Your Guide to the Different Roofing Materials

Roofs of various solid materialsFrom London flat roofing to pitched roofs in London, different roofing projects in the capital require different materials in order to look their best and perform to the best of their ability. A good roof should be sturdy, durable, and reliable, yet factors ranging from location and weather to even the property itself can all play a role in determining which roofing material is best suited to the project at hand.

As experienced roofing specialists in London, the dedicated team here at Chris Ball Roofing are perfectly placed to give you honest, impartial advice about your roof. Whether you need an entirely new roof or just a spot of maintenance, our highly trained team can help you out.

We’ve put together a handy guide to the different types of roofing materials we use in our projects to give you a better idea of what is available and why our team might recommend a certain material for a particular roof.

High Performance Felt

Felt is a great choice of material for a wide variety of roofing projects in London. Flat roofing, in particular, can benefit greatly from felt. Here at Chris Ball Roofing, we only use industry-leading brands of felt in order to ensure longevity and durability. We are fully approved to lay products from the manufacturers we use, enabling us to offer up to 25-year warranties on our new felt roofs.

High performance felt is an ideal choice for the following:

  • Flat roofs
  • Rear extensions
  • Garages
  • Offices and commercial buildings

Mastic Asphalt

Mastic asphalt is a type of asphalt that has been used for roofing ever since the 1960s. Today, this material is still a popular choice, largely due to its versatility and durability. Mastic asphalt typically has a lifespan of more than 50 years and also boasts the enviable properties of being recyclable, waterproof, and almost completely fire resistant.

Although mastic asphalt can be used in a wide variety of situations, it makes a great choice for the following:

  • Flat roofs
  • Car park roofs
  • Porches


Slate is a traditional, instantly recognisable roofing material that has been used for hundreds of years. We offer both natural slate and synthetic slate, giving you plenty of freedom when it comes to the specifics of your roof. The majority of slate roofs have a long lifespan, low rate of water absorption, and fire-resistant properties, making this material a firm favourite when it comes to roofing.

Slate roofing is a great choice for the following:

  • Pitched roofs in London
  • Older-style properties

Concrete and Clay Tiles

We offer a wide range of high-quality clay and concrete tiles from leading manufacturers, including both handmade and machine-made tiles. Concrete tiles are a durable, low-maintenance roofing option, while clay tiles are long-lasting and highly fire-resistant.

Concrete and clay tile roofing is ideal for pitched roofs.


Lead is one of the oldest roofing materials that is still in use today, largely thanks to its durability, reliability, and resistance to corrosion. Lead roofing is flexible and long-lasting, making it a great choice for many different roofing projects.

Lead roofing is a good choice for the following:

  • Historic and listed buildings
  • Parapets
  • London flat roofing
  • Valley gutters
  • Pitched roofs in London

Fix-R Liquid Waterproofing Systems

A waterproof roof is essential to keep your property and possessions safe and dry all year round. We can offer Fix-R Liquid Waterproofing Systems to repel water and resist standing water, improving the quality of your roof. This system is a hybrid polymer waterproofing system that is applied in liquid form, allowing for cost-effective application and minimum wastage.

For more information about our materials and services, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of roofing specialists in London today or give us a call on 020 8291 3388.

What Factors Can Affect Your Roof’s Lifespan?

Damaged black roof shinglesYour roof is one of the most important elements of your home, and a good-quality roof is essential when it comes to ensuring you, your family, and your belongings all stay dry, warm, and protected from the elements.

Here at Chris Ball Roofing, we specialise in providing roofing services throughout the capital, ranging from flat roofing and pitched roofs in London to many more professional roof offerings. We are highly experienced in the work that we do and consistently aim to complete each job to the very best of our ability.

However, every roof is different, and the lifespan of a roof can vary depending on a host of different factors and variables.

Here are some of the factors that could affect the lifespan of your roof. Use this knowledge to stay aware of what could threaten your roof’s health and keep it in the best shape possible.


The location of your property plays an important role when it comes to your roof’s lifespan, with various factors falling under this heading contributing to the overall health of your roof. From the weather to the natural environment surrounding your property, the location should not be overlooked.

