When you're sitting at the table looking over your choices of roofing materials, the high price of slate might prevent you from even giving it a second glance. After all, it's hard to justify paying $9 per square foot for slate roofing when asphalt shingles cost as little as $1–$4 per square foot. What's important to realize, however, is that by buying a slate roof, you are getting the absolute best that roofing has to offer. With the increased price come a number of benefits that you just can't get with shingles or other cheap roofing options. These benefits include:
Never having to replace your roof again.
If you plan on living out your years in this home, then slate roofing can be a blessing for convenience sake alone. Hard slate can last up to 200 years, and softer slate roofs can last up to 125. Have one slate roof put on now, and you won't have to go through this roof replacement hassle ever again. The same can't be said for a shingle or shake roof.
Even if you do plan on moving out, the longevity of a slate roof is an asset. It will add to the value of your home and will make your home very appealing to buyers who never want to worry about a roof replacement.
Not worrying about storm and snow damage.
Wind can blow lightweight shingles, and even metal panels, off a roof. Slate is quite heavy, and it is attached in a way that makes it nearly impossible for wind to catch under the edge of it. Snow won't melt, re-freeze, and work its way under the slate like it would with shingles, either. With a slate roof, you won't have to worry about assessing for damage after every storm. Slate is even fire-resistant, which is good news during a lightning storm or if forest fires are common in your area.
Knowing you made an eco-friendly choice.
Slate roofs are made from pieces of stone. They're completely natural. They don't have to be manufactured in a process that releases countless pollutants, and one day when your slate roof is stripped off your home, it won't leech toxins into the earth, either. If you're trying to meet green building standards, or even if you simply care about the future of the planet, slate is a wise roofing choice.
Slate might cost a bit more up front, but its incredibly long life, durability, and eco-friendliness make it worthy of its price tag—and worth a second glance for your home.
For more information on slate roofs, contact a roofing company like Roofs by Rodger.