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When buying a new roof, homeowners have a variety of materials to consider. While asphalt is the most popular and most affordable option, materials at a slightly higher price point can offer significant advantages. Slate roofing features prominently on older buildings and was a popular choice in the late 19th and early 20th centuries due to its durability. Homeowners today can choose slate in a variety of colors including gray, green, purple, black, and red. Despite slate's obvious advantages, homeowners still need to consider the benefits of investing in slate roofing.

Consumers opt for slate roofing for its aesthetic value. As the most attractive roofing material, slate offers stunning visual impact. Slate is also arguably the most durable roofing material on the market today. Not only does slate withstand harsh elements like wind and rain, but it's also impervious to fire, mold, and mildew. Properly maintained slate, installed by a Raleigh roofing expert, will last a century or more. Also, many slate installers offer 100-year warranties. Aside from its durability, slate requires very little maintenance. Visual inspections are usually all it takes to ensure that the tiles are still intact. There's almost never a need for repair with slate roofing.

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While there are significant advantages to choosing slate, this material does have a few attributes to consider. Slate can be a bit pricey. In fact, it's the priciest roofing material available. Individual costs vary on factors like home size and structure, the style chosen, and where the slate comes from, but the average runs between $10 and $50 per square foot. By comparison, asphalt shingles cost $2 to $3 per square foot. The installation of slate is also expensive because it requires meticulous attention to detail, and slate is difficult and expensive to replace if broken. In addition to the high cost, homeowners may not be able to use slate because it requires a solid home structure due to its substantial weight. Some homes may not be suited to slate roofing, or they may require additional construction.

Environmentally speaking, using slate as a roofing material can be considered a pro and a con. Slate requires very little maintenance and almost never demands a full roof replacement barring natural disasters. Because it needs fewer complementary building materials, slate generates less waste than options that are more economical like asphalt shingles. However, the use of slate in building has been criticized by some environmentalists as a waste of natural resources. Most homeowners choose a custom blend of slate materials to construct a beautiful roof, which can be a drain on the quarries where slate originates.

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