The construction industry is currently undergoing dramatic changes in legislation to try to reduce associated carbon emissions and use more sustainable materials. Sustainably sourcing raw materials and using less intensive production processes are two ways which can help the sector to meet the UK government’s zero carbon pledge by 2050.
Slate roofing for the best in sustainability
If you’re an architect, developer, or building planning official, you’ll be familiar with the increasing importance of sustainability in construction. In terms of construction materials, there are vast differences in the green credentials of different products. While roofing materials such as clay or concrete tiles are treated with various chemicals and are subjected to environmentally damaging production processes, slate is 100% natural.
Slate is a completely naturally occurring material. It is created by natural geological processes within the Earth’s crust and can be easily extracted with only limited environmental impact. Once it has been quarried, slate requires very little in terms of production. No artificial materials or chemicals are used in the production process and slate does not require atmosphere-polluting furnaces to create the finished product. Slate is also 100% recyclable and can be reused once its life as a roofing material is finished.
Sustainable slate – the facts
As you can see, slate is an excellent choice for any roofing project. It is equally suited to new build developments and refurbishment projects, and will last upwards of 100 years, this is often longer than the building on which it is installed. At SSQ, we supply some of the highest quality slate in the world. As slate specialists, we can confidently offer you all the information you ever need about slate.
SSQ slate supply a variety of different types of slates. From our Spanish Del Carmen slates to our Argentinian slate alternative Phyllite, our slates are guaranteed to create an attractive and highly resistant finish to any roofing project. When you choose SSQ slates, you are actively promoting sustainability and get:
- 100% natural slates
- A natural slate life expectancy of over 100 years
- Sustainably extracted slates from high quality certified quarries
- Hand crafted slates
- Reduced carbon emissions for your project