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Denver Roofing: Article About Benefits Of Slate Tile

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The decision to replace a roof comes with many other decisions for most homeowners, such as the type of roofing material to use. There are a variety of different shingle types, all with their own benefits and downfalls. Prior to deciding on what shingle type to use, a homeowner should have a general knowledge of all types, including their pros and cons. The homeowner should speak with their Denver roofing contractor and weigh several factors, including their budget and personal preferences. Here are some of the reasons homeowners select slate tiles for their homes.

Although asphalt shingles are quite popular in the United States, with up to 80 percent of homes utilizing them, slate is also a high quality choice. Slate tiles have a long and reliable history within the roofing industry, even dating back hundreds of years and outside of the United States. It is known, generally, to be the highest quality and longest lasting roofing materials available on the market. However, slate tiles do come with a higher price tag, are more fragile, and can be difficult to install, making them a non-viable option for many homeowners.

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One of the aspects that people like most about slate is its appearance. It is beautiful, classy, and natural. Slate tiles also come in many various styles and colors, including gray, black, purple, red, green and mottled.

Slate roofs are also known for their longevity. While the initial cost might be quite high, this investment will pay off over time and can potentially last a century or more. Most asphalt shingle roofs last about 20 or 30 years, while a slate shingle roof can last between 100 and 150 years, depending on its construction.

For homeowners who are more concerned with safety than cost or appearances, fire resistance is another pro of slate roofs. Slate is one of the most fire resistant roofing materials that exists. In fact, it is 100 percent fireproof, giving it an edge over other roofing options when it comes to fires that are started from airborne sparks, such as fireworks, wildfires, and adjacent structure fires.

Slate tiles are also a green roofing option. It is estimated that 5 percent of the waste sent to the nation's landfills each year comes from roofing materials. By installing a roof that will only need to be replaced approximately every 100 years, compared to 20 or 30 years, a homeowner reduces their roofing waste significantly.

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