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02/03/2021
From looking at the pictures in this interview, we can all agree that Michael Weiß is an artist (@incrediblewhite). This German roofer has specialised in the ornamental side of natural slate. “Even with small decorative elements, you can make every roof, every facade, every chimney into something individual”, he says. In roofing, like in every […]
25/02/2021
A number of pre-existing farm structures have been reconstructed using our HEAVY 3 natural slate in order to house this new Scottish whisky distillery, Ardross. Located in the scenic Averon Valley, the project involved the refurbishment and extension of an old farm, retaining the original 19th-century steading buildings, farmhouse and cottages. Existing stone and slate […]
Dr. Víctor Cárdenes Van den Eynde Geologist and roofing slate independent consultant
01/02/2021
The British Isles keep one of the most interesting slate architectural and historical heritage in the world. Since Prehistory, the many cultures that have populated the British Isles have used slates for lots of purposes: walls, hobs, tombs and gravestones, tools, engravings…you name it. The first proper roofing slate shingles were found in the Roman […]
27/01/2021
A mansard is a type of roof, easily identifiable by its two slopes at different angles that allows for better use of the interior space. It is said that was named by François Mansart but…was this French architect the true inventor of the design? In 1546, almost half a century before Mansart’s birth, Pierre Lescot […]

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Dr. Víctor Cárdenes Van den Eynde Geologist and roofing slate independent consultant
05/01/2021
Most of the roofing slate outcrops in America are located in the Northeastern states of the USA and the Southwestern states of Canada, in other words, along the Apalachians. For me, the most remarkable characteristic of Northern America is variety. Quarries are not as big as in Spain, but the diversity of commercial categories is […]
Dr. Víctor Cárdenes Van den Eynde Geologist and roofing slate independent consultant
09/12/2020
Standards are useful, since they can be used to predict the performance of the roofing slate along its lifespan.  Nowadays, there are two main roofing slate standards in the world, the European EN12326 (parts 1 and 2) and the North American ASTM C-406. There are other two standards, the Indian IS 6250 and the Chinese […]
04/12/2020
We are so excited to share with you some amazing news: CUPACLAD, our natural slate rainscreen cladding system, has won the 2020 Build it Awards for the best cladding product. We are so happy to receive this recognition, it is a great reward for all the hard work and effort done by all our team. […]
Dr. Víctor Cárdenes Van den Eynde Geologist and roofing slate independent consultant
26/11/2020
I have been doing research on roofing slate for many years. During this time, I’ve found some interesting facts about roofing slate, relating many different fields such as peculiar uses, unknown properties, and geological features, among others. For example, did you know that…? Titian (1490-1576), one of the most important painters from the Italian Renascence, […]
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