New England Slate’s Eagle Quarry “Stone Shot” In-Action!

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 […]

Saddle Hips… are they most common on slate roofs?

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 […]

Mitered Hips… do you order slates that are wide enough?

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 […]

Eyebrow Dormers… an architectural detail that’s historical, interesting and alluring.

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 […]

Custom Cut Shapes and Patterned Slate Roofs

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… 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 […]