Not any old slate will do and not any old “roofer” can do a great job.
Slating is one of the oldest traditional trades that is still around today but it takes knowledge, skill and experience to carry it off. This is a craft that not just any “roofer” can master. But we have.
Whether your slate roof belongs to the Scotch, Welsh, Spanish or Westmorland quarries, you’re in luck because we’ve got it covered.
With a slated roof, especially in older buildings, before any replacement or repair work is carried out it is vital to establish if your building is Listed or falls within a conservation area. If so, permission will need to be sought from your local planning authority before any works commence. It is vital you make these checks in advance as in some cases ‘like for like’ only materials can be used. Don’t worry, help is at hand, we can assist you with the planning process and even speak with your local authority on your behalf.
Once this is established the material options you will then have will be clear. Quality Scotch slate can at times be scarce and alternatives may have to be used but again there are restrictions on suitable alternatives, but you don’t need to worry, we can help you with this making fixing your roof easy and stress free.
Other factors that determine the slate type to be used is the actual roof structure and pitch, certain sized slates are suited to certain pitches, this allows for the correct cover to protect your home.
With the extreme weather in Scotland it’s important that you choose a slate that can stand the test of time. A slate that will meet the tough guidelines and tests for absorption, appearance and carbon content should be used. Those that don’t should not make it onto your roof.
Finally, once you’ve chosen the perfect slate for your roof it’s vital that they are fixed correctly. Here at Rooftec (Scotland) Ltd we’ve over 25 years in the roofing trade and we know how to get it right. We always use fixing methods which meet British Standards code of practice BSI 5534-2014 so you can be sure we will make your new slate roof outlive you.
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Examples of our Slating work - remember this is work we have actually done, we have not downloaded these images from the internet
Cockenzie: Bizspace, Commercial Building
Full roof overhaul - Listed Building in a Conservation area, notice the convex (curve), tricky stuff to get it right, only experts can.
Edinburgh : Scotch Slate - Listed Building – Domestic Property
Existing roof stripped, slates dressed and sized and re slated with a top up of second hand Scotch slates, Velux conservation windows also installed by Rooftec (Scotland) Ltd
Stirling - Domestic Property – Existing Roof and Rear Extension
Spanish Grade A Cupa H3 Slates used, all slates were graded by thickness and then installed. This creates the uniform look that should be achieved in a new slate roof.
Note : not all “roofers” take the time to do this and the end result can not only look poor but can cause the next course of slates to sit uneven allowing gaps for wind uplift.
The lead raggle was fitted into the wall and also the flue to accommodate the lovely AGA Range in the kitchen.
Bo’ness: Listed Building
Scotch Slate stripped, dressed and sized. Lead skew formed and fitted to the raggle in the wall. Re slated with a top up of second hand Scotch Slates ready for our wet dash topcoat to match the existing building.
Lead valley formed and slated back in. Notice the cement work at the topper course of slates. We use this traditional method as it helps prevent wind uplift at the most vulnerable section of the roof, the ridges were then fixed along the ridge batten.
Falkirk (outskirts) : Converted Mill, Spanish Slate Roof with Detailed Lead Verge and Skew Work
We completed this project for main contractor, Crannog Construction, who were Regional Winners 2012 in the Federation of Master Builders annual awards ceremony with this project.
This build has featured in Real Homes magazine and Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce quarterly magazine, click the links below to read more.
Upper Largo, Fife – Domestic Property owned by a delightful lady with an endless supply of tea and cakes !
Full strip and reslate, replacing like for like with Welsh Penrhyn Heather Blue Slates. Only minimal sarking deck boards repairs were required on this project which shows how reliable high grade quality slates are, this was the original roof that was replaced so it had been there a long time
Falkirk Town Centre
This new build property in Falkirk town Centre was specified with Grade A Spanish SSQ Slates, UB11 Slate Vents, Code 5 Lead and Zinc Ridges. A great project to be involved in and the precision of the slating is second to none. Despite being a new build property the roof is in keeping with the character of the surrounding properties and is a complementary addition to the street.
This new build property was specified for Cupa H3 Slates and being constructed in a conservation area Velux Conservation Windows were also installed. The rear elevation also saw the use of Icopal Single Ply Membrane with stand and seam profiles, which gives the aesthetic effect of a lead roof.
The original roof on this property was failing and this project saw a full roof and roughcast overhall undertaken in Falkirk town centre. The sarking on the main body of the roof was is good condition but with any property of this age, the timbers around the hips and valley details had to be replaced before the felting could begin using VP400 breather membrane.
In preparation of the slating Geotextile Underlay and Code 5 lead was installed to all valleys, chimneys and skew areas which were treated with patination oil. This oil prevents a white carbonate appearing in wet or damp conditions that can be unsightly. All rainwater goods were replaced with Cast in keeping with character of the property.
The roof was then slated using a CUPA H3 Slate and copper nails, this sound like the easy part but the workmanship involved to mitre every hip junction to achieve the uniform appearance on every elevation takes skill and time.
Airth - Falkirk
This extensive conversion was a fantastic project for our team to work on. As well as vast slating areas there were many complex non standard detailed areas which our team carried off to give this finish.
