Our local Historic Preservation Commission has recently been confronted with an issue over whether or not to require property owners in the historic district to replace slate roofs with slate. The structures that this issue is beginning to affect are very large 19th century homes in a National Register Historic District. One homeowner has been quoted $38,000.00 to replace the slate with slate.
I have heard that there are slate substitute materials out there but I have had trouble finding them. How do they look? How do they compare in price with slate? Any other solutions that other areas have used?
Hi. is it allowed in the USA to re-use slates from demolished buildings. Architectural salvage may be one source and it is another method of re-cycling material which otherwise would be put into land fill sites.
there are some re-constitued slate products in the market in UK. these are made form crushed slate bonded with some resin. there must be something similar in the USA. good luck.