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Slate Tile Roofing in Philadelphia

Slate tile roofing has been around for hundreds of years.  It’s considered the the highest quality and longest lasting roof.  Slate Tile roofs are also the most beautiful and expensive roofs to install and repair.  Universal and Roofing has installed and repaired hundreds of slate and clay tile roofs in the Philadelphia region and center city.   Our installers/technicians are specially trained to work on slate roofs.

The Pros of a Slate Tile Roof

Appearance – Slate tile roofs are beautiful.  Natural stone gives makes any home look spectacular.   Stone is classy and  elegant appearance.  Additionally, slate roof tiles come in a multitude of shapes, shadings, colors, thickness, and can be mixed and matched.

Longevity – Slate tile roofs, if maintained properly can last over 100 years.

Fire Resistance – Slate tile roofs are 100% fire resistant.   That’s a big advantage when it comes to preventing fires caused by air borne sparks from fireworks, wildfires, or from adjacent house fires.

Environmentally Friendly – Sadly, roofing materials account for over 5% of all landfill waste.  Since non-slate roofs are replaced 10-15 years that number continues to grow.  Slate roofs do not need to be replaced as often and thus do not contribute to environmental waste.

 

The Cons of a Slate Tile Roof

Installation – Sadly, most roofers, roofing contractors and roofing companies in Philadelphia know very little about slate roofs but that does not deter a lot of them from trying to install slate roofing tile anyway.  An inexperienced roofer, especially using slate, can result in an extraordinary expensive repair.

Weight –  Slate Roofs can weight between 800 and 1,500 pounds per square (100 square feet).  A house needs to have proper support to handle the weight.  An engineer is often required on new slate tile roof installation.

Slate Roofing Tile Costs – Slate tile roofs in general cost approximately $4000 – 7,000 per square installed,.  Depending on the size of the house, this can get quite expensive.   Considering the fact that slate will last 5 times longer than other roofing types the investments even out.