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!
A Buckingham slate roof also qualifies as a Green Roof since it does last as long as it does and there are no chemicals or manufactured additives that go into it. It is simply all natural stone, cut to size by skilled craftsmen.
Buckingham Slate is found in several areas in Hampton Roads: Ghent and Colonial Place Riverview in Norfolk, Historical downtown Portsmouth and Newport News.
Buckingham Slate roofing tiles from left to right: standard rectangle and custom beveled, arched, scalloped and tapered.
More reasons this is a good choice for a slate roof; as listed on the Buckingham Slate Company website:
With a dark, rich blue-gray-black color, Buckingham® Slate has the strength of color required for architectural contrast and can be matched at any future time because of its genuine unfading characteristics.
Like fine silk, the lustre of Buckingham® Slate develops highlights that give it interest and character.
The natural texture of Buckingham® Slate makes it perfectly suited to either formal or informal architecture.
HANDCRAFTED NATURAL CHARM
Buckingham® Slate is natural rock. Its beauty, quality, and the age-old charm of hand craftsmanship cannot be duplicated by man.
One of the few unfading slates. Fading indicates disintegration, and ugly whitening and flaking weakens the roof and ruins the architectural ensemble. Buckingham® Slate is unfading under all conditions.
OUTSTANDING MECHANICAL STRENGTH
Buckingham® Slate is a roofing slate of exceptional lasting qualities. One of the few slates with equal strength across the grain.
HIGHEST RESISTANCE TO ACID/ LOWEST AVERAGE ABSORPTION
of any American slate. Average absorption of less that .02%.Will not be damaged by exposure to precipitation, industrial pollution and saltwater.
What do you think now about a slate roof? Do you know what kind of roof is on your home? If it is slate, do you know what kind of a slate roof it is?