Is slate Roofing Right for Your Home?

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No, probably not. Unless you have a home with the following attributes, it is not for you.

First, you need a structure strong enough to bear the weight. Slate can weigh anywhere from 7 to 20 pounds per square foot. Another consideration is the pitch of the roof. A certain minimum pitch is required by law. And finally, a slate roof, which can be expensive, may not be within your budget.

What makes slate roofs so special is that they’re built to last at least 100 years. All the flashing is copper and lead, and even the nails are copper. All design work, such as ridges and valleys must be cut by hand.  The slate is waterproof, however it is accompanied by heavy felt paper. What is interesting, even though we don’t see much slate in America, it produces some of the best slate in the world.