What is special about a Scottish slate roof?
Many traditional Scottish buildings have roofs that are covered with local slate or stone. The relatively small and thick Scottish slates were produced in a variety of lengths and widths, and laid with the largest slates at the base of the roof, with the smaller ones at the top. This method was introduced for purely economic reasons. It made best use of all the material produced and resulted in the unique roofscapes we have today.
When a roof needs to be repaired Scottish slate has a good reputation as a long- lasting material. Recent research supports
this, with many slates showing that they have a service life of 150 years or more. In achieving this, their fixings and support requires repair and maintenance. It is sensible therefore to inspect roofs at regular intervals to spot any potential problems as soon as they appear. This is especially important as slate has not been quarried in Scotland since the 1950s, so supplies of slate for matching repair and replacement are becoming very scarce.
Regular repair is the best way to eke out the currently limited resource of Scottish Slate and ensure that existing roof coverings will remain watertight and continue to perform well.
Regular inspections are essential to spot and tackle problems before they become aggravated – and repair costs escalate. Before the onsetof winter, regular inspections and repair work particularly in the autumn are recommended.
It is also advisable to repeat the inspection after a particularly severe storm or gale.
Starting with a preliminary viewing from ground level, the use of binoculars will help reveal the roof in more detail. Evidence of any problems, should be recorded and any items of concern listed
Call us on 01313344977 if you have any queries regarding your slate roof in costorphine, Edinburgh or send us an enquiry
Below is a link to further information on scotch slating.
link to slate and roof guide
roof repair corstorphine