Slate has been used to roof over properties for decades. As it brings together the natural capabilities of rock and technological advancements in roofing to offer benefits for a lifetime, it is a popular choice for homeowners and roofers alike. Interested in what a slate roof can do for you? Here are some of the reasons why the roofing option remains one of the best choices for any home:
It is durable
Slate is natural rock. Natural rock is tough and durable, which is what allows a slate roof to easily last 100 years on top of any home. It is impervious to insect damage and won’t rot or burn as well. In fact, slate is touted as having one of the best fire resistance in all of the roofing materials available on the market today. But even with that kind of durability, it will need very little maintenance. Make the effort to care for a slate roof, however, and you’ll definitely make the most out of your investment.
It is perfect for any climate
Unlike wood that may weaken against moisture or metal that is susceptible to rust, slate can withstand the heat, rain, snow, freezing and thawing cycles, and even the salty air in coastal areas, to be ideal roofing for any home anywhere.
It is good for the environment
Slate is made from natural material so it does not harm the environment. Aside from being a sustainable option, it also requires very little processing to turn it into roofing. Additionally, slate can be recycled and reused, helping reduce construction trash in landfills.
It is energy-efficient
As slate is considered a cool roofing material, it aids in helping improve energy efficiency in the home. This means it will be easier for you to keep your home cool during the summer and warm in the winter, making wise use of energy to not only help you save on electricity costs but to ensure your comfort as well no matter the season.
It is beautiful
Slate typically comes in shades of gray but it can also feature accents of red, black, purple, and green depending on where the stone is quarried. As it is natural rock, slate offers a certain charm that no other roofing material is capable of. It is best installed over homes with more traditional styles but can work just as well over more modern properties depending on the roof design employed.
An important consideration
To make the most out of slate roofing, make sure that you work with a reputable contractor. This will ensure that your slate roof is installed right, allowing you to fully enjoy the benefits that the roofing material has to offer. As you will be working with a professional, you’ll also have someone to talk to should you have any concerns about your roof, like how to care for it (regular roof inspections are a must!) and which slate will be best for your home.
Chad Williams grew up in local military family in Northern Virginia. While attending college in Texas 23 years ago, he started in the home remodeling industry. He returned to Virginia in 1995, and has since then happily raised five children and a grandson. Chad is proud to announce that this 2016, All American Home Services celebrates its 13th year in the business through the years earning the following distinctions: BBB (A rated & Certificate of Commendation), Angie’s List (5 Star Rated & Super Service Award Winner), Home Advisor 5 Star Rated, Certainteed Shingle Master Certification, and GAF Certified Approved Installers.