FAQs about slate roofs

about slate roofs

Slate roofing involves using slate, a durable, natural stone, as the primary roofing material. The slate tiles are typically cut into uniform shapes and sizes and installed in overlapping rows or courses on the roof.

Slate roofing is known for its longevity, fire resistance, and aesthetic appeal. It can last for over a century with proper installation and maintenance, making it a popular choice for high-end residential and historic buildings.

Additionally, slate comes in various colours and textures, allowing for customisation to suit different architectural styles.

Common slate roofing questions

What are the benefits of slate roofs?

There are several reasons why someone might choose a slate roof:

  • Durability: Slate is incredibly durable and can last for over a century with proper installation and maintenance. It’s resistant to fire, mould, and mildew, making it an excellent choice for long-term roofing solutions.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Slate roofs offer a timeless and elegant appearance that can enhance the curb appeal and value of a property. Slate comes in various colors and textures, allowing for customization to match different architectural styles.
  • Longevity: Unlike many other roofing materials that may need to be replaced every few decades, slate roofs can last for generations, providing a cost-effective solution over the long term.
  • Low Maintenance: Once installed, slate roofs require minimal maintenance compared to other roofing materials. They are resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage, reducing the need for frequent repairs or replacements.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Slate is a natural material that doesn’t deplete natural resources during manufacturing. Its long lifespan also means fewer materials end up in landfills compared to roofs that need to be replaced more frequently.
  • Weather Resistance: Slate is highly resistant to extreme weather conditions, including heavy rain, snow, hail, and wind. It provides excellent protection for the building’s interior and can withstand harsh climates.

Overall, choosing a slate roof offers a combination of durability, beauty, and longevity that makes it a popular choice for discerning homeowners and architects alike.

Are slate roofs environmentally friendly?

Slate is a natural and environmentally friendly roofing material. It is sourced from quarries and requires minimal processing, resulting in a low carbon footprint compared to some synthetic roofing materials. Additionally, slate roofs can be recycled or repurposed at the end of their lifespan, further reducing waste.

Are slate roofs low maintenance?

Slate roofs require minimal maintenance compared to other roofing materials. They are resistant to mould, mildew, and pests, and they do not rot or decay. Regular inspections and occasional repairs are typically all that’s needed to keep a slate roof in optimal condition.

Are slate roofs bushfire safe?

Slate is a non-combustible material, making it inherently fire-resistant. A slate roof can help protect a home from fire damage and provide peace of mind, especially in areas prone to bushfires or where fire safety is a concern.

If you’re in a bushfire prone area and want advice on the slate roof installation, contact Matt for advice on 0406 245 491.

What is copper roofing?

Copper roofing involves using copper as the primary material for roofing.

Copper roofing systems are typically made of copper sheets or panels that are installed on the roof’s surface.

Copper is chosen for roofing due to its durability, corrosion resistance, and aesthetic appeal.

Over time, copper develops a natural patina, which adds to its beauty and helps protect it from the elements.

Copper roofing is often used in high-end residential and commercial buildings, as well as historic structures, for its longevity and timeless appearance.

What type of slate is recommended?

There are 5 main types of slate used in Australia :

For advice on the best slate for your location and construction, contact Matt for advice on 0406 245 491.

What are fibre cement slate roof tiles?

SVK fibre cement slate is a type of roofing material made from a mixture of cement, cellulose fibres, and other additives. These slates are produced by SVK, a company based in Belgium that specializes in manufacturing fibre cement building materials.

Fibre cement slates, including those produced by SVK, are popular choices for roofing due to their durability, weather resistance, and versatility. They are available in various colours, textures, and profiles to suit different architectural styles and design preferences.

SVK Fibre Cement Slates typically offer excellent performance against weathering, including resistance to UV radiation, frost, and moisture. They are also relatively lightweight compared to natural slate, which can make installation easier and more cost-effective.

Overall, SVK Fibre Cement Slates provide a durable and attractive roofing solution suitable for a wide range of residential and commercial buildings.

For more information on SVK fibre cement versus natural slate, contact Matt for advice on 0406 245 491.

Can solar panels be installed on a slate roof?

With careful planning it’s possible to install solar panels on a slate roof to ensure a proper installation without damaging the roof or compromising its integrity.

We can you guide you through this process and work with any experienced solar installers who have expertise in working with slate roofs, however some things to consider before installation are:

Assess the condition of the current slate roof. Ensure that the slate roof is structurally sound and free from any damage or deterioration that could affect the installation process or the stability of the solar panels.

Slate roofs are heavy, and adding the weight of solar panels and mounting equipment can further stress the roof structure. It’s best to work with a structural engineer to determine if the roof can support the additional weight of the solar array safely.

Choose a mounting system specifically designed for slate roofs. This may involve using specialised hooks or brackets that attach securely to the slate without causing damage.

For solar panel installation on your slate roof, contact Matt for advice on 0406 245 491.

Can sklights be installed on a slate roof?

We specialise in the installation of Velux skylights onto slate roofs, seamlessly integrating these features to enhance natural light and ventilation within your property while maintaining the integrity of your slate roofing system.

For skylight installation on your slate roof, contact Matt for advice on 0406 245 491.

What type of slate is the best?

When choosing the type of slate for your roof, you’ll need to consider factors such as the climate in your area, the architectural style of your home, maintenance requirements, and your budget. We can provide guidance and recommendations based on your specific needs and preferences.

How long does it take to install and slate roof?

The timeline for installing a new slate roof can vary depending on factors such as the size of the roof, weather conditions, and the availability of materials. In general, the installation process can take up to several weeks to complete, with larger or more complex roofs requiring additional time. We will provide an accurate estimate and keep you informed throughout the process.

To discuss the estimated timeline to install a new slate roof on your property, contact Matt for advice on 0406 245 491.

Terminology relating to slate roofs and their meaning

Below are explanations of common slate and copper roofing terminology.

Copper and zinc standing seams :

Lead, copper and Colorbond valleys :

Copper and lead roll top ridge and hip capping :

Copper downpipes and gutters :

Copper rainwater accessories :

Lead work and flashing :

Chimney flashing :

Broken and slipped roof slate :

Timber roof shingles :

Repointing roof ridge :


If you have questions or would like more information about the benefits and features of slate roofing, contact Matthew directly.