Slate is known for its fire resistance, leak resistance, and attractive quality. It is heavy and quite expensive material for roofing. Slate roofing is natural and takes up less space in landfills than other roofing materials. It is installed with greater care than less expensive materials and provides greater protection against leakage.
It also protects from the wind better than other materials and does not bend, so a method called flashing is used, meaning sheet metal is used in obstructions such as chimneys when installed on the roof. Slate roof offers a unique look that cannot be compared with other types of tiles while providing quality protection against the elements, fire, leaks, and wind.
It tolerates temperature changes well and lasts a long time. Most roofs have slate shapes similar to fish scales and are cut to form an attractive curved or bevel shape on the material and then overlapped like scales. This type of roof can last more than a century. Due to this fact, the price can be matched with the durability and beauty. For many, investing in slate is worth more than wasting time on cheap asphalt tiles like most block roofing. Far from the usual tiles in the suburbs.
This type of roof requires simple maintenance. There is no cleaning for slate as there is for clay bricks, which is a burden to clean and maintain. Slate only needs regular maintenance if the slab falls or cracks. To prevent further damage to the slate when repairing the slate roof, special tools are used: a special slate knife, a slate cutter, a hammer, and a ladder with a hook that does not damage the slab when climbing the roof for repair work.