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Roofing options: Slates
Natural slate is a long lasting roofing material that looks as good as it is durable. Many of the world’s oldest buildings are roofed with slate, and reclaimed slates are used on many re-roofing projects, even after years of use. It’s particularly suitable as a roofing material as it has extremely low water absorption properties. Natural slate tiles are also the best choice of roofing material in terms of impact to the environment.
Welsh slate benefits from a number of highly practical properties that make it an exceptional roofing slate. It is the most durable slate in the world with a useful and productive life of more than 100 years – guaranteed. It is waterproof and unaffected by normal extremes of temperature, highly resistant to acids, alkalis and other chemicals and it is colour-fast and non-fading, even in UV light.
Whilst man-made fibre cement slate tiles lack the durability and charm of natural slate, it is an affordable alternative and so a popular roofing material.
Fibre cement slate is a consistent size, shape, texture and colour, giving a uniform, smart finish to roofs. It’s made from cement, organic fibres and mineral additives. The consistent properties of this man-made slate means it can be laid single bond and still provide watertight protection (natural slate is typically laid in a double-lapping bond). The pre-drilled holes makes installation far more convenient, saving money and time.
Man-made slate roof tiles are ideal for complex designs, steep roofs or where a lightweight roofing material is needed, however, weathering may expose the base colour over time.