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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 Ian on 7/11/2019

100% would use this company again!! Cheers

Over 20 years experience in all types of roofing

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Reviewed by Luke on 16/11/2019

Great guy with good knowledge and skills, highly recommended

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 Stephen on 14/11/2019

Friendly and knew his stuff.

At Topcover Roofing we pride ourselves on quality workmanship and impeccable customer service from start to finish. NVQ qualified team carrying out all aspects of building and roofing solutions from minor building repairs to full re roofs across the UK

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Reviewed by Peter on 13/11/2019

Josh came to cap the chimneys, at the front and back of the house. He came at times convenient to us, sending photos of the job during and after, and was a really friendly and open builder. Definitely someone I will use again, and would recommend to others.

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 Paul on 12/11/2019

A good quick turnaround for the work carried out. Quoted Saturday and work was carried out Tuesday. Level of workmanship and service was excellent. Would recommend.

Hi there. Here at complete roofing solutions. We pride ourself on high quality workmanship. At affordable prices. We offer up to 10 year guarantee on all our work. And we are fully insured. We carry out small repairs. To complete re-roofs. And preaty much anything in between. So for a free no obligation quotation. Give us a call. To speak to one of our friendly staff.

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Reviewed by Dave on 20/10/2019

Skilled tradesman who completed the slates replacement and repairs on my terraced house roof. I did have cheaper quotes but would always pay a bit extra for a better job - even so I thought £100 per hour was quite expensive but thats maybe par for the course these days. All in all I was happy with the job.

Professional, reliable, fully insured and work quality guaranteed

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Reviewed by Allan on 30/9/2019

Ben thought carefully about the job before beginning it, and worked hard to carry it out once he'd decided on the best approach. We're very pleased with the result, and wouldn't hesitate to use him again.

Qualified family run business for over 25 years.

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Reviewed by Caroline on 7/11/2019

Reliable and professional would call again for any further problems

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 Liam on 22/10/2019

Roman did a great job repairing our roof fascia, guttering and velux window - professional, very punctual, reliable and a very nice guy Excellent quality of work and very happy with the results Thoroughly recommended

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 Patrick on 15/10/2019

A nice person ...reliable ....concienous ..a job done well done for a good price

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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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