on someone who can get the job down without telling me in the first five minutes that it is an impossible task?

BTW, I have a one-story house with a low-pitched roof, with lots of flat roof surrounding the pitched areas.

Thanks for your thoughts and recommendations.