If you’re considering a slate roof on your home, good on you! Slate is an extremely durable material and your roof just might last 100 years or more if you go with slate.However, a slate roof may or may not be right for your home. There are pros and cons to any roofing material you choose, so it’s best to know all the facts and make an informed decision. Below are some of the the advantages, and even a few disadvantages of slate roofing.
Aesthetics and Curb Appeal
That roof in the picture above is a complete work of art, isn’t it! Slate roofing comes in various styles ranging from textural and graduated installations to mixed colors and patterns that can perfectly match your home’s beauty. And this is one of the best features that a slate roof has over the other roofing materials available in the market.
Slate is a homogeneous metamorphic rock which makes it incredibly durable. It can last several hundred years with little to no maintenance. Let’s say you can get at least 75 to 100 years or more out of your slate roof. Compare that to the average lifespan of asphalt or metal! 100 years is more than enough for you to get the most out of your investment. The only other material that can really compete with slate is copper roofing when it comes to longevity. It is important to note though that you shouldn’t apply any kinds of DIY sealant or paint to your slate roof as this may cause the roof to age prematurely. Ask a local licensed contractor for help maintaining the appearance of your slate.
Increased home appraisal value
Slate roofs are fire and mold-resistant. And because of its low water absorption capabilities, it is very resistant to frost damage and breakage caused by freezing. Therefore, a house with slate roofing can be priced higher due to its natural beauty, elegance, and durability.
It is important to note though that slate roofing has its own list of flaws just like any other roofing material:
It is extremely heavy. A slate roof can add an additional 500 pounds to your roof. So if you’re unsure if your home is capable of handling a slate roof, a roof inspection is a must before you decide to get a slate roof installed. Often installing slate requires extra reinforcement.
Slate roofing is very expensive and it may cost two to three times more than a standard shingle roof.
Slate tends to get damaged easily with foot traffic. It’s best not to walk on the roof unless absolutely necessary after the install.
Whether you decide if a slate roofing is the right roofing material for your home, will fully depend on your needs and financial capacity. If you have further questions or concerns about slate roofing, 5 Star Roofing and Restoration would be more than happy to answer any of them. Give us a call today!