When it comes to owning a home, there are a thousand things to think about and choices to make that will affect your home and family for years to come. From homeowners insurance policies to siding options, there’s so many choices to consider that it can make your head spin. But one component of your home that doesn’t get the attention it deserves is your roof. While there are many types of roofing options and shingles available, most people are unaware of the advantages of slate roofing. So, let’s examine just how slate roofing can protect your home for years to come and its advantages over other roofing options.
Slate Roofing Means Aesthetic Beauty
The first reason slate roofs are so popular is due to their aesthetic beauty. Because it’s comprised of natural stone, it can really give a home a unique and attractive appearance. Simply put, it just looks classy and upscale, whereas common shingles (though a good alternative option in their own right) tend to look more common. And slate roofs provide a lot more options than traditional shingles, too. Not only do they vary in size and thickness, but they also come in a wide array of shades and colors (black, gray, red, green, purple, and more), whereas traditional shingles only look black or gray.
Slate Roofs Have Unparalleled Longevity
Slate roofs withstand the test of time better than just about any other option. Most often slate roofs are designed to last an entire century, but it isn’t unreasonable for them to last as long as 150 years provided that the roof is constructed appropriately. To be perfectly blunt, that’s a massive advantage because other roofing options last only two or three decades before they need maintenance, repairs, or replacement.
Slate Roofing is Fire Resistant
Slate roofing is just about the most fire resistant materials that a homeowner can find. Because they’re made of stone, they’re inherently fire proof. While roof fires may not be the first disaster a homeowner considers, remember that this is a godsend during Independence Day when fireworks are constantly sparking and burning through the air. There have been a fair few house fires that started with fireworks, but it will also help protect a home from wildfires and mitigate fires spread by adjacent burning structures.
Slate Roofs are Environmentally Friendly
Though you may not think so at first, roofing causes a lot of waste to pile up in landfills. The waste is so massive, in fact, that the EPA has devoted a fair amount of time and energy encouraging people to recycle their roofing materials. Most of that waste is due to the staggering amount of asphalt shingle roofing used throughout the United States, so it should come as no surprise that a roofing option that can last over a century is much kinder to the environment.
Slate Roofs Resist Snow and Ice
Last but not least, you should also note that slate roofing simply doesn’t retain snow and ice as much as other alternatives. Though it may sound trivial, consider that stagnate snow and ice are a large contributor to roof leaks through a process called ice damming on traditional shingle roofs