Slate roofing material has been around for a long time and with good reason. Slate roofs often last at least one hundred years and some have even been known to last two hundred years! Slate roofing material also adds a sense of class and style to any home or office building, being made of stone to compliment any building design.
Benefits of Slate
Slate roofing material is the most expensive of residential roofing materials, yet it also requires less maintenance and lasts for an extremely long time. Slate roofing material usually costs between six hundred to one thousand dollars per square, which is about ten times the cost of asphalt shingles. However, slate roofing material is much more aesthetically pleasing than asphalt shingles, and they last up to five times as long before having to be replaced, in fact, in most cases outliving the owner of the residence!
Slate roofing material must be installed by an expert in slate roofing so that it is installed properly, this eliminating possible problems encountered by a less experienced team. Be sure to ask the contractor for references when contemplating a slate roof and also ask if they are a member of a slate roofing association, which would help to ensure that they are up on the latest practices regarding slate roofing materials.
Slate roofing materials are fire proof, since they are made of stone, so they do not require the fire retardant of other materials such as cedar shake. They are also moss resistant, which can be a problem with other cedar or shingle roofs, causing them to deteriorate and lose their water resistant qualities. Since they are stone, there is little maintenance required, with the only exception being if a tree branch hits the roof breaking some of the slates.
There are some options for those who are not able to afford slate roofing material but like the look that slate gives a home or office building. Metal roofing materials now come in a variety of different textures and patterns, one of which is a shingle that can look identical to slate. The benefit of metal slate roofing material is that it is lighter and is not as brittle, making it much easier to install. In addition, the cost is average for roofing materials, a little above asphalt roofing material, but significantly lower than true slate roofing materials. Installation costs are also usually less since it does not require as much specialization to work with metal roofing material as slate.