HONED SLATE HOUSE SIGN for fixing to a wall, post or gate. Made using either Welsh or Cumbrian Slate, these honed pieces of slate have a smooth surface and straight edges and square corners.
- Welsh Grey Slate
- Westmorland Green Slate
- Various sizes
- Nominal thickness 12-14mm*
- Machine cut with straight edge and square corners
- Honed (flat) surface with visible graining
- Deep carved slate house sign
- Hand painted and sealed
- Pre drilled for fixing
- Various font choices
- Choice of paint colours: WHITE, OFF WHITE, CREAM, BLACK, GREY
Please note this is a natural product and the precise thickness and appearance of the slate cannot be specified when ordering.
You can view a selection of signs we have done over the years by checking out our GALLERY
We understand choosing a House Sign is a very personal process and it’s sometimes not an easy decision to make. Quite often this is why signs that have passed their best tend to be left in situ.
If you have considered a House Sign but need some assistance or guidance with choosing the right solution, or would like this style sign made in a different size, then please get in touch and we can help with your decision making.
To make these House Signs we use Welsh Grey Slate or Westmorland Green Slate. Both these slates are renowned for their quality and durability.
Welsh Grey Slate
Generally regarded as one of the finest slates in the World. It has been used for centuries on all kinds of buildings, including the likes of St Pancreas and Kings Cross Stations, Buckingham Palace, as well as Number 10 Downing Street. In other words, this is a prime quality material. It is typically 12mm thick, though it can be up to 16mm, with visible graining and a smooth surface. Welsh Grey Slate is quarried from the Cwt-y-Bugail Quarry above Ffestiniog in North Wales.
Westmorland Green Slate
This beautiful material has been mined at Honister, in the Lake District since 1728. It is England’s last working slate mine. Westmorland Green has appeared on significant buildings such as Buckingham Palace, New Scotland Yard and RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire. It can also be found on many schools in Edinburgh, rural churches in Devon and of course, many Lake District hotels and businesses. With it’s distinctive green colour and visible graining it is an authentic slice of the Lake District.
To paint the text and/or image we use masonry paint, which is sealed with a matt varnish
MAKING A HONED SLATE HOUSE SIGN
The first step is to engrave the slate with your chosen inscription. After that, we drill the holes for fixing before moving onto the painting process. This process is completed by hand, and each sign has 8 coats of paint, applied using a 1mm brush to fill in the area of each letter, number or image. This process takes between 2-3 weeks to complete as each coat must be fully annealed before applying the next. Once the painting process is finished the slate is sealed with 2-4 coats of a matt sealer. This sealer protects the paint and enhances the overall appearance of the House Sign.
If you are buying this item as a gift and would like it sent direct to the recipient, please let us know by filling out the NOTE section at checkout. If you would like us to include a message with the item please tell us your message in the NOTE section at checkout. For gifts being sent direct, no invoice details will be included, and please double check the mailing address for accuracy.
Wherever possible we use paper or cardboard packaging. Of course we have a duty to do our bit for the environment, whilst at the same time ensuring our products arrive undamaged. Where we find it necessary to use alternative packaging, all of it can be recycled so please do your bit too.
We send all items via Royal Mail or Parcelforce using a Signed For service. Shipping costs are determined by the size and weight of the item ordered, however you can choose whether the item is shipped first or second class. Shipping costs for multiple items on the same order will therefore be determined by the total weight and size of the packaging required to ship.
FIXING YOUR HONED SLATE HOUSE SIGN
When fixing your House Sign it is important to tighten the screws gradually, moving from one to another. Over tightening one, could result in cracking. It is important to have the appropriate wall fixings and screw length to ensure your sign is stable and secure when mounted.
CARING FOR YOUR HONED SLATE HOUSE SIGN
Generally these House Signs do not require any maintenance. However, most customers tell us they like to wipe them down occasionally to keep them looking crisp. Naturally the elements will eventually weather the appearance and so a periodic reapplication of sealer will help to slow this weathering process.
All measurements are approximate. Even though we take every care to make each item to the dimensions specified, slight variations are possible and should be anticipated.
BESPOKE HONED SLATE HOUSE SIGN
If you would like a SLATE HOUSE SIGN making in a different size please get in touch
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