The roof of your home is responsible for protecting against weather, pests, and for ventilating hot air out of your home. Choosing the right roofing for your home ultimately comes down to your budget and how long you want the roof to last. The two most common choices, both of which have been around for many years – are asphalt and slate. Today, we want to dig in and discuss the pros and cons of each option!
Slate roofing is the most durable type of roofing your money can buy. In fact, you can expect it to last a century or more! Slate roofing is low-maintenance and extremely durable, even under the harshest weather conditions. Slate roofing also isn’t susceptible to rotting or other weak spots that allow animals and rodents to enter your home.
100 years of durability does come with a high price tag though. Slate roofing is significantly more expensive to purchase than asphalt, and the installation cost is much higher too. Another big thing that needs to be taken into consideration when choosing slate roofing is the weight of the material. Not every home can withstand the weight of slate roofing. If that’s the case for your home, you’ll have to pay an added cost for extra support beams to be put in your home. Overall, slate roofing is a wonderful option if you can find the room in your budget for the initial purchase and installation.
Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing because they’re easy to install and pretty affordable to purchase. You won’t have to worry about the weight of the materials like you do with slate, but you will have to perform more regular maintenance to maintain your asphalt shingles. An asphalt shingle roof is expected to last, on average, 20-30 years. In some cases, with good maintenance and a mild climate, asphalt shingles can last up to 50 years depending on the manufacturer’s quality. Asphalt shingles are not as environmentally friendly as slate shingles are either. Asphalt shingles are more susceptible to rotting and weak spots, which is why maintaining the shingles is so important.
If you’re on a tight budget, asphalt is the best choice. If you have the time to save and expand your budget, investing in slate roofing is a great choice! Slate will appeal to any future buyers too, because they won’t have to worry about replacing them anytime soon!
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If you’re interested in installing asphalt shingles or slate roofing on your home this spring, our team at Quinn’s Construction is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (978) 957-1200 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing replacement needs!