Advice & Reviews
October 11, 2018

Slate Roofs – Keeping it Natural

Choosing a roofing material can be a big decision when building or renovating a home; not only do homeowners want their roof to suit the style of their home, it’s also important that the material is durable and stands the test of time.

With many roofing materials now available in a range of colours, shapes and textures it can often be confusing which one is best, before you even start to consider the cost.

So where to start when recommending the best roofing option for your customers?

Natural slate is the perfect choice for a material that is not only elegant and timeless in appearance, but is also the most durable on the market, often lasting for centuries, outliving the rest of the building.

Other key benefits of natural slate tiles are:

Range – A lot of homeowners don’t realise the choice available with natural slate tiles; from varying sizes, thicknesses and colours.

Environmentally Friendly – With many customers now more conscious than ever on the impact their choices have on the environment, natural slate ticks all the boxes. Naturally-formed by Mother Nature herself, natural slate can also be easily recycled at the end of its life and does not need any artificial materials or chemical products.

Fire Resistant – Unlike some other roofing materials slate tiles are completely fire resistant. They are also weather resistant, so during those winter months, you don’t have to worry about getting a call out!

Low maintenance – Just what your customers want to hear! Once a natural slate roof is installed it needs little maintenance.

Increased home value – another one your customers will love to hear! Due to its authentic, elegant appearance, natural slate roofs can increase the value of the house,

Longevity – Did we mention that natural slate roofs can last up to 150 years? The investment is definitely worth it.


Here at MKM we have worked closely with Independent Slate Supplies (ISS) as a natural slate supplier for the past decade.

ISS are specialists in the import and distribution of high quality, competitively priced natural roofing slate, natural slate sills and natural slate flooring. With over 30 years’ experience of sourcing and importing you can be confident their range of natural slate offers outstanding quality slate.

All ISS roofing natural slate come with a declaration of performance, which means they have been tested to and surpass the top UK testing standards for natural slate and all slates come with a standard 30-year guarantee as long as the slates have been fixed in accordance with the British Standards BS5534 and BS8000 codes of practise.

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ISS is stocked in the following MKM branches: Alnwick, Bishop Auckland, Chester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Haverhill, Leamington, Morpeth and Perth.

For technical support or any advice relating to ISS pop into your local MKM and speak to one of our roofing specialists, whether it is batten gauge, ventilation, fixing methods or site exposure we are on hand to help.

ISS will also be visiting the following branches for a breakfast morning, why not come along and see for yourself the many benefits of natural slate?

Bishop Auckland on Wednesday 17th October 2018, 8:00am-12:00pm.

Leamington on Wednesday 17th October, 7:30am onwards.

Morpeth on Tuesday 16th October, 8:00am onwards.