Hiring a roofing contractor to replace the roof on your home can be a stressful and daunting task. Your roof is one of the most significant investments to the exterior of your home, protecting your family and belongings from the elements. In the state of Maryland, one of the biggest things to consider before hiring any roofer is whether they are licensed. You’ll want to check to make sure they have general liability and workers comp insurance as this protects you if there is ever an injury on your property. You’ll want to ask them about their experience with your type of roof pitch and material to be installed. With the power of the internet, you should not only ask them for references but Google their brand to see what type of reputation and reviews they have online. Ask them how long it takes to complete the install, and how backed up their schedule is. Lastly, price should also be a major consideration. However, like with anything, you get what you pay for. A quality contractor should come in somewhere in the middle, as this reflects that they aren’t cutting corners being the cheapest, while also not price gouging with the highest price. A contractor that offers pricing that seems too good to be true … it very likely is.
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A building cannot be called one without a roof. Therefore, it is one of the most essential things to consider when constructing your house or any other building. The type of roofing you want can be a very hard choice to make, you may want this kind of roofing due to either its aesthetic value, durability or the cost of the roof and you have to make the right choice, of the type of roof that will precisely suit your structure. There are many categories of roofing such as asphalt shingles, wood shingles, architectural metal, tile, slate, and many others. Today we are going to look more into slate as explained below.
Slate is a metamorphic rock, initially, it was mudstone or shale rock which are typically sedimentary rocks but they undergo a process known as regional metamorphism which finally becomes slate rock. The rock is long-lasting, fine-grained, and waterproof and has therefore been used for many years to make roofing tiles. Slate has a unique property of breaking, it has two lines of breakability that is cleavage and grain, therefore, making it possible to be split into thin sheets in which later tiles are made from.
Below are the advantages of slate roofing.
Pros of Slate Roofing
This feature draws many people to prefer using slate roofing. The aesthetic value of this kind of roofing has been celebrated since the genesis of roofing. They are available in a wide range of sizes, and thickness with varying colors including purple, gray, red, black, green and can also be mottled in such a way that there are several colors mixed.
Among all kinds of roofing, slate roofs have the highest longevity period lasting over a century or even up to practically 150 years if it is properly constructed. This helps to cut the cost of frequent repair and maintenance in your whole life as opposed to other roofs that are even lucky to hit 30 years without needing any repair or replacement.
Typically, slate is one of the most fire-resistant rocks on earth therefore, making slate roofs completely resistant. This is a big plus for slate roofs as opposed to other roofs that may fully burn down to ashes. This makes it a safe roof by preventing any airborne fires from catching the building or spreading of fire from adjacent roofs that have caught fire.
Friendly to the Environment
Statistics show that 4 percent of the total waste each year is from roof waste since most of the roofs such as shingles require replacement every 20 to 25 years. Therefore, it brings a great difference to the environment by installing a slate roof since it will last up to a century with no need for replacements. Slate roofs are also waterproof.
Nevertheless, these slate roofs also have some disadvantages that make most people think twice about buying it. This is the fragility of slate tiles, ambiguity to install and replace, and their weight with the biggest con being its cost as discussed below:
Cons of Slate Roofing
Most contractors face a great challenge in installing this kind of roof and know little about it but due to their greed for money the die trying to fix your roof and it ends up sadly. It is therefore advised that when you want your roof done, choose a good roofing company with best and experienced contractors who are qualified and are able you a quality outcome.
Weight of slate
Slate roofing tiles are heavy averaging between 850 to 1,500 pounds per 100 feet square. This means that you will have your residence typically evaluated and the building to be strong and firm to take up the weight of the tiles. Otherwise, it may lead to the house leaning on some part and even collapsing soon.
This is such big negativity to homeowners since slate tile are highly fragile and thus easy to break in case of an accident or if you walk on them. Replacing the broken tiles is almost as impossible since they come in bulk and after installing, it is hard to find a perfect match thus being a great challenge to homeowners. Therefore, it is advised to take care of the tiles and avoid any breaking or damage, in this way you can spend a whole lifetime with your roof in good shape.
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Below we’ve put together some answers to the most frequently asked questions
The answer to this is, “it depends”. There are many variables, and everyone’s situation is different. Not every roof needs to be replaced, but not every roof is a candidate for roof repairs. One of the most important factors is the age of your roof. The older your roof is, the more brittle it becomes, which means that repairing your roof may not be possible. Beyond just your roof’s age, you should also consider if your roof has missing shingles, if there are granules in your gutters, the condition of your flashing, if your roof is currently leaking and whether or not algae is blooming on your roof.
The only way to confidently answer this question is with a thorough storm damage roof inspection. Most modern roofs are designed to withstand the elements. However, even the strongest of roofs can begin to fail when exposed to prolonged hail, wind and snow storms. In many instances, your homeowner’s insurance can cover storm damage to your roof and exterior. To determine whether you have storm damage, a roofing contractor should examine your roof for broken and missing shingles, potential leak spots, and any hail indents or bruised shingles.
This is an extremely frequently asked question. There are many factors to consider when choosing between a shingle or metal roof. The most obvious is budget and cost. A shingle roof is one of the most popular roofing materials in the United States because of its cost. A shingle roof tends to be the short-term cost effective option, however a metal roof can be a more cost-effective long-term option. You may need to have a shingle roof replaced 2 or 3 times during the lifespan of a metal roof. Metal offers not only better durability, but longevity as well compared to asphalt shingles. There are also other considerations, such as does your HOA allow for metal, or strictly shingles.
This answer also depends on several variables, including the slope and size of your roof, as well as the type of material being installed. In most cases, an asphalt shingle roof can be replaced in as little as one day!
The lifecycle of a roof depends on the type of roof that you are installing, as well as additional factors like the quality of materials being used, and the craftsmanship of the contractor. Even the highest grade roofs can fail quickly if the contractor does not install the roof to manufacturer specifications. On average, a shingle roof will last about 15 to 25 years. A metal roof can last about 30 to 50 years. A tile roof can last from 50 to over 100 years. A cedar shake will generally last about 20-35 years. A slate roof tends to last the longest of any roofing material, from 50-100+ years!