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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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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 Myron on 17/2/2020

very quick to answer posting. Came to view job on time and immediately told me the problem and cure. Arrived next morning and got on with the job quickly and efficiently and finished on que. Since we have had torrential rain and despite myself keeping an eye on the previous problem, I can honestly say not a single drop of rain has entered the property. Well done lads. No problem in recommending coastal roofing.

Over 20 years experience in all types of roofing

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Reviewed by M A on 17/2/2020

Lee is a very nice person, he helped me with the works as soon as he had the opportunity. Will always recommend him to friends and family.

Over 30 years roofing and property maintenance experience. No job too big or too small. A good standard of workmanship and will guarantee all our work. Reliability is key. we have expanded the area's we will work to Monmouth and Herefordshire, has we want to give customers peace of mind when looking for a reliable roofer with a wealth of knowledge, experience and satisfaction knowing that a professional job is carried out . cpm roofing is the first name you should be looking for when choosing a reputable roofer.

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Reviewed by Daniel on 15/2/2020

Ian came round quickly and gave all the advice required to make an informed decision. The winter weather lead to the work being delayed but once here the work was done to a high standard. We now have working gutters at the back of our house again and Ian came back quickly when we identified further work needed on the other gutters at the front. Definitely worth the wait, I’d recommend Ian to friends and family.

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

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Reviewed by Joanne on 17/2/2020

Amazing guys. Job turn around so quick. Roof tiles needed replacing, so they did that and more!! Thank you!! Will be in touch

welcome to CBR roofing and maintenance. CBR is a small family business with knowledge of the roofing industry since early 1970.myself colin has learned my trade from my dad's own business since 1982 so have a good idea of the roofing industry and will give you a fair price for the work that I carry out so give us a call regards colin from CBR. customer service is our priority as my reviews tell you.

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Reviewed by David on 17/12/2019

Very friendly, arrived on time, did a good job with great value for money. Would highly recommend.

At Lockhart Roofing and Brickwork Services, we believe in high quality workmanship, provided at very competitive prices. We give a 10 year guarantee on all roofing repairs & maintenance, along with specialist skills in leadwork. All quotes are free & no-obligation. We are rated 5/5 on Rated people.

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Reviewed by James on 19/2/2020

Joe got stuck in traffic on the arranged day, and due to weather couldnt complete the job. He came back the very next day and finished it as required. Spot on for cost and quality. Need to wait for the next heavy bout of rain to be fully sure but trust the work is as expected. Joe photographed as he went to keep me in the loop.

Professional, reliable, fully insured and work quality guaranteed

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Reviewed by Rosalind on 19/2/2020

Ben is fantastic, he came and did the job in a straightforward honest way and we couldn’t be happier. I would recommend Ben and will be using him myself again - I think we have found our roofer for life. Thanks Ben

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 John on 19/2/2020

Job done quickly and on time no unexpected changes in costs and happily looked to improve overall price to get the business. Two year guarantee on the job so still monitoring as only recently completed but sure there would be no problems if I contacted Freedom again. I would recommend!

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 Ingrid on 17/2/2020

Panicked when part of ridge came off and a few tiles lifted in the wind. They came out within about 1 hour sorted it straight away nice tidy job and very friendly.

Qualified family run business for over 25 years.

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Reviewed by S on 29/11/2019

Quick Response, did a good job, would use again

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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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