How slate ages
All buildings have a waterproof membrane – a bit like the shell jacket you put on as the last layer after your wooden sweater before you go on a hike. A building’s membrane protects the insulation in walls and roofs and must be weatherproof all year round.
Preferably, it should protect the building forever without changing and without requiring much maintenance.
This is a very tall order.
We know that shell jackets that have not been weatherproofed or have been exposed to wind and weather for 20 years will change, as will our own skin if we don’t protect it with sun cream and other healthy nutrients!