Slate Roofing

A five-year-old slate roof with a blend of colors. Damaged slates are the result of carelessness by workers accessing the roof after the installation.

Dormer detail on a slate roof.

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A Look at a Five-year-old Slate Roof

Useful Links:

1. General: For an introduction to slate roofing, read some of the articles available at Traditional Roofing Magazine.

2. GeneralThe Slate Roof Bibleby Joseph Jenkins is widely considered to be authoritative on the subject of slate roofing. Definitely recommended reading for anyone with a slate roof.

3. General: Quite a bit of information about slate roofing is available at the website of the National Slate Association.

4. General: An excellent "bullet points" primer on slate roofing, "Slate Roofing - How to Install a Roof that will Last a Century (or Two)", from 2012, is available at the Slate Roof Experts website.

5. General: You can also check out Mr. Jenkins' Slate Roofing Facebook page. 

6. General: For a pretty good general article about various roof systems, see this page at the Whole Building Design Guide site, which is maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences.

7. Building Codes: "R905.6 Slate Shingles" from the 2015 International Residential Code and "1507.7 Slate Shingles" from the 2015 International Building Code. Both available on the UpCodes website.

8. Historic RoofingSlate Roofs - National Slate Association - (published in 1926, 83 pages). The original text of the 1926 slate book that remained the standard authority for decades.

9. Historic RoofingThe Story of Slate - Charles H. Davis - Davis Slate & Manufacturing Company - (Published in 1923, 7 Pages)

10: Inpection of Slate Roofs: Mastering Roof Inspections: Slate Roofs, Part 1 at the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors' website is a good place to start. There are twelve more parts in this slate roof inspection guide, and they can be accessed from this page.

11. SafetySee this Material Safety Data Sheet for health and safety information about roofing slate at the Virginia Slate websiteThis is only an example and other products and brands may be different.

12. Standards: "Roofing Slate Standards: A Critical Review" is an incredibly detailed piece of work and well worth taking a look at. Available on ResearchGate.

13. TechnicalSee this Product Data Sheet for the technical characteristics of roofing slate at the North Country Slate websiteThis is only an example and other products and brands may be different.

14. TechnicalThe Repair, Replacement and Maintenance of Historic Slate Roofs is a comprehensive resource available on the US National Park Service's Technical Preservation Services website.

15. For a list of roofing slate manufacturers, see here.