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When it comes to choosing a roofing material for their house, many homeowners are unsure. Slate is a one-of-a-kind roofing material often ignored by consumers unaware of its importance and capabilities. Ensure you have all of your questions and concerns addressed by a competent roofing contractor before deciding on slate roofing.

Slate roofing comes in several designs and colours

Slate roofing comes in various forms, from textural and graduated installations to mixed colours and patterns. The standard pattern style and the random width style are two of the most common. Slate comes in various colours, from subdued to bright, with greys and blacks being the most common, but there are also greens, purples, and reds.

How long does slate roofing last?

Slate is a rock, a homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-grade regional metamorphism. As a result, this roofing material dates back millions of years. Slate is exceptionally long-lasting and needs little or no maintenance. It’s fair to assume that your slate roof would last at least 75 to 100 years, if not longer. However, it would be best if you did not use sealant or paint on your slate roof because this will cause the roof to age prematurely.

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What are the advantages of slate roofing over shingles?

Slate is a “forever roof” because homeowners would only need to install one in their lifetime. Meanwhile, shingles can be replaced two or three times. Another advantage of slate roofing is that it can boost your home’s resale value due to its natural beauty and durability.

What should you do to prepare your roof for slate?

Slate is a weighty material that can add 500 pounds to the weight of your roof. If your home were not constructed with a slate roof in mind, a structural engineer would need to examine your roof. This ensures that your roof is ready to support the weight of slate roofing.

Is it possible to fix a slate roof?

You can fix your slate roof whenever you want. A licensed roofing contractor should check the slate roof for damaged parts, and the repair is as easy as sliding out the broken slate and replacing it with a new one. Getting your roof inspected by a specialist once a year would also help you preserve the best possible condition for your slate.

Merlin’s Roofing has extensive professional expertise in repairing and installing top-quality slate roofs. Learn more about our slate roofing restoration services. For expert installation and professional workmanship of your slate roofs, call Merlin’s Roofing today at(613) 601-2570.

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