Steeples… spires, belfries, lanterns and more!

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 […]

Winter at New England Slate in Vermont

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 […]

Natural Roofing Slate – Thickness Explained….

  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. […]

How We Work With You

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 […]

About Our Facility

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 […]

Slate Roofing Workshop

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 […]

Cleaning a Slate Roof

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 […]