If you have a pitched roof and want something both robust and stylish installed, you should definitely look into slates. This is one of the more popular choices for roofing design as it offers up a timeless layout that places precision at the very centre. As slate roofing experts, RJW Roofing & Building have seen first-hand how positive an impact this material can have on people’s homes in terms of bolstering the overall style from the outside.

Slate roofing will also ensure you have something both durable and solid-minded, helping you maintain the necessary water-proofing measures when the weather decides to take a turn for the worse. Do you want to learn more about slate roofing and how this gets installed? Then we have taken a close look for you in this guide.

What are the Main Options?

Unlike many other roofing materials, you will find that slates are not limited to only one option. You will have a plethora of choices at your disposal, so the route you take will really be case specific in accordance with the aesthetic of your home.


Since many neighbourhoods are filled with worn down and rugged looking homes, you could look into a naturally inclined option that provides a more quaint styling over your roof. This is a great solution if you are someone who likes to opt for things against the norm. You will also find that installing a natural slate roof will increase heat resistance and reduce the need for you to implement yearly maintenance or repairs.


Although traditional slate roofing is becoming more environmentally friendly, there is still a significant difference in its formation. Going for more conventional materials will however aid you in the combat against intense weather as these slates are harder to break down.

So, How Do You Slate Roofs?

In a majority of cases, roofing companies will call upon the use of hooks for the installation of slates. However, this can make the entire process long-winded, which is why we have recently looked into how the use of pre-drilled slates could be the better route to go down in order to meet with tight deadlines.

The first thing to think about is whether your slates come pre-holed. Any slates that don’t come with this in place will need two holes placed around a third of the way up.

Measure Your Roof

Before anything truly gets underway, you will need to make an accurate measurement that indicates the precise inclination of your pitched roof. The reason you must undertake this step is the fact your pitch will indicate the amount of overlap you need for each slate the gets installed.

Work on Overlapping

After you have carefully worked out the pitch of your specific roof, you will need to read your specifications thoroughly. There will be differing overlaps for certain roofs that help to enforce a structurally solid layout.

Fix the Membrane

The membrane can now be installed with the use of clout nails. This needs to be fixed into one of the edges, after which pull the membrane at the other end and permanently fix into place. Additional nails can be added if you want to add more strength.

Place the Batten

You will now be able to move onto the main process of installing the batten. To get this underway, two slates will be needed to be placed under the eaves. Then, fix down two more battens on the top area of your roof, making sure they are fixed in a way that allows for easy alterations where necessary.

Another full-sized batten will then be needed for the overhang around your guttering. You need to make sure you are working with something that has pre-drilled holes correctly in line at the centre of the batten.

The second batten needs to then be placed and slid upwards into the first. Then, place the eaves plate into to the second batten, making sure it meets with the layout of your roofing at the very top.

Everything then needs to be permanently fixed with nails, with careful consideration about how the battens are lined up along the main part of the roof. The difference between each batten must be exactly the same throughout in order to achieve a quality finish.

A third batten can then be added by sliding downwards between the top slates. Finally, place a full slate into the third batten with pre-drilled holes lined up at the centre.

Call RJW for Slate Services

Luckily for you, RJW have an entire team that have the skills needed to install any kind of slate roof. To get a free quote, contact our team right now on 01279 260 121.

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