As far as residential and flat roofing contractors are concerned, slate is one of the most high-end roofing materials available today. Featuring a stone composition, slate is resistant to almost all issues that plague other comparable materials, easily making it one of the longest-lasting residential roofing systems. Additionally, its natural stone texture adds an elegant aesthetic to any home.
Despite its many merits, slate is not without its limitations and disadvantages. Understanding these points should help you determine if slate is suitable material for your roof. Read on as Evans Roofing and Gutters Inc. shares a few tips about slate roof replacement and what you can expect from it.
It Takes a Professional
Slate is a highly specialized material that requires unique installation steps that only certified roofers have the skills to properly execute. Entrusting your work to a roof repair company with no prior experience working with slate can result in poor workmanship and, ultimately, end up costing you more in the long run.
It Will Last a Generation
The average slate roof can easily last for up to 100 to 125 years before needing replacement. Unscrupulous roofers might recommend replacing a slate roof for minor damage that hasn’t even put a dent on its estimated life span. There are extraordinary circumstances that can require a premature slate roof replacement but these are extreme cases and they do not happen frequently.
It’s Not Just Slate
Much like any other material, slate requires regular roof inspection and maintenance to keep it in good shape for as long as possible. Checkups are recommended at least once every three years and should include a thorough inspection of every part of the roofing system, including the joists, decking, gutters and other support structures.
Enjoy the many benefits of professionally installed slate roofing at Evans Roofing and Gutters Inc. Give us a call at (412) 200-5331 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation visit and get a free estimate on slate roof replacements today.