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.
If 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: www.stortz.com, 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
Canada M1B 5N7
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
Toll Free: 800.333.2580
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.
GAF TruSlate, Website: www.truslate.com
TruSlate (at GAF) field slate is a natural slate material. Some roofers describe TruSlate as "true actual slate" but with low headlap - a possible roof durability and leak-resistance concern. SeeTruSlate® Install Instructions - English (RESTS112) (8/15) available at http://www.gaf.com/Residential_Roofing/Slate_Roofing/TruSlate_Genuine_Slate_Roofing/TruSlate_Installation_Instructions.pdf?CBViewer=none
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
US Slate Associations
National Slate Association, [USA]
P.O. Box 172
Poultney, VT 05764
Tel: (866) 256-2111 Website: http://slateassociation.org - 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
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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