Slate is a naturally-occurring rock that many ancestral masons and architects found to be greatly compliant when it came to excellent roofing. It requires no contact cement, rests well on top of roofing underlayment, and guarantees a long-term lifespan of 70 years and beyond with efficient maintenance. On top of it all, it can withstand huge amounts of rain, hail, and snowstorms during its lifespan.

Many Denver CO homeowners are definitely thinking of having slate roofing for their brand new roof this New Year. As reputable Denver CO residential slate roofers with decades of experience and knowledge, we agree with them. Slate is still an excellent roofing material if you can overcome its initial hurdles.

For one, it’s an expensive roofing material. It will require a huge initial investment — even beyond that of a metal roofing material. Slate costs about $10-12 per square foot, which is comparably above the price of a high-quality standing seam metal roofing. In addition, you might need additional roofing reinforcement to handle its extremely heavy weight.

However, it’s worth every effort. NSW Slate Roofing has an excellent breakdown as to why slate is still an excellent roofing material. Read more about it below:

Energy-efficient

Slate is very a energy-efficient material. Because it is very dense, it can help keep your home cooler in the summer, by preventing hot air from entering your attic and your home. And, in the winter, the heavy, dense slate material helps prevent warm air from escaping, and being released into the atmosphere. In both cases, slate helps you save on your heating and cooling bills.

Completely fire resistant

As a natural stone product, slate is completely fire resistant, unlike asphalt shingles and other such products. A slate tile roof will resist high heat and temperatures, and fire – making slate roofs ideal if wildfires and bushfires are a major concern near your home or building.

Environmentally-friendly

Slate is a naturally-occurring material, and requires very little processing, unlike other products like asphalt shingle roofing and metal roofing. This makes it more environmentally-friendly.

Long lifespan of 100 years or more

With proper care, it’s not unheard of for a slate roof to last at least 100 years, and some roofs can last 150 years with proper installation. In contrast, most asphalt shingle roofs must be replaced every 15-30 years. Wood shingles may only last 20-30 years, and even most metal roofs will not last past 50 years. (Continue Reading)

At this point, you’re greatly interested in owning a slate roof of your own. However, if you don’t expect to live in your home beyond 5-10 years because of future plans, it might not be the best option for you. True enough, if you’re wanting to leave your great estate to your future children, a slate roof is quite an investment that guarantees they have a roof above their heads all the time.

But, if the neighborhood is definitely not for you, then Famitchell & Co has a great list of alternatives for slate roofing that offer just as much efficiency as it can. Read more about it here:

Fibre Cement Slate

A much cheaper alternative to natural slate is fibre cement slate. But is it really that cheap in the long run compared to natural slate roof? The answer is a resounding NO.

A fibre cement slate roof is only expected to last 30 years on average. That means within that period, you will have to replace it. If you replace it with yet another fibre cement slate roof, wait another 30 years, and it will have to be replaced again.

Natural slate roof tiles, on the other hand, last up to 100 years. The really high-quality ones may even last 150. On top of that, natural slate roofing doesn’t need much maintenance in three decades.

So which one would be more expensive now, in the long run?

Fibre cement slate being cheaper than natural slate tiles is a myth, nothing more. What’s true, really, is that it looks like a cheap imitation of natural slate, which, on final analysis, it actually is.

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Lastly, make sure you’re working with efficient and top-quality Denver CO roofers. If you have yet to find a good team to work with, you can always count on us at Ropa Roofing for all your roofing needs. Contact us today to learn all about our services and effective solutions today.