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The Affordable Luxury of Nova Brazilian Natural Slate

Jun 26, 2024

When it comes to roofing materials, many Irish homeowners assume fibre cement slate is the budget-friendly option, while natural slate is a splurge. However, this perception doesn’t tell the full story. Nova Brazilian Natural Slate, particularly the Nova Graphite variety, offers an affordable path to the timeless beauty and durability of genuine slate.

Cost Comparison: Nova Graphite vs Fibre Cement

A good quality fibre cement tile costs around €20 per square metre. In contrast, Nova Graphite slates from SIG Roofing come in at just €23.50 per square metre. So while the upfront material cost of Nova Graphite is slightly higher, when you factor in Nova Graphite’s exceptional longevity of 100+ years versus fibre cement’s 30-year lifespan, the long-term value becomes abundantly clear.

A Worthwhile Investment

Don’t let the modest premium over fibre cement deter you from the unmatched quality of Nova Brazilian Natural Slate. This is a slightly dearer investment that will pay dividends for generations:

Unrivalled Durability: Nova Graphite slates are certified as A1, S1, T1 and conform to EN12326-1:2004 and are expected to exceed the life of the building itself, with a 30-year manufacturer’s guarantee when installed properly, slates are in accordance with ICP2-2002, BS5534:2014 and national building regulations.

Minimal Maintenance: Unlike fibre cement which may fade over time, Nova slate will retain its rich, distinctive hues for decades with little upkeep required.

Elevated Aesthetics: The inherent variations in colour and texture give Nova slate an unmatched, high-end look that fibre cement cannot replicate.

Sustainable Choice: As a natural material, Nova slate is fully recyclable and has a low embodied carbon footprint compared to manufactured options.

Pros and Cons at a Glance

Choosing the right roofing material is a significant decision. Both Nova Brazilian natural slate and fibre cement slate offer unique advantages and disadvantages:

Nova Brazilian Natural Slate

Pros:

  • Unmatched aesthetics with natural beauty and colour variations
  • Exceptional durability against Irish weather conditions
  • Excellent longevity lasting over 100 years
  • Sustainable and low embodied energy

Cons:

  • Higher upfront cost than fibre cement (but long-term value)
  • Higher labour costs than fibre cement
  • Increased weight may require structural reinforcement
  • Requires skilled installation
  • Wastage may occur on installation

Fibre Cement Roofing IrelandFibre Cement Slate

Pros:

  • Lower initial cost
  • Lightweight for easier installation
  • Versatile colour and style options

Cons:

  • Shorter 30-year lifespan
  • Colour fading over time
  • Less authentic look than natural slate
  • More maintenance
  • High carbon footprint

Sustainability: Nova Graphite vs Fibre Cement

Nova slate is a natural material that is fully recyclable and has a low embodied carbon footprint compared to manufactured options. It’s important to acknowledge the environmental considerations associated with fibre cement slates. The production of fibre cement generates a considerable amount of embodied carbon.

When it comes to protecting your Irish home from the elements while adding timeless curb appeal, don’t settle for less than the real deal. Nova Brazilian Natural Slate delivers affordable luxury that will outperform and outlast fibre cement slate every time.

What Is Nova Brazilian Natural Slate?

Nova Brazilian natural slate has become a popular roofing material. It offers a balance of affordability and aesthetic appeal. But what exactly makes this type of slate stand out?

Nova Brazilian slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock. It’s quarried in Brazil, hence the name. This slate is known for its stunning, dark grey colour that lends a sophisticated look to any roof. The quarries produce slates in two thickness selections – 6-7mm and 6-9mm. This variety allows for flexibility in design and application.

When it comes to cost, Nova Brazilian slate is the most cost-effective. It’s sourced at a more economical price point than its Welsh and Spanish counterparts. It’s slightly more expensive than fibre cement slate, now at €2/3 per m2 more, but in terms of durability, it will last at least 3 times longer than fibre cement.

Nova Graphite slates have a smooth surface texture. Due to their uniform thickness minimal grading is required. Brazilian slates should be fixed using stainless hooks and appropriate nails. Additional attention will be required when cutting Nova Graphite on site. To avoid excessive breakage a cutter should be used.

Stocks

Nova Graphite slates are available from SIG Roofing centers in sizes 60×30 and 50×25. Our branches are located in Belfast, Omagh, Dublin, Limerick and Cork.

Guarantee

Nova Graphite slates are certified as A1, S1, T1 and conform to EN12326-1:2004 and are expected to exceed the life of the building. A formal manufacturer backed guarantee of 30 years is given once the slates are in accordance with ICP2-2002, BS5534:2014 and national building regulations.

What Is Fibre Cement Slate?

Fibre cement slate, a popular alternative to natural slate, is a manufactured roofing material designed to mimic the appearance of its natural counterpart.  It’s made from a composite of cement, sand, and cellulose fibres. The manufacturing process involves blending these materials into a slurry, which is then pressed into moulds to create the desired slate-like shape.

Guarantee

SIG’s Capco Smooth PLUS and Textured Riven Edge slates achieve the highest class, class B in accordance with EN 492. Supported by a 20-year colour guarantee.

Fibre cement slates are praised for their affordability and ease of installation. A good quality fibre cement tile costs around €20 per square metre. This makes them a budget-friendly option compared to natural slate, especially for homeowners working with cost constraints.

Making the Right Choice

Selecting the ideal roofing material is a crucial decision that impacts your home’s aesthetics, functionality, longevity and the ever-growing concern of carbon footprint. Nova Brazilian Natural Slate and fibre cement slate each offer unique advantages for Irish homes.

Nova Brazilian slate stands out for its unparalleled beauty, durability, and longevity, making it a premium investment for discerning homeowners. It delivers affordable luxury that outperforms and outlasts fibre cement alternatives, providing superior protection against Ireland’s challenging weather conditions while adding timeless curb appeal.

Fibre cement slate, on the other hand, offers a balance of affordability and ease of installation. It is well-known as being the cheaper option but not many people realise how cost-effective Nova Brazilian Slate is in comparison. For a slightly higher price, you can own a roof that will last a lifetime, making it a practical choice for many homeowners. The optimal roofing solution depends on your specific needs, priorities, and budget. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of each material to make an informed decision that aligns with your long-term vision for your home.

For expert guidance, consider consulting with SIG Roofing or their Technical Solutions team. We offer free advice on estimations and roof take-offs in compliance with building regulations. With fully stocked branches across Ireland, our knowledgeable staff can provide valuable insights on material selection, installation requirements, and other crucial factors to ensure you choose the best option for your home. Contact us today!

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