Is A Slate Tile Roof Right For Your Home?

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There are many different roofing materials, but slate tiles are one of the most beautiful. If your roof needs replacement, and you are considering slate tiles, you need to check out these three questions to help determine if slate really is the best choice for your home.

What's Your Budget?

Slate tiles create a breathtaking style, but they come with a high price. You can expect to pay between $9 and $40 per square foot. To compare, asphalt shingles cost about $1.22 per square foot. The exact cost of your slate roof depends on many factors including the quality of the tile, location, size of the home, etc. You can choose synthetic slate tiles, which look closely in appearance to slate but costs only $7 to $9 per square foot.

How Long Do You Want it to Last?

The benefit of the high price is the longevity of the material. A slate roof can last between 40 and 200 years, so you may never need to replace the roof again, saving you money in the long run. Also, slate roofs last a long time without much maintenance. You simply need to keep it clean, but it is not prone to mildew or rot.

Is Your Roof Structure Strong?

Slate is stone, and it weighs a lot. While most roofs are built with enough support strength to uphold asphalt, metal, and wood, not all homes are prepared for the immense weight of 1000 pounds per slate tile roofing square. If your roof isn't strong enough to support slate tiles, improvements can be made, but this will increase the length of the process and the total cost. Synthetic slate tiles, weigh much less, however, making them a good substitute.

Is Your Slope High?

The slope of a roof or its angle is also important. Slate tile roofs should have a higher steep (at least four inches). This is because of the weight of the material. A flatter roof allows snow and ice to build, which increases the weight of the heavy roof. It also ensures people stay off the roof, which is important because walking on slate tiles can damage them. As with the strength, the slope can be altered for additional money.

A slate tile roof may be exactly what your home needs, but they are expensive. If you would like more information regarding a roofing replacement or other roofing options, contact a roofing contractor in your area today. 

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