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Austin Roofing: Article About Pros and Cons Of Slate Tiles

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Slate roofing can enhance curb appeal and provide the roof with maximum protection from water damage, heavy snowfall and high winds. Slate is durable, attractive and long lasting, and many homeowners appreciate the modern look it creates. However, as with any type of roofing material, there are specific advantages and potential disadvantages associated with installing slate tiles. Here is a basic overview about this popular material. Homeowners who are interested in learning more about the process of slate tile installation are encouraged to contact an Austin Roofing professional who is familiar with the material.

Since slate is a natural stone product, it provides enhanced longevity. It is a beautiful material that comes in a wide variety of different sizes and thicknesses, and homeowners can purchase it in different colors in order to enhance the rest of their home's features, including gray, purple, black, green and red. Many homeowners prefer to install mixed slate tiles because of the natural finish it creates, as opposed to selecting a single color. Slate is one of the most fire resistant roofing materials on the market, and it features a Class A fire rating. This is an excellent option for homeowners who live in hot climates that experience seasonal wildfires because it prevents air borne sparks from setting the roof on fire.

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The stone is also considered an environmentally friendly material because, unlike asphalt shingles that might need to be replaced in 20 years, slate can last up to 100 years or even longer.

The most notable disadvantage of installing slate roofing tiles is that the material costs significantly higher than other types of roofing materials. However, many homeowners find that the enhanced longevity associated with a slate roof is well worth the initial investment. For example, slate tiles might cost as much as five times more than other common types of roofing materials, but the finished product can also last up to five times longer than other types of roofs. Another potential drawback is that slate tiles are fragile, and replacing damaged tiles can be a difficult process because it can be hard to match the damaged piece perfectly.

The process of installing a slate roof can be quite complex, and roofing contractors must have extensive training in working with the material in order to properly install it. Homeowners are encouraged to ensure that the company they select to install their slate roof can provide related references.

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