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What to Know Before Installing a Slate Roof

Slate tiles are one of the most common roofing materials in the industry today. While they share some similarities with asphalt shingles, like weatherproofing your home, theyre actually very different from each other. Before you decide on what roofing material to use, heres what you should know:

Appearance

Slate is a natural stone and has a dark grey to black color. Its considered a beautiful material to use on your roof, especially if you're interested in a more classic or rustic look. That said, slate will complement just about any home, and raise your home's value and curb appeal.

Weight

Slate roofs are very heavy, so before you begin the installation process, your contractor will have to check if your home can withstand and support the extra weight. If they determine there isnt enough support in the decking and underlayment, your roof will need an upgrade with sturdier materials.

Cost

Slate is one of the more expensive roofing options with a high initial cost. However, slate roofs can last for up to 100 years, decades longer than an asphalt shingle roof. While the initial cost of slate may be too high for some, the long-term costs make it a very economical choice.

Installation

Installing a slate roof will also have a higher cost than some other roofing materials. The slate installation process is more complex and requires specialized skills. There are also fewer roofing companies that specialize in slate tile installation, which could result in a longer wait time.

The experienced team at Roof Wizards is here to help come to the right decision! If you have more questions about roofing materials, or youre ready to get a new roof installed, contact us today and get your free estimate.

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September 15, 2021
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