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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. We know everything there is to know about slate and specialty roofing. Learn a bit more about the craft we love and maybe you'll come to love it, too.

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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July 13, 2020
Steeple Square featured in NRCA's Professional Roofing Magazine

NRCA supported Professional Roofing.net recently published a project profile and historic summary of our award winning work on Steeple Square, Dubuque, Iowa. We've selected some highlights, included below: In April 2018, The Durable Slate Company crew began work on Steeple Square. At 211 feet high, the steeple is one of the tallest structures in Dubuque. […]

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June 11, 2020
Winner of the Columbus Top Workplaces 2020 Award

The Durable Slate Company has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by Columbus CEO. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: […]

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February 3, 2020
2020 Gold Circle Award Winner for Steeple Square

The Durable Slate Company was officially awarded the 2020 Gold Circle Award for Steeple Square, Dubuque, Iowa for Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions. The Gold Circle Award program recognizes Roofing alliance and NRCA members that make uniquely significant roofing contributions. This might be a particularly challenging job, abnormal working conditions, or require an unusually smart […]

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January 20, 2020
Why Slate Roofing is Worth the Investment

Slate is an exceptional roofing material and worthwhile investment in your home. The famous longevity and beauty of slate adds value as well as meaning to your home; it enhances the curb appeal, provides peace of mind, and tells a story, perhaps one just beginning. Perhaps one that began generations ago. It’s a forward thinking investment that […]

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December 11, 2019
Durable Difference: Proper Maintenance of Flashings

Often overlooked, the proper maintenance of flashings – located at chimneys, walls, dormers, vents, hips, ridges and valleys – can prevent leaks and extend the life of a slate or tile roof. Flashings are essentially pieces of metal used to prevent water seepage into a building, said Mark Sherby, quality control expert for The Durable […]

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