Nowadays, a lot of ordinary homes feature real slate as their roofing. This type of roofing offers several benefits, but it has its own disadvantages too. If you’re considering slate for your roof, make sure you’re aware of all its advantages and pitfalls.
In this article, Dior Construction, a trusted provider of residential roofing services, shares more information on slate roofing.
What Is Slate Roofing?
Slate is a type of stone that can provide superior quality and a traditional appeal to your roofing. A slate roof is generally long-lasting, and it requires minimal roof maintenance.
However, slate roofing is only as good as its installation. Proper installation is essential in keeping a slate roof in good condition for several years. It’s also important to note that the quality of slate varies depending on their origin. For instance, the lower-grade slate tiles from Brazil and China are typically considered “softer” than other varieties, so they tend to show signs of deterioration much earlier.
A Few Tips to Keep in Mind
Before hiring a residential roofing contractor to install a slate roof, make sure to take note of the following reminders:
Make sure no one walks on the slate during installation.
The cost of installing slate tiles can be expensive, but this varies depending on the type of slate, the size of the job and the location of your home.
Slate is non-porous, so your roof will be safe from mold and fungus.
Slate is fireproof and highly resistant to heavy rains, high winds and extreme temperatures.
Slate is a heavy material, and many homes aren’t equipped to support its weight. Consult with experts to know if your home will require structural reinforcement and certification by a structural engineer.
Dior Construction provides an array of services including asphalt shingles installation, siding replacement and others. Call us at (201) 470-5077 or fill out our contact form to request a quote. We serve customers in Bergen County, New Jersey and nearby areas.