Not All Roofing Contractors Have Experience In Slate Roofs
There are roofing contractors that do not have much experience in slate roofs that has one of highest quality and longevity among roofing materials in the market. When hiring a roofing contractor to install slate roof in Sydney, make sure that they have the right experience and knowledge about the roofing material and its installation.
When Tsion Messick wanted to replace the slate roof of her 90-year old Colonial home in Greenville, Delaware, she talked to different roofing contractors. Most of them did not have enough experience in installing slate roofs. Since Messick was worried that it may end up as a shoddy job, she did her own research.
One of Messick’s resources was Joseph Jenkins, a slate roofing consultant and author of “The Slate Roof Bible.” According to Jenkins, homeowners must avoid uninformed roofing contractors that tell homeowners that their slate roof needs replacement when it really doesn’t. Slate roofs can last for centuries and some roofing contractors will destroy the roof and the homeowners do not know that they have lost something of value.
Slate roofs last based of the type of rock that was used. According to Slate Roof Central Website, some of the hardest and substantial types are purple slate, non-fading green slate and the greyish black Buckingham slate. These types of slate can last from 150 to 200 years. Softer slates particularly those that have been quarried from Pennsylvania have a life span of 75 to 90 years.
According to websites and some slate roofing contractors, a slate roof costs from $12 to $40 per square foot. The price is cheaper if you use recycled slates or if you will reinstall on your own. The price is costlier if the roof design is complex or if the slate is extra fancy. An asphalt shingle roof is two to four times cheaper but a slate lasts for 4 or more times, making it a better choice.
If your choice is slate roof in Sydney, there are roofing contractors you can count on for a top-notch job. They have visited quarries where slate is harvested and are comfortable enough with their knowledge of the roofing material. Slate roof is one of their areas of expertise.