Picking the right roofing material is one of the most important renovation decisions a homeowner makes. A natural slate roof is one of the most overlooked roofing materials, generally because homeowners are unaware of its various benefits. Consulting with an expert roofing contractor is a key step before deciding on a slate roof. However, it helps to know some of the major advantages that this material offers.
Slate roofing is available in a wide array of styles and colors. Slate is offered in graduated, textual, and mixed color and pattern styles. While the most common styles are perhaps the standard pattern and random width, these are far from the only options. Slate can be rough and rustic or smooth and classy. It can range from dark gray or black to green, red, purple, and more.
Real slate is a rock that comes from a shale-like sedimentary rock made of clay or volcanic ash. That means that slate is already millions of years old before being installed on your roof. It is an incredibly durable material capable of lasting hundreds of years with very little maintenance. At the very least, you are likely to get between 75 and 100 years out of a slate roof, but a high number of slate roofs last far longer. Installing a slate roof, for most homeowners, means installing something that will outlast them! This more than makes up for slate’s higher price over asphalt.
Natural Slate roofing increases your home’s resale value for a few reasons. First, it is quite beautiful and potential homebuyers are often struck by its aesthetic appeal. At least as important, however, is slate’s durability. Installing slate means having a roof that requires little to no maintenance and will not need to be replaced for around a century. This permanence is a major boost to home value and resale potential.
Slate is naturally fire-resistant and mold-resistant. It absorbs very little moisture, helping to prevent cracks from freezing and thawing or buildup of excess condensation that can damage asphalt shingles. Slate shingles are not just longer-lived than asphalt, they are also far less prone to environmental damage. That means far fewer repairs after inclement weather. It also means slate roofing can improve your home’s safety by reducing the risk of fires spreading to your roof.
Homeowners are increasingly concerned with their home’s environmental impacts. Roofing waste accounts for a significant portion of waste sent to landfills each year. Most of this waste is because of asphalt shingles that have to be replaced every 20 or 30 years. Installing a slate roof means reducing waste and mitigating your home’s impact on the environment.
Because slate roofing is heavier than asphalt shingles, your home will need to be inspected by a structural engineer. This may sound intimidating, but all it means is that an engineer will check that your home can support the additional weight of slate roofing. If it cannot, an engineer can help you map out changes that may need to be made. These changes can improve the overall durability and safety of your home, even before installing a slate roof.
Slate is a tough material, but no roof is totally immune to wear and tear. Luckily, slate roofing can be repaired easily at any time. Repairs are as simple as sliding old shingles out of place and filling the spot with new ones. Should your roof end up being damaged by inclement weather or an unforeseen accident, repairs are quick and hassle-free.