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What is the difference between Tile and Slate roofs?

A lot of our customers ask about the difference between slate and tile roofing when it comes to roof repairs or builds.

We’ve put together some useful information on the difference between tiles for roofing and slates for roofing to help give you a better understanding of the difference.

For a quality roof, you’ll need quality roofing materials. They both boast practicality and are aesthetically pleasing and this is why tiles and slates are so popular for roofing across West Midlands homes.

What is Slate Roofing?

Natural slate roofing is known for being durable and often used on traditional homes to maintain the character of the period it was built. It comes in 3 main materials

  • Natural Slate
  • Artificial Slate
  • Zinc Slate

It is finite in terms of finishes but it does boast an element of luxury. Due to the slate being incredibly durable, the longevity of this material will be sure to last you a long time. Problems often occur through adverse weather, Slates are fixed to a roof most commonly with nails, and are built up in layers. This does however mean that they can ‘catch’ in high winds. You will find your repairs will likely come storm damage because of elements like high winds displacing slates but they can easily be fixed by a roofing professional.

Commonly, it comes in grey shades but can be sourced in different shades, textures, and pattern varieties. While natural slate is a more natural look, it is also the most expensive slate option but they do work better on more traditional homes. Natural slate for roofing is made of a fine-grained metamorphic rock. It’s resistant to the general wear and tears you would expect of a roof slate.  With a good lifespan, natural slate provides a fantastic, low-maintenance roofing solution.

Tile roofing is used more widely for those looking for a modern finish on their homes. Ranging in a variety of different colours and designs, it is that little bit more diverse. So, depending on your preference, it could be a more suitable roofing solution for you.

Slate roofs and tiled roofs are popular choices for homeowners throughout the UK and the West Midlands. Quality roofing materials are imperative to the structure of your home.

What are Roofing Tiles?

Tiles are a more cost-effective roofing solution and are found on a lot of newer homes, bungalows, and communal tenement blocks. Roofing tiles are made from either concrete or clay which means that they come in a wide range of designs and colours to fit the varying style of homes across the West Midlands. These tiles are less durable than slate but are still thought to last around 50 years or so.

Tiles are generally larger than slates and can ‘interlock’ which makes them easier to install. However, for roofing that features chimney points or a skylight, smaller tiles may be needed to better fit the roofing structure. With tiles, there are more options to fit the sizes of different styles of the building.


The stylish nature of a quality slate roof is unrivaled and with our wealth of experience in the roofing industry, Lyndon Roofing Contractors can guarantee the job is completed to the highest of standards. Contact us now for a quote or telephone us on 07931 767303 to talk to a member of our team.

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