A slate roof will last for generations and only require occasional maintenance of flashing and the replacement of a rare broken slate, A slate roof offers beauty, material integrity and are fireproof.
In addition to beauty and integrity of a slate roof the cost of a new slate roof or a restoration of a slate roof will be less than an asphalt roof that lasts only 20 years.
A slate roof is not only fireproof but also is a natural and environmentally friendly material that will still be going strong when your grandchildren bring their children for a visit.
The vast majority of slate roofing on homes, barns and carriage houses can be restored at a less costly longer lasting and ascetically far more pleasing than striping off the current slate and replacing it with shingles.
Many roofers who don’t have expertise in Slate Restoration and put profit before the needs of the homeowner will advise home owners to scrap the slate roofing and put on shingles.
An educated homeowner is the client we want to work with more than an uninvolved customer because they know the value and aesthetics of slate roofing.
For over a 1,000 years slate roofing has been used in Europe and hundreds of years in North America to make beautiful long lasting watertight roofing that is easily repairable
The vast majority of slate is as good as when it was put on, and with minor maintenance you will have a lifetime roof and not a roof that will last only 20 years. Slate gives you the beautiful roof your home deserves.
In my experience as a slate roofing contractor it’s been extremely rewarding to take what seems to be a worn out roof and transform it back into its original beauty.
Capping off a slate roof with Gleaming copper flashing that surrounds the finished product adds not only value to the home but makes it even more beautiful and distinctive.
The idea of stripping these beautiful roofs and replacing it with a plain old shingle roof give me the chills. And I encourage homeowners to talk with a number of slate restoration specialists before making their decision. The crew at Bill’s Roofing in Manchester NH would rather see another slate specialist get the job than watch a beautiful slate roof stripped and replaced with shingles.
Below is a short video shot in Granville, NY that shows slate mining and crafting it into roof ready tiles.. running time is about 5:00 minutes.
For additional information and history of slate use check out Historic Slate Roofs from the U.S. Parks Service, their page offers an in-depth look at the repair, replacement and maintenance of a slate roofs.