New York Slate Roofing
North Country Slate’s activities in the New York state roofing slate market goes back decades with municipal, institutional, state and residential projects of every kind. Working alongside architects, restoration consultants and qualified slate roofing contractors, our products have been specified and installed on projects where only top quality S-1 rated North American produced roofing slate was good enough.
Multiple buildings at Cornell University with North Country Unfading Black, Vermont Black and Unfading Red; buildings at Syracuse University, Vassar College, University of Buffalo and Farmingdale College with North Country Unfading Black, Unfading Purple and Semi-Weathering Gray. Religious buildings in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, West Point, Pelham Manor, Roosevelt Island, all with North Country Unfading Black; and private homes across the state with North Country Unfading Black, Semi-Weathering Gray, Unfading Green, Semi-Weathering Green, Purple and Vermont Black.
Our North Country Unfading Black roofing slate is an excellent replacement for the quality Peach Bottom and lower quality Pennsylvania slates that dominated this market through the early half of the last century and a welcome alternative to imported slates of questionable quality and origin which have recently entered the market.
Look for North Country Slate roofs in Buffalo, Wilson, Tonawanda, Rochester, Syracuse, Somerset, Ithaca, Bedford, Brooklyn, Nyack, Bronx, New York City, Harrison, Hempstead, Chatham, Kings Point, Munsey Park, Troy, Albany, Southold, Manhattan, Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Locust Valley, Kingston, Bear Mountain, Manhasset, Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington, Auburn, Eastchester, Centerport, Auburndale, White Plains, Tivoli, Jamestown, Southampton, West Point, Flower Hill, Pelham Manor, Plandome, New Rochelle, Bridgehampton, East Aurora, Kings Point, Roosevelt Island, Malverne, Cove Neck, Beacon, Batavia, Farmingdale, Scarsdale, Forest Hills, Orchard Park, Canandaigua, Washingtonville and Old Brookville.
Museum of the City of New York Raises the Roof
Since it first opened its doors to the public in 1923, The Museum of the City of New York has embraced the past, present, and future of the Big Apple, celebrating the city’s cultural diversity. The Museum is dedicated to fostering an understanding of New York’s evolution from its origins as a settlement of a few hundred Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans to its present status as one of the world’s largest and most important urban centers.
In 1932, the museum moved to its current location at 1220 Fifth Avenue, a building with stately columns and a towering slate roof. Over 50 years later, in the 1980’s the legacy had continued but the roof was sagging seriously under the burden. Presto – a new one was installed! But unlike the Museum itself, this new slate roof did not weather the years well at all. The surface expanded and contracted due to changing weather conditions, the quality of the slate was poor and widespread delamination began rapidly, slates dropping with regularity.
In 2003, a replacement slate roof for the Museum was detailed by Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects, one designed to endure the test of time. After referring to original specifications and historic photographs of the building, plans proceeded to develop a historically appropriate response to the roof’s rehabilitation.
The blueprints called for 14,000 square feet of multi-colored slates, arranged to hearken back to the original 1932 design. Supporting information was assembled and submitted to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, where it was quickly approved.
According to roofing contractor Nicholson & Galloway, the wood deck was replaced, and the entire surface was protected with a water shield, to prevent a repeat or earlier problems.
North Country slates were installed using a blend of three colors, in a total fifteen different combinations. “The Unfading Green, Unfading Mottled Purple and Semi-Weathering Green slates provided by North Country Slate were a match to the original specified slate materials,” said Richard Foley of Lee Harris Pomeroy. Copper coated gutters were added, along with brass snow guards.