Stone Slate Roofing: A Short Explanation

Stone slate roofing is a popular choice for many homeowners. Be it rural houses situated in the Peak District or urban apartments in the city centre, stone roofs can make your property stand out from the crowd.

In fact, those who invest in stone slate roofing systems stand to boost the attractiveness and durability of their properties – both big advantages in terms of kerb appeal and the long-term health of the property.

Now, let’s have a look at some commonly asked questions about this unique roofing material.

What is stone roofing?

Stone slates are roofing materials obtained from stone deposits in the earth. The deposits are formed in a way that allows the stone to split into thin sheets along the bedding planes, resulting in effective stone roofing tiles.

The stones, which are generally cut from sandstones or limestones, split easily and produce a smooth finish. This means they can be bedded upon one another to form a new stone tile roof.

Let’s have a look at an example of a stone roof:

Spanish Slate Roof in Sheffield

This last video demonstrates another stone roof in Sheffield, this time using a natural Spanish slate. Spanish slate is usually black or grey in colour and is made up of mostly quartz, sericite and minerals belonging to the chlorite group.

As you can see in the video, this Spanish slate looks absolutely stunning and will stay that way for decades to come.

How long do stone slate roofs last?

A well-maintained stone roof can last over 100 years. Due to the durability and weight of the slates, they tend to hold up incredibly well in the face of high winds and torrential rain.

And, the slates have the power to withstand the sun’s fading effects too. In fact, it’s fair to say that stone slates are the Superman of roofing materials.

What are the advantages of roofing with slate?

Aside from their ability to keep your house dry for a century or more, roofing with slate offers many advantages. Least of all increasing the attractiveness of your property. Slate roofs have been used to stunning effect for centuries in the UK.

And because each and every stone tile is unique, no stone roof will ever look quite the same. Whether it’s an urban property or a country cottage, the addition of a stone roof will give your house a stunning rustic feel which is bound to turn heads. 

  • Key features of stone slate roofs:
  • Aesthetically beautiful
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Resistant to fire
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Each stone roof is completely unique

What are the disadvantages of stone roofs?

One of the main disadvantages of stone slate roof tiles is their weight. Each property must be equipped with support beams that are sufficient to bear the roof’s load. Otherwise, you run the risk of a potentially nasty accident and a large hole in your roof to boot!

Generally, this won’t be an issue if you hire a professional roofing company that understands stone roofing. But an inexperienced roofer with little knowledge of stone roofs can result in a poorly installed rooftop that compromises the integrity of your property.

Furthermore, a badly installed stone roof won’tlast anywhere near the 100 or so years you’re expecting. Each stone is 100% natural too, which is great for aesthetics. But, it can be difficult and expensive to find the right size replacement. But of course, this isn’t to say stone roofs aren’t worth the hassle

How much does a stone roof cost?

Stone roofing slates tend to be more expensive than tiles. So, if you have a large roof, filling that space might be costly. However, their durability and resistance to all weather conditions mean stone roofs generally save you money in the long run.

The team members at Dalton Roofing are all fully trained slate roofers with lots of experience in crafting stone roofing materials. If you want us to install a stunning stone roof that looks as good as it performs Get in touch and we can provide a no-obligation quote.

Yorkshire Stone Slate Roof Construction Details

In the video below, you’ll find Phil Dalton making repairs to a 150-year-old building in Sheffield. He’s in the process of repairing the Yorkshire stone roof and explains the construction details in accordance with English Heritage’s requirements.

The video also explains how to slate a roof. In this example, the slate tiles are placed in a diminishing fashion. This is where the stone slates start off large at the bottom and get smaller as they go up.

And to keep repairs in accordance with English Heritage requirements, Phil uses the original oak pegs when fixing the slates and repairs the mortar fillet to match the original design.

Stone Slate Roofing: Conclusion

Stone slate roofs are one of the most beautiful and effective ways of providing longlasting protection from the elements. When installed correctly, their durability and unique look make them worth every penny.

Just make sure you don’t muck about with roofers who don’t know their stuff. If in doubt, call Dalton Roofing today and we’ll get it sorted for you.

Thanks for reading and see you next time!