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3 Major Differences Between Slate and Metal Slate Roofing

Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Paul Kazlov


3 Major Differences Between Slate and Metal Slate Roofing

Metal Slate and Traditional Slate roofing each offers their own advantages for homeowners to consider. Both carry pros and cons about each. Metal slate roofing is heralded for its sleek appeal and lower cost to install and repair. However, traditional slate has established itself as a premiere option for enhancing overall appearance and cosmetics for roofing options. Both offer unique and distinct advantages and disadvantages. Below is a comparison of three major differences between metal slate roofs and traditional slate roofs:

1) Installation

Metal Slate RoofsMetal slate roofs “can be installed right over existing roofs.” Thus, this makes the installation process all the more simpler and quicker compared to traditional slate roofs. Due to the expedited nature of these jobs, this results in savings due to heightened completion times.

Traditional Slate Roofs Whereas the installation for a metal slate roof is seamless, traditional slate roofs are more difficult to install due to their need for reinforcement and layering. In addition the process is all the more painstaking and thus more expensive.

2) Durability

Metal Slate RoofsMetal slate roofs are proven to endure forms of severe weather. This style of roofing can repel damage from high winds, hail, rain, ice, snow and stray debris tossed in many storms. In fact, metal slate roofs are known to withstand “gusts of up to 140 mph.” For those keeping tabs, this is equivalent to nearly a category 3 hurricane. In addition, metal slate roofs are known to be fire retardant.

Traditional Slate RoofsTraditional slate roofs have a prolonged lifespan and require far less maintenance. While both options have excellent durability, the longevity of traditional slate roofs is all the more prolific. Nevertheless, the one drawback of traditional slate roofs is their susceptibility to cracking or chipping.

3) Composition

Metal Slate Roofs Metal slate roofing shingles are lightweight and easier to repair and replace overall. Additionally, metal slate shingles are often regarded as a more economical option given their material content.

Traditional Slate Roofs Basic slate shingles weigh far more heavier than metal slate roofs and composed of more naturally occurring ingredient, thus making their components rarer compared to synthesized alloys. As a result, traditional slate roofs can bear a larger price tag. Nevertheless, these shingles are more cosmetically pleasing and do not require to be finished or painted like that of metal slate alternatives.

It is worth mentioning that there have also been troubles associated with ice and traditional slate roofing options as some shingles can become unhinged from weathering and thus a potential projectile, whereas with a metal roof, you are protected against the harshest of climates. 

Regardless of which option is selected, both offer distinguished features that make both metal slate roofing and traditional slate roofing viable options. It all comes down to what aspects of a roof you value the highest: installation, composition, durability, and more.

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