CUPA PIZARRAS has been producing the most complete range of Spanish slate for roofing and facade since 1892. Their 16 quarries and 22 processing plants in Spain offer a wide variety of natural slate for roof tiles or facades, making the CUPA PIZARRAS range one of the most complete on the market. Whether you're looking for slates for modern houses, matching into an existing roof, or requiring a roof slate for a heritage roof, there's a CUPA Slate for you. Explore the range today.
If you have any questions about roof slate, or you need assistance with the different slates we have on offer, call 0800 124 4431 or visit us in one of our stores.
About CUPA Pizarras Spanish Slate
CUPA PIZARRAS Spanish Slate is one of the only natural slate that guarantees a perfect performance in any weather condition. It is capable of; enduring extreme temperatures, fire-resistant, unaffected by sunlight, UV light and resistant to acid rain, providing an aesthetically pleasing traditional or contemporary installation that will not alter over its lifetime. With a durability of over 100 years, if you are looking for a long-term roof with no maintenance, natural roof slate from CUPA PIZARRAS is an ideal choice.
One in every three installations worldwide bears the CUPA stamp. Their 16 quarries provide the most complete range on the market. Whatever shape or size colour or texture, you’ll find the perfect CUPA slate in the Burton Roofing range. Unlike other brands, CUPA control product quality from source and have a unique barcode traceability system providing assurance of their environmental management policies and peace of mind over the quality.
Where are the quarries located?
CUPA PIZARRAS quarries are located In the north of Spain, in the Galicia and Castile and León provinces.
Spanish slate from the Orense area was formed from muds laid down over 450 million years ago and was metamorphosed 300 – 350 million years ago.
Natural slate is extracted from both quarries and mines, being surface quarries the most common and traditional way of producing natural slate. Once the overburden is removed, the slate is sawn in large flat slabs that are then carefully cut into smaller natural slate blocks, and transported to a transformation factory. Blocks are then hand split by skilled craftsmen into roofing slates of the desired thickness. All slates then undergo final inspection, with each producer having its own selection and quality criteria.
What is Spanish slate?
Spanish slate is a foliated, metamorphic rock created from fine-grained sediments over the course of millions of years. It Is mainly composed of quartz, sericite and minerals of the chlorite group. Unlike UK slate where you find a greater variety of colours, Spanish slate is usually black or grey.
Slate has a long tradition as a construction product. Its strength and outstanding resilience make it one of the most durable and versatile materials mainly used for roofing and cladding.
Today, most slate used in the UK has a Spanish origin and is used for high-end projects, historical buildings, traditional pitched-roof housing and sustainable architecture.
What are Slate Grades?
Once the process of crafting the slate at the quarry is complete, each piece is assessed along with different technical and aesthetic guidelines in order to be classified into the following two selections for you to choose from;
These are slates of great flatness, very regular thickness and the result of an extraordinarily rigorous classification process. Used in projects where a uniform look is sought, these slates are chosen worldwide by architects and installers to achieve the perfect roof.
Having the same strength and durability as the R Excellence, the H is a high-quality natural roof slate that permits slight variations in thickness and flatness. These slates often are chosen by experienced installers who are able to work the slate on the roof and guarantee a uniform finish.
Why Spanish slates?
Recognised worldwide for its performance, Spanish slates stand out for their high quality and superb aesthetic finish.
Spain is the world’s first slate producer. The biggest reserves of tectonic natural slate in the world are found in the north of the country.
Natural slate is already one of the most renowned roofing materials, and more and more architects and housebuilders are using it for their projects. In this respect, Spain plays a leading role, 90% of the slate sold in the world is Spanish.
Get your Spanish Slate from Burton Roofing today
As a trusted supplier of Spanish Slate, you can rest assured that you will get the service to match a dependable product when you get your slate roof tiles from Burton Roofing.
With over 35 years of experience in the trade, our customers have rated us ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot, and we think you will too. We offer free delivery in selected areas. Read more about delivery rates or use our delivery estimate tool. If you have any questions about which roof slates to choose, feel free to call us on 0800 124 4431.
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