While a contractor from ProCraft Exteriors will be able to talk to you about slate roofing in greater detail, here we’ll offer an overview on this type of roofing and what you can expect from it. If you have any questions about how this material will work with your home, we’d be more than happy to come out and assess your property, providing you with a free estimate and our expert advice, customized to your needs and concerns. While some contractors might not take the time to explore with you slate roofing and the exact ways it can benefit your home, ProCraft Exteriors takes pride in our personal approach. We want to develop a partnership with you, our customer, so you know you can turn to us with any questions you might have and that we will provide you with the information that will make your decision-making process a breeze.
So, what are some of the benefits and challenges one can expect with slate roofing?
Slate is one of the oldest roofing materials still in use, today, with the oldest recorded instance of slate roofing being in Europe during the 13th Century. Slate was once reserved for churches and castles, making it the ultimate symbol of status. Slate was used with these structures because of the ways it repelled both the weather, along with fire. Back then, you never knew who might try to burn your kingdom to the ground, so it was a good idea to protect the two most important structures: the castle and the church.
While slate was considered to be a very valuable material, with all of its protective powers, it was also extremely difficult to extract from the earth. This difficulty translated into an extreme price tag, making it a viable roofing solution for only the wealthiest of landowners. As quarrying methods improved over the last several hundred years, its cost came down and its popularity began to grow. Slate’s first use in the United States was in the 1600s but it wasn’t until the late 19th Century that slate was first produced and sold en mass. Today it’s popularity as a roofing material remains because of its sophisticated appearance and the many benefits it still has to offer.
One of the many benefits slate has to offer its diversity. While most might assume that slate only comes in a traditional gray color, slate tiles are actually offered in a wide selection of colors, sizes, and thicknesses that allow you to customize the look of your roof to a considerable and surprising degree. This is perfect for those homeowners who want their home to have a unique and customized exterior.
Because of the nature of slate, one of the features this tile brings with it is an additional layer of fire protection. Just as slate was protecting castles in the 1200s, it is still keeping our modern “castles” safe today. Made from stone, slate tiles are, themselves, entirely fireproof. This can make it very difficult for a fire to start on the exterior of your roof, whether from stray fireworks, sparks, or another fire (recreational, wild, or home) that might be nearby. It can seem like small benefit but it is one that can give any homeowner a little extra peace of mind.
Additionally, slate tiles have a record for being one of the longest lasting roofing solutions on the market. It is not uncommon for a slate roof to last over 100 years, which means that a properly installed roof could quite literally last a lifetime. This can be compared to the typical lifespan of 20 to 30 years with other materials.
Because of their longevity, slate roofs don’t need to be replaced nearly as often. Not only is this great for homeowners who are looking for that long-lasting roof, it’s great for those customers who are environmentally-conscious. You can imagine how much debris comes off of a roof during a installation, and where does it end up? The landfill. By choosing slate roofing, you’ll be reducing waste that would otherwise end up in the dumpster. And when your slate roof is one day removed, this naturally occurring material also won’t pollute the ground. For all of these reasons, slate is considered to be one of the most environmentally-friendly roofing solutions.
Of course, there are downsides to this type of tile. One such difficulty is that slate can be very difficult to install. One of the things that makes slate such a challenge is that it can be extremely fragile. While it’s true that slate is one of the most durable roofing choices once it is installed, it’s also not made for 200lbs humans to stand and walk on top of it. This makes it problematic, considering that roofers need to be on a roof to install one. The licensed contractors at ProCraft Exteriors have the years of experience and training needed for this kind of careful installation but not everyone will be so respectful. Many contractors want to get on your roof, rush through their installation, and leave with your money. They don’t care about what happens once they’re gone, they just want finish up and move onto the next job. This isn’t the case with ProCraft Exteriors. We view our time with you as a long-term relationship. We want to do the job right the first time and for you to let us know if you experience any problems along the way. This is why ProCraft offers all of our roofing customers a 10 year, no-leak guarantee. It demonstrates our commitment to you, as well as the care we put into each project – even the difficult ones.
Another challenge with slate tile is its incredible weight. Slate roofing can end up weighing anywhere from 700 to 1000 lbs, which is a lot to have resting on top of your house! A roofing solution that heavy demands that your home be evaluated for structural integrity, to make sure your home can bear it. Sometimes, if the current structure isn’t sound enough for the weight, structural reinforcements can be installed to help take the additional load. This can all be explored and discussed with your ProCraft contractor, who will likely have already talked to you about this by the time slate has been discussed as an option.
Of course, the greatest weight to bear with slate is its cost. Slate is one of the most expensive roofing solutions out there. With it’s longevity and durability, it’s no wonder why it’s so expensive, but it can be a daunting investment for even the most well-off homeowners – especially those who are exploring new roofing after a storm, who were not expecting to be making such a grand purchase.
If cost is a concern of yours – and in our currently economy, it can be a common one for our customers – talk to your ProCraft contractor. There are a few ways of reducing your out-of-pocket cost, or at least making them more manageable. We over 25 years in the construction industry, we know how quickly a roofing project can add up and we’re happy to work with you, helping you fit it into your budget.
One of the first things we might ask about is whether this project might be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. If you’re getting a new roof installed because of a leak or storm damage, your insurance policy might cover all of the costs of getting a new roof installed. Of course, your insurance agent (or the independent adjuster your provider uses) will have their own ideas of just how extensive the damage is and what kind of solution is required. While we respect their opinions, it’s often times better to rely on the judgement of a highly-trained and licenced contractor like we have at ProCraft Exteriors. If your agent feels that you only need your roof repaired or if you feel they’re not offering you a large enough payment, let us help. We’ll take your agent or adjuster up onto your roof, showing them the damage and explain to them how we’ve reached our conclusions about your home. Often times insurance companies will even rely on pricing sheets to make determinations for your roof and all it takes is a human eye to see what’s really required.
If you’re not able to file an insurance claim or maybe their payment isn’t enough to cover your costs, don’t fret just yet! ProCraft offers a variety of payment plans, so you can pay for your new roof without feeling stressed or burdened. The benefits of our financing plans range from no initial payment, 0% interest, and no repayment penalty – all upon credit approval.
So if you’re looking to replace your existing roof and you think slate roofing might be the ideal fit for you, we hope you’ll turn ProCraft Exteriors. We take pride in our work, so you can take pride in your home, offering you a top-of-the-line professional experience, personalized to meet the needs of your family, your home, as well as your budget.