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All About Slate Roofs

By RG Developments Wirral

Are you looking at investing in a slate roof? Many homeowners around the UK are opting for slate roofs due to their durability and aesthetic appeal. A slate roof will not only last for decades to come but also great improve the “kerb appeal of your home”.

RG Developments Wirral can install new slate roofs for all Wirral based customers looking for a new roof installation. Your slate roof will be installed to the highest standards by our specialist team of experienced roofers who have decades of experience in slate roof installations, for both residential and commercial clients.

The Advantages of a New Slate Roof

Long Lasting

Slate roofs are incredibly long lasting due to slate being a highly durable material. A new slate roof could easily last upwards of 100 years. Your new roof will be more likely to reach this sort of life span is well cared for and maintained when needed.


Slate is an incredibly durable and hard-wearing stone material. They are very tough to crack and split even after long periods of time.

Little Maintenance Required

A slate roof will require very little maintenance. Newer slate roofs will not need to be maintained for the first decade. After this annual roof maintenance inspections are recommended.


The durability of slate tiles means they have lots of uses to be re-used even if damaged. Broken slate tiles from your roof can be repurposed for driveways, pathways or other garden areas.

Fire Resistant

Naturally occurring stone materials such as slate can withstand large amounts of heat and force. Your new slate roof will be completely fire-resistant offering large amounts of protection for your home.

Energy Efficient

Slate is a natural occurring material and requires much less manufacturing work than other roofing alternatives such as metal which can be more harmful for the environment. A slate roof will also help you save on energy bills ensuring your home is well insulated and maintains heat during the winter months.

Adds Value to Your Home

A Slate roof can add a lot of value to your home, this is mainly due to the longevity of the product with many well-maintained slate roofs able to last up to 100 years. Slate roofs also come in greys and blues which significantly improve the saleability of any home from an aesthetic point of view.

Commonly Asked Slate Roof Questions

How long does a slate roof last?

Well maintained slate roofs can easily last upwards of 100 years with little additional maintenance needed other than damaged tiles being replaced. Cheaper composite slate roofs will last over 30 years.

Do slate roofs add value to a home?

Yes, slate a slate roof will often add value to a home due to its longevity and durability it provides. A well installed slate roof will easily last up to 100 years. Slate roofs are also an aesthetically beautiful product offering a variety of colours for homeowners.

What are the benefits of natural slate?

Slate roofs are in high demand due to their durability they are water, heat and impact resistant meaning they will rarely break. When a slate tile does become damaged it is usually easy and cost effective to replace.

Are slate roofs expensive?

Slate roofs are one of the most expensive roofing options on the market today. This is due to their durability and long-life span.

What are some disadvantages of slate roofs?

Slate roofs can be very expensive although cheaper composite versions are now available. Slate is also a very heavy material so will require a roof that is able to support large amounts of weight.

What is the most common failure of slate roofs?

Slate roofs will mostly likely fail due to moisture build up from cracks in the slate. This can often be caused by someone walking over the slate tiles.

Do slate roofs get hot?

Slate tiles are a very UV resistant materials and work well in even the hottest climates. The darker colours of slate roofs help reflect heat.

Do slate roofs rust?

Yes, a poorly maintained slate roof can rust over time is left unattended. This can lead to discolouration of the tiles and eventual failure if built up, rusting of a slate roof is rare.

What maintenance is required for a slate roof?

Maintenance for a slate roof will consist of cleaning gutters, removing any moss, mildew, mold build up and checking for any cracks or damaged tiles.

What is the average cost of slate roof replacements?

Slate roof tiles replacement costs will depend on the quality of the slate tiled roof. A slate tile can cost anything between £700 – £1600. Composite slate tiles will be cheaper to replace.

What causes a slate roof to leak?

Slate roofs will most often leak when damaged or cracked. Any damaged flashings can also lead to moisture build up. Slate roofs are mostly likely to become damaged after very heavy storms.

Can I pressure wash my slate roof?

No, pressure washers or large amounts of water can damage slate roofs and lead to costly repair bills, so will walking on your slate roof. If you believe your slate roof needs to be repaired or maintained, it is best to hire an industry professional.

How often should I maintain my slate roof?

Brand new slate roofs will not require regular maintenance. After 5-10 years you should start looking into annual roof inspections and looking over your roof after heavy storms.

Which are cheaper roof tiles or slate?

Slate tiles will always be more expensive than other roof tile alternatives. Slate tiles do however offer much more benefits than its counterparts such as longevity and durability.

In Conclusion

Slate roofs are a great roofing choice for any home. While being a more expensive option you also receive a lot more quality with a roof that can last easily upwards of 100 years. Slate roofs are also incredibly durable being fire, impact and moisture resistant.

RG Developments Wirral Ltd can install slate roofs for any customers located around the Wirral area. The friendly and experienced team at RG will offer you free no obligation quotes on your next slate roof installation.