Sources for Roofing Slate, Slate Roof Tools, Slate Roof Suppliers

  • SLATE ROOF SOURCES & TOOLS - CONTENTS: Where to buy roofing slates, slate roof tools, slate roof supplies. Slate hammers, slate hooks and other special slate roofing tools are sold by several specialized distributors listed here
    • Slates of varying grades, colors, and applications as roofing slate or slates for steep or vertical slopes such as steeples, mansard roofs, walls, are available from a number of quarries and distributors listed here.
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Where to buy roofing slate or slate roofing tools:

This article describes slate sources and where to buy slate roofing materials and slate roofing tools and products.

This is a detailed article describing procedures for evaluating the condition of slate roofing. How to inspect, identify defects, and estimate remaining life of slate roofs are addressed. The article also references slate repair procedures, repair slate sources, and slate quarries.

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Slate Roof Replacement & Repair Sources

Slate hook (C) Daniel FriedmanIf less than 25% of the slates on a roof are damaged or sliding down from worn out nails, slate repairs are in order. Luckily replacement slates are available from a variety of slate quarries, slate suppliers, and slate roofing companies.

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Slate "look alike" products are also available using cementious materials. If the building owner cannot afford to repair a slate roof where most slates are intact, holding action slate roof repairs should be followed, such as simply sliding metal flashing up under broken or missing slates on the roof.

We purchased this slate removing tool (also useful for removing other types of roof shingles where careful work is needed) at Davies Hardware, on Main Street in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Slate roof tool manufacturer comments:

(Feb 13, 2013) Tom Stortz said:

The ripper shown here is a lower cost, welded construction slate ripper. If it's too thick, it will break more slates than it will fix. Try a Stortz ripper for the best slate tools on the market.

Roofing & Slating Tool Suppliers

  • John Stortz & Son Inc, 210 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Website:, Tel: 888-847-3456 or 215-627-3855. Stortz has been producing and selling hand tools since 1953. The company's slate roofing tools include slate cutters, hammers,slate rippers (similar to our blue ripper shown above), slaters stakes, slate hooks (see our article on SLATE ROOF REPAIRS), a power slate cutter, and other tools.

Roofing Slate Suppliers

Canadian Slate Roofing Suppliers

  • Canadian roofing slate sold in Canada & in the U.S. by North Country Slate, 880 Milner Avenue Unit B Toronto, Ontario Canada M1B 5N7 Email: Tel: 1-800-975-2835
  • Canadian roofing slate sold in Canada by Edco Products (quarry source not stated), EDCO Corporate Headquarters Administrative, IT and engineering questions. 8700 Excelsior Blvd. Hopkins, MN 55353 Phone: 952.938.6313 Toll Free: 800.333.2580 Email:
  • Grist Slate and Tile Roofing, Inc., 141 Kamloops Ave, Victoria, BC, V8Z 1W4 Canada; Ph: 250-727-3611; Fax: 250-727-3612; Contact Person: Korby Grist; Email
  • North Country Slate, 880 Milner Ave, Unit B, Toronto, ON M1B 5N7; Contact: David Large; Ph 800-975-2835; Cell 416-587-6070; Fax: 416-724-2807; Email:

U.K. Slate Roofing Suppliers

  • U.K. Slate Association: SSQ UK LTD, 301 Elveden Road, London, Park Royal NW10 7SS, UK; Cell contact number: (011 44) 7739-237-045; Ph: (011 44) 20 8961 7725; Email:
  • Welsh Slate: Welsh Slate Penrhyn Quarry Bethesda Bangor Gwynedd LL57 4YG Email: Tel: +44 (0) 1248 600656 Website:

U.S. Slate Roofing Suppliers

  • Buckingham Slate Co., 4110 Fitzhugh Ave., Richmond, VA 23230; 805/355-4351 (VA Buckingham Grey)
  • Canadian Slate Sources for U.S. customers - see Canadian slate above.
  • Evergreen Slate Co., 68 Potter Ave., Granville, NY 12832; 518/642-2530. Vermont slates in 10 colors.
  • Hilltop Slate Co., Middle Granville, NY 12849; 518/642-2270 (all VT colors plus imported Spanish Black)
  • Rising & Nelson Slate Co., West Pawlet, VT 05775; 802/645-0150 (all VT colors plus Buckingham Gray from VA and blacks from PA
  • Structural Slate Co., Pen Argyl, PA 18072; 215/863-4145 (PA black)
  • Vermont Structural Slate Co., PO Box 98 Fair Haven, VT 05743 802/265-4933 802/265-3865 FAX (Green, purple, unfading red, and Spanish imported black.)

Slate Roof Sources for Argentina, China, Germany, Norway, Spain and Sweden

  • Slate sources in other countries: the SRCA named at SLATE ROOFING ASSOCIATIONS lists slate roof sources for Canada, the U.K., the U.S.A., as well as sources in Argentina, China, Germany, Norway, Spain and Sweden

Slate Roofing Associations are additional sources of slate products & slate roofing contractors

  • U.K. Slate Association: SSQ UK LTD, 301 Elveden Road, London, Park Royal NW10 7SS, UK; Cell contact number: (011 44) 7739-237-045; Ph: (011 44) 20 8961 7725; Email:
  • US Slate Associations
    • National Slate Association, [USA] P.O. Box 172 Poultney, VT 05764 Email:, Tel: (866) 256-2111 Website: - Industry association.
    • Slate Roofing Contractos Association [USA], SRCA, 143 Forest Lane, Grove City, PA 16127 USA: Ph: 814-786-7015; Fax: 814-786-8209  

Slate Substitutes & Alternatives

In addition to these slate sources there are several slate look-alike substitutes. While the application techniques, flashing and nailing concerns are similar, the wear characteristics of these materials may be quite different and were not evaluated for this paper. This paper is not an endorsement, nor a critique of any of these materials.

  • Eternit, Inc., rigid fiber reinforced cement roofing slates (and board products. Village Center Drive, Reading, PA 19607 800/233-3155

  • BritSlateTM are made from 100% quarried slate particles combined with an adhesive (epoxy?) and no fillers with no questionable side effects according to the manufacturer. According to the manufacturer, they can be cut, drilled, etc. and come with a 50-year guarantee. They're less prone to breakage than slate, fireproof, and do not absorb water (like natural slate), and do not encourage organic growth (moss and lichens) because they are not porous. BritSlate North America, Inc., 647 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA 01606 508/852-4888 508/852-7224 FAX 2/90.

  • Reinforced-cement shingles which "look like slate but are lighter and one-third the cost" are available from Atlas International Building Products, 5600 Hochelaga St., Montreal, Quebec, Canada H1N 1W1. [$180/square loose or $400./sq. installed, 30-year guarantee.]

  • Supra-Slate "looks like slate and is manufactured in colors of real quarry slate." Tegusol is a double interlocking clay roof tile. Available from: Supradur Manufacturing Corporation, PO Box 908, Rye, NY 10580 800/223-1948 or 914/967-8230. or 122 East 42nd St., NY, NY 10168 212/697-1160

  • Lifetile(R) Boral Concrete Products, Inc., produces high density extruded concrete roofing tiles meeting Class "A" requirements. Dallas, TX 214/544-2227


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