Roofing slate is found in variousshades, the most common - gray, is still swampy green and burgundy. Noble silver ebb and different versions of the forms of small "flakes" is highly prized in the Middle Ages, slate roof adorns the Louvre, Versailles, Buckingham Palace and many castles on the Loire.
Due to the small size of the tiles, slate roofing is used for a wide variety of forms, geometry there are no restrictions.
In its view, such a roof resembles scalesancient dragon, it looks rich and noble, so not cheap despite the cost, the owners of large estates and country houses often choose slate roofs for their homes.
Walls of slate can be carried out more than a dozen different options, in itself, such a roof will look like a work of art, rather than as a building material.
For example the German masonry "bogenshnitt" performedat an angle to the eaves, the French version - the use of square tiles with bevelled corners, English - tiles in the form of rectangles. Among the new types of clutches interesting option "beaver tail", it is executed in the form of semi-circular scales.
Working with slate roofing requires a largeskill and highly qualified roofer. There is a technique "wild masonry", it involves shaping the slate tiles on the roof directly before the laying. Tiles are obtained scattered randomly, that such artistic "chaos" requires the finest craftsmanship.
Master must accurately and skilfully play the mounting technology of roofing slate, correct the error or mistake in consequence will be very difficult.
Choosing slate as roofingIt is not only important to choose quality materials, but also to decide on the company by the Executive, which masters have sufficient skills to work with the material.
True made masonry serve you and yourgrandchildren, slate roof lifetime - more than two hundred years. For Russia, the slate is imported from Germany, also produce shale raw materials in Spain and France. Slate shingles cost is quite high due to the use of manual labor. The most expensive thin plates of up to five millimeters, with shades of burgundy or green tones.