Slate is a fine grained metamorphic stone that may be split into thin slabs or slates. It is waterproof, fireproof, resistant to weather extremes, and requires little or no maintenance. It is not surprising then that natural slates have been by far the most popular roof covering in Ireland for generations. The range comes from Tegral ThrutonePlus, Capco and Lagan, all offering our customers a wide selection of beautiful, yet durable natural slates.
Tegral has a long and distinguished history in the Irish slate market. Quarried at mines in Spain and North America, Tegral Natural Slates have been carefully selected for the Irish market and are backed by the Tegral unrivalled structural guarantees. All natural slates have a natural tonal variation which ensures that the unique rock characteristics of the individual slate enhance the overall aesthetic qualities of the building.
Tegral Natural Slates come in a range of sizes, the most popular being 500mm x 250mm and 600mm x 300mm. Each individual brand carries its own unique guarantee and all Tegral Natural Slates are tested in accordance with the relevant sections of BS 680 Part 2 1971 and IS EN 12326.
|Villar Del Rey: Distinctive smooth surface, fine grain and blue-grey colouring||Canadian Heather: Finely textured, high quality slate in an attractive heather
|Galante: Mid-grey colourwith an attractive textured finish|
|Bretona: Mid-grey in colour with a course texture for a natural, rugged look||Torres: Mid-grey colour with a lightly textured finish|
Lagan Building Solutions (LBS), offer a comprehensive range of high quality natural roofing materials. In addition to supplying Bangor Blue Slate directly from their quarry in Wales they carry an extensive range of slate hand-picked from Spain, Brazil, North America and China. Whether restoring a traditional cottage or building a high end contemporary house LBS have a slate to suit both your needs and your budget. All slates conform to BS EN12326:1 2014 and are W1, S1 T1.
Bangor Blue Slate
Prized for their unique ‘heather blue’ colour, Bangor Blue Slates are unrivalled when it comes to quality and durability. With a proven lifespan measured in centuries, they are the ultimate in quality natural roofing slate. Used for both heritage roofing projects and for high spec residential projects they are the only slate that appreciates in value over time; they can be taken down, redressed and reused after many years on a roof.
Bangor Blue slates are available from LBS in a standard 500x300mm size in Celtic grade. Other sizes and grades are available on request, including large format sizes. Bangor Blue Slates come with a 100 year quarry backed guarantee.
Spanish and Imported Slate
LBS stock a comprehensive range of Spanish roofing slate in a range of grades, with sizes 500x250mm and 600x300mm being the most common. Our Spanish Slate is hand-picked from a small number of quarries to ensure that quality and consistency are maintained. Samples are available on request, as are references for completed roofs in your area. All LBS slates guaranteed W1, S1, T1.
Quarried in the La Bana region the Del Duro is developing a reputation as an excellent slate. Similar in appearance to a blue/grey Forna it is available in Ultra, Heavy and Mixed grades.
A popular choice that has been tried and tested in the harsh Irish climate the Sierra slate is blue/grey in colour and a smooth consistent slate that requires minimal grading.
One of the best slates LBS have come across the Leon has a characteristic longitudinal grain, subtle riven texture and blue/black colour. A popular choice.
The Vigo is a blue/black slate with a textured surface. Ideal for those wanting to create a more rustic, traditional finish. A core part of the LBS range the Vigo is a popular choice.
SSQ Natural Slate is a family business established in London in 1980. Importing roofing material in excess of 60,000 tonnes from Spain every year, SSQ has established its name as a leading market player in the roofing industry in the UK & Ireland. The company’s roofing portfolio consists of an exclusive range of single sourced products from the most sought after quarries in Spain.
Our slates has been tested in accordance with EN 12326, achieving the highest possible classification (W1 – T1 – S1). They have also been tested to the rigorous French standard (NF 228) – the world’s leading testing procedure, as well as the American (ASTM C406 standard) – predicting a service life well in excess of 75 years. Based on the results in all 3 of these tests, SSQ slate products are backed with guarantees of up to 100 years.
Del Carmen® has been sold exclusively by SSQ for more than 25 years, offering consistent supply, traceability, strong branding and comprehensive technical support. With its distinctive faintly-rippled riven texture, deep blue-black colour and characteristic longitudinal grain appearance, Del Carmen® is recognized throughout Ireland as a suitable alternative to Welsh Slate given its technical credentials, approval by various conservation agencies and track record of proven performance.
Our other flagship product Riverstone® Phyllite comes from a quarry deep in central Argentina owned and operated by SSQ. There are there are only a few sources of phyllite stone available worldwide.
Harder, denser and stronger than slate, Riverstone natural phyllite has a slightly coarser grain and a unique satin-like luster, making it the choice of the most discriminating architects across the world. Riverstone’s medium grey colour with the slightest hint of green will make your roof as breath taking as it is rare. On several occasions, Riverstone® has been accepted as an alternative to indigenous stone by various conservation agencies on grade II listed buildings and is welcomed in conservation areas.