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Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

Two Common Misconceptions About Slate Roofs

by Martha Soto

Although they are incredibly durable and attractive, slate roofs are not all that popular in North America. This may be due to some common misconceptions that many homeowners believe about slate roofs. If you're considering getting a new roof, it pays to know the truth about this roofing choice before you give it the nix.

Misconception #1: Slate roofs are just priced higher because they are a luxury item.

Slate roofs are often seen as a luxury home element because they do have a higher up-front cost than other roofing materials, like asphalt shingles and metal. However, their higher cost is not just vanity pricing. Making a slate roof takes a lot of work. The slate must be harvested from a quarry, shaped into tiles, and applied to the roof by an expert. Slate tiles cannot be mass manufactured like asphalt shingles, so they cost more.

You do get something in return for the higher cost of slate: a longer lifespan. A slate roof is essentially worth 3 or more asphalt roofs, since it can last for the entire life if your home. A slate roof may cost more in the beginning, but in the long-term, it's probably cheaper to buy 1 slate roof rather than 3 asphalt roofs.

Misconception #2: Slate roofs tend to leak badly, and repairing the leaks is tough.

When an asphalt roof starts leaking, it usually means costly repairs are on the horizon, so homeowners tend to put the problem off until it's so bad that they really need to fix it. When people get slate roofs, after having asphalt roofs their whole lives, they keep this same mentality. Thus, when their slate roof starts leaking, they put off getting repairs until there are many damaged tiles. This leads to the misconception that slate roofs leak a lot.

Part of the misconception is also that when a slate roof leaks, the underlayment needs to be repaired, and that's a costly endeavor. This is simply not true. Not all slate roofs even have underlayments – they're just a temporary structure to help roofers place the tiles properly. Leaks in slate roofs are very easy to repair. They are usually just caused by a chipped or split tile, which a roofer can replace in a few minutes of work. If homeowners are careful to have tiles replaced at the first sign of a leak, then leaks won't really be an issue with a slate roof.

Slate roofs do require a bit more maintenance than asphalt roofs, but they last essentially forever. If you never want to replace your roof again, go with slate. You'll pay more upfront, but the repairs are simple, and you'll create a lot less waste because you never have to have a roof ripped off again.

For more information, contact Save On Roofing or a similar company.