Welsh Slate Roofing
If you’re in New South Wales, and you’re interested in restoring an existing slate roof or replacing an asphalt shingle roof with Welsh slate, you’re in the right place.
At NSW Slate Roofing, we have decades of experience with slate roofs of all kinds – including Welsh slate roofs. Welsh slate is a building material renowned for its quality and durability, and is highly sought-after in international markets.
We have partnered with Australia’s leading slate supplier to get both Penrhyn and Cwt-y-Bugail slate. Want to know more about Welsh slate, and why it’s the best choice for your next roofing project?
Penrhyn and Cwt-y-Bugail – The Most Popular Types Of Welsh Slate
There are two primary types of Welsh slate on the market today – Penrhyn and Cwt-y-Bugail (pronounced “kooh-tah bee-gayle”). They share many common characteristics, but are distinct from each other in a few ways.
Penrhyn slate is, as the name suggests, mined at the Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, Wales. It’s also known as “Bangor Blue” slate due to its beautiful blue coloration. Since the 1200s, Penrhyn quarry has been mining this high-quality slate. Only 10% of the slate extracted from this quarry is deemed high-quality enough to be used in roofing products.
Cwt-y-Bugail slate is mined from a vein of Welsh Slate from Ffestiniog in North Wales. This slate is known for a dark grey-blue-charcoal color, and its slightly-textured surface. Cwt-y-Bugail, the company responsible for mining this slate, have invested in modern processes to create slate tiles that are low maintenance, durable, and absolutely beautiful – perfect for any Australian home.
The Benefits Of Welsh Slate Roofing
Welsh slate isn’t cheap. But it’s well-worth the cost of investment. It’s incredibly durable, long-lasting, and has a variety of other benefits. Let’s take a look at some of these now.
- Unbeatable durability – The average asphalt shingle roof will last somewhere between 10-30 years. Metal roofs can last up to 40 years, and concrete roofing tiles can last up to 50 years.
Welsh slate, when properly maintained, can easily last over 100 years. In fact, there is a 100-year warranty on all of Welsh slate roofing materials! The quality of Welsh slate is so good that, after 100 years, about 50% of the slate material will still be in good enough condition to be reused! There is simply no other roofing material that can match the longevity of Welsh slate.
- Energy-efficient – High quality slate roofing is very dense. A slate roof can weigh anywhere from 350-750 kilograms. Because slate is dense, it helps your home become more energy efficient. It traps warm air in the winter, and helps prevent the escape of cooler air during the warmer months – resulting in lower energy bills!
- Low-maintenance – Natural slate is more durable than man-made roofing materials. It’s very dense and impermeable to water. It’s also non-combustible, so it is not a fire hazard. Because it is inert, it will also not be affected by fungus and mold, although algae may still grow in some cases. Copper flashing, usually used with slate roofs, lasts 70 years without maintenance. To maintain your roof, simply have it inspected after every winter, replace any broken tiles, and have it cleaned if algae or stains appear. That’s it!
Choose NSW Slate Roofing For Your Next Project!
NSW Slate Roofing Sydney can offer you a range of slate roofing solutions and will be happy to provide you with a full consultation on what product may best suit your needs.
Kinsley Denning, the owner of NSW Slate Roofing, has been a master slater for more than 25 years. You can trust us to fix your slate to Australian standards, and ensure that your roof is covered by a comprehensive warranty.
We are experts in every aspect of the installation of slate as a building material. From repairs to renovations and new roof installations, we can do it all – with a smile, and at a great price.
Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.