When it comes to roofing, asphalt, metal and perhaps clay tiles are generally the most considered options. However, there is another type of roofing that deserves some recognition and more serious consideration among homeowners: slate. There are many benefits associated with choosing a slate roof for your home, but here's a look at the top four.
Slate lasts a very, very long time.
While you may have to replace an asphalt roof again in about 20 years, slate may last for the rest of your lifetime. Though lifespan varies based on the type of slate you choose, slate roofs typically have a life expectancy of 75 years or more.
Slate comes in many different textures and colors.
Other roofing materials tend to have a single, set texture. However, slate comes in both smooth and textured options. The way the slate tiles are laid can also be varied to create an array of different patterns. Furthermore, you can choose from a range of natural colors. Some are orange-brown, others nearly green, and some even have a blue-gray color. This makes slate versatile enough to create both rustic and modern looking roofs.
Slate won't blow off in heavy winds.
A strong wind at the right angle can rip a metal panel right off a roof, or get under shingles and peel them away. Slate is very heavy, so it's very difficult for wind to get under. Additionally, you won't have to worry nearly as much about leaks. Water is also unlikely to work its way under the slate tiles and then freeze in the winter, prying them off – this is a common issue with other roofing materials in cold climates.
Slate tiles can easily be replaced if a few become damaged.
It is possible for heavy hail to crack slate. Sometimes, aging slate tiles may simply crack due to regular wear and tear. However, this is no reason to worry. A roofer who is experienced working with slate roofs can replace just the tiles that have been damaged; there's no need to replace the whole roof--as there often is with shingle damage.
A slate roof is going to cost a bit more upfront than one made from asphalt or even metal. However, if you have the extra money to invest, you can look forward to a lifetime with a strong, leak-proof roof that never needs to be replaced again. If you have any questions about slate roofing and whether or not it's a good fit for your home, contact local specialists, such as Lakeside Roofing.