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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 Michael on 14/2/2019

Very quick response, very professional and polite and carried out the work promptly and described. I would not hesitate to have Ashley back should the need occur without hesitation.

Professional, reliable, fully insured and work quality guaranteed

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Reviewed by Penny on 30/11/2018

Ben couldn't be more helpful. Thank you Ludlow Roofing.

with 25 years of experience, we pride ourselves on producing quality work for a reasonable price. so for all your home maintenance requirements give roofing & building a call

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Reviewed by Michael on 20/2/2019

Billy came the following day to secure the slates on my roof. Was professional and polite and completed the work quickly and then showed me what he had done. So pleased that I have secured him to attend to some additional work that needed doing that I had not considered at that time but in view of his service , no need to look elsewhere.

Family run business with combined 30 year experience undertake all aspects of roofing with high quality workmanship

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Reviewed by Mark on 21/2/2019

Turned up very promptly when they said. Very keen to show before and after photos which gives confidence. Gave the roof a good check which identified a few additional issues (and cost) but that's OK - would rather have a proper job. From what I can see looks a good thorough job and happy with service.

Over 30 years roofing and property maintenance experience. No job too big or too small. A good standard of workmanship and will guarantee all my work. Reliability is key.

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Reviewed by Juliet on 20/2/2019

Ian worked well with a job that changed somewhat in its extent and content. The unexpected expense was that on his initial visit to the site, he apparently did not realize that he would need scaffolding to complete the work. This was obviously going to incur greater expense on our part but we also realize his own security had to be assessed. He did compromise, however, on the use of a scaffolding tower we hired, which he and his partner constructed and took down and so we believe we came to a fair price.

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 Derek on 10/1/2019

Turned up early and quickly completed the job very well.

We are a small company only two of us. The business has been trading for six years. Between us we have over 25 years experience in roofing and take great pride in our work. You will not be disappointed if you use our services.

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Reviewed by David on 22/9/2018

Paid for roof repairs and roof still leaked badly. I gave this guy the chance to come back several times and despite several reassurances he never did nor did I get any refund for work either never carried out or done extremely poorly!

We have 15 years experience.Repairing buildings inside and outside. We recommend to our clients to use modern materials and advanced technologies combined with traditional methods and construction experience of many years standing.

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Reviewed by Natasha on 11/2/2019

Roman contacted me within 12 hrs of my posting. He was prompt when he came to view the job and gave me an estimate. Again he arrived promptly on the agreed date to do the job and completed it as planned. and at the agreed price which is reasonable. Photographs were shown to me to keep me up to date with progress. Roman is a very friendly professional and I would definitely recommend him.

cbr is a roofing maintenance contractor and we also get involved in small general building works around the private sector properties as you can see from my review's i have left jobs with happy tenants so do not hesitate to contact cbr and wee Will get your roof back to new

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Reviewed by Alastair on 19/12/2018

Solid workmanship. Needed a leak in a flat roof fixed. It was sorted quickly and to a good standard. Easy guy to work with, would recommend.

CRDcontractors Ltd- All types of work undertaken and repairs, we area family business

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Reviewed by Rhiannon on 9/2/2019

I didn't have to wait long to get the job sorted. Thank-you

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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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