If you are in the market to for a roofing system that can protect your home for its lifetime and beyond, slate roofing would fit the bill. Aside from the long lasting service life of this roofing material it offers a natural beauty and curb appeal to anyone who sees it. However, choosing slate to be installed on your roof is a major financial investment so it’s important to know exactly what you are getting into.
At a Glance:
Price – This is one of the main factors that discourage homeowners from slate roofing. Costs a premium (prices can range from $1,000 – $4,000 per square).
Performance – The level of protection a slate roof provides is amazing. It looks beautiful, it greatly increases the home’s resale value (should you decide to sell it later on), it’s fire proof, virtually weather proof and maintenance free.
Installation – Being a specialized type of roofing material, it requires an experienced contractor that has been trained to work with slate. Otherwise homeowners might see problems arise due to the improper installation.
Cost of Material – Costing around five times more compared to the more traditional roofing options, not every homeowner is willing to make the financial commitment towards it.
Weight – Not every home is equipped with the support structure designed to handle the full weight of a slate roof (ranges from around 800 – 1,500 pounds per square). In addition to the hefty amount of money you need to acquire the slate to install on your roof, you might need to spend even more to reinforce your existing structure to accommodate the installation.
Issues with Replacement – Surprisingly, in stark contrast to their renowned durability slate roofs can break if you step on them. It can be difficult to find tiles that are a near match because every batch of slate is unique.
To know more about slate roofing in Orlando area, contact Orlando Roofing Group. Call us today for a FREE inspection & estimate (407) 848-1101.