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Of all the roofing options homeowners have to choose from, slate is as durable as you can get. A well-built slate roof can last upwards of two centuries, meaning no matter how well you take of yourself, you’ll never outlast your roof. Nor will you ever have to undergo another roofing project. As you could imagine with such a durable option, price plays a big part in a decision to install a slate roof.

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The Pros of Slate Roofing:

  • DURABILITY: If the term “ultimate durability” had a roofing partner, it’s slate. Whether you’re choosing a natural slate option or if you’re going with a fiber cement slate solution, you are getting a lifetime out of a slate roof.
  • RESALE VALUE: A house with a slate roof is a highly-attractive amenity to a prospective home buyer. Uttering the words “you’ll never have to worry about the roof…ever” to a possible buyer, is music to their ears. Going the slate route has absolute long-term value. The question is, is it worth the initial investment?
  • APPEARANCE:Simply put, slate is beautiful. It adds a decorative element to a house that can’t be achieved with wood, asphalt or other roofing options. Slate gives homeowners a one-of-a-kind roof with a style that dates back all the way to the 12thCentury.

The Cons of Slate Roofing:

  • COST: If you’re convinced by the majesty and durability of a slate roof, expect to pay roughly 25-40% more than you would for an asphalt solution. While this investment pays itself back in the long run by enhancing home value, are the up-front costs worth it?
  • WEIGHT: It’s up to homeowners to do their homework on whether the structure of their house can support a slate roof. As you can imagine, slate rock weighs much more than wood or asphalt. Yet another reason why it’s important to consult with professional during the planning stages of a roof project.

Types of Slate Roofing:

  • NATURAL: Natural slate is the most widely-chosen option. While natural slate is resistant and durable, there can be issues with staining or mold due to extreme weather conditions.
  •  FIBER: Installing a fiber cement roof is another viable option. Created from a reinforced non-alkaline glass fiber, the look and feel of this option is akin to the appearance of a natural slate roof. Fiber is by far most cost-effective slate solution vs. a natural slate roof and provides serious durability.
  • BITUMINOUS SLATE: This option is another cost-effective artificial slate solution that is created from a soft clay slate. This slate is infused with “bitumen”, which is a viscous mixture of hydrocarbons and petroleum distillation. That’s a lot of scientific terms that simply says “it’s an artificial slate alternative that’s durable and looks like natural slate”.

Maintenance of Slate Roofing:

We’re sure that you’ve seen an increasingly-growing amount of metal roofs around your neighborhood as they are becoming more and more prominent. Yet another durable option, metal roofs typically last about as long as you own your house (IE: 30 years) and usually come with a warranty of 30-50 years. While not as costly as slate, metal roofs are on the higher side of price as far as materials and labor go. Once again, you’re paying for longevity and max protection.

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