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Four reasons to choose natural slate

Cupa Pizarras
21 Jun 2016

Durability and performance

Used since roman times, natural slate is long–lived, remarkably durable, fire resistant and naturally waterproof. Its aesthetic and technical properties remain unaltered, keeping the elegance and character for much longer than any man made alternatives.

It’s low water absorption index, of less than 0.4%, is what makes it extremely waterproof as well as making it very resistant to frost damage and breakage due to freezing.

A natural slate roof has a service life of greater than 100 years, often with little or no maintenance. Furthermore, natural slate is resistant to degradation regardless of climatic conditions.


Natural slate is only subject to extraction and craft working processes, with no need for additional treatments and minimal processing and has the lowest embodied energy of all the roofing materials. This makes it the ideal material for more sustainable construction to reduce environmental impacts.


Characterised by its natural colour and individual texture, natural slate is a material that can enhance the value and beauty of any property. Every slate is unique giving an unparalleled character to any project remaining unaltered for many years.


The use of slate in construction has always evolved and adapted through time. It is one of the most versatile natural products used in architectural design and goes hand in hand with the changes in architectural styles, adapting itself to new trends.

Historically associated with roofing, natural slate is now used for cladding façades, giving a contemporary look to any kind of architectural project.

For more information, please visit the Cupa Pizarras natural slate company website.

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