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Slate roof for shed

Posted By On 20 Oct 2017

If you want a shed to last for years, why not put a slate roof on it! Created by nature over 500 million years ago, natural roofing slate has been sheltering man from the elements for more than a thousand years. If you do decide to build a shed with a slate roof, you will need to make sure the structure is strong enough to support the weight.  The standard thicknesses of a slate roof in North America is ¼”.  One square of slate which will cover 100 square feet of roof area weighs approximately 950 LBS per square.

slate roof for shed

When considering a slate roof, depending on the size and nearby home, you can make the roof a blend of several colors, weathering slate, unfading slate, single size and random widths/lengths. Let’s say your gable shed is 10’ x 8’ you might want to consider a smaller slate tile like a 14” length which will give you 5.5” exposure when installed with a 3” headlap.

Slate roof tile for shed

The minimum plywood requirements are 5/8” but ¾” is preferred.


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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