Why a slate roof ? Primarily used on steeply pitched roofs, slate is used in Brittany because of its proximity to mining sources (Brittany, Anjou), but also because it is an integral part of the landscape of western homes, as are clay tiles in the south of France.
What are the style and color options for slate roofs?
There are many styles of slate roofing, ranging from textured and graduated installations to mixed colors and patterns. Two of the most common styles are the standard pattern style and the random width style. Slate varies not only in style, but also in texture, which can range from very smooth and uniform to very rough and rustic. Slate colors range from muted colors to bright colors. Grays and blacks are the most common colors, but greens, purples and reds are also available.
Why a slate roof ? How long does a slate roof last?
Slate is essentially a rock, a homogeneous metamorphic rock that is derived from an original schist-like sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-intensity regional metamorphism. Therefore, this roofing material is millions of years old. Slate is incredibly durable and can last several hundred years, often with little or no maintenance. It is safe to say that your roof will last you at least 75 to 100 years or more. However, it is important that you do not put anything on your roof, such as sealant or paint, as this can cause the roof to age prematurely.
What are the advantages of slate over shingles?
Slate is what we like to call a “forever roof” because homeowners will only need to install one in their lifetime, whereas a shingle roof may need to be replaced two or three times. Another benefit of slate roofing is its ability to increase the resale value of your home due to its natural beauty and durability. Slate is known as an elegant roofing material that will enhance the architectural style of your home and maintain the same appearance over the years. Other benefits of slate include its natural ability to resist fire and mold, as well as its low water absorption, which makes it highly resistant to frost damage and frost breakage.
Why a slate roof ? What should you do to prepare your roof for slate?
Slate is an extremely heavy product and can add an additional 200 kg to your rooftop. If your home is not designed to accept slate, you will need to have your rooftop inspected by a structural engineer. The engineer will ensure that your rooftop is ready to support the weight of the slate roofing.
Why a slate roof ? What is the price difference between slate roofing and shingle roofing?
Slate is an expensive product and you can expect it to be two to three times more expensive than a standard architectural shingle roof. The price can vary from 35 to 55 euros per m2. The price of a canopy also varies depending on the size of the house and the pitch of the roof.
Why a slate roof ? Can a slate roof be repaired?
You can repair your slate rooftop at any time. It is important to have a licensed roofer examine your covering to find any damaged parts. Repair is as simple as sliding off the damaged slate and replacing it with a new piece. Having your roof professionally inspected once a year will also help keep your slate in the best condition possible.