Alternative Roofing Materials: The Many Benefits of Slate Roofing

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If you’ve ever taken a hop across the pond—i.e, Mother England, the land of the Tommys, old Albion, Britannia, or any number of fun nicknames for the United Kingdom—you will have experienced the magical old-world feel of the slate roofing so customary in that part of the world. It is the older streets of Scotland, England, Ireland, and Wales, where the magnificence of the slate roof continues to beautify the old cobblestone roads. 

Today, slate roofs are a popular alternative roofing material in the United States for anyone looking for a beautiful, durable, and much more aesthetically intricate roof. Let’s take a look at some benefits and unique characteristics of this type of material. 

The Forever Roof — A Durable Roofing Material

Unlike regular shingles, slate roofing will last forever. It’s why so many of the old slate roofs in Europe still stand today. Slate is a homogeneous metamorphic rock that is derived from shale-type sedimentary rock. It can be safely estimated that a slate roof will last anywhere from 75 to 100 years. Compare this to the typical 20-year lifespan of regular shingles. 

Fashionable Options — Many Colors to Choose From

In addition to promised longevity, a slate roof also comes with a variety of color and style options. There are variations both in color and texture, also size and width. Some slate roofs will use varying widths to create a graduated slate roof. You can choose to have the roof all one color or have a mixture of colors to give it a more classical effect. 

Minimal Maintenance and Easy Repair

Maintaining a slate roof is less involved than shingle roofing. This is because the slate tiles are not as easily damaged and will not crack or tear with minimal storms or harsh weather. They are far more resistant. At the same time, you can easily repair a slate roof. 

Increase the Value of Your Home with Natural Beauty

Because slate comes from the earth, there will always be some variation in appearance. Slate tiles are not always perfectly uniform and, a lot of times, this is what creates a very classical effect. Due to its longevity and appeal, however, these slate roofs can significantly increase the value of your home. Its natural beauty can be breathtaking and, at the same time, resistant, energy-efficient, and durable. This is what makes it a popular choice for many homeowners as both a short term and long term investment. You will see the value of your home skyrocket with this popular and much sought after roofing material. 

Slate Roofing in El Paso — Smith & Ramirez Roofing Has You Covered

Choosing the type of roofing of your home is a big decision. Here at Smith & Ramirez Roofing, we work with you to find out the best options for your home and determine what suits your home or building. Our goal is to provide you with all the available options and necessary information so you understand the best choice for your particular roof or situation. Slate roofing certainly catches the eye of those who come across it. There is an inherent beauty and allure to the sleek look of slate tiles. 

If you’re interested in looking at this material as a possibility for your roof, give us a call. Not every roofer is qualified to install or repair slate roofing, we are GAF TruSlate® contractors and ready to answer your questions.

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