First and foremost, homeowners are drawn to slate because of its beauty. There simply isn’t a roofing material on the market that has a classier, more celebrated appearance. Furthermore, slate roofing tiles offer more choices than most homeowners realize, available in varying sizes and thicknesses, as well as a wide range of colors, including gray, green, purple, black, red, and mottled tiles that sport several colors mixed together.
A slate roof is made up of shingle-like slate stones laid onto a roof. One main benefit of a slate roof is that it provides the house with a very natural-looking appearance. Unlike other durable roofing materials, such as tin or concrete, which can sometimes be eyesores, slate has an aesthetically pleasing look.
You are considering a slate shingle roof for your home. Slate shingle roofs last a long time and add substantial value to your home. If you want the best looking and longest lasting roof, natural slate is the way to go. Your new natural slate shingle roof will make your house the gem of the block.
In America, slate used for roofs comes from five main slate producing regions. The quality is typically excellent and extremely long lasting. Slate has been used in Europe as a roofing material for hundreds of years and even dates back to the eighth century. In America all slate was imported from North Wales through the 17th to 19th centuries and was the most common roofing material at the time. The very first American slate quarry started in 1785 in Pennsylvania. Slate businesses in the U.S. at that time were very small since they were local until later in the 19th century.
The industry grew dramatically due to population growth, quarrying technology, and the creation of the railroad system. The United States became a slate exporter as a result. Slate reached its largest peak in the United States from 1897 to 1914. After those years, slate wasn’t used as widely, and cheaper alternatives became available which are not as long lasting or high quality. However, slate is still produced and currently is the highest quality material for your roofing needs. It has an extremely low water absorption index of less than even 0.4%. Natural slate, requiring only a very small amount of processing, has the very lowest embodied energy of any other roofing material.
Whether you are building your house, your castle, or your legacy, you should consider the extra value of the one of the oldest roofing products on earth. Slate roofing has protected houses and buildings for 2000 years. A slate roof with the right slate plus a knowledgeable application will last at least 100 years or more. Slate has proven to be the longest lasting and best-looking roofing product in world. You can’t go wrong when choosing the best of something as classic as slate. Natural Slate is specifically a roof tile or roof shingle. Slate has two lines of breakability cleavage and grain that makes it possible to split the stone into thin sheets. When broken, slate even retains a natural looking appearance while remaining fairly flat and easy to stack. Slate is rock consisting of crystalline rock created from years of deposits of silt and clay.
There are only three types of slate: igneous, clay, and mica, although mica is the only kind of slate used in roofing. Slate roofing materials can come actually in many colors from green, sea green, to gray, black, blue-black, purple, and red. Slate roofing can be both unfading in color or fading which means it can change with the weather or elements.
Natural slate is so popular among building professionals because of its durability and beauty. Natural slate offers many environmental benefits and is extremely durable.
Its low tendency to absorb water also makes it very resistant to breakage due to freezing or frost damage. Natural slate is extremely energy efficient, highly waterproof, and fire resistant. It requires almost no maintenance.
There are many different sizes of slate tiles when produced traditionally: Countesses, Princesses, Duchesses, Narrow Countesses, Narrow Ladies, Broad Ladies, Wide Ladies, Drains (various sizes), and 14 x 10’s. The key to a quality slate roof is having a roofing company such as Affordable Roofing that can offer the highest quality slate for the project and install the slate correctly so the owner can pass the house down to their children and grandchildren with the same slate roof.