Slate Roofing in Sheffield
Natural Slate roofing
Natural slate roofing in Sheffield & surrounding areas is the first choice for many architects and builders because it always looks good and its installation, maintenance and life cycle costs make it an extremely cost-effective roofing material. Its versatility is highly prized as it provides an outstanding finish on any shape, pitch and space. In addition the different shapes that slates can be produced in, for customers around the world, allow for a virtually unlimited array of visual effects that would be impossible to obtain with other materials.
Natural slate benefitsNatural slate roofing in Sheffield benefits from a number of highly practical properties making it an exceptional Roofing Slate. It is extremely durable, unaffected by normal extremes of temperature and is highly resistant to acids, alkalis and other chemicals. It retains its natural colour, even in UV light and is impermeable to water.
Once installed correctly slate can last longer than a lifetime. Geographical location, environmental conditions, the pitch of the roof and the size of the slate, etc. all play an important part in the correct use of natural slate.
Natural roofing slates are commonly taken off roofs after 100 years (after the timbers have failed) and re-used. Penrhyn slate, for example, was removed from St Asaph Cathedral after 400 years in use and reused.
Man Made Slate roofing
One of the main benefits of fibre cement slates is that they are much easier to fix than traditional slates. They are man made and manufactured to uniform dimensions which means that instead of struggling to sort slates to consistent thickness and size, as would be necessary with natural slates, fibre cement slates can be easily and quickly installed on roofs with a pitch of 20° or above.
ManufactureMan-made slate is produced predominately by two entirely different processes, the oldest of which dates back to the early twentieth century with the manufacture of fibre-cement slates. Available in two traditional sizes these Highly-compressed slates are light weight, easy to handle and install.
A more recent manufacturing process involves the combination of ground-down natural slate mixed with resins to produce full-sized slates such as Britslates made by Sandtoft.