Comparing our range of premium natural roof tiles at SSQ

At SSQ, we supply a range of high-quality slates. Most of our slates are spanish slate mined in the prestigious slate-producing area of Northwest Spain. We also exclusively supply Riverstone phyllite from our South American SSQ-owned quarry.

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

Why choose a slate roof over a tiled roof?

Natural slate roof is one of the oldest and most durable roofing materials available today. It also has a unique appearance often demanded by heritage property renovation guidelines in conservation areas and on Listed buildings.

When compared to man-made cement, concrete, and clay tiles, natural slate is easily the best option. It is longer lasting, more weather resistant, more cost-effective over its lifespan, and more aesthetically attractive.

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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


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


Working in a conservation area brings a special responsibility. SSQ Riverstone slate fits perfectly, its tone and texture blending seamlessly with its surroundings.

Joan Kinane, Architect


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


SSQ Matacouta slate was chosen as the most sympathetic option. Its consistency and competitive price make it a clear winner over indigenous slates.

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