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The History of Slate Roofs

Here at Valent Roofing, we want our readers to understand the ins and outs of what it takes to complete an industrial or residential roofing project which is why we work closely with each and every client when they are selecting the material for their roof. After all, there are dozens of different options available on the market that can meet the budget and aesthetics of each and every individual. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about the history of slate roofing…

In layman’s terms, slate is a metamorphic rock that is composed of clay or volcanic ash and is created during a process known as regional metamorphism. It is known for being incredibly malleable as it can be split into thin but incredibly durable pieces known as sheets. According to historical documents, the first recorded use of slate as a roofing material can be dated back to 1300 A.D in Wales, England. With this said, the material was incredibly difficult to obtain which made it a luxury typically reserved for castles and churches.

During the 19th century, Spain began to create deep quarry’s that made slate available in abundance and this made it a popular material for residential roofing. After all, it comes with a promising lifespan and durability guarantee, which is why around 90% of European properties have a slate roof. Interestingly, the first slate roofs were installed during the 17th century in America, almost 200 years before Europe, however the first mine did not open until 1745 which meant that the material was still considered a luxury for the rich.

To this day, slate remains a popular roofing material for residential properties all over the world. After all, it can last for 75-150 years which makes it one of the most durable options on the market, and its hefty price tag can be considered an effective investment for the future. In fact, many homeowners continue to opt for slate over cheaper alternatives like asphalt shingles.

A roof is considered the most important aspect of any property because it protects the internal features from damage and ensure that the entire structure is stable. Slate is a durable material that comes with an impressive longevity guarantee when provided with the necessary maintenance. To find out more information, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!


Valent Roofing, 500 King’s Rd, Stretford, Manchester, M32 8JT
Telephone: 0161 864 3311
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