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AN INTRODUCTION TO SLATE ROOFING

Our family has two generations in the roofing industry and we believe so strongly in the superiority of slate materials that we have dedicated our business to specializing in its installation. This gives our customers confidence that our crews are highly trained and deeply experienced. You always receive top workmanship backed by our business integrity. We can show you examples of our work in your area!

Stone in various forms has been used since ancient times as roofing material. But initially, the stone was not used for roofing because it was considered to be too heavy for columns supporting the building. However stone eventually found its rightful place in the ancient builder preferences.

Some Facts about Slate Roofing

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ADVANTAGES

  • The biggest advantage to installing a slate roof on your home is the appearance.
  • Slate roof tiles are made of 100% natural stone, and have a naturally cleft surface with beautiful color variation ranging over the entire roof.
  • Slate roof tiles are also extremely durable, outlasting the buildings they are installed on in some cases. In fact, installed and cared for properly it is not unheard of for a slate roof to last 150 years or more.
  • In addition to being beautiful and durable, slate roof tiles are also fireproof and environmentally friendly. Being made of natural stone, the tiles don’t give off VOCs or other pollution during manufacturing.
  • They can also be recycled after they are used on the roof or if they outlast the building they are installed on.
  • They can also help to insulate the home below them, which can lower energy costs in the houses that use them.

Some of the oldest homes in the nation sport slate tiles on their roofs. This elegant stone roofing is known as one of the longest lasting shingles still on the market today, prized for its beauty, durability, and longevity. Like all roofs, however, it does have its drawbacks as well as its advantages.

More Facts About Slate Roofing

Slate is the most common stone used as roofing material. It is a natural and attractive material and slate roof will ensure an effective protection to any type of construction.

Slate Roofs in History

Stone in various forms has been used since ancient times as roofing material. But initially, the stone was not used for roofing because it was considered to be too heavy for columns supporting the building. However stone eventually found its rightful place in the ancient builder preferences.

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Beautiful Curb Appeal

With its longevity and curb appeal, most people that opt for a slate roof do so with the knowledge of the expense and other drawbacks.
Weigh these carefully as you make your decision to ensure the right choice.

Some Things to Think About with Slate Roofing

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CONSIDERATIONS

  • Slate roofs are roofs quite expensive – both in terms of material costs, and the workmanship. Slate is fixed with nails, an effective technique but very demanding that can be performed only by professional workers trained to avoid breaking plates. Nails should not be too tight to allow the material to shrink or expand depending on the temperature.
  • Because slate is heavy, sometimes it needs additional support.
  • It is difficult to walk on such a roof when repairing. Slate roof can easily break under the weight of a man.

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