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Slate & Tiles

What is the main difference between tiles and slates?

If your budget can stretch to natural slating, it is a luxurious touch to your home and is great for maintaining the character of period or traditional homes. The longevity and durability of the material means that you needn’t worry about having to replace your roof, and repairs can be tackled by professionals quickly. However, if you are in need of more modern looking roofing solution, the colour and design choice of tiles may be much more suitable to your requirements.

Slate

Slates are available in 3 varieties: natural, artificial and zinc. Natural slates are made from a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin layers, and are the most resistant variety. Whilst this makes them more expensive, they offer an authentic and pleasing aesthetic solution for traditional style homes.

Often found on upscale homes, natural slating offers a very long lifespan, good fire protection and an invulnerability to rot or insect damage, all of which ensures a very low-maintenance roofing solution.

Tiles

Tiles are produced from either concrete or clay and are available in a wide range of designs and colours, which makes them more suited to modern houses than slates. Whether you choose concrete or clay tiles, the tiles will have a life expectancy of 50 years and will be of equal durability and resistance.

Concrete tiles are available in plain or interlocking fittings and are usually bigger than clay, which makes them easier to install, however, for roofing with skylights or lots of chimneys, smaller tiles are needed to fit around the structures better, so clay will be used.

The flatter the tiles are, the quicker and easier the installation process will be, however you do have the option to layer up the fittings to increase weather protection – at an inflated cost.

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