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Designing with #Slate

A roof is about a 1/3 of the visual appearance of most houses, yet it often receives the least design attention.

Things to consider in designing a slate roof

• Proportion of the slate to the roof size.

• Color or colors of slate, different types of the slate

may be combined within a roof area.

• Random width slates or single width size.

• Thickness of the slates.

• Patterning of the slate.

• Altering the edge lines of the slate.

• Using hooks or nails for installation.

Black is the most common slate color available in commercial production. It is largely sourced from Spain, Virginia, and Vermont. The tones of the slate may vary from a gray-black to a blue-black slate depending on the chemical composition of the deposit. Some stones will naturally weather with time, while other slates will retain an unfading characteristic.

For hundreds of years, slate has been installed on roofs in a random overlapping system. As commercial production increased, the square-cut stones laid in a specific manner created the standard slate roofing system in use today. Small adaptations to the standard production slates can create a roof of distinction, beauty, and true craftsmanship.

One of the most common design elements to a slate roof is the use of Single Size Widths or Random Widths (usually 3 or more .sizes). The single size slate gives a roof a structured look with distinct intermittent vertical lines ascending the roof; the random width slate roof is a slightly more unstructured in visual appearance.

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