Natural slate is a very durable and attractive product. A slate roof installed by us will outlast the owners, and possibly last the life of the building. Our natural products will be unaffected by extreme heat or cold, and resistant to chemicals. This means you can be sure that a slate roof installed by us will withstand acid rain and sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere. Natural slate is not the cheapest roofing material, but offers the most pleasing finished product.
Slate is a fine grained metamorphic rock. Its main constituents are quartz, chlorite, mica & calcite. Slate is formed when ocean or riverbed sediments are compressed and heated by the earth's crust. Natural slate was originally worked in Wales and the West Country in the Roman era. The industrial revolution meant there was a huge demand for building materials, and the British slate industry was at one point producing almost half a million tons of slate roofing products per year!
As it is a natural product, slate roofing provides an appearance that is full of character, vital for Heritage roofing and listed buildings. As a specialist roofing contractor, we install slates from numerous quarries.
Types of slate that Abbey Roofing Preservation Ltd work with:
Fibre cement slate