Slate is one of the most popular roofing materials, mainly because of its unique aesthetic benefits. But slate roofing is much more than that, and home remodeling contractor Timberland Exteriors shares a closer look at this amazing roofing material.
The kind of slate offered for roofing is often the highest-graded kind, given the wear and tear it will be exposed to once installed. Barring issues with the roofing structure itself, slate roofs have been known to last up to 200 years with proper care and maintenance. The slate itself can last for much longer, but you must consider the quality of the other roofing components.
Choosing quality fasteners, as well as hiring a skilled general construction company like Timberland Exteriors, can count when your roof lasts this long. Additionally, slate is one of the few roofing materials that actually looks better over time, as it takes on a faded, weather-worn look from years of exposure to the elements.
Made of quarried stone, a slate roof can withstand impact from virtually anything nature throws at it; hailstones, high winds and airborne debris, for example. The thickness of the slate plays an important role in the roof’s durability. Make the slate too thin and it will snap easily when hit by anything bigger than a golf ball. Slate roofing is also naturally heavy, giving it better wind resistance. With these features, it is possible to get favorable insurance premiums.
Slate is one of the most eco-friendly roofing materials available, as Timberland Exteriors can attest. Natural slate is quarried from sustainable sources. It does not undergo a manufacturing process other than sawing, shaping and beveling – all of which result in a much smaller carbon footprint compared to other roofing options. Its extremely long life span helps reduce roof replacement waste and slows down the rate landfills fill up. Discarded slate roofing can also be repurposed as landscaping pieces, reusable writing boards, or roofing for sheds.
To learn more about slate roofing or our exterior home remodeling services, call Timberland Exteriors today at (651) 404-2330 (St. Paul), (952) 373-5145 (Minneapolis), (218) 366-9433 (Detroit Lakes), or (715) 203-8040 (Western WI). You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free no-obligation quote. We serve Minneapolis, MN and surrounding areas.