FA Mitchell supplies some of the finest European slate roof tiles and clay roof tiles for building projects in Sydney and throughout the rest of Australia.
What is slate roof tile?
Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into layers. The mineralogical composition of slate includes chlorite, quartz, mica, feldspar, and smaller quantities of calcite, pyrites and carbonates.
International Standards for Slate Roof Tiles
Not all natural slates can be used as a roofing material. Some slates are unsuitable for various reasons. Only after the slate is carefully quarried, treated, and tested does it become suitable slate roof tiles.
In terms of appearance, defects in slate may include non-squareness, delamination, flaking, transverse grains, cracks, and irregular thickness. More importantly, there can be defects in the slate’s physical composition. High percentages of pyrite and calcium carbonate, moisture retention, and susceptibility to acids (e.g., from acidic rain) are a few examples.
Many countries impose a quality standard for slate roofing tiles, to ensure that they are of a certain quality and do not break down or become defective over a short time. The UK, France, Belgium, U.S.A. and Germany all have their own set standards, with some more stringent than the others.
For comparison, the British Standard BS 680 takes slate through a Water Absorption test, Acid test, Wet and Dry test and Grain test. Meanwhile, the French Standard P32/302 Norm is considered to be the toughest standard. With the exception of the Grain test, the French Standard uses all of these, and also requires slate to pass through a Resistance to Flexion test, Calcium Carbonate test, Density test, Frost test, Pyrite Inclusion test, Variation in Thickness test, and many others.
Our Slate Roof Tiles
Hebra Roofing Slate
The Hebra slate is a dark grey slate with a smooth fine texture and longitudinal grain.
It is quarried in La Bana, in the Leon region of Spain. This slate has a proud history of use throughout Europe and has proven to be non-weathering and non-fading. It meets the premium quality specifications of the CE standard EN12326-1:2014.
Through our French trading partner, we can procure this premier grade slate for Australian clients.
Our Clay Roof Tiles
Our terracotta roof tiles include Acme Clay Roof Tile and Hawkins Clay Tile.
Acme Clay Roof Tile
Acme Clay Tile is a practical and versatile machine-made product that has environmental credentials and relevant certifications. It comes with either a sand-faced or smooth finish and is available in both single and double camber formats. These features enable a quicker discharge of surface water.
These also make the Acme Clay Tile a stylish design choice. The camber beautifully breaks up the visual aspect of the roofline, revealing a more aesthetically-pleasing texture for each course.
Hawkins Clay Roof Tile
Hawkins Clay Tile is a high-quality, single camber plain clay tile made with modern firing techniques. It usually comes with a sand-faced finish, but is also available in a weathered-effect finish. It has straight edges and provides a single camber longitudinally. Valley, ridge and hip tiles are available for suiting a host of applications.
Like our other roof tile products, Hawkins Clay Tiles meet the requirements for environmental credentials, safety, and other building certifications.
Your Sydney and NSW Clay and Slate Roof Tiles Supplier
We supply slate roof tiles throughout Australia from our Sydney warehouse. Use the details below to get in touch with the slate roof tile experts at FA Mitchell to ensure you get the right product at the right price.
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For personalised advice and a quote for your project, please call (02) 9646 2777 or fill out the form below, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.