3 Benefits Provided By Slate Roofing Tiles

One of the best materials that you can consider when replacing your roof is slate, mostly because slate roofing tiles can provide you and your home with a large number of benefits. Listed below are three benefits provided by slate roofing tiles. 

Environmentally Friendly

A major concern for many homeowners is that their home needs to be environmentally friendly, which slate can help them accomplish. The primary reason that slate is so good for the environment is that it will last a very long time, which results in less slate needing to be quarried and less roofing materials ending up in a landfill.

Slate tiles will typically last the average homeowner right around a century although this will vary a bit based on the type of slate that you use. Monson slate from Maine will usually last 150 years or longer while Pennsylvania black slate will average 75-125 years.

Resistant To Fire

One of the biggest dangers to your home, when a fire spreads into your neighborhood, is that your roof will provide a path for the fire to ignite your home. This is because fires will often spread between homes when an ember or spark from a neighboring house's roof jumps across to your roof. Thankfully, a slate roof can help you avoid this danger as the slate roofing tiles are not combustible, meaning that even if an ember or spark were to land on your roof, your roof would not feed the fire and ignite.


Finally, a slate roof will benefit from being very dense. The density of slate means that it will be waterproof as the water will not be able to seep into the roofing tiles and cause damage. This means that you will not have to worry about water causing your slate roof to rot or develop mold or fungus. 

In addition, the fact that slate will not be retaining water also make it a very good choice if you live in an area that has very cold winters. With other roofing materials that are less dense, water can seep into the roofing materials and freeze when winter comes. When the water freezes it will cause the material to expand, which can cause a lot of damage over time as the roofing materials are subjected to multiple bouts of expansion over the course of the winter.

Contact a local residential roofing contractor today in order to discuss if slate roofing tiles are a good fit for your individual needs and budget. Slate roofing tiles are often a great choice if you want a roof that is resistant to both fire and water while also being environmentally friendly.