When it comes to quality, sustainability and beauty, prefabricated roofing materials do not quite measure up to the high standards of purely sourced slate. The natural beauty can be found in various shades of black and grey and can be crafted into multiple shapes and sizes.
Durability and performance
Used since Roman times slate is a substance that has stood the test of time. Natural slate is remarkably durable, fire resistant and naturally waterproof. Its aesthetic and technical properties remain unaltered, keeping the elegance and character for much longer than any man-made alternatives.
Its low water absorption index, of less than 0.4%, is what makes it extremely waterproof as well as making it very resistant to frost damage and breakage due to freezing.
Natural slate roofing has a service life of greater than 100 years, often with little or no maintenance. Furthermore, natural slate is resistant to degradation regardless of climatic conditions.
Natural slate is only subject to extraction and craft working processes, with no need for additional treatments and minimal processing and has the lowest embodied energy of all the roofing materials.
In fact, independent studies, such as one carried out by the Inventory of Carbon and Energy (ICE, University of Bath), highlight natural slate as the material with least negative effects on the environment. This makes it the ideal material for more sustainable construction to reduce environmental impacts.
Characterised by its natural colour and individual texture, natural slate is a material that can enhance the value and beauty of any property. Every slate is unique giving an unparalleled character to any project remaining unaltered for many years.
The use of slate in construction has always evolved and adapted through time. It is one of the most versatile natural products used in architectural design and goes hand in hand with the changes in architectural styles, adapting itself to new trends.
Historically associated with roofing, natural slate is now used for cladding façades, giving a contemporary look to any kind of architectural project.