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1310 East Cornwallis Rd

Durham, NC 27713


Slate is one of the oldest roofing materials known to man.  While it offers unrivaled beauty and appeal, it also provides some of the best value too. Slate can be combined in different size, color, pattern, and texture variations to achieve a seemingly limitless array of options. Regardless of these aesthetic attributes a slate roof will provide for what should be the roof investment for a lifetime. A slate roof will last for 100+ years when properly assembled and cared for. There are very few other products that can match the longevity of a slate roof, and none will be as “one of a kind.”

The Century Slate Co. specializes in slate roofing in the RDU area, as well as all of the NC State, VI, GA, TN, SC and KY.


Color is the single most deliberated aspect of selecting a slate for a particular roof.  The location from which the material is extracted from the ground will determine the color, and there is a great variety of color to choose from.  Although slate comes from the many corners of the world, Century Slate usually recommends that slates from Canada, parts of Europe, and especially domestically produced slate be used.  From these locations available varieties include:

Buckingham Slate

Vermont Black Slate

Semi-Weathering Gray Slate

Semi-weathering Green Slate

Mottled Green & Purple Slate

Unfading Green Slate

Unfading Purple Slate

Royal Purple Slate

Strata Gray/Black Slate

Clear Black Slate

Unfading Black Slate

Unfading Red Slate

Spanish Black Slate

Different thicknesses and texture of slate will offer many different aesthetic possibilities.

Although some quarries will produce and stock a few standard sizes, most slate orders are made to order. Different sized slates, both height and width wise, can play a large roll in how a roof looks as well as the overall cost of the roof.



Although different layouts of roof may have functional value, it is the selection of a pattern that will marry a roof to the building on which it sets.  Different architectural styles will call for different applications of slate.  A Colonial or Plantation style building will best be complemented by slates all of a common width and a common height.  A Georgian style building looks quite nice with a graduated roof.  Victorian structures may have specially cut scalloped, beaver tailed, fish scaled, or diamond point slates inlaid in the field of regular courses of slate.  Tudor style buildings might receive a cottage style treatment on its roof.  Staggering the butts of slates can offer relief from an otherwise monotonous or regular roof. Sometimes accents such as flowers or dates are even created by using slates of a different color than the rest of the roof.