Slate roofs can make any roof look great. And while they may cost more than an asphalt shingle roof or a metal roof, there are many great benefits. Listed below are a few of the pros and cons of having a slate roof installed on your property:
1. Slate is durable and low maintenance.
Slate is non-porous, so it won’t absorb water. This means it will require less maintenance and won’t break down or corrode like other roofing materials can.
2. Slate lasts a lot longer than other types of roofs.
Slate roofs can last a century if they are installed correctly and are properly maintained. Some manufacturers offer a 100 year warranty with their slate roof systems, so you’re guaranteed the roof won’t fail in your lifetime.
3. They are fire resistant.
Because it is a stone, it is completely fire-proof. This is great when it comes to preventing fires that can be caused by airborne sparks from fireworks or the neighbors fire-pit.
4. They are environmentally friendly.
Since the life of your slate roof will outlast you, there’s less debris that ends up at the landfill. Roof waste from asphalt shingle roofs makes it way to our landfills every day. With slate roofs, we reduce the amount of waste because the slate lasts 100 years. Slate also doesn’t give off any VOC’s or other pollution during the manufacturing process. Your energy costs will be reduced as well because the slate helps to insulate your home below them.
5. They look great.
Slate roofs add to the curb appeal of your home. It comes in a variety of colors, sizes and thicknesses so you can find exactly what works best for your property.
The cost of a slate roof is high. But when you consider that you won’t have to replace it every 15 or 20 years like an asphalt roof, the costs are less because it will last you almost forever.
Slate roofs are much heavier than other traditional roofing materials. Before you install one, make sure your home or building is structurally evaluated to determine if it is able to hold the weight. It may be necessary to install reinforcements which can also add to the costs.
8. Specialized installation.
Slate is a specialized material and must be installed properly. If it’s not, the tiles can crack or break. Make sure your roofer has the right training and experience in installing this type of roof before you spend a lot of money on it.
9. They’re fragile.
Once installed, it’s recommended that you don’t walk on the slate roof because the tiles will break. And because the stone comes in lots, it’s virtually impossible to find a perfect match to replace any damaged, cracked or broken tiles. Only qualified slate roofing staff should be on your roof so that any breakage can be avoided.
Deciding on a slate roof is a big decision. Make sure you understand the process from installation, to maintenance and what to expect during the life of your roof before turning over your hard earned money.