The slate industry has a long and celebrated history, with the industry in the UK traceable back to Wales during the Roman Empire. Slate was utilised by these ancient developers to slate the roof of a fort at Segontium, now Caernarfon. These simplistic beginnings grew steadily, with rapid expansion of use throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, with rail links making the transportation much easier around the UK.
Although predominantly used for roofing, slate has long been used in a variety of roles, including thicker slabs being used for flooring, worktops and headstones, among others.
Slate deposits have dominated local economies when quarried, with sources becoming synonymous with different slate types. Cumbrian slate from Burlington, Welsh slate from Bethesda, Spanish slate from La Bana, and a wide range of other types have put these slate sources on the map.
Although slate popularity has fluctuated over the last century with increasing competition from other roofing materials, the resurgence of slate tiles for new buildings and renovations alike has been huge.
Slate production in the UK has reduced significantly from previous levels, but with the superior quality, the smaller numbers available are in higher demand and still have a strong foothold in the slate market. Spanish slates offer a wide range of specifications, with superb high quality slates and more economically viable pieces available to match all styles and budgets.
With natural slates exceptional qualities and longevity, it is economically and environmentally sound as well as giving great performance and aesthetic qualities.