04 Nov What are the benefits of slate roof tiles?
Choosing the right roofing material for your property is a decision which needs to be made carefully. But, if you are looking for the best all-round solution, it is hard to go wrong with slate. Here are some of the benefits of slate roof tiles over other types of roofing, and why they could be the ideal choice for your property.
- Slate roof tiles look beautiful
One of the main advantages of slate roof tiles is their aesthetic appeal. Slate has a timeless appearance which can suit both period homes and modern properties, so it is extremely versatile. A slate roof is completely in-keeping with a country cottage, but it can also coordinate perfectly with the clean lines of a contemporary build.
This is because slate roof tiles can vary hugely in appearance, offering you an extensive choice when it comes to creating the look you want to achieve. Slate comes in a wide range of colour variants, depending on where it has come from. Some slate tiles appear more blue, others more green, and some even have a tinge of purple mixed with the grey.
In addition, a wide choice of different textures and thicknesses are available in slate roof tiles, so you can cater for your own tastes and preferences. Whichever tiles you choose, no two will be exactly the same, as slate is a natural material, so your slate roof will be completely unique.
- Slate is strong and durable
Slate is the most durable material you can use for roofing. As it is a natural stone, it can withstand even the most extreme climates and weather conditions, unlike many other types of roofing. It will not decay and it will maintain its appearance, as it does not fade or deteriorate over time. If it is properly cared for and maintained, a slate roof can last for anything up to 100 years.
Slate is also fireproof, so even if a fire breaks out in your neighbourhood, your home is more likely to be protected if you have chosen slate roof tiles.
- A slate roof is environmentally friendly
Slate roof tiles are an eco-friendly choice. As they are made from completely natural stone, they do not give off any harmful chemicals or pollutants while they are being manufactured.
They can also lower the amount of energy it takes to heat your home, as slate is a highly effective form of insulation.
- Slate is a low-maintenance option
Many roofing materials are not as durable as slate, and can be negatively affected by the elements over time. This means you can end up having to have your roof repaired regularly, which can be time-consuming and even dangerous if you choose to do it yourself, and costly if you decide to leave the job to the professionals. Either way, it can cause a significant amount of disruption to your lifestyle, and this is likely to worsen the older the roof gets.
As slate roof tiles are so hardwearing, they are unlikely to need repairing or replacing, as long as they are properly cared for and have been correctly installed by an experienced professional roofing firm.
- A slate roof is a good investment
It is true that slate roof tiles are more expensive than most of the other roofing materials available. However, you have to look at the initial cost as a worthwhile investment for your property.
Over time, a slate roof can save you a significant amount of money on your household heating bills. It can also work out cheaper than other roofing types due to its lower maintenance costs, as having your roof repaired regularly will end up costing you more than having a good quality slate roof installed which will last a lifetime.
A slate roof is also a highly desirable asset. As it looks so attractive, it will significantly improve the “kerb appeal” of your property. This means you are likely to achieve a higher price if you ever decide to sell your home.
Find out more about slate roof tiles
If you would like to find out more about slate roof tiles, or are thinking of investing in a slate roof for your home, please contact us. At Roundhay Roofing, we have extensive experience of installing slate roof tiles on a wide variety of properties, and we will be happy to help.