Types of Slate Roofs

The function of a slate roof is to provide shelter, shed rain and snow, and resist wind and other loads. This is achieved with simple and adaptable methods of installation that have proved successful for centuries around the world. In many cases, local requirements, or necessity, lead to the development of slating styles that suit or benefit from the regional supply of material. In other cases, it is the genius of the design professional, roofing contractor, or building owner that deserves the credit for creating a spectacular roofscape.

Standard Slate Roofs

Standard roofs are laid in uniformly spaced horizontal courses with alternating vertical joints carefully aligned.

Patterned Slate Roofs

By introducing slates of different colors or shapes in a specific design or in courses, individual accents or banding can be created as part of the design characteristic of a slate roof. For layout reasons, these patterns are most frequently incorporated into standard slate roofs. Accents may include, floral and geometric patterns, dates, words, or names.

Random Width Slate Roofs

Random width slate roofs share the attributes of a standard slate installation, but employ slates of one length and thickness in a variety of widths. These slates are laid in courses to provide adequate joint offset, while not maintaining joint alignment.

Textural Slate Roofs

The uses of slates of rougher surface textures and thicknesses, mixed throughout a roof, creates a textural slate roof. The method of installation leaves slates of varying thicknesses lying adjacent to each other, creating a rougher hewn appearance. As the slates are rougher and thicker, it is common for textural slate butt corners to be randomly missing to acceptable dimensions.

Categories: All Slates, Buying Slate, Re-roofing, Reclaimed Roofing, Reclaimed Slate, Reclaimed Tiles, Roof Styles, Roof Types, Roofing Materials, Roofs, Slate, Slate Roof Design, Slate Roof Installation, Slate Roof Style, Slates Roofs