The Pros and Cons of Slate Roofs

Perhaps you’re on a hunt for a completely different roof than your neighbors. If you don’t want the same old roof that everyone on your block has, there are other types of roofs you can choose, and slate roofs might be a good choice for you.

Slate is one of the oldest building materials – it was an available natural resource in many parts of Europe, so they used it for a number of applications, including as “shingles” for roofs.

Here is a quick rundown of items to consider when you think about slate roofs in Kansas City, and you need to be aware of them all before you invest in one.

  • A slate roof when installed properly with the right nails and the right materials can last anywhere from 80-100 years.
  • A slate roof is more expensive than any other type of roof.  It takes more man power or labor time to install because of the weight of the stone.
  • Specialized installation is also required – many roofers aren’t traditionally trained in slate roof installation, so it’s important to go with a roofing company that knows how to install slate roofs.
  • A slate roof requires much less maintenance than an asphalt roof. A slate roof also doesn’t need an extensive roof maintenance program that’s provided by professional roofers. Some homeowners like this benefit the most, as it can actually save them money over the long run.

A slate roof can be pricey, but you really have to consider what you get for that price. A beautiful-looking roof that will last 80 or more years, and that will require very little maintenance along the way. Also, most people know that a slate roof is the cream of the crop, so it’s important for curb appeal as well and will help make your home appear “richer”. If you think that a slate roof is just what your home is asking for, give us a call at Pyramid Roofing today.