All About Slate Shingles

Colorado roofing contractors display a slate shingled roof

Slate Shingles Are Beautiful

Slate roofing has been around for centuries, and it’s one of the most weather-resistant and beautiful options you can put on your roof. It is quarried and cut into thin individual shingles and installed with nails. Natural variations in color, pattern, and edge shape give slate an organic and tactile quality that’s simply unmatched by other synthetic roofing products.

Colorado roofing contractors display a gray slate shingled roof in Colorado Springs

Slate Shingles Are Heavy

However, despite its visual appeal and long-lasting performance—more than 100 years in many cases—a number of important factors may make slate unfeasible for your home. For one, slate is heavy, weighing about twice as much as asphalt singles per square foot. It’s also about triple the cost of premium asphalt shingles. A conventionally framed or truss roof may require additional framing before it’s suitable for slate shingles. Check with a structural engineer to see if your home’s roof will support slate.

Colorado roofing contractors display an old slate shingled roof

Slate Shingles Are Hard To Install

Installing slate shingles involves the use of specialized cutting tools and skills, which makes it extremely complicated to install for do-it-yourselfers as well as many roofers. Once installed, slate’s durability to the elements doesn’t extend to foot traffic. The shingles are brittle and can break if they are stepped on. Replacing broken shingles involves installing extra staging and ladders to prevent further damage, and removing individual shingles is a complicated process.

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Roofing Specialists United Restoration in Colorado Springs

The installation, repair or replacement of a roof is an investment in the value of your home, and the homeowner should be equipped with the most comprehensive information available before deciding which options to use. Building contractors such as United Restoration Colorado Springs, who specialize in roofing have expertise in the various roofing materials as well as knowledge of the local conditions in Colorado Springs and other areas in Colorado, United Restoration understands the climate and problems particular to the region. A consultation with United Restoration will provide you, the homeowner with an inspection report and an estimate on the required work. Contact us today if you think your roof needs repair or replacement, the sooner you do, the better off you’ll be.

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