Slate and Tile Identification
We offer a free slate and tile identification service to help you find the right slate or tile. As a national installer of slate and clay tile roofs, we are familiar with the various types of slate and clay tile that were produced around the country. We will help you identify the slate or tile that you need and gladly ship you a sample upon request.
We can also suggest materials for a new roof or re-roof project that will fit your taste and budget.
Some slates quarried in the past are simply no longer available today, which makes reclaimed slate the only option for seamless repairs. Even for slates that are still quarried, salvaged slate tiles often match better than new. Many slates weather and change color as they age, making new slate incompatible in color and sheen with the old. We can help you to find the slate that best matches the aging characteristics of your current roof.
Reclaimed slate can also be a good option for new roofs or re-roofs. Many people have turned to imitation slate in an attempt to get the aesthetic of a slate roof at a lower cost. Imitation slate products have been on the market for a few decades. In our experience, they are simply unreliable whether they are made from plastic, rubber or other materials. Too quickly, the color fades and the pieces become brittle and break.
If the classic texture and appearance of slate is desired, consider installing a good-quality salvaged slate instead. It will be more reliable than synthetic slate, and less expensive than a new slate roof. A salvaged slate roof is an excellent value. It saves on material costs, and, properly installed, the roof can last a lifetime.
We commonly carry the following types of slate:
- Vermont slates, including Semi-weathering grey green, Unfading green, Purple, Red, Black, Mottled grey black
- Pennsylvania black
- Virginia Buckingham
- Peach Bottom
- Spanish slates
Reclaimed Clay Tile
For repairs or additions to historic buildings, salvaged tile is the perfect solution. It is often less expensive than new tile, and it will provide the best possible match in size, color and patina.
The size and shape of clay tiles has changed throughout their manufacturing history. Because it makes them cheaper and easier to install, clay tiles have gotten significantly larger. This means that new clay tiles, even if they are the same style from the same manufacturer, will not match historic tiles.
Additionally, some of the finishing methods used in the past are no longer available to tile manufacturers. Lead-based glazes and the fireflash and coke processes used in the past are now prohibited by environmental regulations. As a result, the colors and textures produced today are not quite the same as those manufactured in the 1920′s or 1930′s.
If you need to match a historic tile, manufacturers will usually produce short runs of a custom tile, but their most skilled craftsmen are required for the job, increasing both the price and the lead-time. Furthermore, matching historic colors and textures can be difficult, and is quite often impossible. Many manufacturers will charge an additional fee to experiment with glazes in an attempt to reproduce a historic color, but it’s not guaranteed to match.
We commonly carry the following types of historic clay tile:
- Spanish “S” tile, regular and true S
- French tile
- Straight and Tapered Barrel Mission tile
- Interlocking tiles such as Classic, Americana, Jamestown, Lanai, and Closed Shingle
- Slab tiles such as Colonial, Brittany, Provincial, Norman, and Antique
- 5-sided Combo Shingle
- Beaver Tail