Slate has a very long history of being used as a roofing material.
Slate has been used as a roofing material for nearly a thousand years. Today, it continues to be used as a beautiful addition to many homes. It is a long lasting roofing material that not only protects a home but also adds value and prestige.
At Duration Construction we are experts at installing slate roofing on homes of any size. With our commitment to precision installation, a slate roof on your home will stand the test of time.
What is Slate?
Slate is a fine-grained foliated, metamorphic rock that is easily split into smooth, flat pieces. The world’s largest producer and exporter of natural slate is Spain. In fact, 90% of Europe’s natural slate roof tiles originate from there.
In Cornwall, England there are a number of slate mines and quarries. In the United States, a vast majority of slate roofing tiles are quarried in the north-east region of the country. There is also a large production of slate in Canada.
Slate has many natural colors which include grey, greenish-grey, blue, black, tan, dark red and even purple. However, when most people refer to ‘slate’ they mean the dark grey color as it is the most common color variation.
Slate Roofing – A History
The first record of slate being used as a roofing material was in North Wales, England in 1287. Slate was also used on churches and castles because it was so durable against weather and fire. In its early history, slate was only used by the wealthy as it was very expensive and also very time consuming to install. However, in the 1800’s the quarrying process became more advanced and thus slate roofing became available to more people.
In the U.S. slate wasn’t mass quarried until the 19th century. It began in Pennsylvania and spread through the north east portions of the country. Vermont became well known for its slate production and continues to be down until this day. In fact, Vermont has some of the finest quality slate in the world.
The slate roofing industry reached a peek in the U.S. around 1915. Not only was there a decline in the skilled labor of installing slate roofs, but the availability of other materials began to take its place. Other materials, such a asphalt shingles, could be massed produced and were cheaper and easier to install. It is only in more recent years that slate has once again increased in popularity. Many people are interested in the historic preservation of slate roofs. In addition, slate is a more superior in both look and quality when compared to other roofing materials. Therefore, slate production has begun to see a huge increase again.
Why Choose a Slate Roof for Your St. Louis Home?
Slate is a long lasting roofing solution that exudes elegance like no other can. If you are looking for a stylish way to provide protection for your home, you can’t beat slate roofing. There is a durability to a slate roof that cannot be matched. These tiles are known to withstand the elements with unprecedented strength, often lasting 100 years or more. There is hardly any maintenance required to maintain it’s strength and beauty, as they are fireproof, resistant to mold, and insect infestations.