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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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We are a family run business with 20 years of experience from big jobs to small jobs From a single slate to a full re-roof property maintenance can help out

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Reviewed by Kathy on 3/6/2020

Very polite and completed job same day

We are a family run business and we do all property maintenance

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Reviewed by Robyn on 7/4/2020

WOW. I can't tell you how professional, kind, reliable and trustworthy these guys are. They helped rectify a half-done job where I had been badly ripped off previously with speed and professionalism. Nothing was too much. A special thanks to Matthew. Lots of much needed honest advice too. They're the good guys. Believe me. My Heros that day!

Coastal Roofing and Building is a reputable roofing and building company We pride ourselves on providing high-quality work at competitive prices Our skilled craftsmen are highly reliable, friendly and professional. We ensure complete customer satisfaction

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Reviewed by Roy on 30/5/2020

Excellent workmanship

All types of building work undertaken, roof and chimney maintenance specialists distance no problem

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Reviewed by Ann on 27/5/2020

The problem was found, broken tile, and replaced they also fixed the coating around a dormer window. A very pleasant team and we’re very pleased with their work.

Hi were a small business growing and taking on all roofing work in and out of London doing all pitch and flat roofs and very competitive prices give a call and see what we can do for you all work in garaunted backed and invoiced

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Reviewed by Paolo on 31/5/2020

Very quick to turn up. They clearly defined the scope of works, quoted on the spot and we agree to go ahead straight away. Happy to see it all done

At Lockhart Roofing and Brickwork Services, we believe in high quality workmanship, provided at very competitive prices. I am also an approved EPDM ( original Classic Bond ) flat roof installer which comes with a 20 year warranty. We give a 10 year guarantee on all roofing repairs & maintenance, along with specialist skills in leadwork. All quotes are free & no-obligation. We have over 300 - 5 star reviews with Rated People and we have recently been filmed and are waiting to be advertised on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as being the best tradesmen with the most 5 star reviews with Rated people.com. Best wishes. Joe Lockhart. Lockhart Roofing and Brickwork Services.

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Reviewed by Alan on 26/5/2020

Great tidy work. Kept me updated all through the job with before and after pics I’ve already booked Joe to come back next week as he pointed out more essential work than needs doing Thanks

Over 20 years experience in all types of roofing

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Reviewed by Jane on 26/4/2020

Lee was polite and efficient. Let me know when he would be arriving and was on time. Price seemed fair to me.

We are family business doing roofing and building work for over 40years we always on time and look leave our customers happy for repeat business we have long list happy customers and always looking for more

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Reviewed by james on 18/5/2020

this is to rectify my poor rating into a good rating.I did not realise how to access the "chat" and therefore did not see the quote that had been sent promptly.

L.S roofing are friendly reliable roofing & building contractors.

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Reviewed by Monica on 4/6/2020

The guys came within a few days to fit my new guttering. They worked quickly, were very polite and cleared up afterwards. The work was of a high standard. I would recommend them.

Property Projection and Maintenance Ltd. is a professional, honest, reliable company with 15 years experience. We offer a wide range of services employing both modern and traditional techniques in order to guarantee complete customer satisfaction.

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Reviewed by Tim on 27/3/2020

Excellent.Matthew and his team repaired the rendering on my mothers house and re painted the whole house...its looks amazing.He was a very friendly chap and kept me informed daily of when work was going to be done and finished work well ahead of schedule.I would not hestitate to use again and would recomend very highly.Top Marks!

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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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