Natural slate is a very durable and attractive material, which makes it perfect for roofs. A slate roof installed by the experts at Abbey Roofing & Preservation Ltd will outlast the property owner and possibly the life of the building. Based in Dorset, we construct slate roofs using natural materials that are unaffected by extreme heat or cold and are resistant to chemicals. This means you can be sure that a slate roof from us will withstand acid rain and sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere. Although natural slate is not the cheapest roofing material, it offers the most pleasing finished product. Alongside slate, we also build roofs using quality tiles.
Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock, with the main constituents of quartz, chlorite, mica, and calcite. It is formed when ocean or riverbed sediments are compressed and heated by the earth's crust. Natural slate was originally worked in Wales and the West Country in the Roman era. The industrial revolution then meant that there was a huge demand for building materials, and the British slate industry was, at one point, producing almost half a million tonnes of slate roofing products every year.
As they are made from a natural product, slate roofs provide an appearance that is full of character, which is vital for heritage roofing and listed buildings. As a specialist roofing contractor, we install slates from numerous quarries and in various types, including: