Because many roofs are not highly visible from the street, you might wonder why you should see your roofing as anything more than a functional coating for the roof of your home. Asphalt shingles are a utilitarian roofing material, which will do little to nothing to dress up the look of your home. Buying a beautiful roofing material such as slate will not only dress up your home, but it can also help to decrease your maintenance and repair costs.
Aesthetics of Slate
Slate is a naturally occurring rock, which consists of layers of crystals that create natural cleavage plains. These breaks between the crystals make it easy to split slate into tiles or shingles for roofing. Also, each piece of slate will have a unique mixture of colors. While most slate will be principally gray, green, or purple, you can have veins of lighter colors webbing through the slate. A skilled roofing contractor can incorporate the disparate shingles into a pattern that will create a uniquely beautiful roof for your home.
The crystals in slate will help to reflect the sun's energy away from your home. The more solar energy that is deflected, the cooler your home will be. And the more you do to keep your home cool, the less you have to worry about cooling your home down during the summer.
The Longevity of Slate
Slate is a rock, and as such will hold up well against mother nature's fury. The important thing to remember is that there are two basic types of slate, and each slate will hold up differently to the elements. Soft slate will last as a roofing material for between 50-125 years, and hard slate will last for up to 200 years. The slate from one quarry will have a specific composition, and depending on the composition of the slate, it will last better or worse than other slates with different compositions, which accounts for the difference in how long slate will last on your roof.
When you buy a roofing material, your principle concern should not be the cost of the material. Instead, you should look at how the material will enhance your home. You can get decent performance from a discount material such as asphalt shingles. However, if you buy a premium material, such as slate, you will get significantly better aesthetics and longevity for your money. Indeed, when you use slate on your home, you should not have to worry about replacing your roof during your lifetime. That's the kind of value that is worth the extra money.