If you’re shelling out thousands of dollars for a new roof, you had better be sure that you’ve found the right roofing material. Asphalt shingles are very common, but will they hold up as well as other options? Ceramic tiles are beautiful, but do they suit the style of your home? Wood shakes are unique, but are you willing to complete all the maintenance they require? Or what about a slate roof? Slate is distinctive, distinguished, and long-lasting, but is it the right choice for your home? Scroll down to discover the pros and cons of a slate roof.
Pros and Cons of a Slate Roof
PRO: Slate roofs are beautiful.
Homeowners love slate‘s elegant, classic appearance. It’s natural yet refined. Slate tiles are available in a variety of colors, thicknesses, and textures, and they complement a number of different architectural styles. Plus, a slate roof will retain its beauty as it ages.
CON: Slate roofs are expensive.
We can’t talk about slate roofs without talking about their high cost. Remember that although you’re making a very large initial investment, a slate roof will also last far longer than other roofing materials. When you consider slate’s longevity, the expense shouldn’t seem so outrageous.
PRO: Slate roofs are very long-lasting.
Slate roofs can last a lifetime, so you should feel confident that you’ll be long gone before your new slate roof is replaced. Assuming it’s properly installed, a slate roof can last 150 years or more. Many other types of roofs only last 20-30 years, so the fact that slate lasts more than a century is amazing indeed. Especially if you aren’t planning to sell your home, this longevity should be a very attractive feature.
CON: Slate roofs are difficult to install.
Slate is heavy yet fragile, which makes it very difficult to install. To ensure that your roof is installed correctly (and your investment isn’t made in vain), be sure to work with a contractor who has experience installing slate roofs. Additionally, realize that slate’s difficult installation process means that the installation cost will be high as well.
PRO: Slate roofs are resistant to fire, rot, and pests.
Considering slate is a rock, it’s unsurprising that it is resistant to fire. In fact, it’s completely fireproof! So if your roof ever confronts a wildfire, firework, or a nearby house fire, it will easily squelch the sparks. Plus, it won’t fall prey to rot or pesky pests. Because of all these facts and more, slate is virtually maintenance free!
CON: Slate roofs are difficult to repair.
Now that you know slate roofs are difficult to install, it should come as no surprise that they’re difficult to repair as well. Because they’re fragile, you should never walk on them unless you’ve worked with slate roofs before. It’s also important to know that replacing a slate tile will be tough, because it is hard to find a perfect color match.
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Now that you’ve reviewed the pros and cons of a slate roof, what do you think? Will slate work well for your roof? Are you ready to make that large initial investment in exchange for a beautiful, durable, long-lasting roof? Or would you rather choose a cheaper roof that will need to be replaced a few decades down the line? The choice is yours!
If you’re remodeling your house or building a new home and you live in the southwest Missouri area, please give Adam Cowherd Construction a call at 417-877-7548 or click here for a free quote. We would love to help you build the home (or roof!) of your dreams.