If you’re planning a domestic or commercial roofing project, one thing you’ll need to consider is the materials you’re going to use.

Two of the most commonly used roofing materials are tiles and slates, and there’s a big difference between the two. Making the right choice is essential but which is the best option? Read on as we discuss the differences and the benefits of both.

Getting the right look

Tiles are available in both clay and concrete, meaning they come in a wide range of colours and designs. From burnt oranges to deep browns and even blue shades, tiles can be chosen to match almost any home, making them ideal for the versatility of modern housebuilding. They can even be used in a “blend” design, where large sections of roofing are broken up using slightly contrasted shades.

Advocates of slate roofing often list appearance as its biggest selling point. Slates are produced from natural mined slate from quarries, with a naturally textured surface. They have a traditional, classic appearance that can’t really be matched by alternatives and gives properties superb kerb appeal. However, this also means you can’t be as flexible with design and colours when using slate.

Durability and lifespan

As well as appearance, homeowners should consider the lifespan of their tiles of choice. Clay and concrete roof tiles generally have a life span of 50 to 60 years, meaning most homeowners will only have to fit them once. However, this will be factored in when considering the value of a property. On the other hand, slate roofs generally have a significantly longer lifespan of 70 to 150 years.

What is best for your property?

Your home also needs to be considered when choosing the right tiles. Why? For one, slates are considerable heavier than alternatives, weighing around 8 to 10lbs per square foot – depending on the thickness. Because of this, homes will need to be surveyed for their structure and whether it is suitable for slate.

Additionally, the pitch of a roof could determine the kind of tiling required. Roofs need a certain angling to allow water to fall off without affecting the structural integrity of the slates or tiles. With slates, the minimum is generally as low as 25 degrees, while clay tiles can sometimes be used as low as 15 degrees. Interlocking tiles and slates also offer an option for lower pitches – so it’s worth discussing with your contractor first.

Costing things up

It’s all well and good talking about appearance and function but sometimes cost just can’t be taken out of the equation. So, how do slates and tiles compare in terms of how much you’ll have to fork out?
Because it’s the more traditional and prestigious option, slate tiles generally cost a bit more than the alternatives. It’s also more of a job to install, because of the traditional double lapped laying method. Of course, this depends on a wide variety of factors – size, style, thickness, and which supplier and fitter you use. But by and large, if you’re going for slate it could cost around double the alternative clay and concrete tiles.

Get the job done right

At DPR Roofing, we have over 30 years’ experience in all kinds of roofing. Whether you’re looking for natural slates and manmade tiles, we can provide a solution that looks great, performs perfectly and stands the test of time. Visit our local sites for Huddersfield, Huddersfield, Barnsley, Pontefract and Wakefield for more information on how we can help with your domestic or commercial project.