Choosing Slate For All The Right Reasons

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Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing on the market. Rather than seeing this as an indication of how good asphalt shingles are, you should see this as an indication of what people tend to focus on when they purchase roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing material on the market. When you are building a home, you have to pay attention to costs, and buying the least expensive roofing material you can find might seem like a good way to keep costs down, but asphalt shingles will cost you more money over the long run than other roofing materials, such as slate.

The Hidden Costs of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles will only last for 15-20 years. If you don't have anything to compare it to, you might think that the lifespan of an asphalt shingle is impressive. The truth is that there are plenty of roofing materials on the market that can last far longer than asphalt shingles—but we'll get to that in just a minute.

Besides having a comparatively shorter life than other shingles, asphalt shingles can be easily damaged by wind, hail, ice dams, and falling limbs. Thus, you will likely have to make repairs to your asphalt-shingle roof just to get your roof to last for the projected lifespan.

The Benefits of Slate Shingles

Rather than be taken in by the lower initial cost for a roof, you need to pay attention to future costs. Slate shingles can cost more than asphalt shingles to install, but a good grade of slate can last for up to two-hundred years. Furthermore, slate shingles can stand up to the most intense weather mother nature can throw at your roof without problems. In fact, slate shingles have been known to withstand hurricanes. By reducing your repair and replacement costs, slate shingles will help you to save costs down the road. 

Slate shingles are heavier than other roofing materials on the market. Thus, before you install slate on your home, you might want to have an engineer inspect your roof, make sure it can handle the weight, and, if necessary, make recommendations. Because of the cost and weight of slate roofing, it might not be the right choice for everyone, but as long as you can afford the initial cost of slate, you stand to save money down the road. Thus, when you are looking to install a roof on a new home or replace the roof on an old home, slate shingles are worth considering. Pop over to this website for more information.


18 December 2014

Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.