At the International Roofing Expo®, Millennium Slate LLC announced a revolutionary method of installing slate roofs, trademarked The Centennial System™. The system involves factory-applied hook and loop strips on the front and rear of individual slate tiles. Millennium is launching this product with market-leading hook and loop fasteners from Velcro®. The individual slate tiles are applied to a roofing substrate covered with hook fasteners. This launch underlayment is InsulBase RL™ by Carlisle® Construction Materials. Millennium has domestic and international patents pending.
Millennium has wind tunnel-tested this system at 160 mph with no damage. Environmental testing down to -40ºF and up to 250ºF means this system will be appropriate in all climates. Since no nails are used, hundreds or roof penetrations per square of roofing are avoided. While Millennium is very pleased with environmental and wind testing, offerings from other hook and loop manufacturers are being evaluated, which could result in increased performance and lower costs.
Over the years, Millennium has looked at all the hook, clip, and rail systems that have tried to replace traditional slate application methods. This highly automated system of applying the hook and loop tapes in the company’s factory will be a tremendous speed up and simplification of the slate application systems that have been used for centuries. Millennium is presently evaluating other roof types for this system and will be looking at other parts of the building needs, such as ceiling and floor tiles, siding, fascia, and wall cladding.