Prodigy Roofing offers slate tiles as part of their specialty residential roofing products and services that we offer.

In regards to longevity, it’s hard to argue that slate tiles have a very distinct advantage since hard slate roofs can last up to 200 years. That is not a misprint.

The tiles for slate roofs are created from metamorphic rock which is created from sedimentary rock of clay and volcanic ash. Like most minerals, gems and rocks, the coloring of the slate is highly dependent on a variety of environmental factors such as how exposed they were to direct weather, age and other factors.

The coloring can also be vastly different from one to the other as well. Purplish slate is primarily from hematite, black or gray from carbon, and green slate is usually from chlorite.

Iron pyrite is an iron compound and when it’s present in the slate, it can also give the slate that weathered look. Some companies that produce slate tiles will market that aspect for those consumers that have a keen eye for that weathered effect.

Manufacturers will give it commercial names like Semi-Weathering black, Unfading black, Unfading Green, etc. In some cases, it can be as confusing as picking out wallpaper, but if those details and distinctions matter to you, you’ll have a lot of options to choose from.

Slate roof tiles have been around for centuries. Not only that, but they can also last for centuries as well, which is why they’re pricing is normally on the much higher end due to the higher quality and durability along with the fact that it’s fireproof, waterproof, and not incredibly simple to manufacture.

There are hard slate tiles and soft slate tiles. Black slate is almost always soft, although there are some companies that manufacture a hard black slate. On the same note, colored slate tiles are almost always hard, even though some colored slate can be colored black by the manufacturer.

Benefits of Slate Roofing:

  • Hard slate will last anywhere from 75 to 200 years
  • Soft slate will last only 50 to 125 years
  • Available in a variety of colors and sizes
  • 100% natural stone
  • Can be recycled
  • Lower energy costs by increasing insulation

Things To Know:

  • Slate tiles are very heavy and may require additional framing to support the additional weight
  • With proper care, most slate roofs can last almost 200 years
  • If slate tiles get broken, it can be difficult to find exact matches

Contact us today about Slate Roofing and how it can work for your home.