Slate is one of the most beautiful and durable roofing materials known to man. Slate is a natural roofing system which was created by the forces of nature over 500 million years ago. It has been, for centuries, the roofing material of choice for the world’s greatest buildings because of its distinctive look and durability. Some slate roofs have in fact lasted for literally hundreds of years, enduring all the ravages that Mother Nature has thrown at them. Slate is also resistant to all kinds of weather conditions, and remains unaffected by normal extremes of temperature, and acids, alkalis and other chemicals. It does not fade under the sun and ultraviolet rays and is environment-friendly and safe because it is fireproof.
Slate is often considered the king of all roofing materials. Few can match its classic look, durability, superior wind tear off resistance and fire resistant properties. Made from composite rock, slate shingles are amongst the toughest roofing materials available. Although it may seem like an expensive choice initially, your slate roof will pay for itself in terms of appearance and longevity as it is often referred to as the “100-year tile”.
Advantages of Slate Roofing
- Waterproof, natural stone
- Colour-fast and non fading
- Wide range of color combination
- Little or no maintenance cost
- Resists climatic changes
- Long life span
- Accidental breakage easily replaced
- Aesthetically pleasing
Slate is one of the most impressive yet expensive types of roofs to install. However, when installed correctly – by us at Merlins Roofing – a slate roof can last for over 100 years. You may not be in your house that long, but you will save money over time and reap the benefits of your slate roof investment since this type of roofing requires minimal maintenance. Slate roofs are sustainable because they can stand up against our hard Canadian winters, and as a Canadian you know all too well how vicious and unforgiving the cold can be. Furthermore, slate roofs are approximately three times heavier than traditional asphalt shingles but they are able to sustain additional weight such as accumulation after a heavy snowfall.
Customize Your Slate Roof
The size and thickness of slate used for roofing are all of equal importance. Slate comes in a variety of thickness ranging from 3/16” to 1” known as standards to extra heavy. In Ontario, ¼” is the considered the standard. However, even if the standard Ontario-sized slate is used you can still create eye-catching patterns across your roof. For instance, if slate is installed using the same width across the entire roofing surface, a regular pattern will be created. On the other hand, if a variety of widths are used, a different pattern will occur. Depending on what you desire for your slate roof, Alia Roofing can create the pattern you want.
Color Your Roof
Besides the ability to create gorgeous patterns on your roof, you can further customize slate roofing through its color. Slate comes in an array of colors, grains and textures such as unfading, semi-weathering, and weathering colors. Unfading slate maintains its colour for years, while its semi-weathering counterpart will change moderately over time. It is only the weathering slate colors that change more aggressively. However, a custom blend of colors can be used on any roof to suit your liking.
As durable as it is distinctive, slate is the most stable, longest lasting material you can put on your roof besides copper. Created by natural forces over millions of years, it’s abundant, fire resistant, and environmentally friendly — not to mention beautiful.
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