The architectural appeal and longevity make slate and tile roofing an appealing choice. There are many options when it comes to deciding which material to use on your roof. When making the decision, several considerations need to be taken into account.
- How durable is the material?
- Is the area prone to intense weather such as hurricanes or winter storms?
- What type of materials does the existing roof frame support?
- What is the slope of the existing roof?
- Are there any architectural requirements?
- What loos best fits your house aesthetically?
- How much does the material cost?
Slate is a natural rock formed under intense heat and pressure, giving it strength and durability. For roofs, the rock is formed into thin, flat slate tiles. Slate tile roofs have been used for many years and are a popular choice for historical renovations. Many like the aesthetic appeal of slate tiled roofs and when installed properly they can be fantastic. There are several pros and cons to consider:
- Long lasting
- Require minimal maintenance
- Regulate temperature and reduce power bills
- Fire resistant
- Natural slate is environmentally friendly
- Extremely heavy and the proper roof structure needs to be in place in order to hold the weight
- Can be expensive if structural changes need to be made in order to safely install the material
- Limited color and visual options
Like slate roofing, tile roofing material is low maintenance. Tile roofing is great for hot climates where it rains infrequently, but heavily when it does. It sheds large amounts of water quickly and can help prevent damaging accumulation. Again, there are several pros and cons to consider:
- Long-lasting and durable
- Impervious to rot and insect damage
- Environmentally friendly
- Energy efficient
- Low maintenance
- More expensive than other roofing material options
- Difficult to install
- Very heavy, requiring the proper roof structure
- Can be brittle and break if not properly installed
- Not suitable for all roof slopes
So when you're ready to make a decision on a roof installation, you can have a thorough conversation with us and we'll help you pick the right material.