The difference between tiles and slates

Posted on by Protech Roofing Team

Of all the roofing jargon, tiles and slates are some of the most commons words that are thrown around. Individually, they are rather simple concepts, however, it’s the difference between them that can often be confusing. Is it the size? Shape? Colour? Application?

If this is a distinction that puzzles you, don’t worry, the team at Protech Roofing are here to help. In this article, we’ll be outlining exactly what these two roofing materials are and, more importantly, what exactly it is which sets them apart.

The importance of good quality roofing materials cannot be stressed enough. If you want to avoid water leaks and barrages from the elements, it is ultimately your roofing materials which are the first and last line of defence. Tiles and slates are some of the most commonly used roofing materials, partly because they constitute a great deal of the roof itself and come in a variety of different shapes, styles and thicknesses.


Naturally sleek and luxurious, slate comes in three different varieties: natural, artificial and zinc. Natural slate, arguably the most aesthetically pleasing of the three, is made from fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin smooth layers, creating and extremely robust and weather resistant roofing material. What’s more, their beautiful blue-grey hue and lustrous finish makes them the perfect companion for more traditional roofs. This will come at a cost though; natural slate is expensive.


As you would imagine, natural slating is often found on decadent homes, not only because it looks great but also because natural slating offers excellent protection against fire, rot and insect infestation, making them a low maintenance roofing solution. This, above anything, makes them an obvious choice for larger, more expensive homes.


Unlike slates, tiles are produced from either concrete or clay and are available in a much wider variety of styles, colours and designs. Consequently, thanks to the versatility of tiles, they are a great option for newer housing, as they can be modified to suit a number of different aesthetics. What’s more, although perhaps not as long-lasting as slate, tiles can still be very durable, often having a lifespan of around fifty years.roofers-2891664_960_720

They key difference between tiles and slates, however, is their respective shapes and, consequently, the ease in which they are installed. Concrete tiles tend to be created with a slightly wavy shape, facilitating their installation. Also, they tend to be larger than clay tiles, which are most useful when the structure in question has a chimney or skylight.

Here at Protech Roofing LTD we hope that this article has helped you to consider various styles of roofing and enabled you to see that it’s worthwhile to know the pros and cons, to ensure you get only the best out of your roof. Our team of roof experts work across Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester areas – If you wish for more information or would like to talk to a professional about installation or just simple repairs, please get in contact today!

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