For years European countries have used slate as a natural siding because of its appearance and longevity. North American architects that specify natural, eco-friendly products should consider slate siding when designing a home that’s built to last.
Although the initial cost may seem expensive, one should consider the life span of natural slate and its benefits. Some of the benefits of slate siding are:
- Low maintenance, no need to paint or stain
- An ASTM S1 slate will last 100 years
- Natural stone can reduce cooling and heating costs
In most cases, slate siding is installed with a 2-inch headlap and typically smaller slates, therefore smaller exposure. Attention to the layout is important to ensure course exposures are consistent. Just like a roof installation and underlayment, cant and starter course are required.
For technical information on slate siding, please call our office at Toll Free 1-800-975-2835.