Good quality roofing material can protect your roof from weather damage and water leaks, and provide a sturdy roof structure for your building.
Two of the most commonly used roofing materials are the tiles and slates. However, many homeowners are still unsure about the difference between these two roofing materials. In this post. Our St. Louis slate roofing experts will share some relevant information that will help you decide on the roofing material that best suits your home and budget.
Difference Between Tiles and Slate
If you are willing to make the initial investment, a natural slate roof can render a luxurious touch to your home, and provide timeless appeal. Slate is durable and long lasting, so you don’t have to worry about replacement for many years (or even decades) to come. The repairs can be easily undertaken by a roofing expert. If you are interested in a more modern look, tiles offer a more varied choice in terms of color and design.
Slates come in three varieties: zinc, natural, and artificial. Natural slates are obtained from a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into layers. This is the most resistant variety of slate. It is also the most expensive, but provides an authentic and appealing aesthetic solution for classical style homes. Natural slate roofs are often found on upscale homes, and provide longevity, fire protection, and resistance to insect or rot damage. Overall, it is a low maintenance, high-appeal roofing solution.
Slates are normally grey in color, but they come in many shades, patterns, and textures. Slates are fixed using nails and pegs, and are often layered up for a better look. However, it is important to note that layering the slates like this may lower the wind resistance of your roof, and the slates breaking or displacing may cause further problems.
Tiles are generally made from clay or concrete and come in a wide variety of colors and designs. This makes them the go-to for many homes.
Concrete tiles are available in interlocking and plain fitting, and are usually bigger than clay tiles. This makes them easier to install, however, for roofs with chimneys or skylights, smaller tiles are generally a better option, so clay tiles make a good choice. The flatter the tiles are, the easier and quicker the installation process will be. However, some homeowners prefer to layer up the fitting as it helps improves weather protection.
Regardless of the roofing material you use for your home, the quality of the roof depends a great deal on well it is installed and maintained. Make sure you speak with a roofing company you can trust to install and maintain your roof. With proper care and maintenance, your roof can last decades, without causing any trouble.
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