Snow Guards

By | December 4th, 2018|Accessories|

Snow Guards -Not just another pretty face In most areas of the world, a sloping roof has always brought with it the problem of snow retention. But it was not until the early 19th century that metal pad-style snowguards replaced such impromptu solutions as hanging logs by chains from the roof peak (they eventually rotted) [...]

Hamilton Smith Hall, UNH

By | September 30th, 2016|

The English Deptment’s Hamilton Smith Hall at UNH, Durham, NH, one of New England’s premier Universities needs natures finest roof. Of course they, UNH, DiMella Shaffer Architects, Hahnel Bros. Co and Skanska Group turned to Newmont and QWIK Slate, producers of the worlds finest Vermont Slate and its patented superior installation process, QWIK Slate. [...]

Slate Roofs—Repair or Replace?

By | August 26th, 2016|Slate|

“I am tired of spending money on my slate roof! I don’t know who to believe; one contractor tells me I need a new roof, the other wants to flash my chimney with tar!” During the twenty years I worked as a slate-roofing contractor I heard many variations of this complaint. I met homeowners who [...]

The Language of Slate

By | July 27th, 2016|Slate|

There is an old Welsh saying that translates as follows: “Only the Welsh can quarry slate because the rocks don’t speak English.” This is quite the anthropological linguistic riddle and I won’t even attempt to unravel it, but it does put me in mind of how few people understand the language of slate. Not, I [...]

Imported Vs Domestic Slate

By | July 22nd, 2016|Slate|

Imported from Spain Vs. Vermont-Quarried Slate The choice between a Vermont-quarried domestic slate and an imported slate from Spain, the source for more than 85% of the world’ slate, is in many ways a decision on color and characteristics and sometimes a consideration of pricing. All Spanish imported slate, for the most part, is black and [...]

Beth Savage Receives Award

By | July 8th, 2015|News & Events|

Beth Savage Receives Prestigious Cabinet-Level Award Under Beth Savage’s leadership, GSA’s Center for Historic Buildings has been cited as the “gold standard” in its sophistication and commitment to preservation. No small accolade, in large part due to Beth’s energy and commitment. She has dedicated herself completely to GSA’s historic building programs and projects. On June [...]