West Country Tiling
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West Country Tiling are specialist roofing contractors

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West Country Tiling are traditional roofers who offer a wide range roofing services including, roof repairs and maintenance, roof tiling and slating, lead repairs to valleys and chimneys. In addition to this we also provide carpentry, stone masonry, timberwork, new and reclaimed material sourcing and a scaffolding service from Frome based S.A.M. Scaffold.

Here are our answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about roofing methods and materials. If you are looking for a reputable roofing who operate throughout the South West of England, please get in touch.

There are several types of roofing tiles, including:

  • Clay roof tiles – also known as plain tiling, made from natural clay and known for their durability and aesthetics.
  • Stone slate roof tiles  – stone tiles that offer an elegant and high-end roofing option.
  • Natural slate roof tiles – natural slate tiles offer a long-lasting water-tight roof covering.
  • Lead roofs – this very versatile material is available in fix milled lead sheet and flashings.
  • Cedar shingles – these shingles are sawn from wood and have a smooth and uniform appearance, adding rustic charm to a roof.
  • Oak shingles – these wood shingles are typically split, not sawn, which gives them a more irregular and textured appearance, which can give amore rustic and traditional look.
  • Single lap clay tiling – these are available in Pantiles and Double Romans and have a timeless and traditional appearance that adds character and beauty.
  • Modern concrete roof tiles – made from a mixture of cement, sand, and water, offering strength and longevity.
  • Metal roof tiles – manufactured from steel, aluminium, or copper, they provide excellent durability and are often lightweight.
  • Composite roof tiles – engineered tiles combining different materials for improved performance and aesthetics.

At West Country Tiling we use various roofing tiles, including stone stales, natural slate, clay and lead. See our gallery for how these different roof products look in situ.
Roofing tiles have several advantages, such as:

  • Durability – many roofing tiles have a long lifespan, ranging from 30 to over 100 years, depending on the material.
  • Aesthetics – they come in various styles and colours, adding beauty and character to a roof.
  • Weather resistance – roofing tiles provide excellent protection against rain, wind, hail, and extreme temperatures.
  • Low maintenance – once installed correctly, roofing tiles generally require minimal maintenance over their lifespan.
    Fire resistance – some roofing tiles, like clay and concrete, are naturally fire-resistant, adding an extra layer of safety to the property.

The lifespan of roofing tiles varies depending on the material used.

  • Generally, clay and concrete tiles can last 50 to 100 years.
  • Metal tiles and slate can often endure for over 50 years, while asphalt shingles may last only 20 to 30 years.
  • Cedar or oak shingles can last 30 to 40 years. 
  • Natural slate roof tiles are renowned for their exceptional lifespan. When installed and maintained correctly, they can last anywhere from 75 to over 150 years, sometimes even longer.
  • Good quality stone slates can last for hundreds of years.

Slate roof tiles are stone tiles typically used for roofing purposes. They are cut into thin, flat pieces and installed on the roof to provide a durable and aesthetically pleasing roofing material.

Slates are a double lap roofing material. They can be made of stone, metamorphic rock (such as Welsh slates), or man-made.

Slates are known for their unique beauty, longevity, and natural durability. They can last for a century or more with proper maintenance, making them one of the most durable roofing options available. As historical roof restorers, we often use stone and natural slate on traditional roofs throughout the South West of England.

Roofing tiles are installed in an overlapping pattern over a solid roof deck or underlayment. The installation process can vary slightly depending on the type of tile used. Generally, we start by preparing the roof deck, installing flashing around roof features, and then laying the tiles from the bottom of the roof upward, ensuring they interlock and overlap to prevent water infiltration. Proper installation is critical to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of the roof.

Slate roof tiles are well-suited for various climates, including regions with harsh weather conditions. They are resistant to frost, hail, and fire, making them a popular choice in areas prone to extreme weather.

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