Weather Conditions


While this is unlikely to be an issue here in the UK, prolonged periods of strong sunshine can cause cracking or even breakage of certain types of roof tiles.


Strong wind can wreak havoc with your roof, damaging or breaking shingles or roof tiles, and potentially causing the need for repairs once the bad weather has passed.


If your roof is not watertight, rainwater could make its way through the weakest areas and, depending on the severity of the problem, this could lead to water damage. Similarly, without repair, the excess water making its way into your home could contribute to the occurrence of moisture-related problems like damp and rot.


If there are trees close to your home, it’s important to do your best to ensure that they are sturdy enough to minimise the chances of damage occurring during high winds or adverse weather conditions. Similarly, if trees do overhang your roof, you should be prepared to check for any signs of damage in particularly windy weather.

Roofing Material

This is one of the most important factors to consider – largely due to the fact that different roof materials suit different conditions, and each material has its own unique list of pros and cons. You can learn more about the different types of roofing we offer here.

Failed Flashing

Flashing acts as a seal between the joints of the roof, helping to keep water out and preventing leaks. Therefore, water can make its way into your roof and potentially cause damage if the flashing has deteriorated over time.

Poor Ventilation or Insulation

Ventilation and insulation are important throughout the home, but if your attic or roof space is particularly badly ventilated, it could potentially lead to problems. Poor ventilation could cause a build-up of heat and moisture which is trapped with nowhere to go. In turn, this could weaken the roof structure or cause damage to the shingles or roof tiles.

Lack of Maintenance

No matter how expertly it was installed, the chances are that every roof will require a bit of maintenance from time to time – particularly after bad weather. However, if you do suspect that your roof may be in need of maintenance, it’s always best to enlist the help of an experienced roofing contractor in order to ensure the work is completed to a professional standard.


Age is one of the most obvious factors affecting the lifespan of your roof, yet it is one that many homeowners often overlook. Every roof has an expected lifespan, which will vary depending on the factors outlined above, so if your roof is starting to look a little old and tired, it may be time for an upgrade.

Chris Ball Roofing Services

Here at Chris Ball Roofing, our professional team is highly experienced when it comes to both installing new roofs and maintaining existing ones, guaranteeing a top-quality service every time.

While it is virtually impossible to say for certain exactly how long a particular roof should last due to all the different factors that play a role in determining longevity, our team can give you an estimate for your peace of mind. Similarly, you can rest assured, safe in the knowledge that we are dedicated to completing each job to the very best of our ability.

For more information about our services, ranging from installing pitched roofs to repairing flat roofing damage, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call on 020 8291 3388 today.

The Advantages of Traditional Roofing Materials Over Modern Counterparts

Close-up of a rooferAs is the case in any industry, methods change over time and the way that things are done gradually evolves. Roofing is no different, and over the passing decades, we at Chris Ball Roofing have noticed a trend of homeowners trading in traditional materials such as concrete, clay, and slate for modern alternatives.

Felt, green and solar roofs are growing in popularity across the United Kingdom and there are a number of reasons why. From cost-effective solutions to reducing the home’s carbon footprint, it’s easy to see why homeowners are opting for modern materials, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best option.


While felt roofing is certainly more cost-effective than concrete, clay, lead and slate solutions, it simply isn’t as durable and will require maintenance or a full-blown replacement within as little as 10 years. When you consider that a lead roof can be expected to remain strong for 100 years, the difference in quality is clear. Naturally, lead benefits from resistance to corrosion as a result of weather and radiation, making it an ideal roofing material.

Lead has to be handled by a team that has undergone four years’ worth of training, due to the harmful nature of the material. Lead’s resilient nature also makes it the perfect option for unpredictable British weather.

As well as lead, clay and concrete can also be expected to last for around 60 years, which still amounts to a more than respectable lifespan for your property. If you are planning to sell your current property in the coming years, it is worth considering that clay roofing usually increases resale value.

Weighing up the Costs

While some modern roofing styles, such as felt, are cost-effective, many are not. Solar tiles are proving to be highly popular, especially with such a keen focus on producing renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint, but does that alone make for the ideal roof?

