The long-lasting Matacouta natural slate

Matacouta, renowned for its durability and thickness, is an ideal choice for withstanding the occasionally challenging weather conditions of the Scottish climate. Its robust and enduring nature aligns seamlessly with the organic design elements found in many traditional Scottish architectural styles, making Matacouta an outstanding natural slate product.

Features & Benefits:
• Colour : Blue/Black
• Material : Natural Slate
• Will not fade in colour
• Strong and long-lasting for harsh Scottish climate
• Up to 100 year guarantee
• Every piece of Matacouta slate comes from the Matacouta quarry in North-West Spain

Certification:
• BS EN 12326
• W1-T1-S1

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See it at the source

At Matacouta, the name is the address. If you want to see the operation in person, you’re more than welcome to visit – and in fact, we organise regular trips to show our appreciation to our fantastic clients.

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Accepted by the best

Matacouta has a gorgeous deep blue-black colour, and a naturally riven texture that’s totally unique to the quarry from where the slate takes its name. The distinctive colour is completely natural and devoid of artificial pigments – which means it won’t fade even when exposed to the harshest environments. Matacouta looks so authentic, in fact, that it’s been accepted for use on several listed buildings by Heritage Scotland.

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Slate that can last as much as a century

If it’s properly installed, Matacouta slate is the some of the longest-lasting you’ll find anywhere. In fact, we’re so confident in its ability to perform for decades on end that we guarantee our Ultra-grade Matacouta Heavy slate for 100 years. With that kind of lifespan, your Matacouta roof may even outlive the building its installed on.

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    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.

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    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.

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