Slate Roofs

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Most slate roofing contractors believe that slate is one of the finest roofing materials that can be used for a roofing system. It is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and durable roofing materials available. Many slate roofs in existence today have lasted well over a hundred years.

Slate is a fine-grained, metamorphic rock that forms under intense heat and pressure underground and is mined. It has a physical characteristic that allows it to be split into thin pieces that resemble roof shingles. Since slate is rock, it is very hard and dense. These physical characteristics make it one of the best natural occurring roofing materials. It is very durable and resistant to the most extreme weather conditions, hot, cold, high wind, hail, and is inherently fire-resistant. Read More

Slate for roofing is sawn into blocks, a little larger than the intended final size. These blocks are split, first in half, in quarters and in eighth pieces, so long as the slate permits. The eight pieces produced are known as a “book”. Each individual piece is known as a “chip”. The chips are squared off and trimmed to the size required. Individually or in stacks, two nail-holes are drilled in each “chip” of slate. The resulting slate roofing pieces come in various sizes and thicknesses, ranging from 3/16" to 2" thick. These pieces are then inspected, counted and stacked on pallets for storage.

Installation of slate is a very specialized operation. It is both an art and a skilled trade. The pre-drilled nail holes in slate accept nails that have to be hit perfectly to stop and hold the slate in place. If hit too hard, the slate shingle cracks, rendering it for use as crushed slate gravel for driveway fill.

Slate can be applied in colors to build very beautiful patterns on steep slope rooftops. Slate can also be repurposed for gravel and other application. Typical colors include Black, gray, green, purple and red. All slate changes color slightly as it ages.

The system has to be installed to the manufacturers installation instructions, the listing, where applicable, and the building code.

Professional Chicagoland Roofing Council contractor craftspeople understand the delicate nailing required to not break slate into pieces while fastening it to stay in place for 50+ years.

Visit the specific slate & tile membrane pages for more information.

Professional Chicagoland Roofing Council contractor roofing technicians understand the complexity of all types of roofing and get the installation done right the first time. Contact a CRC Contractor that has the equipment, workforce and technology to get your roof done right.

Slate & Tile Contractors

Adler Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc.

779 Joyce Rd.
Joliet , IL , 60436
Contact: Christopher J. Adler
Phone: (815) 773-1200
Fax: (815) 773-1207

All American Exterior Solutions

150 Oakwood Rd.
Lake Zurich , IL , 60047
Contact: Sergey Taitler
Phone: (847) 438-4131
Fax: (847) 438-1387

Bennett & Brosseau Roofing, Inc.

535 Anderson Dr.
Romeoville , IL , 60446
Contact: George Patterson
Phone: (630) 759-0009
Fax: (630) 759-2288

Burke Roofing Co., Inc., R. E.

7667 Gross Point Rd.
Skokie , IL , 60077
Contact: Robert Burke Jr.
Phone: (847) 675-5010
Fax: (847) 675-6990

Jones & Cleary Roofing/ Sheet Metal Co., Inc.

6838 S. South Chicago Ave.
Chicago , IL , 60637
Contact: William J. Cleary III
Phone: (773) 288-6464
Fax: (773) 288-2955

Knickerbocker Roofing & Paving Co., Inc.

16851 S. Lathrop Ave.
Harvey , IL , 60426
Contact: Mark Moran
Phone: (708) 339-7260
Fax: (708) 339-3806

L. Marshall Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.

2100 Lehigh Ave.
Glenview , IL , 60026
Contact: Lawrence P. Marshall
Phone: (847) 724-5400
Fax: (847) 724-7306

Malcor Roofing of Illinois, Inc.

1850 Dean St., PO Box 941
St. Charles , IL , 60174
Contact: Scott Theisen
Phone: (630) 896-6479
Fax: (630) 896-6597

Metalmaster Roofmaster

4800 Metalmaster Way
McHenry , IL , 60050
Contact: Michael Smeja
Phone: (815) 459-6415
Fax: (815) 385-8738

Mortenson Roofing Co., Inc.

9505 Corsair Rd.
Frankfort , IL , 60423
Contact: Michael Lukis
Phone: (815) 464-7300
Fax: (815) 464-7850

NIR Roof Care, Inc.

12191 Regency Pkwy.
Huntley , IL , 60142
Contact: Timothy Lynn, Sr.
Phone: (800) 221-ROOF
Fax: (847) 669-3173

Olsson Roofing Company, Inc.

740 S. Lake St.
Aurora , IL , 60506
Contact: Bill Lynch
Phone: (630) 892-0449
Fax: (630) 892-1556

Roofing Systems, Inc.

1825 Windsor Rd.
Loves Park , IL , 61111
Contact: Edwin W. Carlson, III
Phone: (815) 654-9540
Fax: (815) 654-9569

Seal Tight Exteriors, Inc.

3239 Loverock Ave.
Steger , IL , 60475
Contact: Vince Frassinone
Phone: (708) 755-3555
Fax: (708) 755-2141

Solaris Roofing Solutions, Inc.

31W023 North Ave.
West Chicago , IL , 60185
Contact: Tim Young
Phone: (630) 639-5400
Fax: (630) 639-5406

Sullivan Roofing Inc.

60 E. State Pkwy.
Schaumburg , IL , 60173
Contact: Timothy E. Sullivan
Phone: (847) 908-1000
Fax: (847) 908-1099
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