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Thinking about adding slate roof tiles to your property? Everything you need to know

Slate has been used as a roofing material throughout the UK since the middle ages. There’s no doubt that it’s one of the most stunning finishes whether your property is historic or modern.

If you’re thinking about going slate, or replacing your existing roof, here’s everything you need to know about slate roofing.  The upsides, the downsides, and the best products on the market.

Slate roof tiles – Upsides

Aesthetics – There’s no doubt about it, slate is a beautiful, natural product that gives properties a classy and authentic feel.  Adding slate roof tiles to the right property can instantly add curb appeal and value.

Durability – The reason slate roofs look beautiful and traditional is because they last so long.  You can expect slate tiles to last for 150 years. It’s no wonder we associate them with chocolate box villages and sturdy buildings made to last. Slate is also fire resistant, which makes it a sensible alternative to some other traditional roofing finishes.

Low impact – Although slate is quarried, the finishing process is relatively simple. However, the real measure of the material is that it rarely makes its way to landfill.

Normally, the preparation of natural slate comprises exclusively mechanical processes. This means that no chemical waste whatsoever is generated. The waste disposed of at the dump is totally natural.

The majority of other roofing types contain asphalt shingle, which needs replacement every 20 to 30 years. Something that lasts 150 years, and can be found reselling at reclamation yards all over the country, speaks for itself.

Slate roof tiles – Downsides

Cost – Cost is often the biggest barrier to slate tile installation.  However, as the material lasts so long, the lifetime price is actually quite low.

Installation – Slate roofs can be quite heavy, so ensure your roof is structurally sound and able to handle the weight beforehand.

There are also some cowboy roofing contractors who have no experience working with slate.  Ensure you use a contractor who knows how to work with the material.  A poorly installed slate roof will not last 150 years!

Slate Roof Tiles – Products

Slates come in various different sizes and grades. CUPA R12 Excellence is the best roofing slate we’ve come across and happens to be the best selling roof slate in the UK.

The slates have a higher grading selection process compared to some other natural slate tiles. They are also easier to install, so you can ensure a perfect finish.

CUPA PIZARRAS, who produce the roof tiles, offer a 100 years warranty on CUPA R12 Excellence slates. This underlines the longevity of slate tiles and the warranty ensures that you’ll not end up with an inferior low-grade product. The company is the world leader in natural slate and has been producing it since 1892.

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024