Love the Look of a Slate Roof but Don't Want the Maintenance That Goes With One? Consider Metal Slate Shingles
There is no doubt that a slate roof can add to the beauty of a house. Unfortunately, they require a lot of maintenance. The tiles can be easily broken by tree limbs hitting them, or even if a baseball lands on the roof. This is especially true as the tiles start to disintegrate over time. You will find you have to replace tiles on a regular basis or end up damaging the roof structure itself due to rain and/or snow. However, you can have the look of a slate roof without the maintenance hassle if you go with metal slate shingles. Here are just a few reasons you should consider this instead of natural slate.
Metal slate shingles will not chip, crack,or break the way natural slate does. It does not absorb water and will not harbor insects. The water will flow off them and any snow will melt and do the same. A chipped natural slate shingle can become water logged and make a great place for bugs to live. In addition, mold, moss, and mildew will not grow on the metal shingles. Your roof will look as good as new for years to come.
You can choose the color you want for the roof when you use metal slate shingles. Since the color is added to the metal the whole roof can be a uniform color. Of course, if you are going for the look of natural slate it can be colored that way as well. The shingles will never get the powdery look that slate gets if not properly maintained.
Most metal slate shingles are made from recycled materials. No one is using machines that give off toxic fumes to mine the slate. In addition, using recycled materials means that there is less non-organic materials going into a landfill and sitting for centuries.
Look at pictures of older houses with slate roofing. Sure, it looked great once, but over the years the slate shingles become dull and cracked. Even if you replace broken shingles as soon as you notice them the roof loses its beauty. Talk with a roofing company, like Click Lock Roofing, about metal slate shingles and ask to see some houses that have this type of roofing. You won't be able to tell the difference from the ground and if you were to drive by those same houses in a few years they will still look great.