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Slate roofs are among the most aesthetically pleasing and durable roofing materials you can choose to cover your home or building. At A.H. Davis & Son, Inc., we have the experience and the know-how to make your slate roof look as good and be as durable as possible.
The life expectancy of a slate roof can be hundreds of years, but it will vary greatly depending on the type of slate used, how the roof is configured and what area of the country the property is located in.
About Slate Roofs
There are various grades, textures and colors available for a slate roof. It is a high-quality roofing material, though, which means it will be costlier than other types – but it also means it will last longer than other materials.
Slate is available in many colors, the most common of which are grey, blue-grey, black, various shades of green, deep purple, brick red and mottled varieties. Our professionals can work with you to determine which would best complement your home or building.
You always want to have an expert install your roof tiles, but with a slate roof, it is especially important to have a skilled roofing contractor do it. A slate roof can be difficult to work with; our professionals are licensed and insured – and adept at making a slate roof look phenomenal.
Often, a slate roof can be found on government, institutional and ecclesiastical buildings, but it also is magnificent on homes. Historically, slate was often used on farm and agricultural buildings, too, when they were in areas of the country where slate was in abundance. Older slate roofs are often very detailed, with intricate patterns, and as such should be repaired rather than replaced whenever possible. One of our specialties includes fixing historic roofs, and we can make repairs look as close to the original structure as possible.
A slate roof is made of natural materials. Slate itself is a crystalline, fine-grained rock that comes from sediments of clay and fine silt depositing on ancient sea bottoms. Because of the way slate is made in nature, with its exposure to extreme heat and pressure, it is ideal to be made into a slate roof; it is made of minerals that are stable and weather-resistant, thus making it strong with low porosity and low absorption.
A slate roof should be inspected every year, especially after storms, given its initial high cost of installation. Roof surveys should be conducted from the ground using binoculars or from a cherry picker for safety reasons.
With over 70 years of roofing experience, the experts at A.H. Davis & Son, Inc., know the best way to properly install your slate roof to get the maximum aesthetic and monetary value from it. We are a certified CertainTeedÒ Quality Master and Select Shingle Roofer, as well as a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association.