Slate and what you absolutely need to know about it
As a roofing company with a lot of experience, we watched the industry change and evolved over time until today. Today, the roofing market has reached, we would dare to say, its full potential manufacturing a wide range of materials that possess properties you could only dream of a two, three or four decades ago. Roofing systems play a crucial role in our daily life even though we often don’t notice it and don’t give them enough credit. The material you use will determine the overall looks of your home, the energy bills, and how safe you are. If you use the right material for the climate you live in you are maximizing the lifespan of your roof as well as saving money in a long term. More on this you can read on our website in another article, but we are going to focus on one particular material today. A material that manages to blend in the eco-friendliness and the good looks- slate. Slate is a premium material that has a lot of benefits for many things related to your house. However, there are some disadvantages as well, and this post will cover everything you need to know about this ultimate material of the 21st century.
There is not just one word that we could use to describe slate. A short description that we could give to someone, however, is that slate is a combination of longevity and durability mixed with supreme looks and environmental awareness. Wow, did we complicate that enough huh? If you want a long lasting and durable roofing option, then we would recommend slate to you from the very beginning, but of course, there are some drawbacks that have to be mentioned.
The first and most obvious feature we are going to mention is the elegant appearance of a slate roof. Tiles made from slate are just as smooth and glamorous as one roofing material can be. Slate roofing will enhance the overall architecture of your property and highlight its best features. Slate is available in many colors and textures so that it will fit any architectural style. It’s your choice.
While the first fact sounded a little superficial, there are many other benefits to back it up. We are going to start with aging which does not exist in a vocabulary of a homeowner with a slate roofing. Slate tiles will easily last you for sixty or more years which means it will last almost to three generations. So, if you are not planning on moving soon, slate may be the best pick.
Since it is a natural stone, the slate is one of the strongest and most durable materials currently available on the market. While artificially made materials like asphalt shingles can be prone to damaging, slate tiles will last you for a long time without many repairs needed. Its density is why it is completely waterproof and non-combustible. The fact that is has these properties means that you will save a lot of money.
Unfortunately, slate can easily break under the heavy weight so nobody should walk on it. Every problem you have with the slate roof or anything that requires walking on the rooftop should be handled by a professional.
Installation is a big drawback for slate roofing. And it is also crucial one. If the slate roof was not properly installed, the overall performance will be nothing as it should be. Slate is massive and very dense, so it is hard to work with it. Because it is heavy, the installation is time-consuming and complicated which is why you should only call a professional. If you have any more questions about slate roofing make sure to give your most trusted local roofing contractor in Oklahoma City a call today!