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!
In their May 2017 newsletter, Newmont Slate Company features The Roofing Company as "Project of the Month" for installing the Slate Shield® product on a classic victorian in the Hampton Historic District.
Hampton's Victoria Boulevard Historic District is a small streetcar suburb of 104 dwellings located a short distance south of the central business district of Hampton and approximately four miles from the industrial complex at Newport News. The site is adjacent to the point where the streetcar turned west to go to Newport News. Virtually all of the houses, most of which are rather imposing dwellings, were constructed in the last decade of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th century and designed in one of three compatible modes: the Queen Anne, the Colonial Revival, and the American Foursquare.
The south side of the 4500 block contains several of the finest houses in the district, most notably the Reed House (ca. 1902). This yellow brick Colonial Revival house is an extremely well-designed and executed house of the type praised by Joy Wheeler in his book The American Renaissance. The curving porch with Ionic order, well proportioned cornice and dormers with segmental-arched pediments, explicate the essentials of high-style suburban Colonial Revival in Virginia.
Bob Williams with Newmont Slate Company states, "If there is anyone in Hampton Roads who knows about slate roofing, it's Brian Chalsma and his company. The desire to see historic buildings preserved in their function, especially their roofs, is his passion. Brian is the Vice-President of the National Slate Association and has read The Slate Bible, by Joe Jenkins, numerous times. His experience and knowledge of slate roofing is more than impressive and he is more than willing to share this with anyone who asks. This passion led him to develop the Hampton Roads Slate Roofing School."
Thank you, Newmont Slate Company, for the feature in your Newsletter!