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The History of Slate Roofs

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The History of Slate Roofs

Slate roofs have long stood as the golden standard in quality roofing. They’re not only beautiful, but durable, too! Records have shown that certain slate roofs have been able to withstand incredible amounts of time — over 200 years. But when exactly did slate roofs become a celebrated roofing material? If you’re considering a slate roof for your home, understanding the history of slate roofs is an important first step.

When was slate first used for roofing?

North Wales, England boasts the first use of slate roofs for a residential home in 1300. When it comes to slate roofs in the United States, archaeologists have discovered evidence of slate roofing from colonial settlements dating back to the 17th century. Even so, the first commercial slate quarry didn’t open to the public until 1785. Prior to that, the United States imported its slate from North Wales. Historically, slate was commonly used for government buildings and ordinances that required it. Because of its lasting power and heat resistance, official buildings relied on slate roofing to withstand the tests of time.

The slate roofing industry declined around 1915, partially due to the ability to mass-produce alternate materials like asphalt shingles. However, there’s been a recent spike in the demand for slate roofings. Homeowners are once again recognizing the value of slate’s quality and opting for beautiful, timeless roofing over affordability.

Is slate roofing the right choice for you?

While slate roofing is highly valued for its aesthetics and durability, it’s not the right choice for every homeowner. Despite the fact that slate roofing is known for being relatively low-maintenance when installed properly, maintenance and repairs must be done correctly in order to keep the integrity of the appearance and materials.

Interested in learning more about slate roofs or slate roof repairs? Contact us to get an expert’s opinion. We’d love to chat more about your roofing needs!

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