The Pros and Cons of Slate Roofing

When it comes to roofing, many people decide to go with asphalt shingles because it's an affordable material to cover a roof with. The end result is a roof that is not very aesthetically pleasing, and needs to be replaced within the next 20 years. Instead of asphalt, you may want to consider using slate shingles. The following are some pros and cons of this alternative roofing material.

Pros of Slate Roofing

If you are looking to add curb appeal to your home, you cannot go wrong with slate shingles. The shingles are naturally beautiful on their own, and will make any home stand out amongst their neighbors.

Slate will also provide a material that is long-lasting, beating out any other competing materials with a very long lifespan. This is because slate is heavy when compared to shingles made of asphalt. Slate shingles can withstand hurricanes and other harsh weather conditions, so there is no need to worry about the shingles being ripped from your roof with ease.

The lifespan of slate simply cannot be beat, as slate will surely outlast your own life. Hard slate can last up to 200 years, which means it is can potentially outlast the house it is installed on. Less frequent roof replacement also means it is more environmentally friendly, as you will not have all your roofing materials going into a landfill every 20 years.

Cons of Slate Roofing

The cost of slate will be the biggest roadblock for most homeowners. For a roof that is 2,000 sq. ft., expect to pay around 17K. If you plan to live in your home for the rest of your life, you will see cost savings with less frequent replacement and repair costs, but you may never break even on simply getting several asphalt roofs.

Due to the weight of slate, you will need additional reinforcement in your roof to hold the extra weight. If you're adding slate shingles to an existing home, you may not be able to add slate shingles at all because the house was never designed to support them.  This make slate ideal only for new construction.

When making a decision about the kind of roofing material works best for your home, it is really a matter of personal preference. Is the extra money spent up front worth it for stability in a roof? Only you can answer that question. Though if you do have any other questions about slate roofing, reach out to a local roofing company that specializes in slate roofs.


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