What You Need To Know About Slate And Tile Roofs

Nov 22, 2017

Two men working on the roof

Roofing materials of high quality are essential to protect your roof from weather damage and water leaks along with providing a durable and safe roof structure for the home.

Slates and tiles are the more common types of roofing materials used, yet many homeowners are not aware of the differences between these two materials.

What Are The Primary Differences Between Slates And Tiles?

If you have the budget available, natural slating offers a luxurious appearance to the home. The durability and longevity of these materials will often mean you will not have to be concerned about replacing your roof anytime soon and the repairs are easy to handle by professional roofing contractors. However, if you prefer a more modernized appearance for your roof and your home, the design and color option of tiles will usually be far more suitable for what you are trying to achieve.

  • Tiles

Tiles are manufactured from either clay or concrete and come in an extensive array of colors and designs. Regardless of whether you choose clay or concrete tiles, this material has an average life expectancy of around 50 years and requires very little maintenance. The concrete tiles come in interlocking or plain fittings and are typically larger than the clay types.

Their size makes them easy to install. Flatter tiles offer an easier and quicker installation process; however, you may want to layer up your fittings to maximise weather protection.

  • Slates

The slate roofing materials come in three varieties which include zinc, artificial and natural. The natural slates are composed of metamorphic, fine-grained rock which is split up into thinner layers and happens to be the more resistant out of the three types. The natural slate is more expensive but offers a truly pleasing and authentic solution when it comes to traditional and older-styled homes.

Mainly found in luxury homes, natural slates provide an extremely long lifespan and are great for fire protection and against vulnerabilities such as insect damage or rot. All these features offer a low-maintenance and long-lasting roofing solution that you can rely on for years to come.

The slate tiles are mainly grey. However, there are a variety of patterns, textures, and shades on offer. The slates are installed on roofs with the use of nails and pegs and are often layered to offer a more textured aesthetic. The layering may appear pleasing, but this will decrease wind resistance to the roof and can result in issues such as slates that break or displace.

Two workers on roof at works with metal tile and roofing ironSlates and roof tiles can be susceptible to displacement, breaks, and faults, which means that professional roofing contractors are required for the installation process as well as to maintain the roof.

Before deciding on the type of roofing material you would like to use, it is always advisable to contact an expert roofing company in your area to offer you guidance and advice on choosing the right materials to suit your pocket and your home.

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