Worth Supply is proud to be the exclusive distributor or Buckingham Slate in NC, SC, and GA. Please call today to inquire on Buckingham Slate for your next roofing project!
Approximately two hundred years ago, early settlers in the James River basin of Buckingham County, VA, first knocked slabs of blue-black rock from the banks of Hunts Creek and used it to roof their homes. Unaware at the time, those settlers had discovered one of the finest veins of durable slate in the world.
Slate is produced today at the same location in Arvonia, Virginia (Buckingham County), under the trademark Buckingham® Slate. The uses of Buckingham® Slate are the direct result of its excellent durability, as well as its versatility and beauty. One of the first Americans to recognize the value andarchitectural beauty of slate in the United States was that master architect Thomas Jefferson. Geologist W. Rogers reported to Virginia Legislature that, "In texture, density and capacity of resisting atmospheric agents, it can scarcely be excelled by a similar material in any part of the world." He further recorded the use of Buckingham® Slate (still serviceable today) on the University of Virginia, specified by Thomas Jefferson for roof covering.
The Buckingham Slate Company was founded in 1867, and for the past 150 years has quarried some of the finest slate roofing, flooring and architectural products available. Today, Buckingham Slate Company has over 85 employees on 500 acres.
Buckingham® Slate, the same type continuously quarried in the USA since the 1700s, often displays a lifespan of over 150 years with no signs of fading.
Is it worth the risk?
A builder learned the hard way how cutting corners can be costly. These imported, "unfading" slates began to mottle and fade after just a few years. On the contrary, genuine Buckingham® Slate roofs always retain a consistent gray to black sheen, even after 150 years. Why take the risk? Purchase genuine Buckingham® Slate.
Genuine unfading black slate.
Unlike many imported slates, and even other domestic slates, Buckingham® Slate retains its original blue-black color throughout its entire product lifespan. This slate roof was installed on a ca. 1753 Virginia home around 1820, meaning the roof is close to 200 years old!
Buckingham Eco-Friendly Roofing Solution
Location: A domestic product like Buckingham® Slate
requires less energy to transport to your job site.
Longevity: A properly installed Buckingham® Slate roof
will last upwards of 150 years, or more.
All Natural: There are no chemicals or manufactured
additives that go into our product. It is simply all
natural stone, cut to size by skilled craftsmen.
These characteristics, among many others, can help you reach your green building goals, such as LEED certification, etc.
*Always remember: proper installation is key to a long lasting, maintenance-free slate roof. Always consult with a licensed professional who specializes in natural slate roofing.