Slate is one of the most beautiful and durable roofing materials known to man. It is a natural stone available in a variety of sizes, colors and textures, and while most slate roofing materials are currently quarried in the Northeast, including Vermont and upstate New York, it is possible to import from other quarry locations around the world as well.
Virtually impermeable by water and extremely durable in the harshest freeze-thaw cycles, slate has been used in roofing applications for hundreds of years. Slate roofs boast life spans of 100 years or more, and have commonly outlasted the useful life of the buildings they protect. These slate roofs are then often salvaged and reused on new projects or used for repairs/additions to better match existing weathered roofs.