A roof is the crowning glory of any house and performs the essential function of keeping you and your family dry, safe and secure from the outside elements. It is easy to take your roof for granted and assume all slates will perform the same but this is not the case at all.
Spanish Slates have only been coming into the UK and Ireland for the last 20-30 years, and have different geological characteristics to Welsh slates. They are a much softer stone and more porous stone, and have a lifespan of anywhere from 5-50 years. With one of the harshest climates in Western Europe, Irish roofs are subject to severe wind driven rain, frost, sunshine and hail storms (sometimes all in the same day) so considering what roof slate to put on is one of the most important decisions you will have to make in your build.
Penrhyn Blue Bangor® Slates are recognized as the best quality slate in the world and have been roofing many thousands of Irish homes over the last 600 years. They are the ultimate statement of quality and typically have a lifespan of 150+ years.
Nothwithstanding the exceptional durability of this product, the beautiful heather blue colour is something which is quite unique to Bangor Blues and makes them stand apart visually and aesthetically from all other roofing slates.
Although it is common for self-builders to consider lesser quality slates on grounds of cost, it is important to consider this carefully. It is important to remember that a second hand 150 year Bangor Blue slate will have a sales value of one third of a new slate so they are self-financing over the long term and should be viewed as a long term investment for your future generations.