The answer may not be what you hope for, considering that solar tiles are substantially more expensive than standard clay tiles. Of course, there is the potential to recoup those costs elsewhere, however, unless your property will see a good amount of regular sunlight you aren’t going to benefit half as much as you might like to think.

In a 365-day year, London can expect to see an average of 106 rainy days and 1481 hours of sunlight, equalling just less than 17% of the year. Those who are looking to invest in solar panels should bear in mind that they can expect the energy output to decrease 1% annually.

Many other homeowners, especially those with flat roofing, are opting to install green roofs. A property with greenery sitting on top is certainly more aesthetically appealing, but it demands a lot of maintenance as it is essentially a garden on your roof. If you consider the amount of time you can spend out in the garden mowing the lawn and tending to any flowers or plants you are growing, that could be the same amount of time you spend on the roof. This is perhaps why many homeowners opt for a green roof when they only have a small garden or not one at all, as an alternative.

Why Traditional Roofing Materials Remain King

Here at Chris Ball Roofing, we fully believe that traditional roofing materials remain the best, not only because of the average life expectancy or due to the costs involved, but because the quality cannot be brought into question. Concrete, clay, lead and slate roofs are proven to last the distance and withstand the potentially extreme weather conditions that roofs can be subjected to in the United Kingdom.

That isn’t to say that modern roofing methods don’t add value and, in some cases, aren’t the ideal solution for your property. Our fully qualified team will be on hand to offer expert advice on what style of roofing will best suit your property and budget.

We offer a free no obligation quotation on any roofing project. A member of our team will provide you with clearly written specifications and fixed prices on the work that needs to be done, allowing you to make an informed decision as to whether to press ahead with any work.

For more information, please get in contact with Chris Ball Roofing today and we will be more than happy to help.

7 Advantages of a Skylight

7 Advantages of a SkylightWhen you think of roofing companies and roofing services in London, your mind might immediately jump to images of tiles, sheets of slate, and the various stylish yet sensible options you see atop the capital’s roofs. Yet these solutions are just the start of what Chris Ball Roofing can offer your home. Skylights and roof mounted windows can turn the upper rooms of your home into light, airy, and luxurious living areas. Whether you want a new office, a guest bedroom, or just somewhere to relax in style, these seven reasons show just how a skylight can make an ideal addition to your property.

Mood Improvement

Study after study consistently shows the same thing when it comes to exposure to natural light – an overall improvement to your mood. Not only does soaking up the sun help to increase the levels of vitamin D in your body, but it also triggers the release of serotonin. This hormone improves the connection between nerve cells in the brain and other parts of the body, and is strongly connected to improvements in mood. This is why natural light is so important when fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Regulating Sleep Patterns

If you install a skylight in a bedroom, one of the biggest advantages is the regulation of sleep patterns. A room that is artificially dark or completely closed off from the outside world is one where anyone sleeping in it will wake up much less naturally than if the sun shines pleasantly upon their face as they awake. The natural darkness that comes with the arrival of night generates a hormone known as melatonin which regulates and manages the body’s sleep cycle. The more exposure to natural light there is in a room, the more the body will be able to control and coordinate the melatonin levels, and a better sleep cycle will be maintained.

Increased Productivity

Just as the arrival of natural light in our bedroom gives our body the signal that it’s time to wake up, its continued presence makes sure that we know to keep on going and power through the day. A wide variety of academic investigations has found the same thing. The more natural light that an office space has, the more productive employees and staff become. One workplace study found that an office with no windows resulted in a 6.5% increase in sick days, while another study saw that workplaces with higher amounts of sunlight saw productivity and sales rises of between 5% to 40%.

Resale Value Boost

The aesthetic value of turning a gloomy roof space into a light and airy room should not be overlooked. The more pleasant that your home is, the more valuable it will also become. Of course, adding a skylight is far from the only factor that will dictate the price of the house, but adding value to your property is always a plus. A well maintained, carefully-positioned skylight will definitely make your home a more attractive property.

Property Health

Natural light is not only good for the people living in a building, but it also can be highly beneficial for the structure of the building itself. Many common types of mould, spores, and other unpleasant growths that can settle into walls and under tiles are repelled by natural light. This is why mould is most often found in darker corners, dimly lit areas, and places with little airflow. Any room with a large intake of natural light will probably find its air and walls far cleaner and fresher than a stuffier, darker space.

