We have a 1911 house. We were told when we had a survey on buying it in 1981 that we would need a new roof within 5 years. Last year, 2018 we decided to get some quotes. If you are inexperienced, as we are, you soon find that roofing is a specialised business peopled by convincing folk. We got three quotations. All said the whole roof needed replacing: that it would not be possible to incorporate into the new roof the distinguishing Edwardian ridge tiles but modern reproductions could be bought. The three quotations had two things in common: they were very high and very close. After some minor leaks during the winter we decided to look further afield from where we lived and sought out a Which Trusted Trader as it is a scheme we have always found very reliable. Juniper Roofing visited. Immediately more down to earth: saw no need to do the front and sides of our house but only the back, which faces North, does not get all the winds and the sun to keep it scoured and was where the water was penetrating as a result of moss etc encouraging splits in the tiles and nail sickness had become an issue. There was never a suggestion of not re-using the Edwardian ridge tiles. A very realistic estimate came in: a date was agreed for the work which was done when we were told it would be done by a very agreeable team of coffee-drinkers. They were very pleasant folk to have about the place: they worked very tidily and the place was left spotless when the job was done.