First, let’s start with a definition of a “stone shot” and a “top Shot”. As the name implies, “stone shots” are small, gentle, explosive blasts employed to generate usable slate blocks from a solid bed of stone. The goal is to use just enough force to loosen blocks of slate for extraction, often by opening […]
A saddle hip is when the cap slate is installed over the finished slate roof on either side creating a saddle effect. They are the most common hip detail used for slate roofing. The size of the slates depends on the field slate size. In general, the long dimension of a saddle hip slate should […]
A mitered hip is when… the last field slate on either side is miter-cut to form the hip. The miter cuts create a smooth transition with no pronounced hip cap. If this detail is used on adjoining surfaces of different pitches, the courses will not line up. For this reason, mitered hips are not recommended where […]
The first eyebrow dormers appeared on medieval thatch-roofed cottages, making their way to America in the second half of the 19th century on Queen Anne-style houses after being popularized by Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Today, roof eyebrows can be found on many different types of homes, from post-modern beach homes to converted-garage guest cottages. They […]
A patterned slate roof uses a different color slate or different shaped slate to create one or more designs. Custom cut shapes make a gorgeous slate roof very unique and decorative. Accents may be floral and geometric patterns, dates, words, or names. Speciality shaped slates can be used in stripes, zigzags or accents including diamond […]
Steeples are memorable and impressive, just like the craftsmen responsible for their repair and maintenance. Hats off to the Steeplejacks near and far! What do you know about a steeple’s anatomy?… A steeple, in architecture, is a tall tower on a building, topped by a spire and often incorporating a belfry and other components. The spire is the highest section and meant […]
New England Slate’s Eagle Quarry & Mill in Poultney, Vermont.
New England Slate making roofing slate in our Eagle Quarry & Mill
New England Slate’s Eagle Quarry & Mill The production of roofing slate starts with “sawing” the blocks of stone, next is “splitting” the books of slate, after splitting into pieces the trimmer “trims” the pieces, and the last step is “punching” the nail holes.
New England Slate’s Eagle Quarry and Mill in Poultney, Vermont Trimming Chips of Roofing Slate
Turrets are an architectural feature of delight and bewilderment…. read on to see how one roofer meticulously slates a turret.
A turret truly is an architectural show stopper. The definition is a small tower that projects vertically for the wall of a building, usually on a corner or angle. When thinking of a turret, many people think of castles from the Medieval times. It wasn’t until the mid to late Victorian period, that […]
Winter can be challenging for the roofing industry. We feel for you guys up on the roof! For New England Slate, winter in Vermont means digging pallets out from underneath piles and piles of snow in frigid temperatures. The freeze-thaw-freeze cycle usually means the pallets sink even lower into the mud. Thanks to the January […]
Roofing slates are split by hand with hammer and chisel to reveal a natural cleft surface. Splitters are very good at their trade but the thickness varies slightly and slates are grouped into different classes. This variation reinforces the fact that slates are a natural stone product not a uniformly consistent, mass-produced, synthetic material. […]
Often I answer the phone and speak to a new customer that is curious about our process and “how it all works.” Well, it’s pretty simple and yet complex at the same time. Let me explain… The process begins by gathering information and identifying the specifications for the slates and the overall desired look for […]
In July of 2008, New England Slate moved into our “new” office and shop in Poultney, Vermont. It’s hard to believe that almost 10 years has past. It’s been a great place to come to work everyday. I’ve been with New England Slate for only five years, but I know it’s the best work environment […]
New England Slate was proud to welcome 15 slate roofing professionals to our Slate Roofing Course 101. It was a three-day workshop designed to learn new skills and techniques in slate roofing installation taught by a European Master Slater. The course was professional, interesting and informative. It was also offered at an exceptional value. Thank […]
At New England Slate we are often asked, “what’s the best way to clean a slate roof?” Well, that’s a tricky question. First it depends what you’re trying to clean off of your slate roof. And second it depends how much time and effort you want to put in. The photo above shows a slate […]