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Canadian Slate

The West Country Tiling team recently completed a private dwelling using Glendyne Canadian slate. This is a unique grey slate full of nuances and is a pleasure to work with.

High quality Canadian slate

The work carried out on this beautiful country home just outside Bruton in Somerset included stripping off the existing concrete tiles and replacing them with the new Canadian slates.

We were impressed by the quality and uniformity of the Canadian slate. It was easy to work with and had been graded well for thickness before being shipped.

Each slate needs to be graded before you can start a re-roofing project. The slates are sorted by thickness, with the thickest slates being placed at the bottom of the roof and the thinnest at the top. This method results in a roof with no gapping, because each slate sits perfectly on the course below.

Glendyne Canadian slate

We were impressed by the quality and uniformity of the Canadian slate. It was easy to work with and had been graded well for thickness before being shipped.

Each slate needs to be graded before you can start a re-roofing project. The slates are sorted by thickness, with the thickest slates being placed at the bottom of the roof and the thinnest at the top. This method results in a roof with no gapping because each slate sits perfectly on the course below.

Canadian slate

When slate is quarried there is always some variant in the grade of each slate’s thickness. However, this elegant and timeless Glendyne slate had been very well sorted, which resulted in less variance in the thickness of each slate. Making it fantastic to work with because there were no twisted slates and less lumps or bumps to contend with.

Worldwide slate quality

Here are our recommendations on which slate to use for your next roofing project:

  • Chinese – poor quality, we would not recommend using this slate.
  • Brazilian – attractive finished product but harder to work with and a shorter life span.
  • Spanish – quality can be variable, you get what you pay for, so pay more and get a higher quality slate.
  • Canadian – easy to work with and a fantastic final finish.
  • Cornish – a long lasting and very durable blue-grey slate.
  • Welsh – excellent quality slate available in grey or purple.  Durability is know world-wide
  • Westmorland – a green slate from Burlington stone in Cumbria is by far the best quality and most durable slate we have worked with. 

In our opinion, the Canadian slate is equal to, if not slightly better than, the Welsh slate we are currently using on other roofing projects.

Why Use West Country Tiling

Our team can provide expert advice on which natural stone slate to use on your next roofing project. When contracting us, you will be party to our highly skilled craftsmen who have vast experience in working with slate.

If you have a roofing project that needs to be carried out by our knowledgably team, please get in touch on 01373 462 224 or email us on info@westcountrytiling.com.

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