Fresh Air

The air in our homes can become stale and stagnant if there are not enough ways to let fresh air in. While windows, in general, are great for increased airflow, skylights are particularly useful. A skylight’s position on the upper floors of the property also means that warm air’s natural tendency to rise can be dealt with properly. When the skylight is open, the warmer, more stale air can be carried upwards and outside, allowing a fresh blast of new air to fill the room and circulate.


Aside from saving electricity, there are also heating and general utility cost advantages. The biggest one is radiation heat control. As the glass of the window heats up, physics dictates that the excess heat will radiate either outside or inside, whichever side is cooler. So a colder house will soak up solar energy without any additional panels or complicated wiring, and thanks to the greenhouse effect that is natural to glass, all that extra heat will be kept nice and secure.

Skylights are an excellent addition to any property. They provide healthy natural light, a feeling of space, an airy atmosphere, and a spirit of productive energy.

Alongside the many and varied services we offer, Chris Ball Roofing has supplied and fitted countless roof windows and skylights in properties of all kinds. This wealth of experience-tested knowledge has positioned us as expert roof window installers. Combined with our dedication to honest advice and customer satisfaction, our service is one that puts you first. Whatever your requirements or needs, we are happy to adapt and work around you.

Slate Roof Close Up

Is a Slate Roof Right For You?

The phrase “roof over your head” is evocative for a very good reason. You can have all the possessions you want, but if the roof isn’t there, none of that will matter. So naturally, the question of the best way to roof your house is one that people take their time considering, and choosing which roofing option is best for your home is an important decision.

To help you make the decision that’s right for you, we are going to explore the advantages and disadvantages of one of the most popular roofing materials – slate. As always, there are pros and cons to choosing a slate roof but by the end of this brief guide, you should be fully aware of everything a slate roof brings so that you can make an educated and informed decision.

What is Slate?

Slate is a metamorphic rock that is most commonly found in Spain, Brazil, China, and Australia, although in the UK, there are also slate quarries in North Wales, Cornwall, and Cumbria. It has proven extremely popular as a roofing material throughout history because of its natural water resistance, absorbing less than 0.4% of any water that lands upon it.

Although the majority of the market is still dominated by slate taken from mines, there is an increasingly large number of houses and construction firms switching to a lighter and equally durable alternative in the form of artificial slate. It can be more uniform, more eco-friendly, and overall easier to install than its natural counterpart, so it’s no wonder why more homebuilders see the benefit of this roofing option.

Advantages of Slate Roofing


It is difficult to deny that slate roofing has a style and artistry to it that few other roofing materials can match. The natural patterns that are present in slate rock, made possible thanks to the geological patterns and transformations during its formation, give slate a subtle but unique form and shape. Also, given how long slate has been a part of traditional construction all across Europe and further afield, it carries an undeniable air of history and gravitas.


When it comes to slate roofing, the base unit for measuring the lifespan is not years or even decades. A slate roof can very easily be expected to last between 100 to 200 years, sometimes at a minimum. This is why a centenary warranty on such products is not at all uncommon. This means that slate is exceptionally cheap in the long term and is highly eco-friendly since it will not need replacing or repairing on a regular basis.

Low Maintenance

Because of the exceptional durability of slate, it should not need regular repair when it has been installed expertly. Also, because of its high level of natural water resistance, slate is exceptionally resistant to the advancements of mould, fungus, and other unpleasant biological attackers.

Disadvantages of Slate Roofing


Among the many different roofing options out there, slate is one of the heaviest available, often weighing between 8 to 15 lbs per square foot. Because of this, broader architectural allowances will need to be made for new buildings with slate roofing, whereas older buildings where a new slate roof is being fitted will need a thorough inspection.

Difficult to Replace

While slate is highly durable when it comes to the natural elements of wind, rain, and hail, it can be more fragile when humans are part of the equation. Since slate is manufactured in batches, colour matching is often difficult to achieve, although it is much easier with artificial slate.

