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Slate tile roofs are known for being one of the highest-quality and longest-lasting roofing materials available to today's homeowner. However, it also has some drawbacks. Homeowners who are having their roof replaced should consider several different Roofing types and compare the pros and cons before making a final decision, according to Bergen County roofing professionals.

Slate is a natural stone product that gives it a unique and attractive appearance. Slate Roofing can last many generations and is a good investment for many homes. Some slate tile roofs have lasted for 150 years or more. Slate tiles offer a variety of choices in sizes and colors, including gray, purple, green, red, black and also mottled tiles that have several different colors mixed together.

Slate has a natural fire resistance. Slate tiles are completely fireproof and do not need to be coated with anything to decrease their flammability like asphalt tiles or wood shingles do. This can be a big advantage to homeowners who are concerned about preventing fires that are caused by sparks from fireworks, adjacent house fires or wildfires. In addition, slate roofing tiles are environmentally friendly.

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Since they have a long lifespan, this decreases the amount of old roofing material in landfills.

However, slate roofs must be installed by professional slate roofers. It should not be installed by a general contractor. Special tools and training are required in order to give slate tiles the proper installation homeowners deserve. Additionally, slate roofing can weigh anywhere between 800 and 1,500 pounds per square. This means that homeowners need to have their home structurally evaluated to be sure their home can hold the weight of slate tiles.

Another drawback of slate roofing is that these tiles are very fragile. Walking on them is not advisable unless it is by someone who knows what they are doing. This means that if an HVAC contractor is working on your rooftop and does not know what he or she is doing, they will likely damage a bunch of the slate tiles. Finding replacement tiles that match can also be extremely difficult as they are sold in lots.

The high cost is another drawback to slate tile roofing. In fact, it can be the biggest one for many homeowners. Slate tile roofing will set homeowners back about $6,000 to $8,000 per square once it is installed. However, if homeowners can afford the initial expense, it is a great investment considering its longevity.

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