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Selecting a roofing material is one of the biggest long-term investments in your home. Whether it be replacing a roof or choosing material for new construction, the key to success and sustainability is a high quality and long-lasting roofing product-look no further than natural roof slates, otherwise known as, the 100-year roof! North Country Slate has been serving the California market since the early nineties. Our premium natural roofing slates have been used on several historic restoration projects and numerous custom designed luxury homes. North Country Slate is the exclusive distributor of the Glendyne quarry Unfading Black roofing slate. Rich black in colour, it meets (or exceeds), ASTM requirements of an S-1 rated roofing slate, Class A fire rating, and is produced in North America.  Available in several thicknesses, including 3/16” lightweight slates-weighing approximately 650 pounds per square, which are extremely popular in California. In addition to the Canadian Unfading Black slate, other popular colors in the California residential market include; Unfading Green, Semi-Weathering Green, Mottled Purple, Purple, Grey and Grey/Black which are produced in Vermont. Los Angeles, the largest city in California, is known for its sunny climate, beautiful beaches, sprawling mansions, the famous Hollywood sign, and is the center of the United States film/television industry. Common architectural styles in Los Angeles include; Adobe, Italianate, Eastlake, Queen Anne, Mission Revival, Craftman, Bungalow, Spanish Colonial Revival, Storybook, Tudor, International, Streamline, Colonial, Minimal Traditional, Ranch and Modern. Beverly Hills, “90210”, is known for its luxury from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where a room can cost $25,000 per night; the world’s most expensive store, the House of Bijan on Rodeo Drive; five-star restaurants; and celebrity mansions. The homes in Beverly Hills are distinct and vary in appearance and style, ranging from modern mansions to popular period revival masterpieces.  The five architectural styles worth recognizing while touring the streets of Beverly Hills are; Spanish Colonial, Traditional, Rural European, Contemporary, and Period Revival. San Francisco, known for its famous Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Alcatraz, and colorful Victorian houses. In 1849, when the speculators of the gold rush arrived, the homes built were Italianate-a movement that tried to recreate countryside Italian villas. The Queen Anne Victorian style homes were built between the 1849 Gold Rush and the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.  Queen Anne homes feature turrets, gabled slate roofs with decorated roof lines and bay windows. You can see some of these homes in Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Ashbury Heights and Alamo Square. In 1999, we supplied 185 squares of our North Country Unfading Black for the San Francisco Theological Seminary.  Years later, this slate was specified for the San Francisco Murphy Windmill and Millwright’s Cottage restoration at Golden Gate Park.  In both cases, the unfading black slate was selected as it was an excellent match to the original slate. Slate roofers enjoy working with this material as it is easy to trim, has consistent thickness and arrives on site with virtually zero breakage. Back in the day, Atherton (located 45 minutes south of San Francisco and less than 20 minutes to Silicon Valley), was popular with San Franciscans who established summer homes there. Today, these homes range from modern mansions, Victorian style to Cape Town Colonial style. Palo Alto-a city in California’s San Francisco Bay Area and part of Silicon Valley-is filled with older homes dating back to the 1890’s. Architectural styles of these homes include;  Craftsman, California Colonials, Eichler style, Queen Anne, Medieval Revival, Prairie Style and Bay Area Tradition. Other service areas in California include; Woodside, Hidden Hills, Hillsborough, Los Altos Hills, Belvedere, Santa Monica, Ross, Malibu, La Canada Flintridge, Hermosa Beach, Encino, Manhattan Beach, La Jolla, San Diego, Newport Beach, Orange County, Palos Verdes, Brentwood Heights, Coldwater Canyon, Upper Laurel Canyon, Rolling Hills and Bel Air. Let us know how we can help with any of our slate roofing needs by contacting us at 1-800-975-2835 or info@ncslate.com

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I have never had anything except a 5 Star Experience when working with North Country Slate.

- ABC Supply, Outside Sales

When our clients are looking for a natural slate roof, we highly recommend North Country Slate.

- Raines Brothers, Inc.

We have used North Country black on a large number of occasions, and we’ve found it to be an excellent quality slate it is very “workable”.

- John Chan, The Durable Slate Company

FAQ

Looking for a slate roofing contractor?
We work with the top “slaters” to ensure quality installation from slate roofing repairs, restoration or new construction. Read More
What sizes of roofing slate are available?
The standard sizes for roofing slate start at 12″ in length and increase by 2-inch increments up to 24″ in length. Read More
How much does a slate roof cost? We are often asked by designers, architects, home and building owners “What will a slate roof cost me”?
On average, North American produced S-1 rated roofing slate will cost $400 – $600 USD per square (100 square feet) or $4.00 to $6. Read More

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