Pros and Cons of Reclaimed Clay Roof Tiles and Slates








Concrete and Clay roof tiles can have an incredibly long lifespan if they are installed well. At B&M Henderson, suppliers of top quality Roofing Products in Lancashire, we highly recommend these roofing tiles to homeowners. In terms of longevity, they would prove to be a good investment and will outlast the other components of the average pitched roof.

Typical clay roof tiles could last well in excess of 100 years even though manufacturers of roof tiles limit their guarantees. However, the average tiled or slated roof lasts less than 100 years due to the deterioration of other components used for the roofing such as the underlay.

Slates and clay roof tiles can be salvaged even if you are planning to demolish your property or investing in a new roof, and can be used on the same property or a new project.

At B&M Henderson, a roofing company in Lancashire, we have some advice on investing in reclaimed roofing for your project.

Older properties

Reclaimed clay roof tiles often look much better on older properties whereas new tiles will not enhance the age of the building.


It is a form of recycling which is extremely important as it stops roofing materials from ending up as landfill. Even broken or chipped reclaimed tiles can be used.

High quality roofing material

These roofing materials are typically good quality and long lasting, and in many cases, they are a cheaper alternative than new tiles.

Variety of reclaimed roofing available

Clay roof tiles – a popular choice as they are known to have a very long lifespan and free from rot. The disadvantage of these tiles is that the weight of them, so you would have to ensure that the structure of your house is strong enough for this type of roofing material.

Concrete roof tiles -These tiles are generally long lasting and require low maintenance. The only issue is that it suits more modern properties and is not to everybody’s taste.

Limited supply

A problem that has risen in the past quite often is that there are simply not enough reclaimed roofing tiles in a single batch to complete a whole roofing project. Ensure that there are enough tiles before you start.


The dimensions of old tiles may not particularly be suitable for your project and you may have to trim the corners so that they fit.

At B&M Henderson, we supply high quality reclaimed slates and brand new roofing products in Lancashire so if you are looking for clay roof tiles, you have come to the right place. For more information on these long lasting tiles or our other roofing materials in Lancashire, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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8 Tips on Removing Snow from Your Roof

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At B&M Henderson, roofing merchants near Manchester, we are excited for the festive celebrations to commence, but first of all, we want to ensure that all our clients are satisfied with their roofing products in Lancashire and that your family will have a warm and dry Christmas.

Adverse weather conditions can really torment your roofing structure and your roofing is most likely to fall victim to thunderstorms, hailstorms, and snowstorms in the winter compared to other seasons.

Big coats, woolly scarves and jumpers have already been dug out of our drawers as we face an extremely cold winter ahead. Our homes are where we feel the most sheltered, however, are our roofing products actually prepared to deal with the harsh winter conditions that await us?

A lot of rooftops are not easily accessible and snow removal can be extremely dangerous. It is advised that you ask professional services to come in and do the job for you. Suffering an injury in the weeks before Christmas is not what anybody wants!

However, if it is safe to do so, as roofing merchants near Manchester, we can offer you some tips on how to remove snow from your roof:

  • Use a snow rake for pitched roofs to remove snow from your roof.
  • Shave the snow down on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean, as it will increase the risk of damage to your shingles.
  • Keep gutters and drains clean, free of ice and snow!
  • Anticipate where the snow and ice will fall as you remove it to avoid pulling a load of heavy wet snow on yourself or others.
  • Unless advised by a professional contractor, do not get on the roof or put equipment on the roof, as your roofing material may not be able to bear all the weight on top of all the pile of snow.
  • Do not use a ladder as the ice building beneath your footwear and on the ladder can make it very dangerous.
  • Do not use electric heating devices or open-flame devices to remove snow or ice.
  • Remove just enough snow to relieve the excess load on the roof.

Determining excessive snow loads on your roof is not the depth of the snow, it is the weight. The good news is that residential roofs are installed to withstand most weather conditions, however, you should keep your roof relatively snow-free as possible to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof. This will reduce the risk of your roof leaking and damaging the inside of your home.

At B&M Henderson, roofing merchants near Manchester, our main concern is that roofing for our clients is properly installed to prevent any risks of damage, but also giving advice on optimal functioning all year round. We supply a range of high quality roofing products in Lancashire that are professionally installed, ensuring that you have a dry and problem-free winter!

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We stock a massive range of reclaimed roof tiles and if we don't have what you are looking for we can usually source it for the best price around.

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