Does slate from Rising & Nelson
Yes and no. Rising & Nelson supplies
only high quality roofing slate that will last the expected 75+ years of an S1
slate. Rising & Nelson is happy to provide a reasonable number of samples
for testing purposes but does not pay for testing. However, due to an error in
modernizing verbiage in the ASTM standards the appearance is that most Vermont
slates do not meet ASTM standards when tested. Rising & Nelson stands behind
their product and has more confidence in their 123 years of experience than in
the results of the ASTM tests.
What is a typical lead time for slate?
That greatly depends on size and color. In
general the larger the slate, the longer the lead time. Colors like red, purple
and green take longer than blacks and grays. The current demand for a color can
also extend lead times. In general, plan well in advance. Calling and placing
orders as early as possible will insure timely delivery.
How is slate ordered?
Slate is ordered by "the square."
A square is 100 square feet. A square of slate will cover 100 square feet using
a 3-inch headlap.
Can anyone install slate?
It is best to find an installer with a
background in slate. Someone with a construction, and especially a roofing
background, may be able to do basic installation with some guidance.
Are all slates equal?
No. Slates from different parts of the
world, as well as different quarries in those regions, have their own
characteristics. Some slates are better than others. Some are best suited for
indoor use only. Some have not been in production long enough to know how they
will last in the long term. some slates are very smooth and uniform. Some are
Where is Mr. Mertz?
Mr. Mertz is happily retired and living in
Connecticut. He misses the
slate business but has turned over the operation of Rising & Nelson to his
hand picked successor, Steve Williams.
& Nelson Slate
PO Box 336 2027 County Rt 23
Middle Granville, NY 12846