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

Roofing Slate Suppliers

Canadian Slate Roofing Suppliers

U.K. Slate Roofing Suppliers

U.S. Slate Roofing Suppliers

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

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

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.

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