Slate Roof or Tile Roof
Slate and tile roofs are absolutely beautiful and will add value and beauty to your home. While the most significant difference between a slate roof and a tile roof is the price, each has different benefits, deciding which one is best for you is ultimately a matter of your budget and taste.
Cost – Slate roofs are the most luxurious roofs on the market and are known for their durability and historic beauty. The average slate roof costs about $1,500 per square foot. Tile roofs are more cost-effective and provide long-lasting protection as well. Clay tile costs around $900 per square foot.
Aesthetics – Slate roofs are known for their elegance and beauty. Slate on its own comes in a gorgeous array of colors, such as greys, greens, and shades of purple but if you are looking for a specific color, tile roofs come in a more extensive variety of colors than your average slate roof.
Maintenance – Tile roofing is less of an art form to maintain than slate, which means that when your slate roof needs maintenance or work you cannot just hire any roofer. You will need to call an experienced and reputable slate roofer, someone who has extensive experience providing the tender loving care that a slate roof needs.
While a slate roof can withstand pretty much anything nature can throw at it, a slate roof will react very poorly to a blundering roofer stepping all over it, whereas a tile roof will be a little more forgiving if anyone other than a master artisan does maintenance or repairs to it.
Longevity – Slate roofs are nicknamed “the forever roof” because the average lifespan of a slate roof is 150-200 years; many slate roofs outlive their owners! The average lifespan of tile roofing is about 50 years which is a long time compared to other roofing materials.
Both slate roofs and tile roofs are able to withstand harsh winds up to 150 MPH with professional installation. Slate roofs are more weather and insect resistant than concrete or clay tile roofing.
There are many things to consider when deciding whether a tile or slate roof is best for your home. If you would like to learn even more about these roofing options, contact Van De Hey Refined Roofing, the experts in custom roofing for 29 years. They have extensive knowledge of all roofing systems and will help you with all of your roofing needs. Van De Hey Refined Roofing proudly serves the following areas: Appleton, Little Chute and the Fox Valley area, Sheboygan, Oshkosh, Madison, Milwaukee, Shorewood, Oconomowoc, Verona, Waukesha, and Green Bay and De Pere areas in Wisconsin.