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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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Dm property maintenance is a family run business and been trading over 10 years now we offer a wide load of work we Carrie out Roofing work Tree surgery Landscaping Power washing and cleaning services

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Reviewed by Philip on 25/9/2018

Turned up quickly and fixed the roof quickly

At Topcover Roofing we pride ourselves on quality workmanship, NVQ qualified roofers carry out all aspects of roofing work from minor repairs to full re roofs around the north and East Yorkshire area.

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Reviewed by David on 25/9/2018

Spot on. Will be using again in the future.

We are local company providing Roofing Services at a discounted rate. We are fully insured and specialise in UPVC fascia, sofits and guttering. We are approved installers allowing us to provide not only our own warranty range but a manufacturers warranty or between 5 and 50 years depending on products and services. We offer a range of services, including an in house scaffolding services, allowing us to keep costs down for the customers. Gutter Doctor has been established over 2 years and we’ve already made an impact within the industry, We currently provide roofline maintenance packages for our commercial clients starting from only £99 pcm. We already have existing contracts with Large estate agent firms within our area and with other large companies further afield who own multiply shopping outlets.

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Reviewed by Pauline on 25/9/2018

Excellent, friendly helpful people would recommend.

Plumber with over 12 years experience, available for call outs, high quality bathroom installations, alternative heating systems, commercial installations.

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Reviewed by Jonathan on 25/9/2018

good job

D & R contracs provides a range of trades such as roofing, painting and decorating, laminte flooring, carpets, and titleing to the highiest standards possible, and look forward to new and challenging opportunity’s.

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Reviewed by lynne on 24/9/2018

A good standard, fair price and completed when promised. Polite and tidy too!

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Reviewed by Steve on 24/9/2018

Ron responded to the job listed quite promptly and arranged a visit and quote within a few days. He assessed the job explaining everything thoroughly, coming back with a firm quote including all costs. Ron did the job promptly, relatively small but vital to the integrity of the roof. He was as neat as possible, cleaning as much of the site as he could with the scaffolding still in situ. He came back soon after, by mutual convenience to explain the works. Very pleased, he's staying on my go to list.

We are a company dedicated to the painting and decoration of properties including bathroom renovation,certified electrical works, wood floors, bricks walls, stone/concrete paving and many other services with promptness and quality.

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Reviewed by Caroline on 24/9/2018

Alex’s work is of a high standard. The tiling job was very neat and tidy. Alex is polite and obliging and was on time and upfront about costings and additional materials required. I’d have no problem recommending Alex for any tiling job.

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, we know how to deliver work that looks good and lasts. We work on properties of all shapes and sizes, commercial and domestic, turning your dreams into a reality.

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Reviewed by Samantha on 24/9/2018

George was very efficient at installing soundproofing in the party wall. The noise from next door has now greatly reduced! George worked quickly & left the rooms clean & tidy at the end of the job. We’ll definitely be using George again for future jobs.

Hi and welcome to B & D Building Construction. We have over 10 years experience in UK as professional builders and over 15 years experience in Building and Construction Industry .  In all this years we have done all sorts of building works such as house extensions , loft conversions ,new builds,house conversions (flats and studio flats ),internal refurbishments (new bathrooms , new kitchens , structural works ,plumbing ,underfloor heating, central heating , new boilers, electric works , rewiring , all types of joinery&carpentry works , internal and external painting and decorating ,plastering , ...etc ) , all exterior works (roofing , external insulation , rendering , paving , ...etc)  FOR ALL YOUR BUILDING NEEDS ,GIVE US A BELL.

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Reviewed by Kati on 24/9/2018

Standard of work completed ok, but they were late and parts of the job were not done. Rotten skirting not replaced as agreed, but painted instead, this wasnt metioned until I queried it. Didn't remove old vinyl and then lied to me that they had, took the large piece of leftover lino that I had told them I wanted to keep. Also had issues with loo flush since they were here. Price ok. Left area clean. Worked quickly - but prob because they didn't do the whole job. Overall felt taken advantage of.

Specialising in extensions, loft conversions and refurbishments. I have been in the building industry for over 30 years and we do everything from the groundwork to roof and all internal works. We also cover landscaping and driveways.No job is to small or big and I'm happy to advise people on the job/project they have in mind.

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Reviewed by Tom on 24/9/2018

Lovely guy. Realistic, reasonable and honest pricing. High quality of workmanship (in really not great conditions). Was flexible with timing. Essentially he’s a great find...!

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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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