How to cut slate roof tiles

Posted By On 31 May 2018

Slate roof tiles are ordered by size and thickness. In some cases, you may need to trim slate to smaller pieces or cut slate based on a roof pattern. The following steps along with the video will show you how easy it is to cut slate roof tiles.

  1. Flip the slate roof tile over so that the back of the slate is facing up.  This will be the smoothest side of the slate.
  2. Using a nail or marker, draw the pattern’s shape or a line if you are resizing a piece.
  3. When cutting slate roof tiles it will generate slate particles and dust, make sure you are working in a well-ventilated area.
  4. Using a guillotine trimmer, gently chip away at the slate following your cutting guide.

Equipment required for cutting slate roof tiles:

  1. Guillotine trimmer
  2. Goggles
  3. Cut Resistant gloves
  4. Nail/marker
  5. Ruler
  6. Measuring tape

Slate Trimmers

Heavy Duty Slate Trimmer
Heavy Duty Slate Trimmer
Spring loaded hand held slate cutter
Spring loaded hand held slate cutter
Genuine Slate Trimmer this heavy duty slate cutter is the best choice for cutting up to 3/8” slate and finishing with a professional chamfered edge
Heavy duty slate trimmer
Patterned Slate Roofs
Slate pattern using guillotine trimmer

In addition to slate roof tiles, we also sell nails, repair hooks and slate tools.  Please call the office at Toll Free 1-800-975-2835 for pricing.

Sheena Owen

Sheena Owen began working for North Country Slate on October 12, 1999. As the Sales Coordinator, Sheena’s day to day duties include providing customer service, new business development, inside sales, handling all cross-border customs issues/documentation, arranging shipments, health and safety representation and social media marketing.

Sheena graduated from the University of Guelph in 1992 with a BA in English and Drama and in 1995 graduated with a Diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Centennial College. Sheena’s first job was the Producer’s Assistant for TV shows including Robocop, F/X The Series and Nikita. She went on to becoming an Assistant Manager at Eddie Bauer. In her spare time, Sheena enjoys traveling, gardening, volunteering at her local soccer club and cheering on her kids at their sporting events.

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