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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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Hi, I'm Ashley and i do my best to build a good profile with top ratings,I hope to deliver a good service to each customer and always make sure the customer is happy with my work.Check my ratings and reviews out to give you some info about me

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Reviewed by David on 16/7/2019

Not a large job but efficiently carried out. Kept in touch throughout the process. I would not hesitate to recommend.

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 David on 28/6/2019

Good price for a long days work. work looks to be of a very good standard

Over 20 years experience in all types of roofing

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Reviewed by Tony on 25/7/2019

Lee is an exceptional tradesman - honest, reliable, efficient, skilled and in fact everything that we could have wished for. He gets our unreserved approval.

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 Colin on 24/7/2019

Wish I could give 6 star rating!

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 Chris on 21/7/2019

What an absolute legend! Friendly, punctual and really knows his stuff - would 100% recommend :)

ÇBR is a small roofing company with knowledge of the roofing industry from the early 1980s learning my trade from my dad's business myself colin can get any roofing projects sorted asap as you can see from my reviews my customers are priority and will give you a fair price and no hidden [email protected] we make sure that feedback about the job is crucial regards Cbroofing

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Reviewed by Neil on 26/7/2019

Colin quoted for and completed the works within a few days of my job being posted. Turned-up on time, completed the works as quoted and with no hidden extras.

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 wendy on 12/6/2019

They came did the job within a few hours (in the rain) with no mess left . easy efficient work.

Professional, reliable, fully insured and work quality guaranteed

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Reviewed by Helen on 9/6/2019

It turned out to be a very small job but factoring in the Rated People charge it was significantly more expensive than if I'd booked the job direct. I'd happily use the same contractor again.

We are a family run business with over 25 years experience in upvc & roofing work. We pride ourselves on the experience we have and a first class job is a must!. We are approved fitters and all our work is carried out to a standard second to none. Fully guaranteed & and carried out to customers satisfaction . We are experienced and qualified in this field and leave no stone unturned until we are satisfied with the job we have done. From a leaking gutter to a full fitting service is available. We also have full public liability insurance. We do not ask for deposits, We do not ask for payment up front, We start a job and we stay till it’s finished with no excuses. So for a first class hassle free job be sure to give us a try! Thank you For taking the time to read our profile and thanks from both myself and the team.

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Reviewed by Janet on 20/7/2019

Very efficient. There were problems finding where the rain was getting in and so Danny and his men came back twice to rectify the problem. I would highly recommend Danny as he arrived when he said he would and kept in contact to ensure repair was satisfactory.

JK Joinery has 20 years experience in a wide variety of joinery and roofing works. I carry out all work myself so can rely on the job being completed by a competent, qualified tradesman. I have 6 years of job history with Rated People and many excellent reviews from satisfied clients.

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Reviewed by Stephen on 7/7/2019

John was very professional. He reacted promptly to my enquiry, turned up as arranged and did a great job.

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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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