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Why choose slate for your roof?

Synonymous with quality and longevity, slate is a popular choice for finishing the exterior of a home. Emily Brooks explains the main benefits, as well as how to make sure you buy a durable, high-quality product
A summerhouse in Cheltenham by Jonathan Rhind Architects, with a slate roof made from SSQ’s Riverstone phyllite, known for its quality as well as its thickness (12- 15mm), which gives it a rustic appearance

Many areas of the country are synonymous with slate roofs – the Lake District, Cornwall and most of Wales are full of period homes where these handsome grey stone tiles are closely associated with the vernacular style. It’s seen as a high-quality, timeless choice, and you may find that planners make it a condition of your house’s design that you specify slate, in order to fit in with what is used locally. However, this material is not restricted to traditionallooking properties: depending on the product, it can look crisp and modern, and be used as a cladding material as well as for roofing to achieve a seamless all-over appearance. While UK quarries still exist, Spain has now emerged as the most prolific producer of roofing in this material.

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Build It magazine's new August 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Cover house - a characterful oak self build home on a garden plot - Design & build special: the companies who can take the stress out of your project - Wow-factor extensions that add space, light & value - Are heat pumps worth the money? - Why you should invest in rooflights - Create a summer-ready outdoor living space ... and more!