Choosing the right roof slates should be based on the architectural style of your house and complement its exterior and surroundings. As experienced roofers, we have re-roofed many homes using many different types of roof slates.

Roof slates guide

Here is our guide to choosing the right ones for your home:

Quality – roof slates are graded based on their durability and expected lifespan. Grade S1 slates are the highest quality, lasting over 75 years, while Grade S2 and S3 are of lesser quality and durability.

Source – different regions produce roof slates of varying quality. For example, Welsh slate is highly regarded for its durability and aesthetic appeal. Research the source of the slate to ensure it meets your quality expectations.

Colour and texture – slate comes in a variety of colours including grey, black, green, purple, and red. Slates can have a smooth or rough texture. Smooth slates give a more uniform look, while rough textures add a rustic charm.

Size and shape – common slate tile sizes range from 12×6 inches to 24×12 inches. Larger tiles may cover the roof more quickly but can be heavier and more expensive. Standard rectangular tiles are most common, but other shapes like diamond or hexagonal are available.

Installation – ensure that your roof pitch is suitable for slate tiles. Slate is best used on roofs with a pitch of at least 20 degrees to ensure proper water runoff. As slate is heavier than other roofing materials, you need to confirm that your roof structure can support the additional weight, otherwise it may require structural reinforcement.

Cost and budget – slate is one of the more expensive roofing materials due to its natural beauty and longevity. Factor in both the cost of the tiles and the labour for installation. While the initial cost is high, slate roofs are very durable and can last over a century with proper maintenance, potentially saving money in the long run.

Weather Resistance – roof slates are excellent at withstanding harsh weather conditions including heavy rain, snow and strong winds.

Environmental impact – slate is a natural, eco-friendly material with a low environmental footprint. Consider its sustainability compared to other roofing options.

Research suppliers – choose a reputable supplier with good reviews and a solid track record in providing quality slate. This ensures you get genuine and high-quality material. We can assist you with sourcing the right slates for your home.

Professional installation – speak to us, as roofing professionals we have experience with slate roofing and can provide valuable insights and recommendations tailored to your specific needs.

Skilled installation – we are experienced roofers who specialise in slate installation and can guarantee a proper and long-lasting roof.

Please contact us for a quotation for installing beautiful, sustainable and hardwearing roof slates.

Why choose West Country Tiling

We are traditional roofing experts, having 35 years of experience in working on homes of all sizes and are experienced in undertaking reroofs, roof repairs and roof maintenance on building projects using roof slates. Please call us on 01373 462 224 or email us on for a quote.