Slate Roofing Services Rugby Warwickshire

Slate Roofs

Slate is a traditional roofing material used for hundreds of years. The Rugby area saw massive housing growth with the Railway's arrival, with much of the town's housing being from the Victorian era, which used Welsh slate for the roofs.
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Benefits of slate roofing

Slate is an excellent material to waterproof your roof, lasting up to 150 years. Slate is highly durable, fire-resistant and can easily cope with our cold winters and scorching summers. Slate roof tiles are 100% natural and emit very few carbon emissions to produce.

Disadvantages of slate roofs

The only real disadvantage is the cost compared to more modern roofing materials. However, the lifespan of a slate roof will be significantly longer than other materials. A slate roof may be too expensive for some homeowners, especially those not planning to stay in their homes for the long term. However, many industry experts state that you can balance the cost of a new roof by adding value to your property if you plan to sell in the mid-term.

Common Problems with Slate Roofing

As you can imagine, Barby Roofing has extensive experience working on many of Rugby's old slate roofs.

Typical problems include:

  • Missing or slipped slates are usually caused by extreme weather, and it is essential to address these areas to prevent the roof from becoming compromised.
  • Broken slates are something to watch for, as multiple broken slates could be a sign that your roof is life-expired.
  • 'Nail Sickness' is a term used to describe an issue affecting many older roofs built with poor-quality nails. These nails are prone to rusting and are now almost entirely corroded. 
  • Delamination. Life-expired slate can begin to split apart as the water gets between its natural layers. Tale-tell signs are flaking surfaces or even holes.
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Examples of our work

Traditional Welsh Slate installed on new felt and battens.

Composite slate effect tiles provide an affordable alternative.

No job is too big or small. This one took a while!

How we can help

Barby Roofing are the expert in repairing and replacing traditional slate roofs. We offer free estimates and helpful advice to ensure your slate roof will protect your home for decades.

There are various slate colours and types sourced from around the world. Our experts can advise on your existing slate style and source replacement slates to match.

Installing Artificial Slate Roof Tiles or Composite (recycled) slates can be cost-effective, particularly when installing new or replacement roofs. These modern alternatives are available in various colours and can be 'pre-weathered' to provide a more natural finish. 

Our roofing services will often cover other areas of your roof, not just the slate. Our experts can also repair felt, battens, ridge tiles, leadwork, and more.

If you are looking for an expert opinion or quotes to address issues with your slate roof, contact Barby Roofing today!

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Mick Spittle

Barby Roofing responded very promptly to a problem on my daughters bungalow roof. Everything sorted and a tidy job done in less than 24 hours. Would certainly recommend!

Peter Barrow

I have no hesitation in recommending Barby Roofing. They answered the phone, they came when they said they would and they did a thorough and professional job. The quality of their work was first class - they did some very neat leadwork on my chimney, for example, and fixed some tricky tiles back in place around a Velux window. Pleasant to deal with and good value too.

Joyce Higgs

I was very impressed by the professional way Barby Roofing carried out repairs to my roof this week.  The two young men were well organised and left my premises very tidy.  I will definitely be recommending the company in the future. Thank you.

Jane Gregg

Our 110 year old roof sprang a leak!!!.  A friend recommended Barby roofers to us and we were so lucky she did becauseTobias and his team were amazing and nothing was too much trouble. Polite, hard working and we cannot thank them enough for making us water tight. I would recommend them without reservation.

Paulina Ari

Excellent service provided. Quality workmanship at a great price, would recommend to anyone.

Chloe Richards

Excellent business! Tobias was great and really reliable, will always use! Thank you! :)

Kara Tomlinson

They were prompt, and did the work required to make my roof water right again even tho they had to go back out for other tiles. They even got me spare incase we have a problem again. They also cleared a small blockage in the guttering.

Happy with their prompt and service. No messing about and got the job done!! Exactly what you want and need!!

Fiona Jayne

Did a great job of repairing my roof.  Prompt response, quick to reply to messages very professional and sensibly priced.  Would definitely recommend and use again.

Marion Rogers

After having 2 cowboys out to fix my leaking gutter, I contacted this company. just a shame I didnt come across them first. Very honest, reliable and managed to do the job that the other two failed on. Wouldnt hesitate to recommend.

Nicky Turner

Thank you, Lads. Great same day service, found the problem swiftly & now water tight again.

Throughly recommend them for your roofing needs


Tony Warren

Excellent. Worked well very tidy, great repair. Impressed next door neighbour, they have now worked on his roof and another neighbour has booked them. Very polite young men. Brilliant.

Paul Szrok

Barby Roofing carried out repairs to my chimney, valleys and ridge tiles. They did an excellent job and did some extra pointing work which was not on the quote! I was very pleased with the photos they showed me.

Leanne Richards

Barby Roofing are a brilliant, reliable and very hard-working company. Tobias and Kenny are very polite, detailed and accurate workers! Some beautiful work has been completed on my roof and I could not fault the work they have completed. Would definitely recommend!