Complex Installation

Installing a roof that could potentially last several centuries is not going to be a simple affair. Anyone claiming otherwise is most likely going to do a poor job of fitting the slate in place, which could result in long and difficult repair procedures. Slate roofing is a highly specialised and technical discipline, and you need to ensure that you have qualified experts like the team here at Chris Ball Roofing to guarantee a good job.

Whilst this overview has highlighted the major strengths and weaknesses of a slate roof, it’s always good to stay in the know about what’s available. At Chris Ball Roofing, we offer a range of different roofing material options from high performance felt through to clay tiles so that whatever your preference, you can find the right roof for your home.

Be sure to investigate as thoroughly as you can before making a decision on your roof and if in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact our experts today and we happily provide you with honest, bespoke advice for your project.


Signs of an Unhealthy Roof

Your roof is one of the most essential components of your property. It offers additional support for the structure of your home and protects everything you own – and your family – from being exposed to the elements. Without a roof, you’d likely be very damp, cold and uncomfortable, which is why keeping on top of roof repairs is a necessity. In particular, London and city-based properties could be at increased risk due to the higher levels of pollution in cities that you wouldn’t want to enter your home.

Luckily, there a few signs and symptoms you can keep an eye out for which will help to keep the cost of any potential repairs down. However, it’s important to make sure that if you are checking either the inside or outside of your roof, you do so from the ground or floor level, only using a ladder if you are fully competent to do so.


There are a few different sections that make up the exterior of your roof, from the rafters and flashing to the guttering and tiles. Familiarising yourself with these can help you identify any problem sections and explain your findings to your roofing contractor. Keep an eye out for the following signs which could be an indicator that you might need repair work carried out.

Tiles – Carefully scan your roofing tiles and make a note of any cracked, damaged, split or missing tiles. Missing or damaged tiles can lead to leaks in your property and should be replaced as soon as possible.

Guttering – Regularly check your gutters for any broken roof tiles which may have washed down the roof and become lodged in the guttering. You should also ensure guttering is secured as loose gutters could indicate deterioration or damage.

Flashing – Pay attention to flashing around chimneys, vents and joints – this will need replacing if it has been damaged to prevent leaks and moisture getting into your property.

Sagging – Your roof should be sturdy with no signs of sagging. Should you notice dips or damage to the structure of your roof, you should get in contact with your roofing contractor as soon as possible in order to minimise the risk of further damage occurring.


Accessing the interior of your roof may not be possible in every property and it should only be attempted in buildings where it is safe to do so. You should never attempt to reach areas that are unsafe – especially without the proper safety equipment.

If you are able to see or easily access the interior of your roof, look out for the following potential warning signs.

Light Leaks – Check the interior of your roof during the day. If you notice daylight entering through large gaps or holes, you will need to seek roof repair.

Moisture or Mould – If you check your roof and notice small or large pools of water or unexpected moisture, your roof has likely sprung a leak. If you don’t see water but your roof area smells musty and you can see mould, you may also be affected by a leak or moisture coming in from the outside.

Most roofs typically have a lifespan of between 15-20 years so if your roof is getting on in years, it’s probably wise to have a regular “health check-up” by a trusted roofing contractor. A well-maintained roof means a well-protected property!

If you are looking for roof repair in south-east London and require the services of an experienced contractor, please get in touch with the Chris Ball Roofing team today on 020 8291 3388.


Is Your Roof Winter Ready?

The winter season will soon be here, and while the weather is yet to throw the worst towards our homes, make sure you get all your roofing maintenance out the way to prevent the need for roof repairs on your London property when spring arrives. The health of your roof is imperative to the comfort level of your home and family and if your roof is suffering defects or damage, it’s more likely to be letting draughts in, letting expensive heat out and potentially affecting the structural integrity of your property.

Checking the Inside

Where it’s safe to do so, check out the inner portion of your roof during the day and check over all the joints and walls for light leaks. Cover windows to prevent too much light coming into the space, as this makes it easier to find small holes or gaps where light might be peeking through. Finding light leaks in your roof before the worst of the rainy season is vital because the longer that damp and moisture is allowed to work its way into your property, the harder it can be to dry out affected areas. In turn, this can lead to problems with damp, dry rot and wet rot.

