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Slate roofs can last 100 years or more. So, it’s no wonder that slate has been the go-to roof tile material for decades (and continues to be today). Find an expert tradesperson and discover the benefits of a timeless natural slate roof.

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Reviewed by Duncan on 19/4/2021

Quick response, very easy to deal with and the building issue resolved satisfactorily with no fuss or problems.

Specialist Roofing are a full service, maintenance and restoration company with remarkable customer satisfaction and high client retention rate. Specialist Roofing has had a track record of providing reliable and superior roofing services to both residential and commercial properties. Our company has done roofing for local authorities, letting agents and major building contractors in Edinburgh, West Lothian and throughout Scotland, we have expertise in Slating, Tiling, Leadwork, Built up Felt roofing and Single Ply membrane.  At the core of Specialist Roofing is client satisfaction and flexibility, we work with the highest possible ethical and professional standards.

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Reviewed by Martin on 25/9/2020

Graham was great, got a good quote and explained everything well. Scaffold was up quickly, unfortunately weather was not permitting so job took longer than expected, but can't be helped. Roof looks great, happy with the work.

Rds roofing specialist is family run business with 30 years in the industry. We are experts in all aspects of roofing have a look at my profile and reviews 5 star work we are new roof specialist have a look at my profile on my builder I look forward to hearing from you . Thanks Russ

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Reviewed by Mirella on 6/4/2021

Great job. Called me straight away, attended the job on the same day (in fact offered to come straight away) - gutters cleaned within 30 mins. Great communication throughout!! All it needs to do is rain now - I'm ready for it!!

I am a builder with many years experience in home improvement an specialise in carpentry, plumbing and electrics. I am proud of my work and I want you to be too.

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Reviewed by Marvin on 3/11/2020

Csaba and his team are fantastic. They completed the work within the timescale agreed to a high standard. Csaba communicated very well and suggested solutions to issues that arose during the project. They have all the required tools and take care in clearing the property down each day. I have a second project which I will use Csaba and his team.

We are family run business specialising in roofing. We aim to deliver high quality works. We are a team with loads of enthusiasm for hard work and making the experience as stress free as possible for the customer. We cover a range of areas. Give us a call for a free no obligation quote. No job too small.

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Reviewed by Alessandra on 15/2/2021

Amazing! Professional, honest, fair and very efficient.

No job is too big or too small for our team to undertake, just give us a call to talk about your requirements and will get working on a competitive quotation for you to ensure your ideas become a reality for your home and your family. At authentic all of our work is fully guaranteed, we carry public liability insurance of £2m and we do not need a deposit, however we do require interim payments on larger jobs, speak to a member of our friendly team for more information. We use only the best quality building materials to get the job done professionally and efficiently every time and to your budget.

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Reviewed by Paul on 27/1/2021

Refit fiberboard weatherboard that had come loose. Came out same day and refitted. Reasonable price but excellent in terms of speed of call-out and work done. Felt confident he knew what he was doing.

Rline Roofing are a small family company that specialise in all your roofing needs including slate and flat roofs to fascias, soffits, dry verge capping and guttering, we offer a wide range of roofing solutions that will help transform your home. - RR

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Reviewed by Steve on 29/11/2020

Bobby was very prompt in replying to the request. He was very thorough in looking at the issue, explaining what could be done (with photos) and giving us a price for the work. He carried out the work the next day to a good standard as promised. I would recommend using his services.

RWG Roofing are a small roofing firm based in Wellington. Our experienced team cover all aspects of roofing and have vast skill sets and knowledge to carry out work to the highest standard. All work carried out is in accordance with the most up to date building specifications and regulations

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Reviewed by Andrew on 13/4/2021

Alex responded to request for a quote immediately. He turned up on time. He listened carefully to our requirements and I warmed to him straight away. He went on to give the most competitive quote. There were NO hidden extras. He turned up for the job on the agreed date and completed quickly and efficiently and to a high standard. At the end of the job the site was cleaned and all the old tiles and rubbish removed. A very courteous and professional individual. I do not hestitate to recommend him.

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Reviewed by Steve on 27/1/2021

Happy with the service received, Pete turned up on a Sunday to repair a leak to my roof

social distance complaint thanks you NHS proclad Roofing Ltd is a family run business over 20-years experience in the fascia and Roofing industry we don't employ salespeople and most quotes can be worked out on measurement with a surveyor the same day check our website for reviews and profiles procladltd

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Reviewed by Glyn on 10/4/2021

I was initially pleased that this roofer was willing to look at the problem using a ladder whilst others said it would be impossible without scaffolding. Unfortunately however I was not shown any pictures of the work so I am unsure whether the repair will be effective. Part of the work agreed was to fix a cowl to the chimney. They agreed to call back later to do this but it took a large number of phone calls before it was finally done four months later.

