Slate roofs are sometimes accused of being "old fashioned." In a way, they really are. Before asphalt shingles became commonplace around the turn of the 20th century, almost every home in the U.S. had a slate roof. There is a difference, however, between being old-fashioned and being outdated. While slate is an old-style roofing material, it is not outdated. It's still a relevant, attractive, and wise choice for many people when they are looking for home roofing service. Here's a look at a few of its advantages.
It lasts a very long time.
Slate roofs often last up to 100 years. You'll be gone before your slate roof is! If you have no plans of moving, choosing a slate roof will mean you never have to replace your roof again. This makes up for much of the increased cost of a slate roof compared to other roofing materials. Essentially, you can buy one slate roof now or three asphalt roofs over the rest of your life; the cost will be about the same, and it's easier to get one roof than three.
It won't blow off in high winds.
When a windstorm blows in, you'll often find pieces of shingles in your yard from neighbors' asphalt roofs. Even a shingle roof that's in good shape can fall prey to a high wind. Metal roofs aren't much better; the wind can catch under the edge of the metal panels and cause them to peel back. Slate tiles, however, are very heavy. The wind won't pick them up or peel them away from the roof, so you won't have to worry about calling for repairs after a big storm or a windy night.
It will improve your home value,
If you do decide to sell your home, having a slate roof will increase its value and make it highly appealing to buyers. After all, the buyer can be confident they won't have to put a new roof on the home, either. This gives them a lot of peace of mind.
It will add curb appeal.
Does your house seem to blend in with all of the others? Do you have a hard time describing it to visitors? With a slate roof, your home will stand out from the crowd. When people come to visit for the first time, you can just say "it's the home with the slate roof!" They will find it easily, and you can be proud of your attractive home. It may look old fashioned, but that's really a good thing!
To learn more about the benefits of slate roofing, talk to a roofing company in your area.