When it comes time to choose a roofing material, many people simply choose asphalt because it is the cheapest upfront. Slate receives relatively little consideration because its initial cost is so much higher. However, that extra cost is not for naught. Slate roofs are priced higher because they are worth the extra cost in several ways:
It will likely last for the rest of the life of your home.
Soft slate roofs last for between 50 and 125 years, while hard slate roofs can last for 200 years or more. This more than likely means you'll never have to replace your roof again, even if you choose less-expensive, softer slate tiles. You could buy one slate roof now – or two or three asphalt roofs over a period of 50 years. This often makes slate the more affordable option in the long run, plus you'll save time in the future because you don't have to get estimates and make arrangements for that second new roof.
Slate is a very eco-friendly choice.
When you purchase a slate roof, think of part of the increased cost as a donation to the environment. Slate roofs are eco-friendly for a few reasons. For one, they are made completely from natural materials, so there are no chemical pollutants released during their manufacture. Second, they cut down on waste generation since they do last so long. The shingles from old asphalt roofs tend to just sit in landfills. You won't be generating that waste when you have a slate roof, since you'll never have to get a new roof again. Plus, when slate shingles are removed from a roof, it's not a big deal. They're just natural stone, so they are not harming the earth if they sit in a pile somewhere.
Leaks and issues with slate roofs are generally easy to fix.
If you have an asphalt roof that starts leaking, things can get complicated. Sometimes the shingles need to be replaced, and other times, the issue is with the roofing membrane and you end up needing an entirely new roof. With slate, however, most leaks are caused by cracks in a single roofing tile. It's easy for a roofer to just replace the slate tile, and then your home is leak-free.
If you are able to afford the extra up-front cost of a slate roof, you'll find it's a worthy investment over the lifetime of the roof. For more information, contact Better Contracting Services or a similar company.Share
9 June 2015
I was concerned that a recent hailstorm might have caused damage to my roof. While inspecting my roof, the roofing contractor noted cracked shingles and granule loss from the impact of the hailstones. I didn't want my roof to start leaking, so I immediately had the damaged shingles replaced. Hi, my name is Troy Blakely and in this blog, you'll find out about the various types of shingle damage. You'll also learn how to determine if you need to have your roof repaired or replaced. I didn't know this information until the roofing contractor explained it to me. Then I decided that I would help other people by spreading the word. A damaged or leaky roof can cause expensive damage to the inside of your home and that's why it's so important to address roof issues as quickly as possible.