If you do find light leaks or gaps in your roof, double check the surrounding woodwork and beams to ensure that damp hasn’t already started to spread throughout your roof space. It’s not always obvious by looking, so where possible and without risk to yourself, try a touch test on surrounding beams to check for moisture.

Should there be any pipes in your roof space, make sure these are sufficiently insulated with lagging. While heat rises, cold snaps can still make your roof space a chilly place and lagging ensures that your pipes are not at risk of freezing. Frozen pipes can rupture and burst, flooding your roof space and causing havoc in your home.

On to the Exterior

If you think of the average family home, you might be forgiven for forgetting the gutters in your mental image – they are so standard to our properties that often they get overlooked during our home maintenance sweep. However, gutters are a necessary component of funnelling water that rains onto your roof away from your property and down a dedicated drain, preventing water from dripping onto external walls or sitting on rooftops with nowhere to go.

Make sure all your gutters have been cleared of autumn debris like leaf litter and mossy patches and check that all fixings are secure to your property. Check that the connection between the downpipe and guttering is secure and watertight and ensure that the downpipe is in the correct place over the drain, which must also be cleared of any debris. Clearing your drain ensures ample drainage, preventing water puddling over paths and potentially becoming a hazard in icy cold weather.

If you are comfortable and can safely do so, get up on a ladder and check the exterior of your roof for loose, missing or damaged roof tiles which can cause problems with leaks and potentially affect the stability of the surrounding tiles. However, if you don’t feel confident, do not do so. Instead, check over your roof from the ground or call in a qualified roofing company to perform a roof health check.

Your roof is all that stands between your cosy home and the wet and cold weather, so it deserves to be looked after. If you are concerned about the stability of your roof over the winter season or need roof repairs for your London property, get in touch with our fully qualified, friendly team on 020 8291 3388 or email us at


How Can High Winds Compromise Your Roof?

We have been treated to months of nice warm weather in London, which has seen thousands of residents basking in the sun during this most unusual British summer. However, as we slowly begin to move away from summer and into autumn, you just know that the wet weather normally associated with Britain is lurking just around the corner.

Rain, hail and storms are not exactly the most pleasant of weathers to walk out in, but we aren’t the only ones who suffer. As roofing specialists in London, we have seen first-hand the damage caused as a result of high winds – and it isn’t pretty.

Exposed Frailties

The wind has a canny knack of finding and exploiting any frailties in the roof. The most common of these is any loose material at the edge of the roof – wind blows below and pushes up the material which, over time, can result in chain peeling. As tiles are disturbed, the insulation underneath can soon become exposed, which is not good news when the rain hits.

The roof becomes susceptible to leaks and other water damage, which can have a catastrophic effect on the home as a whole. This can easily be averted by ensuring that all materials are strong and sturdy, able to withstand the torment of high winds.


It isn’t just the wind itself that can lead to roof damage as debris is often the cause of having to consult a London roofing specialist. It’s not uncommon to find fences blown over and trees damaged due to strong winds, and it isn’t out of the question that such debris can hit or become lodged in your roofing or guttering.

Damage may not be instantly noticeable, so after a bout of strong winds or a storm, it will be worth checking your roof over for any damage. Scratches and cracks can soon deteriorate into more serious issues and cluttered gutters can soon result in costly damages.

As well as an exterior inspection, checking the interior for any sign of water damage is also essential. Any impairment as a result of a leak in the roof can result in moisture in walls and timber, which if left untreated, can soon cause serious structural damage.

Roof Repairs

If your home is in need of roofing repairs, it is important that you turn to a reputable company that can guarantee you a professional job with the desired results. Here at Chris Ball Roofing, we are proud of our status as one of London’s premier roofing specialists, meaning that when you work with us, you will know that no corners will be cut.

We offer a free no obligation quotation where we will clearly outline the work that needs to be carried out along with pricing. For more information, please feel free to send us a message via our contact form today.


Should You Keep the Roof Over Your Head?

If you have noticed defective spots on the roof of your home, such as damaged tiles or even slates that have completely broken away, you need to ask yourself if it’s time for a new roof.

