Slate roofs are actually roofs made of natural rock that are made to mimic shingles. Slate roofs are one of the most natural looking roofs and are available in a wide variety of natural colors. Known for its incredible durability, slate roofs can last for more than 75 years. There are even some slate roofs that have been known to be around for a few centuries. The downside to slate roofing is its high price tag which is partly to do its heavy weight, causing the need for special installation, but its many advantages outweigh these few disadvantages.
There are many benefits that slate roofing brings that no other roof can:
- Fireproof – Slate roofing is made from a metamorphic rock that is formed under extreme temperatures – which gives it its fireproof tendencies.
- Weatherproof – There is no other material that is as durable as stone. Because slate roofing is so strong it can withstand harsh winds, extreme heat, freezing temperatures and anything else that Mother Nature can throw at it without any damage.
- Aesthetically Pleasing – Slate roofs are extremely attractive and are typically found on more expensive homes because of its natural beauty.
- Added Value – Anytime you make an improvement to your home you potentially increase its value, but adding a slate roof immensely improves your home’s value because of its expensive nature as well as its aesthetic appeal.
- Cost Effective – Because a slate roof has such a long life as well as durability, there is not a lot of need for maintenance, making the slate roof cost effective. There will not be a need to replace the roof in 10 to 20 years as is standard for many other roofs.
- Many Colors – Despite the fact that slate roofing is natural, it is available in a wide variety of natural colors and styles that are all unique.
- Green – Since slate is 100% natural, it has many green properties including lowering your utility bills due to needing your heat or air condition much less, uses no substances that are harmful to the environment and it keeps other roofing materials out of the landfills because slate roofs do not need to be replaced often.