With a focus on sustainability, roofing slates by WELSH SLATE were the material of choice for TV property expert Sarah Beeny’s own home.
The family visited the Welsh Slate quarry where the Penrhyn Heather Blue 400 x 250 County Grade slates are produced, which were laid on the 15 m x 16 m mainly mansard roof of the three-storey, seven-bedroomed mock stately home.
Sarah even had a go at splitting the premium slates herself, remarking that it was ‘seriously impressive’ that every one of the slates used on the house was split by hand.
Welsh Slate commercial director Michael Hallé explained that the quarry produces three million slates per year. He added that maximising yield is very important, and not only do they make roofing slates but also walling, paving, decorative aggregates and landscape products.
Roofing contractor Geoff Spinks of G&L Roofing agreed with Sarah that the slates were a joy to fit due to their flatness. He described the Penrhyn Heather Blues as ‘really, really nice slates that were lovely to lay’. They also feature as vertical cladding on some elements of the steeply-pitched mansard roof.
Michael Hallé said: “Not only do we feel privileged that Sarah recognised that our slate is ‘the best slate you could possibly
have’ but also that she was genuinely enthused at how the slates are produced.”
For more information on Welsh Slate, visit www.welshslate.com