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Learn about Slate Roofs


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.”


Color: 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

and more.

Thickness: Different thicknesses and texture of slate will offer many

different aesthetic possibilities

Size: 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.

Patterns & Layout: 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.



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