As with any type of finished roofing application, the purpose of the material is to protect your investment (and the things inside). The choice is yours, but we thought we’d cover a few facts about slate roofs since they are popping up everywhere.

Why are more homeowners choosing a “slate roof” over more traditional materials?

“The History”
Did you know that natural slate roofs date all the way back to the 12th century? Because it was so expensive (and heavy), it was mainly used for castles and cathedrals. This roof type was known for lasting up to 150 years!

“The Grade”
Straight from nature, slate is a very dense, metamorphic rock that spent quite some time under pressure before being split into sections and chopped up for tiles. It is extremely heavy in comparison to other roofing materials. As you can imagine, this material can take on just about anything, water, and especially fire and decades of exposure to scorching summer temps.

“The Look”
Asphalt shingles and Clay tiles are seen everywhere in the Phoenix Valley. Today, homeowners have more choices when considering remodeling or improving curb appeal. Upgrading and want to complete the updated look? Want to make sure your home stands out? If so, the slate look is a great material to consider. The tiles can range in thickness, color and in size. Click HERE to take a look at our gallery of slate roof styled projects we’ve completed.

“The Type”
There are about 7 different types of slate roofs; Staggered (Hang-down), Textured, Graduated, Multi-colored, Random-width, Patterned and Standard. Most of the differences in slates roof types is the size of the tile and color. The texture can vary, of course, because nature is the designer. However they are sliced, or cut, the textures created can make for some very interesting and attractive roof coverage. Whether you like “perfect clean lines” or a more random natural look, slate tiles has something to offer everyone.

There are some Pro’s and Con’s to choosing a slate style roof. You can read more about that HERE as we cover those points in another post.

Rather chat about it? Simply call us and we’d be happy to give you a free inspection and help you make an educated decision about the type of material that would be best for protecting your home and your budget.