Slate roofing is beautiful no matter what climate
Although usually associated with older homes, slate is still an option for new roof installations. It is, of course, more expensive than asphalt shingles, but if you install a slate roof you'll probably never need a new roof again.
With a natural appeal and tone, tick design and beautiful cuts, slate comes in a variety of earthy shades including greens, greys, reds and blacks, and is ideal for Spanish or American West-style homes.
As for durability, slate roofing is built to withstand even the worst weather making it a great roofing choice in areas that may have a wide variety of weather patterns. Austin roofing contractor Bill Gossett of Premier Roofing recalled repairing roofs in one Texas neighborhood after a hail storm so powerful that it was like “throwing baseballs at the roof.” Gossett said one roof in the neighborhood looked as if it had been entirely untouched by the storm -- but it was made of slate. “It didn’t leave a mark on it,” he said.
According to the website of Angie's List top-rated San Antonio roofing company Mangold Roofing, “Slate graded the highest for strength and hardness is practically non-porous, and makes the most lasting roofing material known.”
The biggest disadvantage to slate roofs is the cost. It is one of the most expensive roofing options available. This is due to several factors. For one, it comes from the northeastern part of the country and must be shipped if it is to be used elsewhere. As it’s so heavy, these shipping costs add up, along with any costs incurred if breakage occurs.
In addition, labor costs for installing a slate roof can be quite pricy, depending on how many experienced roofers in your area have ample knowledge of slate roofing. In those areas where there are relatively few experts in slate roofing, expect the labor costs to soar.
While the cost of a slate roof may be prohibitive for many homeowners, those who can afford it should certainly consider it for its beauty, strength, durability and low-maintenance nature. If you’re on the hunt for a roofing contractor to install a slate roof, keep this in mind, as you’ll want an experienced professional who can get things done right the first time, that's why Angie's List's consumer reviews for roofing contractors provides you with assurance of quality.