Welsh slate is recognised across the world for its iconic appearance and unrivalled durability. It is extracted from various quarries around Wales, with Penrhyn, Ffestiniog, and Cwt-y-Bugail in partic...
Welsh slate is recognised across the world for its iconic appearance and unrivalled durability. It is extracted from various quarries around Wales, with Penrhyn, Ffestiniog, and Cwt-y-Bugail in particular being famed for their fine roof slates.
Roofing slates extracted from Wales are incredibly tough, as they are highly resistant to UV rays, as well as damage from chemicals or other weathering. Installed correctly, these slates can be expected to last over 75 years with very little maintenance required.
Our range of Welsh slate roof tiles is hand-picked from the best Welsh quarries. Our slates are selected for their gorgeous, characterful colouring, which suits both period and contemporary properties.
Advantages of Welsh Roofing Slates
Natural roofing materials have been favoured to protect homes for centuries. Welsh slate is among the most popular and most respected natural materials, thanks to its iconic appearance and unmatched strength.
Penrhyn, Ffestiniog, and Cwt-y-Bugail offer the perfect conditions for slate to be extracted. Due to the environment in these regions, the slate is naturally resistant to acids and alkalis as well as UV light.
This ensures that once installed the slates’ dark grey coloring will be maintained for decades whatever the weather. When they do begin to age, Welsh slates become even more characterful and continue to add to the curb appeal of your home.
Natural slates can adorn properties for more than 75 years. In fact, the Penrhyn slate used on the St Asaph Cathedral didn’t need replacing for over 400 years. It’s difficult to argue against the longevity of Welsh slate when it’s been known to last over four centuries!
As they’re so incredibly tough, slate roof tiles are able to withstand greater impacts than many other roofing materials. In addition, when compared to even Canadian or Spanish slate, Welsh slate typically provides the greatest level of strength.
As Welsh slate is created from entirely natural materials and phenomena, it has minimal impact on the environment. Plus, since the slate is only being extracted in and transported from Wales, very little transport is needed to deliver to UK homes.
Due to it being created from entirely natural metamorphic rock or volcanic ash deposits, slate production has a minimal carbon footprint. With it being extracted and transported from quarries throughout Wales, little transport is required for UK homes either. What’s more, once your Welsh slate roof tiles reach the end of their lifespan, they’re easy to recycle. They’re often used for smaller home improvement projects or even artwork.
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What Colour is Welsh Slate?
The colour of slate is largely dependent upon the location of the quarry it's extracted from. There are even minor differences between the quarries in Wales, with Penrhyn, Ffestiniog, and Cwt-y-Bugail each producing slates with minor colour differences.
The majority of slates from Wales feature a grey and blue colouring. Some, such as those sourced from Penrhyn, can also feature a dark red tone. Wherever it is produced, Welsh slates offer a traditional and iconic colouring that is perfectly suited for period and contemporary properties.
How Much Does Welsh Slate Cost?
You can expect to pay around £40 per square metre of roof space for Welsh slate roof tiles. Although this initial cost is relatively high compared to other roof tiles or slates, none match Welsh slate’s considerable character, strength, and longevity.