For centuries, slate roofing has proven to be one of the most efficient roofing systems. Slates are made from natural stone quarried from the Northeast United States, Virginia, Canada, Wales, Spain, China, South Africa, and other parts of the world.
Commercial roof slate quarrying began in the US around the mid 1800s. Slates are available in a variety of different colors, textures, sizes, and thicknesses. The variety and versatility that slate roofing offers makes it a very attractive choice for private homes, churches, schools, or any other public buildings.
Overall, slate roofs are aesthetically pleasing and can achieve stunning architectural results. The biggest advantage of slate however, is that it is among the most durable of all roofing materials. It is naturally water-repellent, fireproof, and highly resistant to wind and hail. Slate roofs are also very low maintenance, since they are resistant to algae and moss.
With all the benefits of naturally quarried slate, slate roofs can last for more than a century! In fact, a few well-constructed slate roofs in Europe have been functioning for four hundred years! Although slate roofing is relatively expensive, it is very cost-effective when longevity is taken into account. Because of the wide variety of slate roofing materials, it is best to consult with a contractor before choosing the slate you want to use for your home.
Not all slate is the same, and the large variety certainly does not make it easy for homeowners to choose the right kind of slate. Some roofs are also not designed for slate, and you might be better off using asphalt shingles. There are many nuances to consider, and since the process is quite expensive, a consultation with a professional is indispensable before making any final decisions or purchasing slate from a quarry or a slate supplier.
Roofing Doctor has many years of experience in slate roofing, and would be happy to provide the necessary consultation. Slate roofs are also very environmentally friendly, since they can be discarded as clean land fill, as opposed to the toxic waste of petrochemical roofs. Slate is also much more difficult to install than other roofing materials, and should only be left to licensed professionals. At Roofing Doctor, we also repair slate roofs that are still functioning, but are simply in need of a little mending. Call or email us at email@example.com if you have any further questions.