Natural slate has provided shelter for more than a thousand years. Created by nature over 500 million years ago, slate has proven longevity. A good quality ASTM S-1 rated slate can provide a service life more than 100 years. With more interest in environmental products, natural slates have earned the respect of architects, building owners and restoration professionals worldwide.
Just like a natural slate roof, when applied as wall cladding, slate provides a unique look and an alternative to brick. Natural slates are durable, long lasting, resistant to chemical pollutants and acid rain. Depending on the look you are trying to achieve slates are available in unfading and weathering colors. In some areas such as California owners may consider slate as its non-combustible and fireproof. In colder places, slate is unaffected by freeze/thaw cycles. Best property of all is natural slate is very low maintenance!
Depending on the design, wall slates are sometimes smaller than roofing slates and typically installed with a 2” headlap. Some installers may also use an adhesive at the butt of the slate to prevent the slates from rattling during windstorms. A wall underlayment is also required.
The design options for a slate roof and slate wall cladding are endless and with the help of your architect you can create the pièce de rèsistance for your home. A good quality slate and installation will add value to your home and will withstand all the test of nature.