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Slate & Tiled Roof specialists - what you need to know

Slate is one of the most traditional building materials, used for roof and floor tiles, among other applications. It doesn’t just look great and provide a premium finish – it offers a wide range of benefits compared to other materials.

As it’s extremely durable, it can actually be relatively cheap (over the long term) compared to other options. Slate tiles are less prone to damage or cracks and don’t need to be replaced as frequently. They won’t fade or degrade either, and slate can also be a low maintenance option. And finally, they can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency rating too.

To enjoy all those benefits, it’s always best to get someone who knows what they’re doing when installing a slate roof or replacing roof tiles. The job demands precision and the knowhow of an expert tradesperson to ensure you get a roof that looks great and stays watertight for years to come.

Cost of slate roofing

The price you’ll pay largely depends on two factors: the quality of the slate you choose and the size of your roof. Locally sourced slates will usually be pricier (but may be better quality) while imported slate will typically be cheaper.

Prices including labour and materials range from:

  • Cheap £75–£100 per sqm
  • Average: £100–£125 per sqm
  • Expensive: £150+ per sqm

How to install a slate roof

As with any specialist building work, it’s always best to call on the experience and craft of a professional. And as slate can be an expensive material, that’s particularly the case here. An expert roofer will usually follow a five-step process.

  1. Drill the tiles. Unless your tiles are supplied pre-drilled, your roofer will need to make holes in each slate. Your tile manufacturer will usually supply instructions specific to the size and style of the slates.
  2. Fixing battens. Your roofer will then need to find and mark starting positions for your tiles and battens. That process begins with finding the horizontal centre of the roof. At the bottom of the roof, your pro can then nail a few full slates to calculate the specific batten spacing required for your tiles. When that’s been figured out, the remaining batten strips can be nailed in place at equal intervals across your roof.
  3. First strip. The first strip of tiles (or starter course) can be nailed down, overhanging the bottom of the roof edge by 1.5–2 inches. This starter strip will usually have an eaves strip (either half tiles, or tiles turned onto their horizontal edge) underneath too, to prevent moisture penetration. When nailing tiles, your roofer should take care not to crack them or underdrive nails, which can cause the next strip to sit unevenly.
  4. Fixing the remaining tiles. The rest of your roof tiles can then be nailed into position, one row at a time. They should be assembled in a brickwork-like overlapping pattern, with a small expansion and contraction gap of 3 mm between tiles. The vertical overlap (or headlap) between tiles should be at least 3 inches usually.
  5. Roof apex. The final step is to finish the roof with inverted V-shaped ridge tiles.

How to clean and maintain your slate roof

The most urgent sign that your slate tiles needs attention is a leak. And leaks are typically the result of damaged or cracked roof tiles, problems with lead flashing, obstructions in a roof valley, or debris building up on the tiles or in gutters.

The good news is replacing slate riles, ridge tiles, and lead flashings or valleys is a relatively simple job for a professional roofer. They can quickly remove the defective item and install a replacement with relatively little hassle.

When it comes to cleaning away debris or moss, take care – whether you plan to do this yourself, or instruct a professional to help you.

Cleaning should be limited to removing moss or algae and slate tile flakes. Use heavy rubber gloves and a leaf rake for those tricky-to-access spots. For any stubborn stains, you may need to gently scrub the tiles with a stiff brush and use a cleaning solution.

But avoid the temptation to reach for the pressure washer. It may remove stains or blast away moss, but powerful water jets can damage slates and drive water between gaps, causing leaks.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Your roofer won’t necessarily need to hold any qualifications or trade body accreditations to carry out work on your home. But it’s certainly an advantage if they have a City & Guilds award or diploma in roofing.

Above all else, the most important asset to demand from your roofer is experience. And evidence that they’ve used their experience to deliver services to an excellent standard previously.

Planning permission for slate roofing

Installing slate roof tiles won’t require planning permission, but the structure they’re being fixed to may require planning permission before it’s built. Depending on the height and what your property sits near, you may need to consult your local planning office before beginning construction.

Find out what permission you may need at www.planningportal.co.uk.

Insurance your tradesperson needs

Roofing can be precarious work. Think ladders, scaffolding, falling tiles, etc. So, ensure your tradesperson has the necessary cover to protect themselves and your property with public liability insurance.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Have they previously installed slate roofs on a property similar to yours?
  • Can they reuse any existing slate tiles (if appropriate)?
  • Will they be quoting per square metre, or with a day rate?
  • Do they have public liability insurance?

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