Your roof is a large part of your home. When people drive by on the street, your roof can dominate their view. Thus, it makes sense to take steps to dress up your roof. Buying a premium roof simply to improve the aesthetics of your home might seem like the height of vanity, but if you use slate on your home, you will get perdurable value. 

Aesthetics

One of the keys to improving the curb appeal of your home is to do something that is not repeated on every home on your block. Asphalt shingles are widely popular, and that means if you use a different material on your roof it will stand out like an island of creativity amongst the surrounding sea of asphalt roofs. Slate is a metamorphic rock that is made when shale is subjected to high temperatures and pressure within the earth's crust. This formation process means that slate will have veins and patches of color running all through it. Thus, every slate shingle represents mother nature's prowess as an abstract artist. Cladding your roof with slate means that it will be unique even among other roofs made from the same material. Like a curator at a museum, a good roofer will be able to create a pattern with the shingles, which will make sure that each disparate roofing tile works together as one beautiful whole.

Longevity

Slate roofing can last for up to 200 years or as little as 50. In order to get the most long-lasting slate, you need to choose hard slate over soft slate. You should also pay attention to the quarry that the slate comes from. Even when you choose hard slate, the composition of the slate from one quarry versus another will give it a different chemical makeup, and thus different characteristics. Still, a little sleuthing is worth it when you consider that an asphalt-shingle roof can last as little as 14 years. Thus, you would have to replace asphalt shingles up to thirteen times before you have to place your slate even once—that is, if you were able to live as long as your roof will last. 

Value

By using a premium material on your home, you increase the value of your home. Since slate is so long-lasting, it should hold its value for centuries to come. If you wait fifteen years to sell a home with asphalt shingles, the deteriorated condition of your roof might be a liability. Slate, on the other hand, will look just as good as the day you installed it. 

Choosing the roofing material for your home should not be a decision made with a myopic focus on initial costs. Instead, you should think of how your roof will add to the aesthetics and beauty of your home. Slate may cost more than many other roofing materials, but it will also add more to your home than other materials. 

For professional roofing services, contact a company such as Three Rivers Roofing

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