Slate is one of the most sought-after roofing materials on the market, today. Slate has the reputation to add sophistication and value to any commercial business and is prized by many. Slate roofing is made of stone and has been used as roofing material for centuries. While our businesses have evolved over time, the benefits of slate have remained largely the same. Its durability and natural resistance to fire make it an ideal material for covering your business. It can offer you protection from a variety of conditions; from wind, hail, fireworks and more. Because slate is so durable, it is also one of the most long-lasting roofing materials.
While the typical roofing system lasts 20-30 years, slate roofing can last a staggering 100 years! With proper installation and maintenance, slate is the roofing solution that can literally last a lifetime! That’s a lifetime without the stress and worry of when your roof will need to be replaced next.
Because slate is a type of stone, it often comes in a elegant shade of grey. While this is a selling point for many customers, slate roofing also comes in a variety of other colors and styles for those who may have a different look in mind. The diversity of this material, with its variable colors, sizes and thicknesses, makes it a wonderful roofing solution for those who may have an exact vision for their business’ outward appearance.
Some disadvantages of slate is its cost. The cost is not only determined by the material itself, but its difficulty to install. Because tiles have a tendency to break when walked on they require an experienced roofer who will use care during the installation process. Another challenge with slate tile is the weight. A slate roof can easily add 700-1000 pounds to your roof, which demands an inspection of your business’ structural integrity. Depending on the results of this inspection, your business might require additional reinforcements to sustain weight of all that slate.