Slate is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and durable of all roofing materials. Installed properly, slate roofs require little maintenance and offer a life expectancy of hundreds of years. The lifespan of a slate roof depends greatly on the type of slate employed, the roof configuration, and the geographical location of the property. In addition, as with tile roofing, the weight of slate may be an issue. Before selecting slate for your roof, it is important to make sure the structure of your roof can handle the weight.
Slate roofing is considered to be the most stylish and sophisticated of all roof covers. It is available in various grades, textures and colors. However, expect to pay high prices for this high-quality roofing product. Also, an expert roofing contractor should be used in slate installation because it requires much skill. With its need for skilled and experienced craftsmen, slate could cost up to $1000 a square. Keep in mind, the need for an expert roofer for installation also makes for a more appreciated overall look because professional slate installers can work wonders with the material.
Given the rather high initial cost of installing a new slate roof, it is worth it to inspect its overall condition yearly and after quite a few storms. Slate roofs should be maintained and repaired to successfully extend their serviceable lives. When replacement is necessary, consider investing in high quality slate from reputable quarries because it can be a cost effective solution over the long run.
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