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Is a Slate Roof the Best Roof for Your Home?

Slate roofing is one of the most historic and expensive roofing materials for good reason - a slate roof can last well over 75 years. Despite its longevity, there can be issues with having a slate roof on your home. So if you’re thinking about installing or replacing a slate roof, we’ve put together this quick guide to help you weigh the pros and cons.

Is slate roofing the best roofing for your home? Read our guide to find out.

Your complete guide to slate roofing.

The history of slate roofing.

Slate roofing has a long history dating back to the 12th Century in Wales. During that time period, slate was incredibly expensive and mainly used on large buildings like castles and churches.

In the United States, slate roofs started to become popular in the 1600s and peaked in popularity in the early 1900s. Today, slate has regained popularity with historic home renovations.

Why has it increased in popularity? Let’s take a look at a few of its benefits.

The benefits of slate roofing.

There several unique aspects of a slate roof:

1. Appearance.

Many homeowners are drawn to slate because of its beauty and distinctive texture. In addition, it can be found in a variety of colors that blend to create a one-of-a-kind color on each roof.

2. Durability.

A slate roof can last from 75 years to upwards of 150 years. That’s a huge benefit compared to asphalt roofing, which typically lasts 20 to30 years.

3. Fire resistance.

Compared to other roofing materials, slate roofs are extremely fire resistant.

The drawbacks of slate roofing.

1. Poor installation can lead to big problems.

A well-installed slate roof can last for a lifetime, but a poorly installed roof can lead to major structural problems or other severe damage to the home. Because slate roofs aren’t as common today as other roofing materials, there are fewer contractors that know how to properly install this type of roofing. When you’re hiring a contractor, make sure they have plenty of experience.

2. Slate roof tiles are heavy.

A slate roof can weigh anywhere from 800 to1500 lbs per square of material. By comparison, asphalt roofing typically ranges from 200 to 350 lbs per square. At well over double the weight, the slate roof tiles need additional structural support to keep them from damaging the home. Therefore, part of any remodel with slate roofing would require you to have your home’s structure evaluated to make sure it can handle the weight.

3. Slate roofing can be fragile.

Slate roofing tiles chip, crack or break with minimal force, so falling tree branches, hail or other impacts could make tile replacements necessary. Even walking on the roof can cause considerable damage to slate roofing, and, replacing broken tiles can be costly.

4. A slate roof costs more than other roofing materials.

Slate roofing can cost over 5 times that of an average asphalt roof at $600 to 800 per square.. This makes it a huge upfront investment for your home.

Why composite slate roofing may be a better choice.

What is composite slate roofing? This is an alternative roofing material, also called synthetic roofing or engineered roofing, which can give your home the look of a slate roof without the drawbacks. Here are a few benefits of composite slate roofing:

Composite slate roofing gives your the look of a slate roof without the hefty price tag. Read more about it here.

1. It gives you the look of slate roof tiles, without the hefty price tag.

High quality synthetic slate roofing, like Ply Gem Roofing’s Engineered Slate, looks just like real slate but at a much lower cost. See what a synthetic slate roof could look like on your home using our visualizer here.

2. Composite roof tiles are incredibly durable.

In fact, Ply Gem Roofing comes with a 50 year limited warranty, one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry. Our Engineered Slate can withstand hail and other potential impacts, plus a contractor, or anyone else, can walk on these roofing tiles without harming them.

3. It’s fire resistant.

Just like slate roof tiles, synthetic slate roof tiles are fire resistant.

4. Engineered slate tiles weigh less.

Our synthetic slate roof tiles are lightweight and don’t require additional framing support.

Composite slate roofing review.

Still don’t believe composite roofing can look like the real thing? Hear what our one of our customers has to say.

Want to learn more about composite slate roofing? Chat live with a roofing pro here.


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