If you opt for a slate roof, you’re choosing a premium material that’ll give your house some serious curb appeal. Slate tiles have been used as a roofing material for centuries, and for good reason. Not only are they resistant to severe weather, but they can last for upwards of 100 years! That’s some serious staying power, not to mention slate gives your home a unique look that never goes out of style.
There are plenty of pros when considering slate tiles as your chosen roofing material. For one, they provide superior protection. This material is resistant to rain, wind, sun, snow, as well fluctuations between hot and cold temperatures. A huge bonus is that slate tiles are very much water resistant, and will remain entirely leak free throughout their lifespan. In addition to being water resistant, slate tiles are fireproof and highly resistant to mold, mildew, rust, and insect infestations. Slate is also a green material, which means it can help lower your overall energy costs over the course of its lifetime. Keep in mind that unless some of your slate roof tiles break or crack, you’ll be able to enjoy a practically maintenance free roof for several years.
No roofing material is perfect, however, and slate tiles are no exception. While slate is a wonderful option, there are some downsides. For example, slate is incredibly heavy and can weigh anywhere from 8 to 15 pounds per square foot of roof. There are a lot of homes that aren’t built to withstand such weight, so it’s important that you have your roof evaluated to make sure slate tiles can be installed in the first place. If it so happens that your roof does not meet the necessary parameters, you’ll have to upgrade the framing to support the weight of the tiles. Installing a slate roof also takes quite a bit of time too. Sometimes it can take 1 to 3 months for the slate tiles just to arrive at your home. If your roof is particularly large, with lots of dormers and valleys, installing a slate roof can take up to a year to complete. Replacing tiles can be a hassle too since it’s essential to get the right shade, size, and texture to match your existing roof.
Slate tiles are a fantastic roofing option, as long as the price of the materials fits within your budget. It can be hard to find professional installers willing to put in a slate roof, but REI Roofing proudly offers this service! Interested in learning more? Give us a call and we can go over your options.