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Denver roofing professionals view slate as a premium roofing material. Slate has earned this reputation over the centuries. It is widely considered to be the highest quality, longest lasting roofing material that a person can currently purchase. This does not mean that slate is without its downsides. It can be difficult to install, it is fragile, and it is expensive. For this reason, a homeowner must carefully examine the pros and cons when deciding whether or not this is the right roofing material for them.

One of the biggest pros of installing a slate roof is its appearance. Slate is a stone that is naturally beautiful. There is no other roofing material on the market that can match the elegance of slate. Slate roofs come in more colors than most homeowners realize. In addition to the common gray color, slate can naturally be found as green, red, purple, black and even molted tiles that have multiple colors mixed together.

The second reason why people love slate is its longevity. Slate requires very little maintenance. It is impervious to mold, mildew and fungus. Slate roofs can last more than 100 years. This is a plus for homeowners who are accustomed to the fact that asphalt roofs need to be replaced every 20 years.

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Unlike other roofing materials like wood or asphalt, slate tiles are completely fireproof. This is especially important in areas that are prone to wildfires. Slate protects the home from sparks that could travel from a nearby house fire, a nearby forest fire, or fireworks.

Finally, Slate is environmentally friendly. One reason for this is that slate is a natural material. When a slate roof has run its course, it can simply be returned to the ground, causing no pollution. Additionally, since slate roofs last for more than a century, they do not need to be replaced and therefore do not add to the 11 million tons of roofing material that are dumped into the nation's landfills on an annual basis.

One of the most notable cons of a slate roof is its price. A slate roof can cost between 3 to 6 times as much as a traditional asphalt roof. However, when looked at over the life of the roof and when considering the increase in home values and decrease in insurance rates, the initial cost of installing a slate roof is worth it. A second con of installing a slate roof is the weight. Slate roofing tiles can weigh as much as 1,500 pounds for every 100 square feet. This means that before having a slate roof installed, a homeowner should have a structural engineer check to make sure that their home can support the weight.

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