So it’s that time of year, time to fix everything up. You want to fix that leaky roof, or at least fix it up so that it doesn’t start leaking. But, how about doing something different? Something that’s really modern and new, but also really old-school and classic?
We’re talking about slate tile roofing here, a trend that’s been showing up more and more often. If you want to freshen up your house’s look, you should go with good slate tiles. Read on if you want to learn more.
The Origins of slate tiles
The main difference between slate tiles and regular, asphalt shingles, is the age. The slate used for roofing is several millennia old. Occurring from minerals that are deposited on the bottoms of ancient rivers, lakes, seas, the slate has been a staple of good roofing for hundreds of years. This ancient material is getting its own comeback, and for good reason too.
The recent resurgence in slat tiles comes primarily because people understand just how durable it is. Slate took thousands of years to come about, and it can last for decades, if not centuries. If you want to get durable tiles, you should go with real roof slates.
Slate absorbs very little water, which means it won’t leak and is rather resistant to any kind of frost damage. Another interesting thing is that you can actually reuse old slate tiles. They will look chipped and damaged, but will also be just as durable as before. You’d be shocked at just how few tiles need to be replaced after a very heavy storm.
Furthermore, slate is incredibly fire resistant. In fact, the tiles themselves are completely fireproof, so it will be impossible for them to catch fire. So the only maintenance you need for your roof is perhaps an inspection every three years or so. As long as you don’t go cheap with other materials, you won’t have to worry at all.
Good for the environment
You need to replace asphalt shingles every decade or two. These things really add up and take up a huge amount of space in landfills. Slate, on the other hand, does not have this problem. Thanks to its tremendous lifespan, it can last for a very long time. This means that the number of let’s call it “roof waste” that is created by one house is drastically reduced if you choose slate.
Furthermore, you will save up on money and materials when getting it set up. The materials used by contractors when setting up shingles can mess with the environment. But, since this isn’t something you’re going to be doing often, most likely not more than once in a lifetime, the environment will at least be somewhat spared. And if you get a good contractor, someone who is not wasteful or sloppy, you will reduce it even more.
Furthermore, the actual slate creation and gathering process is not nearly as wasteful as other materials are. There is less dust that goes into the environment, and not nearly as much pollution ends up in rivers, lakes and into the soil as it does from brick kilns and cement mixers.
Beautiful and original
People just enough about how nice slate looks. Most tougher roof tiles are kind of bulky and ugly, but the slate is actually quite elegant. Furthermore, it won’t any color, since it’s not painted. Slate comes in natural shades of blue, green, and purple. They vary in hue and depth but we’re certain you will be able to find just the right look. It will especially give you that fancy, vintage look most people would kill for.
Used for ancient, classic houses, it will really add a touch of class and originality to your home. Furthermore, it comes in a variety of shapes and styles, and you can get a professional roofer with an artistic bent to set you up with a mosaic.
And there you have it, folks. Tiles that will last you a lifetime, that look amazing, and that are pretty environmentally friendly. These are the reasons slate roofing is making a comeback. You can hop on the train and join the trend. Trust us, you won’t regret it.