Pitched Roofing

A dominating roof

This natural slate is available in blue/black and grey and comes in a variety of sizes

This natural slate is available in blue/black and grey and comes in a variety of sizes

An exquisitely designed home in South West London is crowned with a picturesque, multi-faceted roof turret that dominates the area’s skyline thanks to the installation of Cembrit Contessa natural slates.

Situated on Roehampton Lane, the residential property is surrounded by Richmond Park Golf Courses and the largest of London’s Royal Parks, Richmond Park. The double storey house had an old and leaky roof, which was refurbished a few years ago, leaving only the turret to be restored.

As the turret is curved and steep, it required a slate that is easy to cut and lay and provides a finish that matches the unique roof top feature – all of which were fulfilled by the choice of Contessa slate. The aesthetics of the property and the complexity of the project have led to the house being entered in the UK Roofing Awards.

Wimbledon-based roofing contractor G.S. Roofing installed 1,500 Cembrit Contessa slates on the turret of the property. Specified for its attractive, natural finish, Contessa slates have a textured surface, which complements the rustic appearance of the house.

G.S. Roofing added an extra dimension to the design of the turret by cutting some of the slates into a diamond shape and fitting these alongside the normal shaped slates.

Mark Bennett, manager of G.S. Roofing, said: “The curved turret design certainly posed a challenge and the owner wanted the turret slated in the original style which meant handcutting approximately 40% of the slate to the original ornamental shapes.

The versatile structure of Cembrit Contessa slates and the ability to cut the natural material easily helped us complete the installation without any issues.”

Cembrit says Contessea slates are strong enough to withstand weather conditions and are unaffected by sun-light, ultraviolet light and acid rain.