Here at Chris Ball Roofing, we have installed numerous new roofs in London when the old one just wasn’t up to the job any longer. With the summer months making way for colder and wetter seasons, now is the time to ensure that your home’s roof is fit for purpose. Once a roof is damaged, it is a slippery slope until either a repair or complete replacement must take place.

The Average Roof Lifespan

The life expectancy of a roof can vary depending on its style and material. While roofs covered with standard slates or tiles can last anywhere between 20 and 30 years, natural slates can last for up to 75 years!

As well as the climate, maintenance also plays a key role in the lifespan of a roof. With the correct care, a tiled roof can last for a century, although it should be expected that individual tiles will have to be replaced. Repairs are all part and parcel of caring for your home’s roof – if you are hot on tending to any issues with your roofing, you can ensure your roof benefits from a longer lifespan.

When Your London Home Needs a New Roof

Of course, there does come a point in time – even with faultless maintenance – when a new roof is a necessity. While issues such as missing tiles and surface deficiencies can be easily fixed without needing to rip everything up, more serious defects that could affect the structure will need attention.

At Chris Ball Roofing, we are proud to offer professional and reliable workmanship when erecting a new roof in London, meaning that you will be guaranteed a job well done. With notable customers including the likes of the Savoy Theatre, Lyceum Theatre and Nickelodeon Television, we are proud that hundreds and thousands of people benefit from our work every day in the capital.

No Obligation Quotation

If you are still unsure whether your roof could benefit from an expert’s opinion, we offer a free no obligation quotation. Our team will survey your roof and provide clear written specifications, along with pricing, of the work that needs to be done.

For more information, please get in touch with a member of our team today if you believe that your home in London needs a new roof or repair work. You can call us on 020 8291 3388 between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, or send an email to any time and we will come back to you as soon as possible.


Tiles or Slate? What’s the Difference?

If your roof is looking a bit worse for wear and you have been considering a repair or even a new roof for your London home, you’ll soon discover there are more choices to be made than simply the colour. Your roof can be finished in a wide selection of materials and you’ll need to make the choice between tiles or slates – which may sound rather similar but actually have many differences.


Natural roofing slate is considered to be one of the best quality roofing materials; formed underground by intense pressure and heat. The chosen fine-grain, metamorphic rocks are split into multiple flat faced, smooth pieces which are used to form slate roofing.

Natural slate is considered an extremely durable material, and when installed correctly, can last up to half a century, protecting your home against water and external elements – with relatively low maintenance required. Repairs can be made with fair ease by professional roofers and the density of slate tiles can help maintain your home’s temperature, preventing energy loss and saving you money on your bills as a result. Natural slate also offers decent fire protection and is unaffected by pest damage and rot.

Slate is typically installed flat against the roof pitch, however, it can be layered to create a textured look – although this can increase the risk of individually broken tiles. Most commonly found in various shades of grey, natural slate is occasionally available in a choice of textures and comes available in a small variation of natural colours.

The disadvantages of using natural slate are minimal, however, due to the high density, it is quite a heavy material for roofing and requires sufficient structural support in place prior to replacing an existing roof to prevent it from collapsing. Imitation slate roofing material has recently become available but will not offer the same properties as natural slate due to the different materials used in manufacture, such as plastic.


Most commonly available in concrete and clay, roofing tiles come in a much wider variety of designs and colours than natural roofing slates. Good quality roofing tiles offer similar durability to slates with professional installation. However, concrete tiles are considered more weatherproof and able to withstand severe weather conditions.

Clay tiles are used over concrete where finer roof additions need to be outlined – such as chimneys and skylights – or where structural support isn’t available or cannot be installed to withstand the weight of concrete tiles. Standard roofing tiles tend to be less costly than their slate equivalent, particularly if further structural support needs to be added.

The main disadvantage of tiles (in addition to the weight of concrete tiles) is the increased need to clean them of algae and moss, although this can also depend on your local climate and the chosen finish on your roofing tiles.

Looking at the options available, have you considered what material you would like on your new roof in London? If you require any further information or advice, give our friendly team a call on 020 8291 3388 or send us an email to