Slate And Metal Roofing Installation & Repair
Most people are familiar with the most popular types of roofing materials which are asphalt shingles. These are installed in roughly 75% of homes in the US. Many people do not know there are alternatives that can last significantly longer than conventional asphalt shingles. These alternatives are slate roofing and metal roofing. Both are very durable alternatives to "normal" shingles and can have very long lifetimes and give your home a dramatically different appearance and can reduce your annual roofing maintenance to next to nothing.
Slate roofing tiles are made of a natural slate stone that gives the roof a unique appearance that can last an incredibly long time. The look of natural slate cannot be matched by any other roofing material. These have been the go-to roofing material for estates and libraries for centuries throughout both the United States and European countries. This is due to both their beauty and their incredibly long lifespan. A slate roof could last up to 150 years or more when properly installed, which is a huge advantage over the average lifespan of even the best asphalt shingles which could last up to 30 years. Slate roofs are also very environmentally friendly since they need to be replaced far less often, they do not contribute to waste as much as traditional roofing materials.
Synthetic Slate Roofing
Synthetic slate roofing options are becoming more popular and are a competitively comparable product to natural slate roofs. While they do not have quite the same look as natural slate roofing tiles, the advantages of synthetic slate are numerous. Constructed of combinations of rubber and plastic, they are more durable, require repairs far less often, and can resist ultraviolet damage as well as storm damage. Synthetic slate is easier and less expensive to install because they are not as fragile and can be easily modified on site without special tools. Weighing one quarter as much as natural slate, the roof does not require any reinforcement to add the synthetic slate. Most synthetic slate shingles have 50 year warranties and can last for up to 100 years or more. Synthetic slate is also environmentally friendly as they can be completely recycled at the end of their lifespan.
Metal roofing is quickly becoming a popular alternative to conventional asphalt roofing options. Metal roofs have come a long way since corrugated panels were being installed. Metal roofing panels can have the look of clay tiles, wood shake shingles, and even slate roofing tiles. If these are visual styles you are interested in your home having, metal roofing could be a good option. Metal roofing is much lighter than clay and slate tiles, can be installed in much less time, will cost less, can help aid in reducing the heat entering your home, and can last up to 70 years when installed properly. Some of the disadvantages of metal roofing are the ability for the metal to dent, which is the only roofing material that does this, and in certain weather conditions, the metal can make slightly more noise than traditional roofing options.
No matter what type of roofing you have now, there are always options to improve the look of your roof and have it match your home or overall decoration better. Whether that is with a natural slate roof, a synthetic slate roof, or one of the different varieties of metal roofing, our team is here to help you find the ideal roofing option for your home.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long does a slate roof last?
- The average slate roof will last 125 years but some slate roofing in the past has been known to last up to 150 years or even 200 years.
- What is a slate roof?
- Slate roof tiles are made from volcanic ash and clay that have formed into metamorphic rocks, this makes them durable and natural.
- Are slate roofs expensive?
- A slate roof could cost up to 5 or 6 times more than the traditional asphalt roof. The cost is competitive when compared to the lifetime which can be up to 10 times as long.
- What is synthetic slate roofing?
- Synthetic slate roofing shingles are made of a combination of rubber and plastic, are designed to look similar to natural slate roofing, and are much more durable and lighter than natural slate.
- How long do synthetic slate roofs last?
- A properly installed synthetic slate roof can last up to 100 years or more.
- Are metal roofs better?
- When being compared to conventional asphalt roofing, metal is much more durable and can last up to 70 years.
- Can you put a metal roof over shingles?
- Metal roofing can be installed over your currently installed asphalt shingles if the local building codes allow it. Removing the shingles is the best method but it will increase the cost of the job.