Slate Roofing, to this day we still find ourselves explaining to customers or people who have an opinion about slate roof tiles, the importance of choosing a good quality slate. yes a good quality slate is more expensive but so is re-roofing in a few years time. If cost is an issue you are far better off going to a French clay tile of flat profile, to give you a similiar look and will last at least 75 years compared with 5 to 25 years for a cheap slate roof. We all so come across poor flashing choices with slate roofs, if a good slate roof will last 75 + years then so should the flashings, to get this right at a latter date will be expensive. Flashings for a slate roof should be Lead or copper for longevity provided they are installed to the correct spec`s.
Cheap slate roof tiles give all slate roofs a bad name, but so can poor workmanship. When choosing a slater`s have a look at some of their work that THEY have done not just pictures of someone else`s work, ask a builder you trust or Architect who they would recommend this can pay dividends to achieve an end result everyone can be proud of.