Slate roofing is getting increasing popular in contemporary times because of the benefits derived from installing slate roof on the home. Slate roof is fire proof and environmentally friendly. In addition, it is very durable and confers a certain aesthetic appeal that makes your building stand out. But there are various types of slate roofing, which can sometimes make choosing the right one confusing. Often, there are questions about the different types, how durable, how much they cost and how easy it is to have them installed.
The natural slates have a truly authentic look and they are found in natural environments. They are low maintenance and do not deteriorate with time. The carbonate content is important because it helps in determining the quality of the slate. Installation of natural slates require special expertise as only companies such as Abbey Roofing Cumbria that have the right level of experience can install them. The cost of natural slate can range from £1.03 to £2.00 or more per slate depending on the type and quantity required. Bulk purchase can help bring down the overall cost.
Types of Roofing Slates
The Welsh roofing slate is a high quality slate which derives its durability from its density and geological formation. This type of slate roofing is in fact so durable that it can keep going for over a century after installation. Furthermore, it is resistant to extreme weather conditions and chemicals. It is water-proof and does not fade easily.
This is why it is most commonly used in the UK and most of the heritage buildings in the country have the Welsh roofing slate installed. It is available in various sizes, but most commonly 20″x 10″. The Burlington slates are found near Kirkby -in- Furness in Cumbria. They are produced by splitting the rock along its natural cleavage planes. Other natural slates include the Westermorland green, Buttermere and the Lakeland green.
Other Roofing Slate Options
These include fibre cement slate and the man-made slates. The fibre cement slates are made from a mixture of cement, fibres and mineral additives. They cannot replicate the authentic and distinct beauty of natural slates but they still add value. They are lighter than the natural slates and they do not last as long. Prices range from about £1.00 to £3.00 or more per slate. Man-made slates are made from a combination of synthetic resin and ground down slate. Their main attraction is that they are cheaper and more affordable than the other types of slate.
Slate Roof Repairs
Slate roof repairs can be very challenging and only companies with the technical expertise can undertake them with the required professional efficiency. From the single loose slate to installing a complete new roof, Abbey Roofing Cumbria can take care of them all. We have been providing outstanding traditional and modern roofing repairs and installation for many years to the satisfaction of customers.