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Frequently Asked Questions About Cotswold Stone Roofing

Cotswold and Heritage Stone are natural materials that can be used on new or existing homes. It is an excellent choice for people who want to add a unique, rustic look to their home. This FAQ will answer some of the most common questions about both materials.

What is Cotswold stone roofing?

Cotswold stone is a type of limestone that has been used as a roofing material for hundreds of years. It's a natural stone sourced from the local Cotswold hills in Gloucestershire and has become synonymous with traditional English architecture.

The benefits of this type of roofing include:

  • Long lifespan - With proper maintenance, your new Cotswold stone roof can last over 100 years!

  • Low maintenance - Once installed on your property, there's no need to worry about regular cleaning or repairs; just let nature do its thing while you enjoy the beauty of your home!

What is a heritage stone?

What is a heritage stone?

A heritage stone is a cast stone manufactured to create the look of a traditional Cotswold or slab stone roof without some of the challenges of natural stone. Heritage stone is cast from molds taken from natural stone, ensuring the accuracy and authenticity of the look of the roof.

Why should I use Heritage stone?

Natural Cotswold stone comes with some challenges and is a project not undertaken by the faint of heart. Natural Cotswold stone has to be sorted and hand-picked before installation. This process can add considerable time to the installation. Heritage stone is designed to be installed directly from the pallet without the need for sorting or selecting stone. Both stones come in a wide range of sizes both length and width. Both stones come with a natural color variation. A Heritage stone roof can be installed by any roofer who has tile or slate experience.

What are the benefits of heritage stone over natural stone?

There are a few benefits to using heritage stone over natural stone. First, it's easier to install, reducing the labor time for the project. It comes with a complete installation guide that lays out the precise location of each size of the stone. Its color can be adjusted to the client's requirements, with natural stone that isn't an option.

Heritage Roofing has been installing this type of material for over 30 years so we know how to work with it safely and efficiently no matter what kind of job you need done!

How many sizes of stone are in a blend?

The number of stones in a blend is dependent on the size of the roof. The larger the rafter in a given section, the greater number of sizes will be used.

  • Most blends of stone will come with at least six widths ranging from 6" - 18" and five lengths ranging from 6" to 20".

How long does a stone roof last?

A stone roof is a long-term investment, so it's important to understand how long your new roof will last. The stability of the material can vary by type, size, and installation location, but generally, you can expect your stone roofing to last seven to eight decades, but in most cases, centuries.


If you have any other questions about Cotswold stone roofing, you can check out our expanded FAQ page on our website or please contact us. We'd be happy to help!


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