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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.
October 26, 2017
Safety is the No. 1 Goal

Safety is the No. 1 goal at Durable Slate. Not only will it prevent injuries, but help us complete the job. “Safety should be at the forefront of every employee,” Durable Slate’s Safety Director Joe Redd said. “And when you’re safe, a better all-around job will be the result.” Redd points to three key areas: […]

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October 23, 2017
Why proper underlayment can extend the life of your tile roof

With their hardiness and old world appeal, clay tile roofs bring a historic character to the home; however, after 60-100 years, leaks often become evident. Many tile themselves are not completely water tight. They depend on an underlayment that rests between the clay tile on top and the wooden deck below, said Mark Sherby, a quality control […]

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July 27, 2017
St. James Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Durable Restoration Company, sister company to The Durable Slate Company, has been chosen to restore the St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Focusing on Historic Restoration,The Durable Restoration Company is adding to its long list of prominent projects it has undertaken. This project is expected to take several months and is expected […]

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February 28, 2017
Overcoming barriers: A Vermont slate roof in Peru

The Search Begins When RAMSA, the world-renowned architectural firm in Midtown Manhattan, specified a new Vermont slate roof and custom-fabricated, sheet metal, barrel dormers on the Pezet Complex in Lima, Peru, many on the project shuddered.  Slate roof?  Slate roof?  There aren’t any slate roofers in Lima or even in all of Peru.  How could this be […]

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December 28, 2016
Durable Restores Historic Town Clock

The preservation of history has always been an important aspect of The Durable Slate Company, and a recent project reflects that importance greatly. Earlier this year, the company acquired a job in Plain City, Ohio. The job encompassed restoring an old clock tower that sat in the middle of the town. As it turns out, […]

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October 25, 2016
Is Your Roof Ready for Winter? Ice Damming

When there is heavy snow accumulation on the roof, the warm temperatures from inside the house can melt the snow at the bottom of the accumulation causing water to run towered the eaves where it then refreezes, creating an ice dam at the edges of the roof and along the gutters. As the snow and […]

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April 15, 2014
Common Goal of Education brings Preservation to the Forefront

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Charleston, South Carolina April 15, 2014 Common Goal of Education brings Preservation to the Forefront The Durable Slate Company, Clemson/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and the Historic Charleston Foundation are teaming up on May 1st, 2014 to educate Graduate students, preservation professionals and historic property owners alike on slate […]

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December 10, 2013
Why is slate able to be recycled?

Take a look at this excerpt from Gordon Bock’s article, “From Prosaic to Precious” in Period Homes magazine. Slate Roofing Another recycled building material at home on period houses — and in the same league as tile — is slate. Whether new or used, the life expectancy of roofing slate is determined by the source from […]

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August 28, 2013
Get in line for the roofers, electricians and gutter-hangers

A story in today’s Dispatch Business section advises those with damage caused by this week’s wind storm should call quickly to get help from the overworked roofers, electricians, tree-trimmers and handymen being called to action. The storm damaged hundreds of homes and businesses, and about 167,500 American Electric Power customers were without power at the […]

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April 18, 2013
Incorrectly Installed Slate and Copper Roof Repair, plus John Chan consulting

Deanna Meske, here with HRC TV coming to you from Houston, Texas. Right now I’m standing outside of a brand new home that is being built with a new slate and copper roof which has been mostly installed until the red flag went up a few weeks ago when the owner started looking around and […]

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