roofing materials

Have you ever wondered what type of roof you should get for your home? While there are a lot of different varieties to choose from, it is important to consider how your choice will impact energy efficiency, long term maintenance and curb appeal.  According to an experienced San Ramon roofer, there is one roofing material that stands above all others: slate tile shingles.

When compared to clay, which is a respectable roofing material that also looks quite beautiful and features unique and distinctive colors, slate still stands out as superior for a number of reasons:

  • Slate has a more natural look, and actually looks like genuine stone from afar. Although the slightly more artificial look of clay tiles might be appealing to some, natural slate is considered a more fashionable choice.
  • Slate has excellent resistance to wind and hail. While clay is similar, a well-installed slate roof can withstand up to 110 mph winds and goes well beyond the performance of clay tiles when it comes to impact resistance testing.
  • While clay is fire-resistant, slate tiles are completely fireproof.
  • Clay is known to last for up to 75 years with proper maintenance. Most types of natural slate can outlast them, but maintenance is crucial, and while the slate shingles themselves can last for more than 100 years, the nails and fasteners will seldom reach that level of longevity.