Slate roofing is known as the ultimate roofing material on the market. It is beautiful, durable, and long-lasting. However, it is also costly and requires a specialized roofer to install and repair it. In this article, we will discuss the different aspects to consider when it comes to slate roofing.
Slate Roofing Is Costly
Slate roofing is expensive, let me give you some numbers, if a square of asphalt shingles costs about $200 that same square in slate will run you about $1,500. Yes, it’s expensive, it is not just the actual material that is costly, it’s the labor. You cannot just have any roofing company install it. A slate roof needs to be installed by an artisan who was personally trained by another artisan on how to properly lay a slate roof. It is an art, each slate roof bears the love and signature of the artisan that personally laid each tile.
Slate is Fragile
The stone slate consists of many layers of thin, fragile stone, and if a layer becomes chipped, it can damage the entire stone. This means that cleaning it can be risky. If you are not careful or if the person you hire to clean your slate roof does not know what they are doing they can cause tremendous damage. If it does become damaged, it will be a big deal and chances are the fix will not be easy or simple.
Aesthetics of a Slate Roof
Now on to the fun part, there is no better-looking roof then a slate roof, the biggest reason for that is that slate roofing is to put it simply, an art form. The layering, the color scheme of the stone, it all comes together more beautifully than any other type of roofing material. It is one of the oldest used roofing material, and its unparalleled beauty is one of the biggest reason for that popularity. If you have not seen one in real life, then you should go do so now, and you will understand what all the hype is about. Slate roofing is simply beautiful, and there is nothing else like it.
The longevity of Slate Roofing
A well built and properly maintained slate roof will last for over a hundred years. Slate roofs are among the strongest in terms of natural stone roofing materials. Aside from some out of the ordinary malady, a slate roof will stand the test of time and withstand some of the harshest weather mother nature can throw at it.
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