Although slate roofs have been around since the 13th century, they're experiencing a resurgence in popularity on Vancouver Island as slate becomes a fashionable look in modern design. As with most fashionable things, however, you're going to have to shell out a lot of cash if you want a slate roof on your home!
Since slate roofs share many of the same benefits and disadvantages as concrete tile, this article will be limited to only a few particular considerations of slate roofs.
Although slate is only about two-thirds the weight of concrete tile, it still ranks as one of the heaviest roofing materials available on Vancouver Island. Therefore, the potential for damage, destruction and even loss of life should not be under-stated when considering a slate roof in an earthquake-prone region like Vancouver Island.
Earthquakes notwithstanding, a slate roof is more durable than concrete and, like permanent metal, can accurately be described as a lifetime roof.
The price of a slate roof has even been known to soar as high as $20, $30 and even $40 per square foot depending on the pitch of the roof and the type of slate used.
Is slate the best roofing?