Heritage Slate Roofing, based in Sydney, Australia, was founded by Kyle Glasby and Luke Godden, who have over 20 years of combined experience in traditional roofing. We are a joint company with extensive experience in Australia, Wales and England. We only use licensed tradesmen and will always have at least one director working on-site at all times. Renowned for our great attention for detail, we have worked on some of the biggest slate jobs in New South Wales, England and Wales.
Both directors of the company hold a Certificate III in traditional slate roofing and license to trade.
Natural slate harmonises perfectly with modern architecture. Its durability and beauty make this traditional building material the perfect choice for any cutting-edge design.
Historically associated with roofing, natural slate is now used for cladding façades, giving a contemporary look to any kind of architectural project. One of the main properties of natural slate is its adaptability.
Nevertheless, slate has always known how to evolve through time. It is one of the most versatile natural products used in architectural design and goes hand by hand with the architectural progress adapting itself to new trends.
Its sophistication, resistance and durability give the surface involved a certain prestige, guaranteeing a far longer service life.
Present throughout the history of mankind, natural slate is a classic and irreplaceable element on the roofs. You can see lots of natural slate roofs in houses dating back more than 200 years ago. That also gives you proof of its durability. Natural slate properties remain intact and performs for many years to come.
The reliability and beauty of the products make it the ideal solution for architectural purposes. There is no other material that compares to natural slate!
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“Dosbarth yn bythol” – “Class is timeless”
A Brief History of Slate
A familiar material throughout Australia since the arrival of the first fleet, that used welsh slate as ballast. Slate has been used for roofing and flooring since time out of mind. Across Australia, people welcome this most iconic of natural materials into both commercial developments and residential buildings.
Therefore, people like slate. They like it most of all for what it is – a uniquely practical, natural material with a durable, traditional association, a part of their building that has not been manufactured, but quarried in an extraction process that goes back centuries.
First of all, slate beds were formed millions of years ago. In tectonic terms, the Earth was still astonishingly active, with pushing, pulling, shunting and shearing forces working over huge periods of time and on a continental scale. Deposited silts and mud, subjected to heat and pressure modification during these geological battering, were repeatedly folded, tilted and recrystallised. As a result, the sediments metamorphosed into new rock types.
Now, in twenty-first century Europe and North America extracts its Slate from an ancient sequence of Ordovician strata laid between 505 and 438 million years ago.
This time-tested quality gives natural slate its feel of solid security. Slate enhances both traditional and contemporary architecture. Therefore, architects enjoy working with it not just for its astonishing performance as a cladding and roofing product, but most of all because of its intrinsic design qualities. A slate roof looks as good on a brick or stone structure as it does over timber and glass. Split by hand into durable, individual tiles, correctly installed courses of slate also require no further maintenance once they are up on the roof.