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How to Choose the Right Roofing Material for Your Home: Natural Slate Tile Roofing

All About Slate Tile Roofing  

If you are in the market for a new roof, you will want to consider your roofing material options carefully. In Colorado Springs, it’s important to choose a roofing material that is durable enough to withstand hail and other elements. In this part of our series, we will explore the pros and cons of natural slate roofing.  

What is Slate Tile Roofing?  

A natural slate roof is made of overlapping slate tiles. The tiles are cut from metamorphic rock derived from sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash. Slate tiles are available in varying shapes, thicknesses, and colors. Common slate colors include shades of grey, black, green, purple, and red. Slate roofs can also be composed of a mixed blend of colors. This type of roofing has been used for centuries. It is a traditional, distinctive, and unique material that can significantly boost your home’s value.

How Does the Cost of Slate Tile Roofing Compare to Other Materials?   

Slate is one of the most expensive roofing materials on the market. While the initial investment is high, this type of roof can last an average of 5 or more times longer than other roofs. A high-quality roof such as this can prevent homeowners from replacing their roofs multiple times within a lifetime. In addition to the cost of the roof, slate tile is heavy, so some homeowners may need to have their homes evaluated to ensure the home’s structure can handle the weight before installation. 

How Long Will a Slate Roof Last?   

With proper installation and maintenance, a slate roof can last over a century. The natural stone material prevents water absorption and deterioration, making it one of the longest-lasting and most reliable roofing types available. However, hail can still be damaging to a slate roof as can walking on the tiles. Tile replacements can be difficult because slate tiles come in lots and exact color matches are often hard to find.  If you install a slate roof on your home, be prepared for some maintenance like the occasional tile replacement.

If you are looking to replace your roof with something unique and reliable, consider slate. A traditional and distinctive roofing material, slate can significantly boost your home’s value. These roofs offer distinctive style and longevity. If you have any questions, please call our office at (719) 487-7663 or contact us online.