Slate stone roof tiles are an important application of slate tiles. Also referred as slate shingles, slate roof tile is considered a perfect roofing solution. One of the main reason for using slate roof tiles is slate roof is very durable, over hundred years. When we talk about slate roofing
, we think about the roof tops of large mansions and historical buildings in European countries, which are still in good condition after so many years of initial installation. Today slate roof tiles are seen in many modern homes. Here the real slate stones are used though some also opt for rubber slate replicas. However such replicas can never take the place of the original.
Styles of Slate Roof Tiles
Check out the most common styles of slate roof tiles
Standard Pattern Style:
Here the slate tiles are of same length and width. .
Random Width Style:
Here the tiles are of same length but the widths are of different sizes.
Staggered Butt Style: Here the slate tiles' lengths or colors or shapes are different. In other words, tiles of different lengths or different colored slates or different patterned slate tiles are fixed on the roof. The bottom exposed edge of the roof is staggered. The degree of stagger can vary from roof to roof. In the pic below, staggered butt roof is shown with 3 lengths of slate tiles (16", 18" and 20").
In the picture below, the roof top is made of slate tiles of different colors of random width, and new and salvaged slates in a staggered butt style.
The photo below shows a staggered butt slate roof with all the slates rounded by hand prior to installation
Ragged Butt Style:
Same as staggered butt style. The only difference is that here the exposed edge is cut into random shapes or angles.
Mixed Shapes Slating Style:
As the name suggests, here slate tiles of the same length and width, but of different shapes are used.
Here the slate tiles can be given different colors and different patterns are drawn over it and fixed on to the roof to display unique designs which are very attractive and create landmark roofs.
Advantages of Slate Roof Tiles
Available in beautiful colors and great textures.
Extremely low water absorption
Can easily be installed
No chances of moss and fungus to grow on the slate roof
Resistant to frost damage and breakage due to snowing & freezing.
Combining the beauty of natural slate stones with the application of modern day technology, slate roof tiles can provide a fully designed, premium roofing system that is found in modern homes all across the globe.