Fibre Cement Slate - Scotland



Red diamond roofing slates have been used for the renovation of a Scottish gate lodge, originally built around the turn of the 20th century by WR Thomson & Co of Edinburgh. The lodge was commissioned by a prominent English aristocrat who leased the country estate as a retreat. When an authentic match for a traditional diamond-shaped slate was required for this unusual project, the owner enlisted the help of a slate manufacturer who supplied red diamond slates from their comprehensive and diverse range of roofing slates.

Originally a timber framed pre-fabricated sectional structure, Cairnsmore Lodge has been extended and renovated by the current owner to bring it up to current standards. The owner felt it was important to maintain an authentic appearance and took great care in sourcing materials to reflect this. The whole project has been re-roofed with red diamond fibre cement slates, as well as blue/black fibre cement ridges. The existing eaves projection has also been extended to give additional protection from the elements as well as to improve overall appearance.

“Diamond slates are unusual now and we could only find one supplier who could offer suitable replacement slates for the lodge” says the owner. “The new slated roof successfully maintains the architectural integrity of the lodge. We are delighted with the finished result and our home is much admired by all who see it.”

Once the most commonly available imported fibre cement slates available in the UK (and popular in the 1920s and 30s) diamond shape roof slates fell out of fashion in the UK during the 1960s. The new roof using the Diamond slate range successfully preserves the architectural integrity of the lodge by matching the size and colour of the original slates.

Reminiscent of the original ‘red diamond’ slates, the ‘Diamond’ slates are ideal for the specifier or contractor working on refurbishment projects. One of the additional benefits of the diamond shape is that the slates are single rather than double lap. This ensures that the less material is used per m² (i.e. only eleven are required instead of thirteen).

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