No other roof has the elegance and durability of slate!
Slate has been acclaimed for generations as the ultimate roofing material. Slate is natural stone with a remarkable property: it can be split into thin tiles of uniform thickness. This is what made slate the most desirable roofing material for more than 1000 years! A slate roof, since it is stone, simply has no equal in durability. Its natural beauty sets it apart from any other roofing material, and each slate roof has its own unique character. You can enhance the aesthetic appearance of nearly any building with the wide variety of rich natural slate colors and slate textures that can be combined in nearly endless combinations.
The Greenstone Slate Company has been a leader in crafting Vermont roofing slate for well over half a century, and has shipped slate all over the world for residential and institutional projects. We invite architects, contractors, project managers and property owners to contact us with any question you might have about slate or to get a quote.
Greenstone Slate is an approved American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System Provider. Credit earned on our course is reported to CES Records for AIA members. Both AIA and non-AIA members receive Certificates of Completion. Take our AIA online course.
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Nothing beats natural stone for a roof.
Greenstone Vermont slate is S-1 rated — the best slate there is.
Slate has been the roof of choice for hundreds of years
Slate roofs have been utilized in Europe for nearly 1000 years. They adorn most of Europe’s historical buildings and have helped define many European architectural styles. In fact, slate is well known to outlast the fasteners holding it and the roofs are taken up and re-fixed using new nails, ensuring that the building remains watertight while keeping its historical aesthetics. Today, an ASTM S1 slate roof is rated to last at least 75 years and Greenstone Slate® has a 100 year warranty. It is a lifetime investment that adds to the value of a property for its aesthetics, durability and anticipated low maintenance.
Not all slate is the same. Fortunately, there are engineering standards that create clear performance ratings for slate sourced worldwide. Greenstone is located in the Slate Valley of Vermont—known for its top quality slate. Vermont slate is the basis for the Greenstone roofing slate’s S1 (best) rating by ASTM International, an independent organization that sets standards for building materials. S1 roofing slate is rated to last 75 years. Greenstone provides a 100-year warranty for its slate. Slate’s durability alone plays a key role in enhancing your property.
Greenstone Slate® has been tested by National Slate Association approved facilities and meets the ASTM* C406 Grade S1 slate standard. Greenstone Vermont slate has all the physical characteristics of the best quality slate available anywhere in the world. See the Greenstone Slate 100 Year Warranty statement to learn more about how we stand behind the material and the manufacturing of our slate. *ASTM is the American Society for Testing and Materials, an international standards organization. Learn more about engineering standards and the quality of Greenstone Vermont roofing slate.
Create a 21st Century roof with Greenstone Slate®
Longevity, durability and many other features make a slate roof sustainable.
Slate tolerates climate change
From cold to heat, dry to wet, it does not curl, shrink or deform. Slate’s physical stability protects your home better than any man-made material.
Vermont slate does not absorb water
Greenstone Vermont slates absorb less than .0025% of their weight when submerged for 72 hours, giving them the prestigious ASTM S1 classification, the highest rating available.
Vermont S1 rated slates are exceedingly strong at a mere 1/4″ inch thickness. At 3/8″ thickness or more, Vermont slates have received a Class 4 hail rating in independent testing commissioned by the National Slate Association. This can benefit homeowners by lowering their insurance premiums and/or in some cases assuring insurance coverage (check with your insurance agent about slate roof coverage). The increased material cost of better grade slates is often offset by the insurance benefits. As well, thicker slates have an even the longer life expectancy.
Slate is 100% fireproof
Slate is natural stone so it simply does not burn. It exceeds all fire resistance standards. Some roofing materials that might not technically burn are still affected by the intense heat of a house fire. It is because they can contain a percentage of water as the result of absorption. As the water inside is heated, it expands, causing the roofing tiles to crack or even explode! A Greenstone S-1 slate roof, with virtually no water absorption, is automatically deemed a Class A fire proof roof in some locales.
