Say the words “new roof” and nearly everyone you talk to will think you’re installing new asphalt shingles. After all, flexible shingles are the default roof covering in this country, and nearly everyone has lived under one at some time in their lives. Drive around whatever town you live in — Mount Juliet, Hendersonville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro — and nine out of ten, maybe 99 out of 100, will have asphalt shingles roofs
But when you start looking at the fancier neighborhoods, whether it’s here in Tennessee or anywhere in the country, you’ll notice that there aren’t nearly as many houses with traditional asphalt shingles. More often than not, some type of tile or slate shingle has taken over. There’s no denying that slate shingles are associated with a fancier look. Let’s take a look at the many advantages (and a couple of disadvantages) that you might get with slate shingles.
Advantage 1: They Last
Slate is a very hard material and holds up to the elements incredibly well. Many old churches were covered in slate shingles, and some still have their original materials. In fact, slate holds up so well that there’s a good chance it will last a century or more. Compare that to the average lifespan of asphalt shingles, which is at about 20 years. While asphalt shingles disintegrate, slate shingles will look as good in 20 years as the day they were installed.
We’ve never heard of it happening, but slate shingles will last so long that you could have your house falling down around you and then take your slate shingles to your new house!
Advantage 2: They’re Heavy, In A Good Way
Have you ever lost asphalt shingles due to high winds? If so, you’ll know how bad it can be to leave your roof unprotected where the shingles blew off. Slate shingles are heavy enough so that they’re not going to blow off as readily as lighter shingles.
Advantage 3: Fire Resistance
Traditional asphalt shingles are made from asphalt, which is a petroleum-based product. And as you are probably aware, petroleum burns. While steps are taken to reduce the flammability of asphalt shingles, they’re certainly not as fire resistant as slate shingles.
There are two equal yet diverse reasons you’ll want a fire-resistant roof. If you are in wooded areas, a fire-resistant roof can protect you from forest fires. If you are in a residential area, such roofs can protect your home from the hot ashes if your neighbor’s house catches on fire.
Advantage 4: Your House Will Look Amazing
As we said, slate is one of the classiest ways a Roofing Company can cover your roof. Slate shingles are a premium product, helping your house sell for more and making it more unique on the market. Oh, and did we mention that slate naturally comes in a variety of colors?
Advantage 5: No Rotting, No Insects
On the right kind of house, cedar shingles are absolutely amazing. But they do have certain problems. Since they’re made of wood, cedar shingles are susceptible to rot, and steps have to be taken to prevent insects from damaging them.
Because they’re made from stone, slate shingles are impervious to insect damage and will not rot.
There are two disadvantages to consider regarding a slate shingle roof. If you’re truly interested in your roofers installing one, neither should get in your way.
Disadvantage 1: They’re Heavy, In A Bad Way
Slate shingles are incredibly heavy. After all, we’re dealing with stone here, so it’s no surprise that slate shingles will put a considerable weight on your roof. If you are building a new house, let your builder know that you are installing a slate shingle roof so that extra supports can be drawn into the blueprints. If you have an existing home and are replacing your old asphalt shingles with slate shingles, you might have to have a contractor come in to reinforce the roof before the slate roof is installed.
Disadvantage 2: It Requires Special Skills
When it comes to slate shingles, it takes a special professional roofer to install and repair. While slate holds up well against the elements, it can break if not installed properly. Walking on slate requires someone who knows what they’re doing, as an average roofer can break them with a misplaced foot. Because of the material costs and the extra time associated with an installation, slate roofs end up costing more. Luckily, you’ve found the best slate shingle roofers around who can get the job done properly and in an efficient manner.
Asphalt shingles have their place in the world, but they can’t compare to slate shingles. Slate roofs cost more, but once they’re installed you’ll find out why they’re worth it. Contact Bluebird Roofing today if you think you’re next roof should be a luxury roof.