Slate roofs are widely considered by many homeowners as the pinnacle of quality and longevity. Not only can they withstand the elements better than other roofing materials, they also have an average life span of 100 years.
That said, this sturdy and long-lived roofing material is also one of the most difficult to install. Homeowners need to consider many things to ensure the success of their new or replacement roof installation.
Silver Leaf Contracting, your roofing and siding contractors, shares three things to consider when installing a slate roof.
1.Pick the Right Slate
The price and color of slate should not be the only criteria you go by. What’s more important is the size, thickness and the manufacturing quality. Thicker slates are more durable, but they are also harder to cut and can take a long time to shape. Conversely, smaller slates also take more time to install.
Headlap refers to when the head of a slate overlaps with the slate that’s two courses above it. This ‘feature’ is what prevents water from penetrating your new slate roof and is a critical factor in its long-term durability and life span.
Both headlap and sidelap are key factors in slate roofing installation and can also help determine what kind of slate you will eventually choose. That’s why we recommend working with experienced slate and rubber roof companies to ensure your new slate roof is as watertight as possible.
3.Choose the Right Nails
Finally, you want to make sure that you’re using the right nails to fasten your new slate roofs. The best options are stainless steel and copper, although the latter is more commonly used thanks to its longer lifespan. You can also use galvanized roofing nails, but only when they’re hot-dipped.
As one of the top slate and metal roof companies in Northeastern Ohio, our experts at Silver Leaf Contracting will make sure your new slate roof is properly installed so you can take full advantage of all of its benefits. Call us today at (330) 313-0620 to learn more.