Slate roofs aren't just durable; they are practically a lifetime roofing system. For centuries slate has been known for its beauty and longevity. A slate roof is generally regarded as the best roof you can buy, but it is also one of the most expensive roofs to install. If you are looking for something to make your Chattanooga home standout, and not to mention phenomenal curb appeal, consider this timeless roofing solution.
So what's so special about slate roofing?
For starters, slate roofs have longevity. Not just a life expectancy of several decades, but real longevity! Hard slate will last anywhere from 75-200 years, while soft slate will last only 50-125 years. In fact, some slate roofs in Europe are still in good condition after 400 years!
Slate roofing is environmentally friendly. Waste from roof replacements and repairs account for more than 5% of landfill waste. With most of the roofing waste being generated by asphalt shingle roof replacements every 20-30 years, it's easy to see that with a life expectancy of 100 years or more, slate roofing is an environmental champion.
So what's the drawbacks to slate roofing?
Fragility and Replacement Issues
By all accounts, slate is a very durable material for roofing your Chattanooga home, but it is fragile and can break easily if stepped on. Unless you know what you are doing, you shouldn’t walk on your slate tile roof. If any slate tiles do break on your Chattanooga home’s roof, replacing it is a complicated task. Slate runs by lots and each lot is different, which makes it nearly impossible to find replacement tiles that are a perfect match.
One drawback Chattanooga homeowners might have is the weight of a slate roof. Slate roofing tiles can weigh between 800-1,500 pounds per square (100 sq ft). Because of the heavy weight, not all homes have the structural support needed to carry the weight of a slate roof. Many homes often need additional reinforcements installed. If you are considering a slate roof for your Chattanooga home, make sure you have your home evaluated from a structural standpoint to know whether it can take the weight of the roof.
We discussed the longevity of a slate roof, but the key to its longevity is proper installation. If your Chattanooga home’s slate roof is improperly installed, your home could quickly have some major roof problems arise. Slate roofing on your Chattanooga home can’t be installed by just any roofing contractor. Slate is a very specialized roofing system and installing it correctly does require some proper training and experience.
Many roofers will readily agree to install your slate roof regardless of training or experience. Before hiring any roofing contractor to install slate roofing on your Chattanooga home, ask the contractor for references. Only hire an experienced contractor who specializes in slate roofing.
Langley Roofing has the training and experience to install a beautiful slate roof on your Chattanooga home. If you are interested in learning more, contact us for more information and a quote!