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As we have wondered sometimes what things really are , its interesting that roofing slate is, of course, a rock; but is actually made mostly from mostly Quartz, calcium, silicon and chlorine! Similarly, tiles (and bricks, for that matter) are of course made from baked clay, which is itself largely made up of aluminium compounds! Tiles in the UK are either machinemade or handmade, just like bricks, and in the machinemade side of things there are hundreds of different brands – many of which are interchangeable. The important thing is to bring a sample in to match to, as the precise make of tile is not always needed or even relevant.In handmade tiles it is simply a case of matching for size, camber (the curve in the tile, if any and colour. Peg tiles are the most sought-afetr tile in this country and are the oldest and most rich in character too – a peg tile has no `nibs` or `lugs` at the top where other tiles would sit over the roofing batten, but instead has only 2 holes (often square in the oldest examples) where the tile was originally held in place with wooden pegs.
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Roofing tiles and roofing slates keep almost all homes in the United Kingdom dry and safe, and this most fundamental need means we only sell the best quality roofing materials which can be relied upon for years to come. We sort and inspect every single roofing slate that comes into this yard, this means we must individually inspect somewhere around 50,000 slates every year and we consider ourselves lucky these days as it used to be 10 times that number! Tiles are not so easy to check (as you generally have 5 - 10 times as many from the same building) so we have trusted suppliers - and spot checks - to ensure that our high standards are maintained.
Even though we ensure the highest standards at all times, when buying reclaimed tiles and slates it is essential to allow for a proportion of them to be damaged or broken when calculating the quantities you need because, inevitably, a handful would be damaged in transporting them, but more importantly more are guaranteed to get broken whilst being laid. Normally the extra quantity needed is 10% over the top of the precisely calculated amount. Its best to do this in order to have one single order so instead of underordering, having to recalculate, and then waste time actually getting what you need the second time around we can get it right the first time & can save time and money.