If you are going to be installing slate roof on your new home, you must consider the type of roof that you will install it on. Each style has unique advantages, which is why it helps to know what they are before you make a final decision. Here is more information about two roof styles that work well with slate.
A gable roof is very basic and common, but it works great when installing slate. The style of roof utilizes two slopes, which come up to the top where they create a peak. It's a popular style of roof because the slate material can be easily seen from the street, which can improve a home's overall curb appeal. Gable roofs also showcase the slate, which could be a primary reason that you want the material.
Gable roofs allow water to easily slide off the roofing material, which includes snow during the winter. It can help provide protection to a roof throughout the entire year. While strong winds tend to damage asphalt shingles on a gable style roof, it's because the roofing material is so light. The weight of slate will give it more stability and prevent it from moving during storms.
However, the weight of slate can be a downside with a gable style roof. Your construction company will need to add the supports underneath the roof to hold that additional weight, which can increase your home's construction cost.
Victorian style homes often have a mansard roof. The style is defined by its upper portion that barely has a slope, and then a lower portion that has a very steep slope. The bottom portion really allows the slate to be showcased on a home, making it a part that cannot be missed. A Mansard roof can even come down past the windows on the second floor.
One problem with mansard roofs is the surface area, which will be much larger than if your home had a gable roof. It can cause the slate roof to be more expensive due to the material that you decide to use. However, you may be able to make that money back in the home's resale value when you are finally ready to sell.
Not sure which style of roof to use for your home when combined with slate? Reach out to a roofing contractor like Pyramid Roofing Inc for assistance with roof selection.
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