Earlier, we talked about metal roofs paying for themselves – with their energy efficiency, functionality, weather protection, and low maintenance. Today, we’ll discuss a material that does not only pay you back as it ages, but also ages well: slate.
The use of slate in roofing dates back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Since then, the material has consistently lived up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful in the market – especially for homes near the coast. Slate roofs can be expensive, but they offer advantages that allow you to recoup your investment over the course of the product’s lifetime.
Slate outlasts many other roofing materials, depending on where it was quarried. Buckingham, Virginia slate, for instance, can last for 175 years. Vermont and New York slate are both known to typically last about 125 years. Pennsylvania Soft vein, on the other hand, can last more than 60 years. For that type of duration, a typical asphalt shingle roof could be replaced three times. Moreover, slate roofs also carry extensive warranties.
Strength and Durability
Because its natural stone, slate is more durable than any of the synthetic material options available on the market. Its composition allows it to be resistant to moisture penetration, temperature changes, fungus and mold, and extreme weather events. This reduces the need for constant repairs, even during the rainy and cold seasons. Some types of slate also weigh less than other materials, which can facilitate better and easier installation. Being lightweight is also a feature that allows slate to be fastened more securely to the roofing structure.
High Resale Value
If you have plans of selling your home, having a slate roof is certainly a big plus. Slate roofs fetch more because of the quality of the material, as well as its specialized installation requirements. Plus, it is common knowledge that slate roofs require little maintenance – which makes them a worthwhile investment for any homeowner.
Slate is expensive to install, but with its performance, you should be able to recoup expenses in just a few years. What’s more, your slate roof is bound to be enjoyed by your family for many generations to come. Just make sure to commission a professional slater for both installation and repairs, as this is one material that requires specialized knowledge.
Okay, so now we have covered metal and slate. Want one more? Stay tuned for the final installment of this series.