With significant expertise in the field of pitched roofs, our services ensure that your property will have the most robust and weather proof roofing. We utilise breathable felts and tanalised battens which ensure that all of our slate and tile roofs meet British Standards. We offer traditional, synthetic or natural slates and tiles, which means that we can ensure your roof is the most practical for your property.
A good quality slate roof can be expected to last longer than most other roof coverings, typically they will last over 100 years if it doesn’t suffer any physical damage. However, time and weather will leave their mark on a slate roof and slates can become damaged or loose:
Damaged slates are usually due to the roof settling, frost or wind damage, or things falling onto them (this could be pieces of nearby trees). Usually such damage will be limited to an isolated slate, or possibly to a relatively small area of the roof.
Loose stales are more often the result of the fixing nails failing usually as they rust away (a problem known as ‘nail rot’), or the slates themselves may disintegrate around the nail holes.
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When slate roofs begin to suffer from ‘nail sickness’ or breakdown of the actual slates, it usually indicates that the roof is approaching the age when complete re-roofing will be required. After all, all the fixing nails and all the slates will probably have been up there the same length of time so will all be suffering the same degree of ageing.
‘Nail rot’ can typically be first seen by the lower edges of a row of slates being out of line – one fixing will fail on a number of slates and these will then twist.
It should be accepted that replacing a single slipped slate on a roof suffering from nail sickness can only be a temporary solution, the entire slate roof covering will need to be replaced at some time.