Spanish slate accounts for a high percentage of the slates used for roofing projects in the UK and Ireland. As an alternative to traditional Welsh and Cornish slate, Spanish slate equals these slates in terms of both appearance and performance. If you’re an architect or roofing specialist and you want the best slates for your next project, Spanish slates from SSQ are an excellent choice.

SSQ Spanish natural slate comparison

At SSQ, we supply a range of high-quality Spanish slates. Most of our slates are mined in the prestigious slate-producing area of Northwest Spain. Spanish slate is world renowned for its superior quality and our Spanish slates are the premier choice when it comes to roofing materials.

Slate Appearance Usage Origin Image
Del Carmen
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Deep blue-black colour, longitudinal grain, slightly rippled texture Roofing, heritage properties, conservation areas Del Carmen quarry, Cabrera Mountains, Northwest Spain Del Carmen
Domiz
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Rich blue-grey colour Roofing – alternative to Welsh Ffestiniog slate Cabrera Mountains, Northwest Spain Domiz
Matacouta
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Deep blue-black colour, thick cut, naturally riven texture Roofing, cladding, exposed areas, harsh climates, Scottish architecture Cabrera Mountains, Northwest Spain Matacouta
Del Prado
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Black-blue colour, deep texture Roofing Cabrera Mountains, Northwest Spain Del Prado
Silverstone
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Blue-black colour, smooth texture Roofing, projects requiring a lightweight slate Orense, Northwest Spain Silverstone

 

Why is Spanish slate the superior choice?

SSQ Del Carmen is a traditional riven slate with a distinctive faintly rippled texture, a characteristic longitudinal grain and a blue-black hue.

Spanish slate is a foliated, metamorphic rock formed over millions of years and of tectonic origin. It is these geological processes that have made Spanish slate the superior material it is and given it its unique attributes when compared to slates from China or Brazil.

Northern Spain has some of the world’s richest slate reserves. The quarries of Orense and the Cabrera Mountains produce vast quantities of slate every year. Spanish slate is used across the world and chosen for its extremely high quality, durability, weather resistance, and attractive aesthetic. A recent survey found that around 90% of the slate used throughout the world today is of Spanish origin.

Spanish slate truly is the premium choice for slate roofs. Durable and versatile, it can be used on all types of roofing installations from the traditional to the contemporary and on both residential and commercial buildings.

Testimonials

Being both high quality and cost-effective, Matacouta slate from SSQ is proving very popular with specifiers and contractors alike for refurbishment as well as for new build projects.

Mr Roy Clark, Baxter Clark and Paul

Testimonials

With the roofs being such a visible feature, the choice of roofing slate was a significant decision. We involved the roofing contractor at an early stage in the selection process and they recommended SSQ’s Del Carmen Blue-black slates. Although it’s not an indigenous slate, it is an excellent match for the originals and, having used Spanish slate on other projects, we know the quality is there.

Richard Thorpe, Ridge and Partners LLP

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With so many ‘interested parties’ the local planners set their minds on a natural slate roof at a very early stage of the project and, from this starting point, we needed something that would satisfy a number of technical and aesthetic requirements – SSQ Domiz blue-grey, was the one chosen for use to compliment the local ‘Shere Green’ colour.

Ben Hunt, Total Project Integration

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We specified SSQ First Domiz Blue-grey roofing slate for both technical and aesthetic reasons:its strength and quality gives the performance needed and its cold, hard, colour provides a dramatic foil to the rich warmth of the western red cedar walls.

Mark Webber, Architect, Nichols Brown Webber

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The quality and strength were there, the colour was similar to indigenous Welsh slate and its ‘traditional’ look was in keeping with the surrounding community. In fact, as I had used it on my own Edwardian house, I knew it was a good slate!

Julian Bohling, OSP Architecture

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Everyone liked Sarria: the client was delighted with its appearance and its consistency made it easy to cut and lay.

Gary Lambert, Complete Roofing Contractors

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It is a very attractive development and we needed something equally attractive and of equally high quality for the roofing material. SSQ Del Carmen slate is top quality, and we liked the colour and texture. What’s more, it is very good value. I’d have no hesitation choosing it again.

Mr Keith Wills, Clancy's Building Manager

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The choice of SSQ Del Carmen was made easier after confirmation that it had gained approval for use in the Welsh National Parks as an alternative to indigenous materials. We were also pleased with the level of technical, design and on-site support we received from SSQ.

The Hafod Renewal Office

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We put forward Riverstone as a cost-effective, yet high quality alternative to Welsh Slate, and it was accepted on that basis. The refurbishment work has now been completed and both the owners and ourselves are very happy with the result.

Keith Hicks Architect at Pave Hall

Testimonials

SSQ Rocaber Blue-grey slate was actually chosen at the initial design-concept stage. A natural slate roof was in keeping with the traditional local architecture.

Tom Ewan, Architect at Model Developments

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The choice of slates was made easier due to the quality of product you provide and the support of Gary Firth throughout the process – which I much appreciate. Gary is a good ambassador for your company.

Pat Murray, Senior Project Engineer, Alvance Group

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It was an absolute pleasure to meet you today, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your time and a wonderfully informative CPD.

The whole team really enjoyed it, and you definitely conveyed your passion and knowledge of your products!

I would say I will keep SSQ in mind for future projects, but they always have been. However, I have definitely left with a need to utilise more slate in my design work!

Michael Clifton BSc ACIAT - Oakbridge Bespoke Homes Ltd

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