Roofs continue to protect our homes from all kinds of weather conditions, and it’s important that they stand the test of time. A roof’s life span depends on the material it’s made from. One of the longest-lasting roof materials is slate.
Ahhhh, Slate. The beautiful, natural and versatile stone we are in love with. Literally! When you understand what it’s made of, where it comes from, and how it’s used, you may also find that it’s pretty darn fascinating. It’s more than just a rock and we are excited to announce, with our lightweight slate system, it’s a roof that can be installed on any home!
Exterior renovations have begun on the Historical Reed House on Victoria Boulevard in the national historic district in Hampton, Virginia. This beautiful yellow brick home, unique for its dormers with elaborate crestings, is under the care of The Roofing Company to bring it close to it's original state when it was built c 1902.
Newmont Slate Company in West Pawlet, Vermont, produces the most and finest Vermont Black Slate in the United States. Newmont President and CEO, John (Jack) Williams has been in the slate quarry business for more then 50 years. Newmont Slate developed the Slate Shield®, which is the finest lightweight slate installation process available. The Slate Shield® lightweight system can be installed on any home, even if you currently have a shingle roof. It's amazing!
Slate has been a choice material for homes with traditional inspirations.
Whether it be classic public buildings or grand estates, slate roofs are ideal due to their timeless elegance and centuries-lasting versatility. Now it’s a specialty material known for its metamorphic green, gray and red tones, as well as its rock-solid durability. With these admirable qualities, slate is highly suitable as a roofing material for home improvement.
Our friends at John Stortz & Son, a supplier of high-quality slate roofing tools, often post about unique slate work being done in Europe and other parts of the world. We will share some of these amazing projects, along with a brief history of the proud tradition of slate roofing.
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Too much of a good thing can be bad. The same is true for about your roof. Because it’s always exposed to the sun, it is prone to damage that can shorten its lifespan.
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Slate roofing is slowly becoming a trend within homeowners all over the United States once more. Just ask The Roofing and Remodeling Company, a Virginia Beach roofing company who has worked within the industry for years.
We all know the roof is one of the biggest factors why we live comfortably in our homes. It’s our main protection against the sun, rain, snow, hail, dust and everything else Mother Nature throws our way.
Historically, slate has been one of the most reliable roofing materials used by man. Many slate roofs are still in pretty good shape, considering how much time has passed since they were installed.
As a GAF Master Elite Contractor, The Roofing and Remodeling Company have been around the Hampton Roads area, catering to the roofing needs of homeowners since 1998.
Slate, a popular Norfolk roofing material, is commonly known for its strength and longevity, as it is made from natural stone.
Slate Roofing is a unique roofing material. Choosing slate gives character and value to any home.
Slate has been a choice material for homes with traditional inspirations. An article from Loghome.com states that...
Does slate roofing belong only on historical homes? No way! Every day, modern homeowners turn their ordinary homes into something special by installing a genuine slate roof.
If asphalt shingles represent the “serviceable and inexpensive” end of a sliding scale, then the item on the other end of the scale from asphalt would be slate. “Classy” and “elegant” are words often used to describe the distinctive look and feel of slate tile roofs.
This past fall, our own Brian Chalsma was excited to help coordinate the annual fall membership meeting of the National Slate Association (NSA), held October 24-26, 2013 in Richmond, Va. Chalsma currently serves as Vice President of the organization, and also holds a seat on the Board of Directors.
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Slate has to be the most misunderstood roofing product on the market. I interview several dozen homeowners yearly who have slate roofs, and very few even know where slate comes from. I will attempt to answer a few frequently asked questions about slate roofing, as well as list some do’s and don’ts concerning slate repairs and selecting a slate roofer in Norfolk.
It takes a special kind of contractor to care for the slate roof of a National Historic Landmark, and that’s exactly why The Roofing Company was selected by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to make roof repairs to Carter’s Grove, a stately brick Georgian-style mansion located in the Virginia Peninsula area.
Are you still not convinced about hiring The Roofing and Remodeling Company for your slate roofing and other home additions Virginia Beach jobs? Do you think you are capable enough to do it? Hold your horses and try thinking about the following things before you do anything rash.
Historical structures deserve their fair share of tender loving care to preserve them for the next generation. Katie Pearce of The Georgetown Dish in Washington D.C. has one such story to tell.
Whether it is a simple slate repair, restoration or complete re-roofing of your building, you can count on The Roofing Company to perform the work to the high standards established by the National Slate Association and the Slate Roofing Contractor’s Association. The most common slate in our area is Buckingham® Slate sourced from Buckingham County, Virginia.
When other roofing materials have been replaced multiple times, a slate roof is just getting started! Buckingham® Slate is the finest slate in North America and has proven to last well past 200 years, so at 90 years old it hasn’t even reached middle age. Why do so many property owners allow themselves to be to be talked into spending $10,000 or $20,000 to replace slate with an inferior product?
This slate roof is on a home near Lake St. Catherine in Vermont. The slate is from the Newmont Slate Quarry, also in Vermont. The unique roof was featured in The Slate Roof Bible 2nd Edition, page 163, as written by Joseph Jenkins.
Slate roofing can cost around $10 to $40 per square roof, but it still depends on the grade of slate used and also on the contractor you hired. Even though it sounds costly at first, the benefits you’ll get in the long run will surely be beneficial. It can help you save some money. Here are just a few advantages of having your roof made out of slate.
The Roofing and Remodeling replaced the slate roof and constructed a bell tower with copper flashing on this former Catholic High School building in Old Towne Portsmouth.
You might wonder what makes Buckingham Slate one of the most sought after slate roofing products in the United States. The fact alone that this product can last 150-200+ years makes this one of the least expensive slate roof systems, and it looks amazing on just about any home or building!