Why Slate is Environmentally-Friendly
Slate is a popular material used for an array of designs, from roofing to flooring, to landscaping. As it is a natural material, slate has been regarded as one of the best materials. Created of fine-grained metamorphic rock composed of sedimentary or volcanic ash deposits, it is a material which has been used for centuries.
This product brings numerous benefits, due to its remarkable durability and fire and water resistance, but what is it about slate that makes it so environmentally friendly?
As demand for slate has increased, suppliers have been opting to transport from abroad to source natural slates. There are various destinations around the world where natural roofing slates are transported to the UK, the most common being Spain, Brazil and China.
With this method, slates are transported via a 40-tonne articulated truck from the quarry to a designated port, where they are then shipped to the UK. Being transported via sea results in a cleaner and more efficient travel, reducing carbon emissions.
Slate is the Best Ecological Option
Throughout all the stages of its life span, natural slate will remain environmentally friendly. Due to this, it has become one of the best natural choices for sustainable buildings. Below, we have listed some reasons as to why natural slate is the best ecological option:
- Natural – as slate is a mineral product, it is 100% natural. Its simple and efficient production process results in slate having a low environmental impact.
- Reusable – natural slate is a material which can be easily recycled at the end of its life.
- No chemical emissions – natural slate is subject only to extraction and working processes. As it does not need any artificial materials or chemical products, it makes slate a sustainable alternative for any project.
- Durable – slate has a durability of over 100 years, making it the most resistant material used for roofing. Natural slate will perform better than any other roofing material.
By building a roof with natural slate material instead of fibre cement, it can avoid the creation of up to 6.2 tons of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent of the pollution created by an average car over 18,600 miles (30,000km).
There are numerous reasons and benefits which add up to natural slate being one of the most environmentally friendly materials used today. Here at UK Slate, we ensure we are constantly able to source the very best slate from around the globe.