Reasons to choose slate roofs
Imagine installing a new roof and never thinking about it again. You may never need a new roof for the rest of the time you live in your house. That’s possible with slate.
Slate comes in two varieties: soft and hard. Soft slate lasts a minimum of 50 years, and with proper maintenance, can last upwards of 125 years. The material delivers industry-leading weather resistance and fireproof qualities, making it ideal for commercial and residential roofing.
Hard slate lasts between 75 and 200 years. This roofing material doesn’t absorb moisture, so you never have to worry about it warping or harbouring fungus. If you want the best roof possible for your property, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than slate.
Slate appeals to a broad range of aesthetic tastes, ranging from chic modernism to the avant-garde. Homeowners have long had an attraction to slate for its distinctive appearance. The material stands out as a high watermark for class and beauty.
Jet black is the most common colour of slate for residential purposes. It comes with a slight lustre and has earned the adoration of contractors and architects across the Toronto metro area. Slate also comes in various grey, green, red, and purple shades to ensure that your roof matches the rest of your home.
People perceive slate as an elegant material because of its natural polish. The visual magnetism makes it a powerful resource when improving your home’s curb appeal or resale value. This metamorphic rock comes in different shapes and sizes, making a stylish upgrade possible wherever you live.
Toronto experiences all four seasons, and slate roofs stand up to all of them. The sturdy material has the durability to withstand sweltering summer heat as well as blizzards in the winter.
Slate does not have a porous surface, so it can’t absorb or hold water. The waterproof exterior makes it all but impossible for mould, moss, and other fungi to grow on your roof. The weather-resistance is why many homeowners also use slate around their swimming pools and in their bathrooms.
Slate can hold up against other natural disasters, like lightning or fire. The material does not naturally conduct electricity, so your home won’t become a lightning rod during a storm. It also has a Class A fire rating, the highest classification for fire-resistance.
If you want to make the smallest impact on your local environment, invest in slate roofing. It has a maximum embodied carbon value of 16%. The BRE Green Guide to Specification gave it an A+ rating for environmental impact, making it the eco-friendliest roofing material.
Slate is a natural substance, so manufacturers do not have to create shingles synthetically, unlike counterpart roofing options. The material has the lowest embodied energy total, so it produces a smaller carbon footprint in the process of getting from the quarry to your roof. Alternatives, such as fibre cement and ceramic tiles, require high temperatures during production, which drive up carbon emissions.
Let’s say you have a 1,350 square foot roof. If you choose slate over fibre cement, you will prevent nearly 7.8 tons of carbon dioxide from going into the environment. That’s the same as a car driving 18,000 miles.
According to BNNBloomberg.ca, the average Toronto resident spends $201 per month on utility bills. That figure has increased $77 over the past six years, outpacing other Canadian cities for heating and cooling costs. What if I told you that, in Toronto, you could cut your bill 7% to 15% a month? Now you can—with slate roofs.
Slate reduces the strain on your HVAC system. It reflects sunshine away from your home, which prevents it from heating up during the summer. The roofing material also retains warm air during the winter, so you don’t have to crank the thermostat.
Slate benefits from a special reflective coating. The exterior makes it an ideal candidate to improve your home’s thermal performance and your indoor comfort. Upgrading your roof with the highly energy-efficient material, and you can save money when tax season arrives, thanks to various Canadian tax incentives and rebates.
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