slate roofing materials
It is an unfortunate fact that slate roofing materials are getting less common in new homes.
The Background of Slate.
In the middle ages people were known by the trade or business that they carried out, and so the tradition of using surnames came about. John the baker became John Baker. Names like Mason, Tiler, Carpenter, Thatcher and Sawyer come immediately to mind. Likewise does the name Slater, which tells us that the name and trade of the slater has it's origins in our distant past.
Slate is a fine grained rock of sedimentary origin. It is typically quarried out of hill sides in many parts of the world. Because of it's origin of layers of sediment it has a unique property that made it an invaluable roofing material for centuries.
This property is of course it's ability to be split into thin flat sheets
Benefits of slate roofing
The drawbacks of slate as a roofing material.
Here is a page on slating terms and tools.
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In general the links on this page are to fairly detailed pages, but don't forget the Illustrated Roofing Glossary Roof Coverings Section as each item has it's separate page with photographs and information.
Please Note! The information on this site is offered as a guide only! When we are talking about areas where building regulations or safety regulations could exist,the information here could be wrong for your area. It could be out of date! Regulations breed faster than rabbits!
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