You’ve decided that you want to go for a look that is a bit different that the other roofs that are around you. So you have stumbled upon slate roofing and want to learn more about it and find out if it’s for you.
What is a Slate Roof?
Slate roofing is something that dates back the early 1300’s. Slate is a fine-grained piece of material that comes from metamorphic rock. Using slate for roofing became popular in the early 1600’s and was used then for only big buildings and rich homeowners. This was because slate was and still is a more expensive option when compared to other materials.
What are the Benefits of Slate Roofing?
Appearance – The reason this roof material is used on expensive homes and big commercial roofing is because of the how great this material looks. It has a very unique look that comes in a variety of different colors that help your roof look like one of a kind.
Longevity – A slate roof, much like a metal roofing system, is known to last you for along time. Slate roofing can last anywhere between 75-150 years. Now consider this into your cost of home ownership and the higher price tag doesn’t seem all that bad when compared to asphalt roofing.
Fire Resistant – Slate roofs have an A+ rating in terms of fire resistance.
Durability – Not only do these roofs last forever but the durability of slate roofs is superior to any other type of roofing. This is because of the material they are made out of.
Slate Roofing Cost
As we said earlier, slate roofing can be quite an expense. But it all depends on how you think about it. If you plan to make your current commercial building last a long a time or if you want your current home to be your forever home then slate roofing is going to be the best choice. This is because you will not have to get it replaced ever again. It will be a one and done ordeal. Unlike other roofing systems that have to be replaced every 10-20 years.
Slate tile roofing cost about $5-12 dollars per square foot. This is for material alone, which is a bit more expensive than all the rest. After you figure in labor cost and other misc items you are looking at around a 15-25 dollars per square foot.
Is Slate Roofing For Me?
So now you are debating if slate roofing is for you or if you should go with one of our other materials for your roof.
Well to help you narrow this down I have come up with two questions that you need to answer about your commercial building or residential home.
Are you keeping this building for the long haul 15+ years
Do you want a long lasting roof?
If you answer yes to both of those questions, and do not mind paying a bit more up front for your roof, then slate roofing is going to be an excellent choice for you. You can contact us today to get an inspection done and get a better idea of an exact cost to get your roof replaced.