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Slate Roofing

Have you ever been to Europe?  Ever wonder what is on the rooftops of castles and why they last so long?  The answer is slate.  It is the most durable roofing material made and also arguably the most beautiful.  In the early 1900's it was the most popular material used but has since decreased in popularity due to its cost and the fact that so many other roofing products have entered the market.

What is Slate Made From?

Slate is essentially hardened mud.  It comes from a rock called shale which consists of many thin layers of clay that are heated and pressurized.  Unfortunately, once the material has been heated and compressed its chemical properties cause it to become more brittle and breakable.  This is one of the reasons slate can be less desirable or even dangerous if it fell from the roof onto someone walking underneath.

Why Slate Roofing is a Winner

If slate has been used for so long there must be a reason why, right?  There are in fact many reasons why it is a top choice--we've listed the top benefits for you below:

  • Long Lasting and Durable
    • It is not uncommon for a slate roof to last for 100-150 years or more!
    • Resistant to mold and fungus
    • Extremely fire resistant - pieces of slate will not burn
  • Unmatched Beauty
    • Known as one of the most elegant looking roofing materials
    • Used on castles and cathedrals so it must be beautiful!
    • Available in a wide range of colors, shapes and thicknesses
  • Think Green With Slate
    • Slate roofs outlast other roofing materials by 3 times or more which produces less waste for the environment

Why Slate Roofing is a Loser

There are some negative aspects regarding slate roofing to consider that we've listed below:

  • Slate is Expensive
    • One of the most expensive roofing materials on the market
    • Remember though that it may cost more but it also lasts much longer!
  • Potentially Dangerous
    • Due to its brittle nature, heavy slate fragments can fall from the roof
    • Make sure you have it installed professionally to reduce your risk
    • If someone services your roof, make sure they are a licensed roofing professional so they don't step on the slate tiles and break them
  • Heavy
    • You must make sure your home can handle the weight of a slate roof
    • If the framing is not strong enough, it can sway during high winds causing slate tiles to fall off

Need More Help From a Slate Roofing Professional?

If you require further assistance with Slate roofing installation, repair or replacement, we offer Free Roofing Estimates from local qualified roofing contractors. Our service is free and has no obligations to purchase.  Let us help you take the first step in getting your roofing project underway.