Roofing With Reclaimed Slate Tiles

In an ideal world homeowners would have a roof that’s not very expensive, requires no maintenance and lasts forever but the reality is that most roofs are replaced – or at least repaired – every ten years. The costs of replacement can be reduced by carefully choosing your home’s roofing material. By choosing an appropriate tile for your roof in the long run, you’ll use less money, produce less waste material and put less demand on natural resources. Reclaimed tiles as roofing materials are therefore also useful to consider.

The use of slate as a roofing material is an international phenomenon and is often found on many of the most impressive buildings including cathedrals, palaces, and castles. Residential homes looking for an aristocratic look have now utilised this durable building material to shield them from the forces of nature while heritage and other prestigious building projects involving restoration, Site: refurbishments or extensions also make use of slate for its unquestioned quality, permeability, colour fastness and aesthetic appeal.

Slate is a metamorphic rock exhibiting foliation and is fine-grained. The mineral composition of slate includes quartz and muscovite or illite. If that sounds like a bit of a mouthful it may help to think of slate as special mud that has been heated and squeezed. Slate formation begins when fine particles of clay and silt accumulate in thin layers in water logged areas. These sediments become a rock called shale and heat and pressure cause the shale to change its chemistry. The clay and silt crystallize into quartz, chlorite, and other minerals which are all very durable materials. This is one of the reasons for slates longevity. Its long lifespan also makes it suitable for the reclaimed tiles market.

Stone slates from sedimentary rocks (mainly limestone and sandstone) are different to the real slates made from metamorphic rock. The main reason for slate’s superior roof-tiling quality is its cleavage ability. Although slate can be a more expensive choice, it offers a very natural look and can be laid out in a variety of patterns.

Homeowners need to keep in mind that slate can be very heavy and sometimes requires expensive additional support. Walking on slate tiles can difficult for a non-professional due to its breakability which complicates tasks such as rooftop maintenance, gutter cleaning and painting.

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