With 30 years’ experience in roofing as the co-owner of the leading roofing company in the Minnesota Twin Cities’ area, Amit Sela is a knowledgeable expert on a wide range of roofing materials.
Laying out the pros of slate roofing, he points out that a slate roof is timeless, classic and beautiful—making it an attractive option for homeowners. Slate is considered one of the highest quality, longest-lasting roofing materials on the market. Made from natural stone, slate roofs can last a century or longer, plus they can resist fire damage and the severest of storms.
However, slate roofing typically costs a fair bit more than other types of roofing and is more difficult to install due to its heavy weight, requiring a solid support structure to prevent collapses and other damage to the home.
Since many roofing contractors and roofers don’t know much about slate roofing, choose your contractor carefully. Experts say that a well-installed slate roof will last a century or more, while a poorly installed one is a lot like having no roof at all.
In sum, although the market for slate roofing has declined with the introduction of newer, lighter materials and the need for faster, easier installation, it nevertheless remains a popular option for homeowners seeking a classic, enduring style for their homes.