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As experts in roof slating in the North East & Cumbria, we are regularly tasked with taking on projects on major heritage buildings and private properties. To find out more about the high quality service and workmanship that we offer, simply call Matthew Charlton Slaters on the number listed and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Please read below to check out a selection of our services:

Common Types of Slate

The most common types of slating materials are Welsh, Westmorland and Stone

  • Welsh slates come in a range of set sizes and are purple or grey colour.
  • Green Westmorland slates are quarried in the Lake District and come in both random and set sizes.
  • Black Lancashire or Burlington slates come in both random and set sizes.
  • Delabole slates are small random slates and vary from green through to brown in colour and come from Cornwall.

The only Scottish slate is from Ballachulish, they are small, thick, black random slates and are commonly referred to as Peggies. A variety of imported slates are also available in different colours and textures, they are Spanish, Chinese, Brazilian, Canadian, Indian and Norwegian.

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Stone Slating

Stone slating is one of the oldest forms of slate roofing and is found all aver Britain but mainly in the upland regions. They are usually sandstone and come in various sizes. Originally they were hung with a sheep bone through a hole in the head of the slate over the lath. This progressed to hardwood pegs but today we use a heavy copper pin and neoprene washer which provides a more secure fastening whilst maintaining the integrity and longevity of the roof. Ridge and hip details are usually finished with a stone ridge tile but laced ridge can be found in certain parts of the country. These are extremely decorative but not suitable on exposed sites so their use is limited.

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Flat Roofing

Felt roofing has advance greatly in the last 20 years with the development of Elastomeric and Polymer based felts. Traditional fibre based felts were manufactured from paper and rags and provided only basic protection with a relatively short life span.

The new breed of high performance felts can comfortably outlast the old systems by 2 to 3 times. Most felt roofs are made up of 3 layers each bedded in hot bitumastic, this system forms a built up roof (BUR).

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Cedar Shingles & Shakes

Cedarwood shingles and shakes were originally used in North America and Scandinavia as they are best suited to a cold dry climate. They do however provide an unusual and decorative roof covering and have become popular on older housing throughout the UK. Copper must be used as a flashing on valley materials as cedarwood has a very corrosive effect on leadwork and the fixings must also be non ferrous.

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Roof Tiling

Roof tiles come in two forms concrete or clay, single or double lap. Traditionally tiles were all clay but latterly concrete tiles have become an increasingly popular and cheaper alternative. The oldest type of tile is the dished pantile which dates back to Roman times. Originally all the tiles were handmade but the introduction of modern machinery has all but rendered the old methods obsolete.

Many accessories and decorative details can be added to a tiled roof to enhance its appearance. Popular additions are bonnet and arris hips, finials, crested ridge, swept and laced valleys, eyebrow dormers and bullnose or fishtail tiles.

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Lead Work

Lead sheet has many applications as a weathering material in roofing systems. It is mainly used for valleys, sumps, gutters, flat domed roofing, flashings and soakers.

Whatever the application Matthew Charlton have the unrivalled track record in both the skills of our workforce and technical expertise in the field.

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Repair & Maintenance Service

Matthew Charlton Slaters can provide all our clients with an ongoing maintenance package including both planned surveillance and reactive service. We back this service with promise that both minor and major repairs will be carried out swiftly and economically and with minimum disruption. We offer this call out and repair service to individual homeowners and by contacting any of our area offices will guarantee a swift response from our management team.

Many accessories and decorative details can be added to a tiled roof to enhance its appearance. Popular additions are bonnet and arris hips, finials, crested ridge, swept and laced valleys, eyebrow dormers and bullnose or fishtail tiles.