Slate Tile Roofing
Slate has a rich history and has been on homes and buildings for centuries. Throughout Europe there are countless structures with slate roofs that are hundreds of years old and still functioning.
Slate tiles are actual shingle-like slivers of rock and offer an attractive, albeit expensive, roofing choice. Slate offers a very natural look, comes in a wide array of sizes and thicknesses, and can be laid out in a variety of patterns. Although the colors are limited to what is found in nature, there is stilla great variety of shades and colors.
Slate can be very heavy, and should only be installed on homes that are designed, engineered, and framed to support a heavy roof load. Slate is fragile enough that roof access after installation is difficult at best, should never be attempted by a non-professional, and could result in damage to the slate tiles. Because a slate roof has such a long lifespan, careful consideration should be put into choosing underlayments and flashings. Most quality slate roof systems use copper or stainless steel for fasteners and flashings to ensure a true ‘lifetime’ roof system. While elegant and extremely durable, a Slate roof is a high-end roofing product, and requires higher costs both for the components and labor associated with a Slate roof
Beautiful color variation
A very long lifespan