May 03 2013 0Comment

Slating Information

Roofing Wales have been installing slate roofs for over 36 years in the Neath Port Talbot, Swansea areas of South Wales. We have been commissioned to install Welsh Slate Roofs all over South Wales. Here is some general slating information and history. Should you require any of our services then please contact us where we would be happy to discuss your requirements.

Slate is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and durable of all roofing materials. It is indicative at once of the awesome powers of nature which have formed it and the expertise and skill of the craftsman in hand-shaping and laying it on the roof.

slate-roofingSlate History

In the old days, when roofing stone was wrestled from deep quarry holes and dark mines using hand tools and beasts of burden, the splitting of roofing shingles from rock was an arduous and exacting art. Many slate veins contained very hard, rough textured rock stratum that could not easily be split into the uniform, thin sheets required for shingles. For the sake of efficiency, the stone was split into the largest slate shingles possible, creating a supply of coarse shingles that varied considerably in size, some larger, some smaller. In order to make good use of all of these slates, a certain style of roof was developed of necessity, graduated slate roofs.

Welsh Slate roofs require relatively little maintenance and will last 60 to 125 years or longer depending on the type of slate employed, roof configuration, and the geographical location of the property. Some slates have been known to last over 200 years.

The roofing business is going through changes. It was single plies, in the 1980’s. This time around it’s self-adhered customized bitumen and strip and glue single-ply membranes. The changes this time around are less demanding, but equally important, for Roofer. These rising product technologies are being driven by powerful forces in the marketplace; namely, safety, environmental concerns and a push for “easier” installation. The tricky part was removing existing roofing and deteriorated plywood and replacing it quickly.

If you require any of our services, Worcester’s Roofing is based in Neath Port Talbot and provides local roofer services for Swansea, Bridgend and throughout the South Wales area .

The relatively large percentage of historic buildings roofed with slate during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries means that many slate roofs, and the 60 to 125 year life span of the slates most commonly used, may be nearing the end of their serviceable lives at the end of the twentieth century.

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Time to get that roof looked at?

Eventually the time comes to replace an ageing or damaged roof. The most obvious sign it is time to replace or repair the roof is when leaks stain the inside of our ceiling. Another sign that it is time for a new roof is when shingle granules begin to show up in your gutters and driveway, when shingle tabs are torn, or the roof appears to sag or dip.

Too often, these roofs are being improperly repaired or replaced with alternative roofing materials, to the detriment of the historic integrity and appearance of the structure. Increased knowledge of the characteristics of slate and its detailing and installation on the roof can lead to more sensitive interventions in which original material is preserved and the building’s historic character maintained. Every effort should be made to replace deteriorated slate roofs with new slate and to develop an effective maintenance and repair program for slate roofs that can be retained.

For Roofing Services based in Resolven, Neath Port Talbot South Wales. Roof Repairs and related roofer services in Swansea, Bridgend and throughout the South Wales area.


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