If you are thinking about getting a new roof, you may be thinking about going with a slate roof. A slate roof can look very nice and give your house a certain dignity. If you are going to get one, then there are some things that you need to think about.
Slate is heavy. One roofing slate by itself isn't too bad, but a whole lot of them all together are going to add a lot of weight to your roof. If a slate roof is something that you are thinking about, then you will need to have the roofers come into your house and let them evaluate the supports for your roof. You may have to put in some reinforcement in your roof and in your weight bearing walls so that the weight of the slate doesn't do any damage. Your roofer may be able to get you a faux-slate product that can reduce the weight. It would look like slate roofing material but would be made of something else.
In general, no matter what kind of slate roofing product you are going with, it's going to cost you more per square foot. Part of that is that installing slate is different to installing other kinds of roofing material. Not all roofing contractors choose to work with this material because it does have to be installed in a particular way to make sure that it is going to stay on your roof and not cause damage.
Another thing to think about when you are considering getting a slate roof is the fact that slate roofs last a long time. If your roof has been installed correctly, you may be able to get decades of life out of your roof. You should have it checked out every few years just to make sure that everything is still good and that there aren't any missing or loose connectors which may cause you to lose any slates or may let water into your roof and cause problems.
If you are looking to replace your roof, slate may be what you really want to have. If it is something that you are thinking about, make sure that you know everything about it before you make your final decision. You don't want to have any surprises when it's time to get the roof put on your house. Contact a company like Pyramid Roofing Inc to learn more.