Slate shingles are hand-shaped, meeting a slew of size requirements based on size and thickness. Regardless of a slate shingle’s age, it will maintain a distinct appearance over the years.
Slate shingles are also one of the longest-lasting shingle choices. Easily lasting over 100 years, slate roofing is twice as long-lasting as other leading materials. It’s made of natural stone, and it’s more durable than any man-made material. Because of its high density, slate roofing is incredibly waterproof. It’s similarly resistant to temperature fluctuations and harsh weather conditions.
Because slate is a stone, some homeowners may not want such a rustic, natural look. New-looking homes may not be suited for slate shingles, as they can be polarizing in some environments. While slate’s performance, permanence and natural look are favored by most, prospective home buyers may turn away the offer.
Slate is very durable, but it can be broken if it’s stepped on. Don’t walk on slate tiles unless you’re careful. If a tile is broken, replacing it can become complicated. Every slate tile carries a specific shape, making exact shape replacement somewhat difficult.
Slate tiles are also heavy. A slate roof can sometimes weigh between 800 and 1,500 pounds per square 100 feet. Not all homes pack the structural support needed to support such a roof, and extra reinforcement may need to be installed. If you’re going to buy a slate roof, get a home evaluation and map out its structural standpoints.
All in all, slate roofing is a solid choice for many homes. Its installation may be complex, but it’s well worth the effort. Make sure you contact a quality contractor because slate roofing needs to be installed with care to be effective. If your slate roofing is damaged, the same provider can help you fix it. C & T Siding has been in the industry for years, and we’re well-versed in the art of slate roof maintenance. Contact us today for more details.