Slate is impervious to mold, mildew and insects
Slate is an inert material that does not support mold, mildew and organic decay. The organic nature of cedar shakes does eventually succumb to aging and decay that deforms the shape of the shingles, that not only degrades its water repelling characteristics, it allows dirt and moisture to gather under the shingles. This further accelerates degradation and provides an increasingly favorable environment for bio-growth as well as a haven for ants and other insects. Since Vermont slate has virtually no water absorption and will not rot, destructive fungii, molds or insects, go elsewhere.
Roof mounted solar panels have become more and more commonplace. However, solar panels are usually mounted on a special frame and the entire installation detracts from appearance of the home or building. Now, using the Nu-Lok Slate Roof Installation System with Nu-lok SolarRoof™, you can enjoy the best of both worlds because the solar panels can be installed flush with a Greenstone Slate roof! Learn more here.
How to keep 5 asphalt roofs out of a landfill
Slate’s longevity does more than save the cost of installing five or more replacement roofs. The reduction of construction waste is an important goal for the improvement of the environment and should be a factor when considering a sustainable roof. A slate roof better protects the building reducing potential cost of repair from water leaks and storm damage which also contributes to slate’s sustainabilty.
Slate has no environmental impact upon disposal
Slate is 100% natural stone and an inert material. It is not contaminated with chemicals or any substances during manufacturing into slates (cut, split, trim and drill). When it is time to dispose of it, there are no environmental concerns about placing the stone back in the ground. However, slate is frequently re-used on another roof, mixed into road pavement or as the pavement itself — from driveways to highways.
Introduction to Greenstone Slate®
We hope that you will enjoy this 3 minute introduction to slate. It covers topics from geology to quarrying and from the manufacturing of slates to a tour of fine residences and buildings that demonstrate the elegance, durability and longevity of Greenstone Genuine Vermont Slate.
Yes, there is a way to reduce the weight of a genuine slate roof. Slate roofs are noted for being heavier than other roofs — a trade-off for the durability, longevity and aesthetic value of a natural stone roof. However, advances in the materials and methods associated with slate roof installation has made it possible to reduce the overall roof weight by simply using less slate. Lower weight makes slate a very realistic alternative when replacing a cedar shake roof, for example, or in new construction when there is limited budget for the structural reinforcement required to support a traditional slate installation. In fact, the weight of a slate roof can now be brought down below 6 lbs /sq ft — a weight that most quality buildings can support. More about reducing the weight of a slate roof.
The SlateTec patented slate roofing system reduces the weight of a slate roof by applying their very rugged interlayment under the slate. Learn more about SlateTec.
Developed in Australia in the 1980s, the Nu-lok installation system places the slate on a grid. It is unique in many ways, and has the distinction of being walkable. Visit our Nu-lok page.
Stone cladding using slate
The innovative Nu-lok Slate Installation System is an efficient and low cost-of-ownership approach to stone cladding. Stone cladding has many benefits including durability, style and longevity. In addition to those benefits, siding an building with Greenstone Slate® using the Nu-lok installation system is comparatively lightweight, low cost, “breathable” and offers unprecedented building service access.
Key things you should know when buying a slate roof
Slate is metamorphic stone that was formed millions of years ago in various regions of the world, and it is not all the same. The geological conditions when slate was formed influence its strength, durability, and appearance. Fortunately, slate from each of these region has been independently tested for quality which has resulted in clear performance ratings. We are proud of the fact that all Greenstone Slate has been rated ASTM S1, the highest quality rating assigned to any slate. To learn more about our slate rating, colors and blends, and the importance of slate thickness, start with the Greenstone Guide to Buying Slate to make sure you get the performance you expect from your slate roof.
Attention Contractors and Architects
We are dedicated to quality service with the fastest response time. If you are ready to get a quote on Greenstone Slate® for your project, here is the fast track to pricing a slate roof for your project.
If you have questions regarding any aspect of specifying slate from color matching to calculating the number of squares needed, we are ready to assist you inquire here or give us a call at 800 619 4333