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What Type of Roof is Right for Me?

When we are looking to improve our home, the roof is a very good place to start.

However, with so many different building and roofing materials available, the question remains as to which one is best? In this blog, we will discuss a few of the difference between the two primary options that we provide at Carnegie Contracts.

To arrange for a free quotation today, give us a call now on 0141 280 2928 or 0131 322 1262.

Slate vs Concrete Tiles

The only way to know whether slate or concrete tiles are right for your roof is to look at a direct comparison:


  • Costly Investment
  • 60-100 year lifespan or more
  • Unique period look

Concrete Tiles

  • More affordable option
  • 30+ year lifespan
  • Wide variety in colour and style

Slate vs Concrete Tiles

Why Use Slates?

Slate is a roofing material that cannot be recreated artificially. It has to be mined from natural sources, and even then, not all deposits are created equal.

The first thing to note when it comes to slate is that it is a significant investment. There is no getting away from the fact that not everyone has the funds to pay for a slate roof without saving significantly.

Having said that, there aren’t any more robust roofing options. A quality slate roof constructed correctly will last for anywhere from 60-100 years, something we like to call a ‘generational investment’.

Once you have paid for the slate roof, it is unlikely you will ever need to do so again. In addition, your bills for repair and maintenance will be significantly less when compared to other less ‘premium’ products.

Finally, there is no replacement for slate when it comes to providing that unique period look on older homes. Slate is a natural product, and this means that it has a look that cannot be recreated – each individual slate is unique and mined slate varies significantly depending on its source.

At Carnegie Contracts, our slate work is second to none, and the Cupa slate that we use is unrivalled in terms of appearance and toughness.

Why Use Concrete Tiles?

Concrete tiles are a relatively modern construction material that have revolutionised the industry. These tiles are improving and becoming more versatile every single day.

Firstly, concrete tiles are significantly cheaper than slates. These tiles can be bought in bulk for pennies per unit, meaning that your initial investment will be much more affordable than slate.

While they are certainly less ‘tough’ than slate, they will still last for thirty years or more. In addition, although they are likely to require a bit more maintenance, the cheap cost of the tiles means that the bills will regularly be relatively low.

Finally, although concrete tiles cannot imitate slate, because they are manufactured, they come in a lot more varieties. By mixing in different dyes and using different moulds, we can create concrete tiles of all different shapes, sizes, and colours to suit any taste or look.

Concrete tiles can be fantastic, but they need to be of good quality and installed with care. At Carnegie Contracts, we pride ourselves in our commitment to perfection, call today for more information on what our concrete roof work can offer.

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Regardless of whether you opt to go for modern concrete tiles or traditional slate, the most important thing is still the quality of the workmanship. This is why you need to be sure you are using a company with a solid reputation for reliable and lasting results.

At Carnegie Contracts, we have worked hard to establish our reputation for leaving our customers more than satisfied and safe in their investment. Don’t settle for anything less than the best – call us today on 0141 280 2928 or 0131 322 1262.

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