Tiles or Slate: What’s the Difference?

Whenever we take on a roofing job and speak with the client over the intended work to be done – whether it is a repair, restyling, or even complete re-roofing, we tend to always hear one enquiry when discussing options. Whenever we ask if the client prefers tiles or slate roofing, they come back with “What’s the difference?”

Looking for the Best Suited

This is surprisingly not centred around the price difference, but as to which is best suited for the job. This week, we decided to present the difference between the two to answer this question.

The big distinction made between slate and tiles is that slates are a more natural stone, whereas tiles come from a more manufactured product. Now this influences the look and installation of the product mainly, but not which is more satisfactory for the job at hand. That requires a bit of extra research.


Roof tiles are manufactured from sturdy materials such as fired clay and concrete, which makes them a solid option with great versatility. Because tiles are more artificial in design, they become available in many different styles of design, format, and colours. They also become much easier to provide in larger variants – which also cuts down on the costs of installation.

Tiles are an option that can blend in with any type of exterior decor because they are diverse and able to work with irregular and straightforward projects thanks to the size variety. Pitched roof installation, such as Clay tiles are a great recommendation for roofs that have a pitch as low as 15 degrees.


As we mentioned above, slate is a naturally occurring material whereas tile is not. Though it is mined in large chunks, it gets splintered down into thin layers easily to create tile-like pieces perfect for roofing.

Though the majority of slates come in grey, there is also a significant selection of colours that occur naturally. The big difference here is that slate must be fitted to roofs via the use of pegs and nails and requires holes punched into them before fitting them. Naturally, this means that the holes need to be meticulously measured before installation begins.

Also of note, slate roofing can only be used down to 25-degree pitches, as well as being a more expensive option in most cases. However, they certainly pay back by being a product that lasts longer.

Hopefully, that has answered the question about the difference between tiles and slates. If you have any further questions on these products, or if you’re searching for roofing services in Manchester, contact the team at Pinnacle Roof and Build today – your go to roofing company Stockport.


Working in a high pressure law firm means we often don’t have time to turn our attention to the things that need doing to the building we work in.

Since we occupied our Cheadle offices back in 2017, we have have always had and issue with the flat roof at the back. Any time we have tried to resolve it, we have either been met with unreliable workmen, or extortionate quotes.

Once Brad joined BNI – and after hearing about all the fantastic work he had done for fellow members – we decided to call him in to quote. After attending the offices and providing a very reasonable and detailed quotation, we instructed Pinnacle Roof and Build to replace the flat roof at the office.

Brad and his team always turned up on the days and times stipulated – and if there was ever a change in the schedule, Brad would always let me know in advance.

It wasn’t the easiest of jobs, and Brad and his team were met with a lot of challenges – but despite this, the invoice at the end did not exceed the initial quote, and the works were still completed in time.

All in all, Pinnacle Roof and Build provided a first class service. They went above and beyond to ensure customer satisfaction, and I would not hesitate to recommend them to family, friends, and business associates.

Zara Reaz | Betesh Middleton – Cheadle

Alex and his team were professional throughout. They arrived on time, delivered the job with no hiccups and completed the job on the day they said they would.
Overall impressed with the work and the workmanship.

J Morris – Woodley.

We first reached out to pinnacle when our roof was leaking last winter which they temporarily repaired.
We then had them back in the spring to re-roof our entire house. Great work lads.

P Bolton – Woodley.

Very high standard of work, gave great advice and provided a second to none service!
Will be using again!

B Council – New Mills.

We decided to use pinnacle roof and build because I thought Brad was very easy to deal with and very knowledgeable about the work we needed doing.
Great company, great set of lads

S Myers – Gee Cross.


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