Many customers ask us the difference between slate and tiled roofs. Our quick answer is that slate is a natural product which tends to be more expensive than tiles. Tiles on the other hand are manufactured products made of concrete or clay. Slate is also double lapped to perform a watertight layer, which adds to the cost of installation. However, its long-lasting properties mean that after the initial cost, it is unlikely that you will have to spend any more money on the roof for many years to come.
Natural slate roofs
Considered as one of the world’s finest building materials, it is a natural product that can handle the most extreme weather conditions.
When laid properly your slate roof will last much longer than a tiled roof.
At some point though, the slate fixings will start to fail. Sometimes slate will begin to slip out of position due to nail erosion, allowing rainwater to penetrate into the building.
Caught early enough, with a bit of maintenance this can quite easily be fixed. In some instances, it could turn into an ongoing battle of repair and cost, to keep your roof watertight.