It's hard to drive by a house with a slate roof and not stop to admire it. Slate roofs have been around for hundreds of years, adding a rich, sophisticated look to many upscale houses, churches and commercial buildings.
One selling point of slate roofs is the lifespan--typically 100 years or more when installed properly. You might be surprised to find out that not all slate is alike, with some lasting only 60 years. As you interview contractors, here's what you should know about getting the most out of your slate roof. The lifespan is affected by:
Slate is a beautiful material that can add a stunning look to any house. It is an investment, however, so talk to your contractor about where it was made, its density and whether there are characteristics that would shorten its lifespan.
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