stone slate roofs in Eccles

For over 15 years Assured roofing has specialised in stone slate roofs for a wide range of customers in Eccles. Our skilled craftsmen have the training and experience to ensure we complete your stone slate roofs to the highest standard.

All our work is fully guaranteed and our main objective is to fulfill our customers' requirements when completing your stone slate roofs to the best of our ability. We pride ourselves on: quality of work; reliability; courteousness; and most of all, value for money.

We have many customers in Eccles and the surrounding area and we regulary complete stone slate roofs jobs in Eccles.

What are Stone Slate Roofs

Stone Slate Roofs are a popular feature of houses in the pennies giving a distinctive skyline. Originally stone slate was the only alternative roofing material to using the more traditional thatch type of roof. Stone slate roofs are distinctive and cannot be replicated easily with modern materials meaning they are pretty much here to stay. However in some cases modern materials have been used.

Stone slate roofs are particularly hard wearing and with regular maintenance should last well over 100 years. A full re-roof is rarely required and often you can reuse much of the original material. However this obviously varies from roof to roof top.

Local sandstone and slate as well as slate from further afield such as Wales and West Moorland have been traditionally used.

Tips

Ensure you check your roof at least once a year for minor problems such as loose slates, loose ridges on the outside and look for damp patches especially on roof timbers internally. If in any doubt get a specialist slate roof repairer in to check, not all cracks, flaking or changes in colour necessarily mean the roof requires repair.

Keep on top of any vegetation that starts to grow in the roof or gutters and remove moss debris and anything that may hold water or prevent it from flowing off the roof. Watch out for ivy as this can dislodge slates the higher it grows.

Hiring a roofing contractor with specialist and proven experience in working with stone slate roofs is advisable. It is common sense to check that they can show you local examples of the quality of their work.

If you are in doubt a structural engineer can give a professional opinion and possibly recommend a specialist slate roofer. Only a prolonged period with a lack of care can cause such problems to develop.

Try to find replacement stone slates locally as should have the same proportions as the existing slates, your local specialist roofer should be able to help. Agree with your contractor and ensure that this agreement is observed.

Reclaimed stone slates can be a suitable alternative but only if you can be sure that they are from a genuine source, such as a demolished building all to often such stone for roofs has not been legally obtained.

Traditionally stone slates are fixed using oak, treated softwood, or copper pegs, or copper nails. Stainless steel nails or galvanized nails should be used in the main roof structure.

Before any work starts photograph the roof this is then a record of the original detail which can be used for comparison and as a guide to ensure the work is going according to plan.

Do not leave minor problems, as they will invariably lead to larger and more costly problems over time.

Whilst you can turn over stone slates this is not always advisable. The topside of a slate may have been treated or be naturally more weather resistant than the underside and if turned over the underside can rapidly deteriorate when exposed to the elements.

An irregular shaped stone slate roofs maybe more water tight as it has settled during its first few years, the uneven shape of the ridge is a common feature. Trying to make the roof more regular may be costly to achieve effectively.

Do not bed stone slates in mortar. The mortar can draw moisture between the stones and into the roof, and also damages the stone.

Do not seal the stone slate roof with any coating including tar. This can seal in moisture and cause fungal attacks and many other undesirable affects on the slate and roofing timbres.

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