At LC Joinery Roofing, we have been providing our slate roof services to customers around St Andrews for over 10 years.
We are professional slate installers who cover the whole of St Andrews and can be contacted 24/7 for an emergency.
Whether you are looking for help with a full slate roof replacement, or you need spot repairs, we can help, and we promise to give you the best service and value at all times.
Over the years, we have fitted many slate roofs across the area, and we work with domestic and commercial customers on a daily basis.
You can trust our roofers to work to the highest possible standard at all times and to work safely and professionally.
Our experience in slate roofing is unrivalled, and we can provide you with technical and aesthetic advice when it comes to choosing the right slate for your roof.
Natural slate can look simply stunning on a property, and will offer excellent protection from the elements for many years to come.
Slate Roofers St Andrews
What are the Different Types of Slate Roofing St Andrews
As with roofing tiles, there are plenty of options available for those who prefer the more natural finish offered by slates.
The use of slate roofing is very popular across the UK both for its cost-effectiveness and appealing aesthetic.
When looking at choosing slate for your next roofing project it’s worth knowing what’s available. This involved getting to know the three main types of slate available to buy:
- Natural Slate: Sourced and taken from natural environments to produce a stunning finish.
- Fibre Cement Slate: Made primarily from cement and other elements and is a versatile, cost-effective option.
- Man-made Slate: which is largely made up of reconstituted slate and is a cheaper alternative to the natural version.
What are the Benefits of the Different Types of Slate?
To make it easier to understand the differences between the three types of slate – natural, fibre cement and man-made – we’ve separated each one into its own section.
Slate Roofers St Andrews – Natural Slate
What are the Benefits of Natural Slate?
Similar to clay, natural slate offers a truly authentic look that cannot be replicated by manufacturers.
For period projects, or properties that need to reflect the natural environment around them, natural slate is usually the preferred choice.
Its lifespan goes beyond both clay and concrete by some distance and has even been known to outlast the structure of the very buildings they have been placed upon.
In terms of performance, natural slate does not fade or deteriorate over time, which is reflected in how long it will protect the roof structure.
Another great advantage this type of slate offers is its low maintenance, which means very little ongoing effort will be needed to keep them in good working order.
Slate Roofers St Andrews – Spanish Slate
The import of Spanish slate has grown exponentially over the past few decades due to its combination of cost-effectiveness and aesthetic appeal.
Slate Roofers St Andrews – Fibre Cement Slate
What are the Benefits of Fibre Cement Slate?
Although fibre cement slate cannot match the distinct beauty that natural slate provides, it still adds real value.
They are made from a mixture of cement, fibres and mineral additives and provide further options across a greater range and type of roof structure.
How Long Do They Last?
The longevity of fibre cement slates will be similar to tiles that are made of cement. You can expect a guarantee of 30 years from the manufacturer but in many cases, they will last at least twice as long, up to 60 years. Annual maintenance and favourable local weather will also allow fibre cement slates to live on for a much longer period.
Slate Roofers St Andrews – Man-made Slates
What are the Benefits of Man-made Slate?
Made from a combination of ground down slate and synthetic resin, man-made slate offers another alternative to both natural slate and fibre cement slate.
The low cost of these tiles is the main advantage they offer, set at very affordable prices in comparison to the other types available.
How Long Do They Last?
Similar to clay or concrete tiles, man-made slates are designed to last for up to 30 years in normal weather conditions. When the cost-effectiveness of this type of slate is added into the equation, man-made slate becomes a very attractive option for many buyers.
Slate Roof Experts St Andrews
If you are looking to have a slate roof repair or replacement carried out in St Andrews then we recommend you get in contact with us.