Natural stone makes for a wonderful roofing material. Valued for its charming aesthetics, durability, weather resistance, and ability to preserve the architectural integrity of a building, it can give most other roofing materials a run for their money.
The Challenge of finding Natural Stone Roof Alternatives
But what if the stone that currently adorns your roof is no longer available, or perhaps you want to extend the roof but can’t find an exact match? And what if the alternatives that best match your original stone do not look or feel at all authentic, or you are concerned about how they will weather in years to come? Problem, right?
This doesn’t have to be a problem. There are quality reproduction stone roofing products available. Handcrafted to mimic the authenticity of the original stone, these products don’t just look great, they tend to be constructed from Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete (GRC) to create a strong, durable stone appearance that’s extremely lightweight and can be easily cut without cracking or breaking.
Alternatives to Collyweston, Swithland and Cotswold Stone Roofing
Homeowners and builders in the Swindon, Oxford, Bath, Leicestershire, Loughborough, Lincolnshire and Peterborough areas were left at a bit of a loose end when their original Collyweston, Swithland and Cotswold roofing stones were no longer available, but SIGA came to the rescue with their Heritage range of reproduction stone roofing products, which provide a credible and quality option in an almost identical colour match to the original stones.
SIGA Heritage Stone is designed to replicate the unique and rustic beauty of the forebears and the slates are actually handcrafted using moulds taken from the originals. What’s more, they come in a choice of three colours and varying sizes, and are faithful to the original stones both in terms of colour, texture and performance. And, just like the real thing, the shades vary too, with no two stones being identical.
SIGA Heritage Stone natural stone roof alternatives are available in three colours, applicable to three renowned natural stone roofing traditions.
Cotsway: Alternative to Cotswold Stone Roofing
With the increasing expense and limited availability of natural Cotswold stone roofing slates, SIGA Heritage have created a genuine alternative with their Cotsway range of reproduction stone roofing slates, which match their versatility and beauty. Cotsway slates create a truly diminishing stone slate roof with a vast range of varying sizes.
Cotsway reproduction stone slates are true to the original in terms of colour, texture and performance. They are also 20% lighter than natural roofing stone and are 100% through-coloured for colourfastness and longevity. Find out more, download a datasheet or request a sample here.
Charnwood: Alternative to Swithland Slate Roofing
Swithland slate roofs are an important feature of historic buildings in the East Midlands. With the closure of the two main pit quarries in the 1800s, an alternative roofing slate that replicates the unique and rustic beauty of the original Swithland natural slate was needed and has been found in SIGA Heritage’s Charnwood.
Rutland: Alternative to Collyweston Stone Roofing
With the closure of the Collyweston Quarry back in the 50’s and 60’s, the East Midlands have been eagerly awaiting a roofing slate that replicates the unique and rustic beauty of the original Collyweston natural slate that has given the area its distinctive charm. SIGA Heritage’s Rutland Reproduction Stone is a genuine alternative, worthy of the name.
Cost Effective Natural Stone Roof Alternatives
Thankfully, authenticity doesn’t always come at a price. SIGA Heritage Stone is a proven product that is backed with a 25-year guarantee and you can rest assured that they are also an affordable option. To top it all, a full site take-off and design service is also available.
Want to stay faithful to your original stone roof? If you can’t find a suitable alternative or need help with colour matching and design, contact us for advice.