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Tile or Slate roof tiles? What is the Difference?

If your roof has reached the end of its lifespan and you need a complete reroof you will soon discover there are choices to be made regarding the surfacing materials. Your roof can be finished in a selection of products. If you have a pitched roof you will most likely need to decide between tiles or slates. We have put together some information to help you decide-

Slate Roof Tiles

Natural roofing slate is considered to be one of the best quality roofing materials; formed underground by intense pressure and heat. The fine-grain, metamorphic rocks are split into flat faced, smooth pieces which are used to form roofing slate.

Not all slate is the same, being a natural mined stone, slate comes in many types with many different variations. Slates are available in a range of thicknesses, colour variations and textures, and can be associated with specific locations. For example, Westmorland slate has more green tones while Welsh slate is recognised for its blue hue.

Durable Roofing Material

Natural slate is an extremely durable roofing material, and when installed correctly, can last up to 200 years. Protecting and insulating your home against the elements. Slate is installed against the roof pitch; however, it can be layered to create a textured appearance and colours added to add a design. Slate is relatively low maintenance; repairs should always be carried out by professional roofers. Natural slate offers decent fire protection and is unaffected by pest damage and rot.

The disadvantages of using natural slate are minimal. However, due to the high density, it is quite a heavy material for roofing and requires adequate support in place prior to replacing an existing roof to prevent it from collapsing.

Clay or Concrete Roof Tiles

Most commonly available in concrete or clay, roofing tiles are manufactured in a huge range of designs and colours. Good quality roofing tiles offer similar durability to slates with professional installation. However, concrete tiles are considered more weatherproof and more able to endure harsh weather conditions.

Clay tiles have been in use for thousands of years. In many cases, clay tiles will remain intact beyond 60 years and have been known to remain on some historic buildings for centuries. With early remnants of their use found as far back as 3000 BC. It should be noted that in more hostile weather environments clay tile durability may be shorter. Their lifespan also depends on how well the tiles are maintained are over time, along with the replacement of damaged tiles and an annual roof clean to remove mould and algae.

Clay tile design offers great flexibility

The most common colour for clay tiles is terracotta. They are also available in many other shades including white, brown and orange. The colour of the tiles can last for decades and will not fade or peel over time due to the high temperatures used in the production. Clay tile design offers great flexibility and manufacturers are able to supply clay tiles to meet almost any requirement.

The main disadvantage of tiles (in addition to the weight of concrete tiles) is the increased need to clean them of algae and moss. Although this can also depend on your local climate and the chosen finish on your roofing tiles.

Looking at the options available, have you considered what material you would like on your new roof in Lancashire, Cumbria or the Fylde? Contact our team and we can provide you with all the information and advice you will need when it comes to choosing the perfect roofing materials


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