What quality control measures are employed for Buckingham® Slate products?

Slabs of slate are carefully extracted and graded from the quarry before the manufacturing process even begins. Each piece is then examined as the product is created, including a final inspection before each piece is shipped or palletized.

If I order Buckingham® Slate at two different times, will the slate look different?

One of the unique features of Buckingham® Slate is its resistance to acids, genuine unfading qualities, low absorption rate, and lifetime expectancy of 150-plus years. If you order additional slate for your project, you can rest assured that our unfading blue-black slate will match.

What is the advantage of buying Buckingham® Slate rather than imported slate?

When you buy Buckingham® Slate, you know what you’re getting: An all-natural, superior slate of rich black, gray and blue tones that can last centuries due to its extremely low absorption rate, resistance to acids and genuine unfading qualities. Buckingham® Slate is quarried from a single deposit and has been for the last 200 years. Buying imported slate presents a significant risk because you don’t know the quality of the product. Imported slates are often sourced from multiple deposits of varying quality. Buckingham® Slate has been quarried and crafted in America since 1867 – providing unrivaled, domestic quality for more than 150 years.

What are the advantages to purchasing slate with a high resistance to acidity and low water absorption?

High resistance to acidity and a low moisture absorption rate means your slate with look great and last longer than other products. These qualities help Buckingham ® Slate maintain its longevity and unfading nature.

Is Buckingham® Slate considered a “green” product?

Yes. Buckingham® Slate is a natural stone that is hand crafted. Chemicals are never used during the manufacturing process. Also, buying domestic products greatly reduces the amount of fossil fuels used in the shipping process.

What kind of warranty comes with Buckingham® Slate?

We warranty our product to be free of manufacture defect. If at any time during the life of your structure your Buckingham® Slate begins to fade or deteriorate, we will issue replacement material. *This does not include any installation issues, making it important to use a contractor who has experience installing slate. The warranty is non-transferrable and covers only the product*

What is the difference between Buckingham® genuine unfading slate and other “unfading” slate?

The best test any “unfading” slate can go through is the test of time. Many new products have not gone through or withstood this important test. But with Buckingham ® Slate products, we can point to any number of projects that are 150 years or older with no signs of fading or deterioration. No other quarry has this track record.

Most companies say they have an S-1 slate, what makes Buckingham® different?

Buckingham ® Slate not only has a high testing performance, but also a demonstrated history of lasting and not fading. A projection or warranty is only truly proven through time and that is where Buckingham ® Slate stands alone.

Where is Buckingham® Slate quarried?

Buckingham ® Slate has been quarried in the Arvonia, Virginia area since the late 1700’s. We are the only slate quarry in the world that quarries and manufactures Buckingham ® Slate. Since being discovered by Welshmen, Buckingham ® Slate can be found on quality structures throughout the world. There are many Buckingham ® Slate roofs that are older than 1867.

Will you ship the slate to me?

Buckingham® Slate products are delivered throughout the United States via truck and rail. We work closely with wholesalers, dealers, distributors, and suppliers to ensure your slate is delivered on time and meets your specifications.

Can I buy directly from Buckingham® Slate?

We have an extensive group of distributors throughout the United States who can work with you throughout the buying cycle. Please call to find a dealer near you.

Can I come to visit the quarry and see the products you are making?

Contact us for an appointment.

What color is Buckingham® Slate?

Buckingham ® Slate has subtle tones of black, blue and gray with a mica sheen. This coloring is unique for slate, and the unfading quality of Buckingham ® Slate means it will look the same for more than a century.

Are any other colors available?

Buckingham ® Slate only comes in an unfading blue to black color with a mica sheen. The color has subtle tones of black, blue and gray.

Will I have a long lead time when I order products from Buckingham® Slate?

Lead times are dependent on the type of product and order size and will vary accordingly. Your Buckingham Slate sales representative will work closely with you to manage production and delivery times.

Does Buckingham® Slate install their products?

We have resources and relationships with many installers throughout the U.S, but Buckingham® Slate does not install products.

Do you sell raw slabs for custom manufacturing companies?

Absolutely. We can sell raw slabs to your fabricator of choice.

Additional questions?

Please call the main office at 434-581-1131.

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