Fixing slate tiles with hooks rather than nails has produced a neater, more robust and easier to repair roofing solution at a luxury homes development
Two luxury homes at Stacklands Retreat in West Kingsdown, Kent have been roofed with Cupa Pizarras’ Cupa 18 natural slate. The roofing company leading the project was GR Regan Roofing with battens, felt, slates and hook fixings supplied by Burton Roofing Merchants.
Cupa 18 natural slate is known for its smooth grey matt surface and was fixed with hooks, an installation method often used in France and Belgium where roofs tend to be much steeper. According to Guy Regan of GR Regan Roofing, using hooks rather than nails reduces waste and makes repairs easier because it is not possible to re-nail slates. Hooks also hold slates down tighter for a neater finish.
Slates are locked together more securely when hooked so hook fixing is recommended when the roof exposure level is severe. Because hooks firmly secure the tail of the slate units, this method performs better in windy areas. Hook fixing also offers design flexibility and is ideal for pitches down to 25 degrees.