The Basics

Slate is a fine-grained rock which is mined all over the world. In America most of the slate roofing tiles come from Vermont. Slate does not absorb water like other stone and has been used for roofing since the 1800’s. The stone is unique and beautiful but homeowners should do their diligence before hiring a contractor to install slate. The vast majority of roofing contractors, as well as general contractors, know very little about slate roofs.

We have installed many slate roofs from buildings at SMU Campus to the Dallas Country Club.

Slate Patterns

  • Standard
  • Staggered Butt
  • Graduated Slate

Durability

  • If installed correctly with the proper underlayment a roof could last 100-200 years.
  • Slate is completely fire proof which prevents fires caused by air borne sparks from fireworks or wildfires.
  • The weight of slate roofing ranges from 800 to 1,500 pounds per 100 sq ft.

Cost

Of all roofing types, slate is the most expensive roofing system, but if installed correctly would be the longest lasting