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The Durable Slate Company was founded in 1986 on old-fashioned principles: treat your customer right, build a quality product, and stand by it. Learn a bit more about the craft we love and maybe you'll come to love it, too.

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January 5, 2023
What is roof flashing?

Flashing is an essential component of a roofing system. It stops water from infiltrating the joints and valleys in the roof, causing damage to the structure. It is important to properly install and maintain flashing so it to functions properly and protect the building from leak damage. Always choose a company that is licensed, insured, experienced, and has a good reputation.

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January 4, 2023
Common Roofing Styles

When it comes to building or renovating a home or other structure, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is the type of roof you want to install. There are many different roofing styles to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics and benefits. In this article, we will explore […]

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December 29, 2022
Ten Things to Consider When Buying a New Slate Roof

Installing a new slate roof can be a major investment in your home, and it is important to be informed and prepared before beginning the process. Here are ten things to consider when getting a new slate roof. A new slate roof can be a complex and costly project, but with careful planning and the […]

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December 20, 2022
Maryland State House Dome Featured

The Capital Gazette, a daily newspaper serving the Annapolis, Maryland area has published a wintery photo update about the extensive restoration underway. Work being done on the Maryland State House includes a new slate roof and painting and has been in progress since Spring of this year. For the full photo story, check out The […]

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December 15, 2022
Prepare Your Slate Roof for Winter

As the weather begins to turn colder, it is important for homeowners to take steps to prepare their slate roof for the winter season. Not only will this help to prevent potential damage to the roof and the rest of the home, but it can also save homeowners money on costly repairs in the future. […]

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November 18, 2020
St. Andrew's Catholic Church Featured in Traditional Building

Traditional Roofing took a closer look at one of our flagship projects, St. Andrew's Church in Roanoke, VA. For this piece, they interviewed: Gary Howes, COO; Shane Day, Senior Project Manager; with photos and captions provided by Jason Lee, Project Foreman. It's an incomparably in-depth study of the work done on St. Andrews, beginning first […]

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October 15, 2020
Ronald McDonald House’s Virtual 5K

As a company, we are proud to be a sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House charity.  One of the ways we helped this year was by participating in the Ronald McDonald House’s virtual 5K.  It was fun to get together virtually as a company and show support for such a great charity.  Thank you to […]

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September 28, 2020
Featured on Traditional Roofing

The Durable Slate Company was recently featured on Traditional Building alongside other historic and traditional roofing service providers. Whether they be of wood, metal, tile, or slate or even lowly thatch, roofs are the royal crowns of traditional buildings. Yes, they keep out the rain, snow, and sleet, but they also are designed to lead […]

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August 19, 2020
COO Gary Howes Interviewed by Professional Roofing

Chief Operating Officer for The Durable Slate Company, Gary Howes, was recently interviewed by Professional Roofing for their August 2020 issue, available online. The interview covers a wide spread of topics, including Gary's time in the U.S. Army, how he got into roofing, his favorite super power, and his intense familiarity with Taylor Swift and […]

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August 7, 2020
Message From 1916

While working on Cynthiana Christian Church, Cynthiana, Kentucky, The Durable Slate Company employees discovered a hidden message carved into a single slate shingle, tucked away by master slaters over a century ago. Carved into this tile were the initials VMF and a single date, October 10th, 1916. The source is unknown. Cynthiana Christian Church was built in […]

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More than a roof. A legacy.