In fact some properties- especially in listed buildings it may be a building requirement that slates be used and not tiles.
The 3 main types of slate are natural, artificial and man made slates.
Natural slates are taken from natural environments such as quarries and installed on roofs to create arguably the most beautiful finish. Artificial slates are made from fibre and cement and are a lower cost alternative to natural slate. Man made slates are made by a combination of ground down slate and resin formed into a new slate. Man made slates are also much cheaper than natural slates.
Slates popularity as a roof covering and lasting prominence in the market is due to many reasons.
Some of these reasons include:
- Slate roofs are very nice to look at.
Although slates are usually grey in colour they are available in a variety of textures, shades & patterns. It is rare that you won’t find the right type of slates to match your homes appearance the way you want.
- Slate roofs are very durable.
Slate roofs can last for well over a 100 years even up to 150 years. Tiled roofs comparatively speaking can last around half the time say around 50 to 70 years.
- Slates offer Long-term value.
Due to the fact that slate roofs are so hardy despite being a bit more expensive than tiles, a slate roof will almost always provide greater value in the long run.
- Slates are fire resistant and good for the environment.
Slate roofs are one of the most fire-resistant options that exist out there. Did you know that natural slate roofs have the lowest environmental impact and carbon footprint out of all roofing materials? Natural Slate must meet the European Standard BS EN 12326 and undergoes tests for strength, water absorption, discolouration, freeze/thaw cycles etc. Not all slates meet this requirement especially if they are imported from abroad.
We are expert slaters and offer 10 year guarantees with all new slated roof installations.