Today, we’re taking a look at the interesting logistics behind Australia’s slate roofing industry, which is growing year by year. Because the material is highly desired for its beauty and hardiness, the market is constantly growing for both commercial and residential applications. We briefly interviewed Damian Hand about the process of acquiring materials for his company, Mr. Shingles a Sydney slate roofer, “We acquire all of our slate from the highest-quality dealers who draw from various mines across Australia and other countries. Depending on the color, texture, size, and style you want, it might be from our country or from another country. As an example, Welsh variants are highly desired.”
Purchasing and transporting the material is a job in and of itself, and roofers like Damian spend a lot of time hunting down the best resellers of the finest slate tiles for roofing. It has been used in some capacity for all of human history, whether as a building material or as a tool. In the purview of roofing, it makes an excellent material and can last over a century if properly maintained.
While it is a hardy material, it needs to be transported to ensure that no cracks or imperfections develop along the way that would make it undesirable on the market. A trucker specializing in the transport of slate and other minerals told us, “We are really careful about loading and offloading it, and we secure it tightly whenever we’re planning on moving it.”
Impervious to moisture and highly resistant to pests, it is one of the best building materials out there for home and commercial use, and is strikingly beautiful when paired with a variety of different design schemes, dignifying any home it adorns. On top of that, it’s ecologically sound, requiring less replacement than any other form of tiling or shingle. Shingles comprise a huge portion of the planet’s landfills, considering the fact that most people have their roofing replaced every six or seven years. As such, choosing something with more longevity helps directly reduce your company’s or home’s carbon footprint!