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Everything you need to know about slate roofs

One of the most popular types of roofing for any home is slate. This is due to its impressive life cycle, excellent durability and timeless appeal. However, there is more than just the look to consider when it comes to choosing a slate roof for your home.

Firstly, the origin of your slate roof is important as there are varied qualities in the slate produced. In addition, roof slates come in a variety of textures, colours and thicknesses depending on where they might be from.

One of the most common types of slate is Welsh slate. This is known for it's bluer tones. Alternatively, imported sales that may offer a cheaper alternative can be another solution to save some money.

Like most building materials, you should look for accreditation. The best quality slates will have been tested to BS EN12326 standard and it should have a CE marking.

Another key consideration with slate roofs is the rate of water absorption. Whilst lower rates are better, there are regulations stipulating an absorption rate of less than 0.6% is required.

Maintaining slate roofs

The level of maintenance required will depend on the quality of material used. Poorer quality slate will deteriorate quicker and can require more intensive maintenance.

Ideally, you should check your slate roof at least twice a year for cracked or broken tiles. You should also undertake cleaning for excessive moss growth and the removal of debris.

Here at The Outdoor Maintenance Company, we offer a roof cleaning solution that can get your roof back up to the standard. To find out more click here.

In addition, you should check the inside of your slate roof for signs of dampness or leaks that may have been caused my misplaced tiles.

About The Outdoor Maintenance Company

Collectively our team has over 20 years of experience in building and maintaining all manner of outdoor buildings, patios and artificial grass.

To arrange a free no-obligation estimate click here.

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