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Why Slate?

Why Choose Slate?

Why Choose Slate Roofing?

Why Choose Slate Roofing?

Slate roofing tiles are cut from metamorphic rock which is highly durable, making it a perfect roofing material. Traditionally slate roofs were common in the areas where slate was naturally abundant. Today, slate is shipped from every continent producing a wide variety of beautiful colors, sizes, and thicknesses for use in roofing and other projects.
Like most types of roofing, slate has some advantages and disadvantages each should be explored before choosing, installing or repairing a slate roof.

The Pros of Slate Roofing

  • Aesthetic Beauty: Natural slate comes in a dazzling array of rich colors, varying sizes and thicknesses providing unique appeal to any architectural style.
  • Additional Value: Slate roofing is a beautiful asset that will undoubtedly add value to any home.
  • Longevity: Slate roofing can easy last between 100 and 150 years if properly installed and inspected over its lifetime.
  • Fire Resistance: Slate roofs are one of the most naturally fire resistant roofs in existence.  This is a major benefit anytime there is a risk of air borne sparks from fireworks, wildfires, or from nearby house fires.
  • Weather Resistance: Slate roof tiles are natural stone; their hard surface and weight make them ideal for bad weather conditions including high winds and heavy rains.
  • Environmentally Friendly: From an environmental standpoint slate is 100% eco-friendly; it is a natural product of the Earth and is completely safe to put back in the ground.

The Cons of Slate Roofing

  • Professional Installation: The number one problem any homeowner faces with slate roofing is bad installation.  It is critical that you find a professional, reputable, and licensed roofing contractor with slate roofing experience to get all the benefits you deserve from a beautiful slate roof.
  • Weight: Slate roofing can weigh anywhere from 8 to 15 pounds per square foot.  Most roof structures built today to handle wind and snow loads far exceed the weight requirements of slate.  As a safeguard we recommend that homeowners have their residence evaluated structurally before they install slate roofing tile on their homes.

Slate Roof Maintenance

The ongoing maintenance for a slate tile roof is nonexistent. It’s maintenance free. It will never need to be sealed, painted or cleaned. Slate is natural product and each lot is unique in color and pattern and is not easily matched if any tiles ever need to be replaced. We strongly recommend that a few extra tiles be purchased and stored in case of minor repair or replacement. As with any roof it is recommend to visually inspect your roof at least once annually for any problems.

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A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc. has been providing professional, high quality slate roofing services to Chicagoland homeowners for the past 10 years. - Natural and Synthetic Slate Roofing located at 414 Mercantile Ct , Wheeling Illinois, USA . Reviewed by 68 customers rated: 5 / 5