Buying a slate roof can take a lot of thought; there are considerations to consider before you purchase it. This blog will go over some of the considerations, hopefully making your decision easier.
One of the most important factors and probably the most thought about is the cost of buying a slate roof. Slate roofs can cost a lot more than typical asphalt shingles, but with that comes other benefits of slate roofs. One of the benefits of slate roofs is their longevity; slate roofs usually have a lifespan of 75+ years, some even going well past 100 years with most people not seeing the full cycle of their slate roofs. In contrast, asphalt shingles typically last for 15 years.
Another benefit of a slate roof is the durability of the material. Depending on what quality of slate stone you get, it can have varying durability levels with higher costing ones being more durable. Slate roofs durability can be great if heavy weather strikes your home, but it also comes with a downside, which is the weight of the slate roof. Slate tiling is very heavy and can cause stress on the house if not properly installed and maintained.
Maintenance is another item you will want to take into consideration. For slate roofs maintenance is low, but there are still some things that need to be addressed. One of them is making sure water or moisture doesn’t build up. The structural integrity of the home needs to be checked to ensure it can support the weight of the slate tile.
Replacing broken tiles can be difficult and should be done by a professional, which leads us into the last thing to consider when buying a slate roof. Make sure your roofing company that installs the slate roof has had extensive experience installing slate roofs or specializes in them. Here at VR Roofing, we are well versed in installing slate, asphalt, clay, concrete, and metal roofs. We serve the Appleton, Little Chute, and the Fox Valley area, Sheboygan, Oshkosh, Madison, Milwaukee, Shorewood, Sheboygan, Oconomowoc, Verona, Waukesha and Green Bay and De Pere areas in Wisconsin. For more information visit our website or contact us with questions at www.vrroofing.com.