Slate tile

slate tile 1Slate – actual shingle-like slivers of rock – is another roofing material that shows up on more upscale homes. Although slate is an expensive choice, it offers a very natural look and can be laid out in a variety of patterns.

 

 

 

Advantages:

  • long lifespan
  • good fire protection
  • low maintenance
  • invulnerable to rot and insects
  • variety of sizes and colors (generally limited to those found in nature)

 

slate tile 3slate tile colors

Disadvantages:

  • can be heavy, sometimes requiring expensive extra support
  • has a tendancy to break when walked upon making it difficult to perform rooftop maintenance
  • can be expensive to install

 

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