Beautiful and Elegant Slate Roofing in Sydney

Slate roofing dates back hundreds of years ago, its beauty is truly admirable. Slate roofing is one of the beautiful roofing materials and valued features a home can have in today’s real estate market.

Architectural Leadwork a premium slate roofing company serves commercial, heritage and residential clients from all over NSW, VIC and South Australia. We tender and undertake repair, restoration and installation slate roofing projects right across NSW, VIC and South Australia either be it commercial, heritage and residential. We work with our clients from the initial site inspection until the end to ensure that project deadline and project specifications are fulfilled and are in accordance with client requirements. Our quality and service delivery is unmatched we strive to do the best to be the best in the roofing industry in Australia.

Architectural Leadwork only uses premium grade and quality slates such as Welsh Penrhyn, Canadian Glendyne and Spanish Pizarras. A slate roof lifespan of 80-100 years is typical, although this can last longer if they are maintained well after installation.

A slate roof is a true depiction of elegance and simplicity. A slate is a thin, flat and square/rectangular slab of stone that overlaps to another slate to ensure the roof is watertight and stay watertight for many years to come. The slates are fastened to a wood roof deck with nails. These 3 elements slates, wood and nails ensure to keep the structure of your home watertight for many decades to come.

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Why does the slate roof fail?

1.     Slate is stone but not all stone is of the same quality

Slate is stone and found in heavy slabs and graded based on the stone’s quality. Architectural Leadwork, a specialist in the slate roof, can identify slates on the roof in question, its origin, longevity, characteristics and quality.

2.     Previous poor workmanship

An unqualified individual claiming to be a “slater” attempting to repair a slate roof. A slate roofing system is an investment and is an expensive roofing material, slate roof owners pay a good amount of their money to get their slate roof abused and then pay more good money to have them repaired and restored correctly. “BUY CHEAP PAY TWICE”.

Abused slate roofs are where homeowners allow other service contractors to walk on slate roof freely communicating no safety precautions, mismatched slates, coated and flashings incorrectly installed on the roof.

3.     People walking on the slate roof without taking any precautions

A professional slater will use a hook ladder to access a slate roof safely without causing damage, such as a crack to the slate roof. However, an inexperienced slate roofer can easily cause damage to the slates with foot traffic on its own.

4.     Flashing failures

Metal flashings on a slate roof can wear out and cause slate to leak.  Flashing is a metal joint installed between various planes of the roof preventing water leaks. The use of flashings is most commonly found in the areas chimneys and valleys along with dormers.

5.     Nails contributing to the slate roof failure

New nails fastened onto an old slate roof will corrode under two conditions 1- Nails are of poor quality 2- Slate roof has reached the end of its life allowing moisture to penetrate through the roof and corroding the nails as well.

Beauty and elegance of slate roof

Slate is both beautiful and elegant and is one of the highest quality natural building materials available. Apart from the undoubtable aesthetic appeal, particularly on heritage properties, slate is incredibly durable. Slate has low water absorption, making it resistant to frost damage and breakage due to freezing. Natural slate is also fire resistant and energy-efficient. Slate offers a long-lasting weathertight roof with an incredibly long lifespan.

The following features make Slate a comparable roofing solution:

·    Incredible lifespan – a hundred years is considered normal

·    Notable style and elegance

·    A variety of colours to choose from

·    Choice of smooth or textured finish

·    Variety of grains to add depth to colour and texture

·    Customisable sizes and shapes for decorative purposes

·    Waterproof, fireproof, heat and acid resistant

·    Minimal maintenance needed

·    Environment friendly

Why Choose Architectural Leadwork?

Kevin Allan, Director of Architectural Leadwork, has been in the plumbing and roofing industry for over 25 years. Trained by accomplished craftsmen whose skills were passed down from generation to generation, Kevin takes pride in his work and in hiring a team of expert and experienced tradesmen. Our passion for the industry and expertise are clearly evident in every job we work on.

We are so confident in the quality of our work and the materials we use that we provide a 20-year warranty on all new slate roof projects. We don’t leave a stone unturned as we survey the work that needs to be done. We aim to be competitive in the market and it’s, therefore, no wonder we are one of the most highly sought after metal, lead and slate and copper roofing companies in and around Sydney, NSW.

We work and understand roof components and materials which allows us to undertake a wide range of metal, slate, and copper/zinc, as well as lead roof restoration projects in Sydney NSW. We would be pleased to undertake a free no-obligation quotation. Simply complete the details in the “Contact Us” section of the site, send us an email at info@leadwork.com.au or give a call on 0416 243 396.

Architectural Leadwork provides a quality slate and lead roofing as well as metal roof restoration in Sydney. We can help with installation, maintenance and repair and restoration. If you are considering slate as a material for the roof of your residential, commercial and heritage property, give us a call on 02 9550 0498. As one of the leading companies specialising in roof repair, restoration and installation in Sydney NSW, VIC and South Australia, we make sure that all our tradesmen are trained and qualified to handle slate roof repair, restoration and installation services.

Quality and service you can trust 

Contact us today for a free quote on 02 9550 0498

Project examples

Recently, Architectural Leadwork completed a slate roofing project for Defence Australia in VIC.

The heritage conservation project involved restoring the roof and replacing damaged slates with new Welsh Penryhn Slates. Architectural Leadwork undertook roof repair and heritage conservation restoration works at the Victoria Barracks.

The brief scope of works;

·      Supply and install new Welsh Penryhn slates.

·      Supply and install lead to chimneys, valleys and hips and ridges.

·      Supply and install cast-iron products.

On completion of heritage conservation works and final site inspection with the head contractor onsite, Architectural Leadwork was provided final completion approval for achieving high quality project result and service excellence.