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Del Carmen is the sensational natural slate that started it all. It was when our founder, Ahmed El-Helw, first found Del Carmen that the SSQ journey really began.
One of the finest quarries in the most renowned slate-producing region of North-West Spain, Del Carmen produces outstanding Spanish slate with a deep blue-black colour that will not fade in sunlight, characteristic longitudinal grain, and highly distinctive, faintly-rippled texture.
That’s why when architects, contractors and homeowners want to crown a property in style, they choose Del Carmen.discuss your project
When it comes to slate, people are understandably picky. Roofs are a substantial investment – and if you’re responsible for a historic building, or even a national landmark, you’re going to be even more discerning about what material you will and won’t accept.
It’s a testament to the outstanding quality of SSQ’s Del Carmen slate that it’s been accepted for use as an alternative to indigenous slate by Heritage England and Heritage Scotland in a number of cases.
What’s more, it’s also been approved for use by the French authorities – who maintain the highest and strictest natural slate standards in the world.
At SSQ, we’re so confident in the quality and longevity of our Del Carmen roof that we’re willing to guarantee it for a century – which, given the average building has a lifespan much less than that, mean a Del Carmen roof may well outlive the property it’s installed on.Download our brochure
Del Carmen has consistently excelled in its testing. Whether it’s the arduous Norm Francais (NF 228), the equally demanding ASTM American standard or the current European Standard (BS EN 12326), we have test results to show its remarkable consistency over the years. As Del Carmen has the much sought after NF 228 status, it has barcode traceability so you can be 100% confident that you’re getting consistent, top quality slate every time. In all the years Del Carmen has been installed in the UK, there’s not been a single registered failure of a Del Carmen roof.Request a free quote
Slate is a metamorphic rock that splits easily into thin, strong slabs. It is formed from a fine clay or sedimentary rock, sometimes with sand or volcanic dust, and created under low-grade metamorphic conditions.
True slate splits along planes of cleavage, not along the bedding plane, and this cleavage direction depends on the stress applied during metamorphism. Slates are available in various colours like black, blue, purple, red, green, or gray, and the presence of minerals like hematite and chlorite gives them their colours.
Slate does not break easily because it is a durable material that resists cracks, scratches, breaks, and chips. This makes it an excellent choice for roofing and flooring applications. It is known to last for over a hundred years when used as a roofing material and it is one of the strongest natural stone options when used as a flooring material.Contact us
When you work with SSQ, you get so much more than world-class slate and architectural stone.
Over the last forty years, we’ve built up a huge amount of expertise covering natural slate, roofing, geology, specifications and so much more – and you can benefit from that, along with case studies, CAD drawings, technical PDFS and a wealth of other support, on our Professional Resources centre.
Booking a CPD
At SSQ, we love sharing our decades of natural slate expertise with architects, and our CPDs are always extremely popular.
On our RIBA-approved Why Specify Slate CPD, you’ll learn about:
… and a whole lot more.
If you’re interested in booking a place on our next CPD, simply fill in this form.
Millions of SSQ slates have been installed by customers all over the world – and with a team of dedicated quality controllers based at our Spanish and Argentinian sites, our company’s uncompromising commitment to supplying only the best ensures our Del Carmen slate meets the most exacting international standards.
Outstanding natural slate and stone, forty years of expertise, and a series unbeatable guarantees make SSQ one of the best suppliers on Earth.Enquire Today