What is Slate Roofing?
Natural Slate Roofing
Natural slating is a luxurious touch to your home and is great for maintaining the character of period or traditional homes. Slate is a natural product which is extremely durable and hard-wearing. Much of our slate roofing in Cornwall comes in many different sizes, colours and texture depending on where the slate is sourced from. British slates such as Welsh slate is considered ‘the best’ but usually commands top-end prices as you’d expect. Good-quality alternatives to Welsh slate are available from North America and Canada but most popular slate imports are usually from Spain, China and Brazil. The biggest attraction is arguably the price, with Chinese and Brazilian slate among the lowest priced available. Slate roof tiles from Spain, Brazil or China are the most popular style and can also be the most cost-effective slate roof solution for your home.
Manmade Slate Roofs
Manmade slate alternatives range from concrete slate products which replicate clay tiles, to fibre-cement roof slates which emulate natural slate. They do not age like their natural counterparts (and are unlikely to last centuries, like Welsh slate for example), but the lower cost of manmade slate is usually the big attraction. Tiles are available in a wide range of designs and colours, which makes them more suited to modern houses than slates. Whether you choose concrete or clay tiles, the tiles will have a life expectancy of 50 years and will be of equal durability and resistance.
The life expectancy of a slate or tiled roof can be greatly extended by maintenance and repair. Whether you require help with a leaking damaged slate roof or need a complete slate roof replacement, Empire Roofing are the most loved and trusted slate roofing specialists in Cornwall.
Why Choose Slate Roofing?
Your roof slates or tiles not only have to fulfil the role of forming a watertight layer, keeping your home dry, but also need to look good from the moment they’re installed.
- Slate is a natural roofing material which is engineered by Mother Nature herself!
- Slate is beautiful; most homeowners are drawn to slate because of its classy, celebrated appearance
- Slate roofing tiles offer a wealth of choices; slate tiles are available in a range of sizes and thicknesses, as well as a wide range of colours and styles
- The life expectancy of a slate or tiled roof can be greatly extended by maintenance and repair
- Fireproof your roof with slate tiles; slate is naturally fire retardant and so will keep your home safe
- Slate roofing can last five times as long as other roofing methods (when installed correctly), meaning that even though it may cost a little more than other roofing materials, the cost of a slate roof is borne out by its longevity
If you would like to discuss slate roofing in Cornwall and would like Empire Roofing to quote you or offer a free consultation, please just get in touch and one of our slate roofing specialists will be more than happy to help!