Slate and Tile

 Slate used for roofing is obtained from rock quarries and is cut by hand. Generally, a slate roof can have a lifespan of up to 75 years or more. Additionally, slate provides excellent fire protection. Unlike roofs made of wood, slate will stand up to flames without burning. Slate roofs are also storm and wind resistant. Exposure to natural elements will not compromise the look or structure of the tiles, nor will they retain damaging snow or ice.  
Slate roofing is very low maintenance. Due to the nature of the materials, initial installation generally requires an experienced professional. Slate must usually be shaped by hand to fit specific roof specifications. Also, the material has the potential to break if stepped on. These, as well as other reasons, make do-it-yourself installation impractical. However, once installed, the slate roof will provide decades of reliable service with little to no additional maintenance.  

TruSlate GreyStoneA slate roof is made up of shingle-like slate stones laid onto a roof. One benefit of a slate roof is that it provides the house with a very natural-looking appearance. Unlike other durable roofing materials, such as tin or concrete, which can sometimes be eyesores, slate has an aesthetically pleasing look. Slate can be obtained in variety of natural colors, allowing for an easily customized look. Avaliable colors are green, gray, black, purple and red.

 

  Tile RoofIf you are looking to distinguish your home from others on your block, while also adding elements of safety and energy efficiency, you might consider installing a tile roof. The bright colors and unique shape of the tiles can help add vibrancy to an otherwise bland facade. With hundreds of colors available in a dozen shapes, you can be sure that there is a style that will fit your homes unique look. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of a tile roof, there are structural and cost benefits as well. Concrete and clay tiles have been used as roofing material for hundreds of years because of their durability and strength. A tile roof can also help reduce air conditioning costs and enhance the overall value of your home.

 

 

 

Aside from its decorative features, the number one reason to select tile as a roofing material is its ability to protect the structure from harsh weather conditions. Clay tile, in particular, has a low water absorption rate. This means it can resist heavy rain without absorbing too much moisture, thereby reducing the buildup of mildew during humid conditions. It also limits the stress on the roof that might otherwise be caused by additional water weight. A tile roof is also durable enough to limit the damage associated with wind and hail.

Clay tiles are excellent absorbers of heat. During hot days, the tiles can limit direct heat transfer between the sun and the interior of the home. At night, when it is cooler, the heat absorbed by the tiles during the day is released. As a result, air conditioning costs are reduced in hotter climates. In colder regions, a more uniform temperature is achieved as a result of a tile roof, which helps to reduce ice accumulation on the roof. 

Slate and Tile roofs have a wide range of colors and profiles that can fit any exterior style or design. Call your PRC representative, today, to review all your options on these very energy efficient roofing systems.