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December 1, 2020

What You Need to Know About Slate Roofing

There are different types of roofing materials that you can choose from, whether you’re building a home from the ground up or replacing an existing roof, and the choice has to come down to several factors. If the most important factor for you is longevity, you’ll probably choose slate for your roof replacement or new roof installation.

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If you’re new to this and aren’t familiar with slate roofing, it’s best to find out more about it before making a decision. Here is some of the most important information that you need to know.

Slate Is Not New

Slate has been in use for hundreds of years. It might not make up a majority of roofs in the U.S., but it’s a common roofing choice in other parts of the world, like Great Britain. It is possible to find slate roofs built hundreds of years ago still standing today.

Slate Is a Natural Stone

If you’re worried about storm damage because of the extreme weather in your area, make sure you’re getting true slate. True slate is a 100-percent natural stone quarried from the earth and is not mixed with any additive. It can contain up to 40 percent mica, which gives it a low-level shine from a particular angle. This adds to true slate’s natural appeal.

Slate Comes From Different Places

Slate can be quarried in various areas around the U.S., including Vermont, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Virginia. You can also buy slate from Brazil and China, which are major suppliers of slate shingles.

Advantages of Slate

Slate offers some distinctive features not found in other roofing materials, including:

  • A long life

  • Strong against fire and storm damage

  • Does not have problems with moss and algae growth

  • Waterproof

  • Excellent insulation

  • Does not chip, crack, or erode easily

  • An eco-friendly choice

  • Available in different colors (black, grey, purple, red, green, multicolor)

  • Adds value to the property

  • Beautiful


Like any other roofing material, slate does have a few cons and it’s good to know about them if you’re considering this material for your roof replacement.

  • Slate is heavy, so before it can be installed, make sure your contractor applies the necessary adjustments so your home can bear the weight of this roof.

  • This is not a material for DIY roofers. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it’s always more advisable to hire a professional for your roof repair or replacement.

  • True slate costs more than most other roofing materials. However, the benefits, including the value it adds to your home and its unbelievable durability, make slate worth the investment.

We can make sure your new roof is installed the right way. Get in touch with Redemption Roofing. Call us at (936) 226-0658 (Montgomery), (281) 241-3026 (League City), (830) 522-4145 (Hill Country), (409) 403-5073 (Golden Triangle), or (337) 305-7705 (Lake Charles). You can also contact us here

2114 McCaleb Rd., Ste. A-500, Montgomery, TX 77316
North Houston Phone: 936-321-3733
17080 Texas highway 46 #117 
Spring Branch Texas 78070
Hill Country Phone: 830-214-7779
2600 South Shore Blvd, #300
League City, TX 77573
League City Phone: 281-214-3026
Golden Triangle Phone: 409-403-5073
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