Bergen County Roofing: Article About Slate Roofs

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Slate has been referred to as a lifetime roofing system. Slate is an elegant material that Bergen County roofing professionals have been using for years to improve the curb appeal of homes. Slate is renowned for its natural beauty and unparalleled longevity. However, installing a slate roofing system is a serious financial commitment. For this reason, it is good for homeowners to become familiar with the benefits of using slate as well as some of the drawbacks.

Anyone who has seen a slate roof knows that it is beautiful. Slate can enhance any architectural style. Slate naturally occurs in different colors and with different textures. Some varieties of slate are solid colors like gray, black or purple. Others have a natural mix of colors. Most slate shingles are cut by hand and can be customized to meet the requirements of any home. As it ages, slate maintains its same distinctive appearance and beauty.

Slate is unusual among roofing materials because it offers a 100 year manufacturer warranty. Homeowners who are not looking to sell their home see the longevity of slate as an attractive feature.

Slate is a natural stone that is 100 percent waterproof and is noncombustible. Slate can handle fluctuations in weather conditions such as swings in temperature and different forms of precipitation. Since slate is a stone, it is not affected by things like mold, mildew or fungus.

The roofing experts at All Professional Remodeling of Bergen County NJ can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, windows or skylights.

Slate is a maintenance free roofing material that allows homeowners to enjoy their roof without being concerned about the expense of routine upkeep or repairs.

Slate increases the resale value of a home. Prospective buyers are attracted to the idea of buying a home with a roof that will last for decades.

Slate is an environmentally friendly material. Since a slate roof will typically last for more than a century, homeowners can be confident that their roof will not be added to the 11 million tons of roofing material that is put in landfills around the world annually.

Some of slate's disadvantages include its fragility. While slate is a very durable material, it can break if it is stepped on. Another challenge is that once a slate tile is broken, replacing it is difficult. It is likely to be impossible to find a replacement tile that will perfectly match the color and texture of the one that was broken. Finally, since slate is such a heavy material, not all homes have the structure necessary to support its weight. Before installing a slate roof, homeowners should have their home evaluated from a structural standpoint to see if it can support the weight of the roof.

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