The client preferred a small format slate, which would not be possible on 2 elevations due to the lower pitch. We were tasked to find a solution to allow the preferred slate choice to be used and managed to identify that Permavent Easy Slate Soakers would be able to be fitted to eachslate (over 8000 fitted), preventing water creep and the water running back under the slate. The slates used were Cabrera Heavy Slate whichwere all double nailed with copper nails.
The lead detailing was bespoke to this property and through our knowledge and experience we were able to create a design to suit the construction whilst keeping the aesthetic look the client was aiming to achieve.
The amount of various roofing skills required on a project of this scale was vast and it provided an amazing outdoor classroom for our young apprentices to experience and gave our tradesmen the opportunity topass on these skills both standard and non standard to the next generation of roofers.
Bridge of Allan - Victorian Villa
Set in the affluent area of Bridge of Allan this large 150 year old detached Victorian villa was in need of a full roof replacement of the original roof.
Meeting the BSEN12326-1 standards Grade A Welsh Penrhyn Slates were chosen and fitted following both BS5534 Slating & Tiling and LSA BS6915 codes of practice for both slating and leadwork.
All slates were double copper nailed and slate cover taken into consideration to accommodate the various pitches of the many roof sections and junctions we encountered whilst working the slates in accurately to deliver perfectly straight valley cuts using slate knifes and the guillotine at times. The photos demonstrate the uniformity achieved over the pitched slated areas and the precision in the valleys. This shows a real understanding of slating practice and skill to carry it off.
On the rear of the property the various dormers, skylights, valleys, verges and chimneys added to the complexity of this project but from the photograph the finished result speaks for itself.
This was another project where our apprentices were able to see the extent that a re roofing project can take, the skills required and without doubt this roof added massive value to their learning from our tradesmen.
Brightons - Falkirk
This new build was built on the site of 2 former cottages and with clever design is now taking full advantage of the amazing views of The Ochil HIlls and Falkirk’s Kelpies straight from the bedroom Velux Roof Terrace Window, which sets this bespoke build off.
The roof installation comprised of Grade A Samaca Heavy slates, Code 5 Lead, Zinc Ridges and Heavy Duty Ridge Straps. Like most Rooftec projects this was not a straight-forward apex roof, it included various roof windows and junctions however the team again delivered a job which the clients were delighted with.
This extensive new build is set in a beautiful rural location and will certainly be the envy of any passers by, deigned by an award- winning architect who also happens to be the homeowner.
Slated with Cabrera Grade A Slates, Copper Nails, Code 5 Lead, Several Velux Windows, Zinc Ridges with Heavy Duty Straps, VP400 Breather Membrane, Felt Support Trays mixed with some Rooftec magic produced an excellent end result.
Falkirk Town Centre
This Victorian semi detached villa in the heart of Falkirk was re-slated at the rear low level elevations as Phase 1 of this project. The phased approach was to allow the planned extension to this gorgeous property to be carried out in a logical fashion and eliminating having to revisit this area of the roof with the rest being carried out at a later date when constructions works are complete.
Following the roof being stripped it was expertly reinstated with Grade ASpanish Kensington Slates, Code 5 Lead, Copper Nails, Zinc Ridges and Heavy Duty Ridge Strap, Protec VP400 Breather Membrane. Excellent project to be involved in in our hometown.
Glasgow Road - Stirling
The homeowners of this former stable block took their time in choosing a contractor for this re-slating project as it was their second time within 3 years. First time around they sadly ended up with a botch job, we armed them with all the information they needed to make a choice and following a visit to our showroom they were clear on what was involved and what to be looking for in any quotations they sought.
We were delighted they selected our services and the roof was redone with Grade A Spanish Slates, Code 5 Lead, Copper Nails,, VP400 Breather Membrane and Zinc Ridges & Straps.
A huge weight is now lifted knowing that their roof is now providing the shield from the elements it should and will do for many years to come.
City of Stirling
This Victorian villa in central Stirling under went a full roof replacement andfollowing the Architects specification the original Welsh Slated roof was replaced with reclaimed Scotch Slates.
The traditional method of Scotch slating is very labour intensive and it is imperative that the slates are laid evenly with the courses diminishing regularly from the eaves to the ridge, a key element of this type of slating. Selecting theright contractor for Scotch Slating is key to an excellent installation as water penetration will be highly likely if the slates are incorrectly selected and laid, for example small slates being used at the bottom of the roof rather than larger slates.
If large volumes of Scotch Slates are required it is recommended to source well in advance of your project as they can be scarce at times. The quality of the reclaimed slates is crucial, this can be checked by sound test. If when tapped gently in the centre with a hammer there is a clear ringing noise then the slate will be sound, if on the other hand the sound is dull/dead it is more than likely the slate has become porous and not fit for purpose.
There was also a large flat felt roof area at the apex of this property encompassing a dome window. Following the main contractors instruction this was replaced with a single ply membrane. The homeowner had aerial photos of the roof from decades before which shows the dome window was replaced with an exact replica and you can see again from the photos the quality finish produced by our single ply expert.
Thank you very much for your report.
Thank you very much for your report. I found it very detailed. I have two other companies from "Trustatrader" or other approved website providing quotations based on their own inspections. I have also asked two local companies to quote - one of whom turned up without any ladders... I found yourself very professional and helpful and I have asked a lot of questions (to the other builders) using the information you provided to myself. As far as I am concerned, they have your quotation to beat/match. I do have some other questions about the job and I will be in touch next week. Thank you again.
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