Stone Slate Roofing: Technical advice note

This technical advice note gives guidance for architects, surveyors, and building owners, on the repair and reroofing of traditional stone slate roofs in England. It deals specifically with stone slates from sedimentary rocks (mainly limestone and sandstone) rather than with real slates, which are from metamorphic rock. As the material and methods of stone slate roofing vary from region to region, it concentrates on general principles. For guidance on the specific local roofing types and methods, advice should be sought from the local planning authority. Some local authorities provide leaflets on regional roofing practice.


  • Introduction
  • Stone as a roofing material
  • The principles of stone slate roofing
  • Planning and historic buildings legislation
  • Inspection and maintenance
  • Investigation and recording
  • The repair and reroofing of stone slate roofs
  • Costs
  • Appendix 1 Stone slate roofs: checklist for recording construction details
  • Appendix 2 Stone slate roofs: checklist for recording materials
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Further information
  • Sourcing stone slates

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51024


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