Slate shingles are an easy way to add elegance to your home but that elegance comes at a high price tag. Before you commit to slate, discuss with your roofing contractor whether the shape of your current roof is well-suited for this particular roofing material. Each type of roofing has its own pros and cons, as does each type of roof, and it is important to choose pros and cons that balance each other out.
What are some of the roof styles best suited for slate roofing materials?
A gable roof is one of the most basic yet classic architectural styles out there; two steep sloping sides come together at a sharp peak at the roof ridge. Gable roofs tend to be highly visible from the ground so it is the perfect shape to show off the beauty of those slate tiles.The gable design makes the gable roof great at draining off water and snowfall and the smooth slate tiles can further enhance that process.
Gable roofs are subject to high winds and lighter materials such as asphalt can become damaged. Slate is a weightier roofing material that doesn't pose a risk of blowing away in a common windstorm. But that weight can also prove a detriment if your gable roof doesn't have adequate bracing to support both the slate and any snow that might sit on the roof during winter. Make sure your roofing contractor checks your supports and puts in additional supports, as needed, if you want to use slate roofing.
A mansard roof is the flattened box-shaped roof most commonly seen on Victorian and Victorian-inspired homes. The uppermost roof is relatively flat, which means it needs a bit of help with drainage that the slate tiling can provide. The four side roofs come down over the exterior walls and face the street, which makes the mansard another roof style that's highly visible so you can show off that slate investment.
Mansards tend to have better weight distribution and bracing than gables so the weight of the slate tiles shouldn't be an issue. But mansards also tend to have a lot more surface area, which can really drive you your costs. Make sure you understand upfront how much the slate roofing will cost and whether there are any additional charges for ornamentation or cutting the slate to fit around windows that stick through the side roofing.
Hip and Valley Roof
A hipped roof has two steeper sides that look similar to a gable but also have roof sections on the front and back that have a narrower slope. Hip and valley roofs happen when a house has more than one wing and two hipped roofs come together, which forms a valley in the middle.
Hip and valley roofs are highly visible and have hips that are good at ridding water but valleys that are bad at drainage. Slate tiling can prove handy for the curb appeal and for helping the drainage.
Hip and valley roofs are typically well braced so the weight isn't an issue. But the surface area is going to be one of the largest of all roof styles. If slate is still in your budget after the area calculations, go for it! Otherwise, ask your roofing contractor, such as DiRoma Roofing, about asphalt shingles that are fabricated to resemble slate.
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