Slate is a metamorphic rock that is dense, strong, acid resistant and non-absorptive. It is impervious to freeze/thaw cycles and has been used in construction for thousands of years. It is the material of choice for discerning architects, designers, contractors and builders.
Slate produced in North America comes in a variety of colors, including black, gray, green, purple and red. Many of these slates are available with mottling of more than one color and some of these slates include a color weathering characteristic which adds warm earth tone hues. In addition, imported slate from Asia, Africa and South America can yield tones of gold and copper.
Slate can be worked with a natural cleft surface or to a machined finish by gauging, honing and polishing. Each piece is unique, with subtle variations in color, texture, shade and veining. Slate is remarkably versatile and will make itself at home in any design style from luxury mansion to back-woods cabin.